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This is not something I have but something I want pretty bad. If you would like to know further details I will attach a link and you can see for yourself just how awesome this is. My dad has been with them since the beginning and I have had the privilege to see what all this can do and is capable of as far as a recording goes or/and mastering and all the cool tools and editing stuff it comes with. This is really complete for any one who wants to own their own studio without the take over of equipment everywhere. This is not only a space saver so that you can collect more awesome instruments and respectful music items but I am extremely impressed enough to where I would like to buy this version. It is the best yet. Here is a link for more info. http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR/Versions.
I've been a long time Sonar user, starting with 8.5 Producer and eventually upgrading to X1 Producer, X3 Producer and now Platinum. With today's technology, where VST3 and 64bit plugins are the standard, the experience of working with this DAW is VASTLY superior to what it used to be 5 or 6 years ago. The WASAPI audio engine works even better than the dedicated ASIO drivers for my M-Audio ProjectMix which is amazing. Using WASAPI, I can also have a second audio interface (my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4) and use it along with the other one with no problems at all. In order to do that on Cockos Reaper, I had to use ASIO4ALL. As you would expect, the DAW would become really sluggish and unresponsive to the point of frustration. Not with Sonar Platinum. This DAW not only looks pretty, it's FAST, SMOOTH and can handle absolutely EVERYTHING you can think of in a session without even flinching. Too many tracks and too many plugins on a session? No problem. Sonar Platinum will handle it like a champ. It works even better than Cockos Reaper, which is the DAW I've been using for the past 4 years almost exclusively. I will be using Sonar Platinum from now on as my main DAW. You really have to give the Cakewalk guys a thumbs up for their LIFETIME UPGRADES deal recently. Plus, there's so much good content included on the package, it's just too good to pass by. I use this DAW with a powerful PC (mine is an 8 core 32GB machine with Windows 10) and it's just flies. I can imagine adding a SSD drive to really take it to the max. It's just awesome as it is already. Absolutely recommended.
I have been a Cakewalk user since 2000 and really love the software. I love all of the new features in Sonar Platinum, such as VocalSync, Melodyne, AudioSnap, The Channel Modules, ease of use and the fact the I really don't use any third party plugins anymore. I am truly ITB now. I would highly recommend Sonar to any serious music makers. The community is very helpful too.