Cakewalk Intros Sonar X3, The Biggest Upgrade Yet For Their Windows DAW

SONAR-X3Cakewalk has released Sonar X3 – “the biggest upgrade to date” for their Windows DAW.

Sonar X3 includes core workflow enhancements and features like Color Customization, Comping, VST3 Support, ARA integration, Melodyne Essential, Tape Emulator and QuadCurve EQ Zoom & Analyzer. It also adds new effects and instruments, including XLN Audio Addictive Drums, Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX and Lounge Lizard SONAR.

Here are the details:


Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 lets you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting the latest technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.

SONAR X3 Studio

Advanced Music Creation Software – SONAR X3 Studio raises the bar with industry leading editing tools like AudioSnap and new Melodyne Essential for the very best vocal editing available. Mixing is now effortless and intuitive thanks to the critically-acclaimed ProChannel console strip – now with the QuadCurve EQ and Softube Saturation Knob included. In addition, the new Studio Mixing Suite introduces 18 vintage, studio-quality FX from the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Bundle. You also get more instruments like Z3TA+ Classic, Rapture LE, Dimension LE, and more.

SONAR X3 Producer

Professional Recording, Mixing, and Mastering – SONAR X3 Producer leaves other DAWs in the dust with industry leading features. Edit and correct vocals like a pro with Melodyne Essential. Create the most realistic and authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums. Get that epic, pro-sound that has defined the last 25 years of recording with the ProChannel – now with the QuadCurve EQ Zoom and analyzer for the ultimate precision. Get that vintage analog sound with the new ProChannel Tape Emulator and the Console Emulator. And it doesn’t stop there with a new mixing suite powered by the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX and BlueVerb, Tone2 BiFilter 2, AAS Lounge Lizard Session, AAS Strum Acoustic Session, Dimension Pro, Rapture, and more.

Here are video overviews for new features in Sonar X3:

Get Started: Skylight Enhancements

Get Started: Lounge Lizard

Get Started: Strum Acoustic

Session Drummer 3

QuadCurve EQ Zoom & Analyzer

Melodyne Essential


Comping In Sonar X3

Blue Tubes FX

Blue Tubes – Dynamics

Addictive Drums

Cakewalk has a breakdown of the features of each version of Sonar at their site, along with pricing and upgrade info.

7 thoughts on “Cakewalk Intros Sonar X3, The Biggest Upgrade Yet For Their Windows DAW

  1. gobbler is really awesome – even the free version. It’s great to see integration. The “lazier” you make backups the better. No joke, this has me interested in Sonar.

    In my opinion, way more useful than the silly soundcloud stuff that other daws are adding. I mean, the number of times a song is “done” and ready to get uploaded to soundcloud after you’ve finished working on it in your DAW is (or should be!) not an every day thing. With gobbler you can share full resolution files with specific people, to get relevant feedback, mastering, and so on.

  2. If your visit cakewalk’s forum you will see that X3 had receive overwhelming approval and praise from it’s users.

  3. Do not buy CW software. They leave their customers in the dust with buggy software. Google how many customers are unhappy about how we were left with broken software. X2 was never bug corrected and now we are left with something we cant use. OR PAY 150 for an upgrade. This is awful. I am taking my 150 dollars and going to cubase or pro tools. At least their forum isn’t filled with complaints about non-working features.

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