Cakewalk SONAR Artist

DAW Software with Software Instruments and Audio Effects Suite with Touch Control Capabilities - PC VST, DSD
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Powerful Music Production for Your PC!

Cakewalk's SONAR Artist DAW software hooks you up with all the tools you need to create high-quality tracks on your Windows PC computer. With plenty of power under the hood the customizable Skylight user interface onboard SONAR Artist is as perfectly well-suited for professional SONAR users and total novices alike and is now touch-control enabled. A suite of amazing virtual instruments and a full selection of plug-in processors and other creative tools make creating and mixing music a ton of fun. And with cool new tools for sharing your projects with the outside world, you really can take your ideas and turn them into finished tracks all inside Cakewalk SONAR Artist.


Rock out with top-notch virtual instruments and killer guitar tones

One of our favorite things about SONAR at Sweetwater is the sheer amount of content you get. Cakewalk packed SONAR Artist with 11 killer virtual instruments. If you play guitar or bass, then you'll love SONAR's 16 new drag-and-drop amps. These virtual amps go beyond emulating ones that already exist, they allow you to create the amps of your dreams for tone you could never pull from a real-world amp. Combined with an impressive low-latency audio engine, these fun guitar effects are even perfect for recording everything from bluegrass to thrash. On top of this, you also get loop construction tools, a unique step sequencer, and amazing take comping tools.


Flexible tools simplify your recording workflow without limiting your potential

With unlimited audio, MIDI, and instrument tracks at your disposal, SONAR Artist sets the bar when it comes to basic recording capability. But the basics are hardly all this DAW has to offer. For starters, it's built around a phenomenal sounding 64-bit/384kHz audio engine, which keeps your sound as pristine as possible for mixing and editing. It also provides you with a huge collection of useful recording options, including the ability to record multiple takes directly to separate take lanes in the same channel.


Perform pro-level editing techniques effortlessly with the Skylight interface

One of the things that really sets Cakewalk SONAR Artist apart from other DAW programs is its amazingly simple yet totally customizable Skylight user interface. This flexible interface lets you organize individual modules as you like them (arrangement view, piano roll, mixer, etc.) and then lock them together into a single window. With SONAR Artist's extremely clever Smart Tool, you can move from module to module and always have the functions you need just a mouse click away. You'll have over 50 FX chains at your fingertips — from simple utilities to boutique guitar pedals, you'll never be at a loss for inspiration. And with powerful conveniences like the pattern tool, efficient control bar, FX stacking abilities, expandable sends, and multi-touch control, getting your songs just right is easier than ever.


Refine your tracks with a host of amazing mixing tools and virtual processors

Cakewalk certainly doesn't skimp when it comes to virtual processors. From the moment you install SONAR Artist, you'll have over 25 amazing plug-in effects and processors — including the Essential Suite — you can use to bolster your sound and smooth out your mix. The mix recall function allows you to save and switch between your mix scenes for easy A/B listening. And since you can also mix for radio, video, podcast, or MP3 and bounce all of them at once, SONAR Artist saves you serious time when it comes to tackling many advanced mixing tasks.


Distributing your latest masterpiece is just a few mouse clicks away

With the tracking, editing, and mixing behind you, there's only one thing left to do, and that's to share your work with the rest of the world. Whether you need to simply burn a CD or you want to toss your latest tune up to SoundCloud, save it to the cloud via Gobbler, or export video direct to YouTube, Cakewalk SONAR Artist lets you do it all — without ever leaving the program! That's not all. SONAR Artist also supports DSD (Direct Stream Digital) imports, exports, and conversions to provide you with high-resolution, archive quality audio.

Cakewalk's Command Center keeps you up to date

Cakewalk's engineers work constantly to make your recording experience with SONAR Artist better, faster, and easier, and now you don't have to wait until the next version is released to take advantage. When you activate your SONAR membership you will automatically receive updates to features, content, presets, and more for an entire year via the Cakewalk Command Center. The Command Center is your place for the latest and greatest improvements to SONAR Artist. And even if you don't renew your membership, you lose nothing — everything you've updated in SONAR Artist will still be there.

Cakewalk SONAR Artist Features:

  • Record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Mix with as many effects, sends and busses as you need
  • Skylight Interface enhancements including multi-touch support with Windows 8
  • Comp multiple takes together instantly for the ultimate performance
  • Full support for VST3 synths and effects
  • Improved video support including YouTube export
  • Save your projects to the cloud with Gobbler integration
  • DSD support gives you better-than-CD-quality audio
  • Edit with 27 total FX including the Essential Suite
  • Get your music to your fans on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Comes with 11 instruments including the Studio Instruments suite
  • Always have the most current version with your SONAR membership

Tech Specs

Software Type DAW
Platform PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 32-bit/64-bit
Format VST
Hardware Requirements - PC 2GHz Intel/AMD Multi-core Processor, 4GB RAM
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or 8
Manufacturer Part Number 10-ODAR1.00-R0CE

Customer Reviews

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I am enjoying my softwares

I love my Cakewalk Sonar, it makes manipulate my creation so much easier than the other ways that I have done it in the past.
Music background: Song writer

It inspires instead of tiring you out

I have tried making the plunge into computer recording with very little success. I have been using my Korg D32XD, which was and still is a great recorder that produces a great sound. I started with very intuitive Cubase products and ran into stability problems on two different machines. Cubase would just lock up. I tried presonus and though it was very stable, I could not wrap my head around it. It killed any creativity I started with. I went to Sonar X1 and devoted the time to learn the basic software scheme,but those stability problems started raising their head. I upgraded to Artist and I have found what I have been looking for. Drums! Drums! that a guitarist can use! Very user friendly software with more than enough resources to meet my needs. I can lay down a simple pattern to record by and build on it and there are actual patterns that don't sound like a train wreck! For those guitar centrist artist, I highly recommend this product.

Getting There

So far the things I been doing is going well , but still alittle bit on the learning curve trying to set it up to where I want it to be.
Music background: Musician
See also: Recording Software, Cakewalk, Cakewalk DAW Software