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Cakewalk SONAR X3 Studio (boxed) Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from Central Texas May 11, 2014Music Background:
    All my life. I'm 80 years old.

    Sonar X3 studio.

    The rating of five stars is, well, so far. I am in my eighties and I started with Sonar 1! So I went from Sonar 1.3 to Sonar X3, and nothing in between. I'll tell you frankly, the leap from one to the other was not that big in terms of quality and the tools I was using for music production. In fact, I found that old Sonar 1.3 would load into Windows 7 along side Sonar X3 except for some of the effects, which is really handy. It eliminates the use of two computers for the old and new files. The one tool I found that makes a big difference in sound production that I didn't have before, is Melodyne. Wow! What a tool!

  • from April 17, 2014

    Flexibility

    Unlike many things that protect you from stupidity, this software does only what you tell it. That is the reason it is so powerful. You can do anything. The flexibility is endless.

    Having said that, I have had to experiment to get my routine down. I am not up to speed with the drum sequencer section. But, I am working on it.

    I have worked with other similar packages, so I had an expectation of how this would perform. I am thankful for the past experience because there seems to be a lack of owner's manuals for this product. I would like a real book that I can hold in my hand and read without staring at a computer screen. A host of videos are available at the Cakewalk website. But, I am a book guy. The videos, while well done, are difficult to navigate for specific issues.

    I will be searching for an after market book for this software.

    Bottom line: VERY SERIOUS product. It is on par or better than all the well-known packages out there. Anything that goes awry with your recording is not the software's fault!

  • from Emeryville CA November 24, 2014Music Background:
    Pro Musician/Recording Engineer

    About to download X3

    I'm not using X3 yet but I can testify that X3 studio is going be great piece music software because I think X2 is fantasic for the price! I can tell you as a user of Cubase 4, Logic 8 too that Sonar is less complicated than those advanced programs exspecially when it comes to mixing, actually Sonar's mixer is simular to Logic's! I wouldn't use Sonar without Dimension Pro though cause some it's other instruments sound like crap! In fact I only use two of Sonar's instruments and the rest are 3rd party instruments!

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