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Sonar X3 from Cakewalk is music production software that contains many of the recording, editing and mastering features needed to deliver a variety of professional audio and video related products. The software features unlimited simultaneous audio and MIDI tracks, FX, sends and busses, and full VST3 support using a 64-bit mix engine. Sonar X3 is a trimmed down version of the Studio and Producer editions, with less instruments and effects, but with most of the tools still available.
The comping feature allows for recording any number of takes and then selecting the best parts from each, providing a quick way to get a flawless performance. VST3 support is now fully integrated, and the software automatically detects new VST plug-ins without the need to rescan. Unlimited undo is available, and ARA (Audio Random Access) integration means no more waiting for data to transfer into the editor - simply click to open the audio clip and get to work.
The Matrix View allows for organizing audio and MIDI loops, phrases, and one shots into cells and columns for real-time triggering from one (or more) MIDI controllers. Use it to easily arrange song sections, or for complex sets of multiple grooves, one-shots, drops, and breakdowns - all playable in real-time. Additional enhancements include access to an organized collection of loops, one-shots, effects and instruments via a searchable browser, which can then be incorporated into projects with a simple drag and drop. Direct access to YouTube is provided for posting finished projects, and integrated saving and sharing on the cloud is available via Gobbler.
Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
Move seamlessly across all production tasks with Skylight Interface
Assemble the perfect performance with comping workflow
Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
Full support for VST3 synths and effects
Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
Program beats using the Step Sequencer
Play loops in real-time with the Matrix View
Customize guitar tones with Overloud TH2 Producer amp simulator
Track realistic drum grooves instantly using Session Drummer 3
Play and record with twelve instruments including the Studio Instruments suite
Mix with a full mixing console that includes built-in EQ
Mix with the Sonitus:fx Suite
Get songs sounding radio-ready with the Boost 11 Peak Limiter
Twenty-seven FX including the Essential Suite and Classic Creative Suite
Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
Gobbler cloud saving and sharing
Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
Full Screen Mode
Wave and Broadcast Wave (time stamped WMA, WAV, W64, ASF)
AIFF, CAF, SD2
MP3 (via SoundCloud)
MP3 encoder (30 day trial)
Loop formats - Wav, ACID, Rex, Rex64
AVI, QT, MPEG Video import and export
Dithering on export
Session Drummer 3
Cakewalk Sound Center
Roland Groove Synth
Studio Instruments Drums
Studio Instruments Bass
Studio Instruments Strings
Studio Instruments Electric Piano
Classic Creative Suite
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Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz/AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 GHz or higher Windows 7 or Windows 8* (32- and 64-bit) 2 GB RAM 4.5 GB for minimal install, 20 GB recommended 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution Broadband internet connection for download Gobbler requires internet connection XLN Audio Addictive Drums requires separate download and registration - Internet connection required for host computer