Cakewalk announces SONAR V-Studio

Cakewalk SONAR V-Studio 700

Cakewalk has announced the SONAR V-Studio, the first and flagship product in the next generation V-Studio line of Cakewalk branded hardware and software solutions.

Roland pioneered the concept of combining hard disk recording with an ergonomic control surface. Now, a new generation of V-Studio builds on its legacy in new and innovative ways—combining Roland’s renowned hardware expertise with the power and flexibility of Cakewalk’s SONAR Producer DAW. SONAR V-Studio 700 addresses the gap between under-powered “budget” solutions and over-priced competitive solutions by offering a compelling, feature-rich music production system that is accessible to a broad range of users. And beyond that, the forward thinking design of SONAR V-Studio 700 addresses the needs of post production professionals by incorporating video and image hardware control functionality.

SONAR V-Studio features

  • VS-700C V-Studio Console
    • Extensive control of editing and mixing in SONAR
    • 2×13 LCD Display
    • Per-channel LED Meters
    • EQ/Send/ACT Section
    • 20 Rotary Encoders/Switches
    • 70+ Lighted Buttons
    • Full Transport Control
    • Jog/Shuttle/Cursor
    • Seven segment time display
    • Audio Monitor Controls
    • Dual Headphone Output
    • T-Bar, Surround Joystick
    • DV-7 / V-LINK Compatible
    • 9 Motorized Touch Sensitive Faders
  • VS-700R V-Studio I/O
    • 21/30 (19/24 simultaneous) audio interface including mic/hi-z input and dual headphone outs on the console
    • 8 TRS/XLR inputs with phantom power
    • Superior 24-bit/192 kHz A/D converters
    • 8 digitally controlled mic preamps
    • High quality input DSP including Phase, Pad, Low-cut, EQ, and Compressor
    • 14 analog outputs
    • ADAT I/O
    • Digital I/O (AES/EBU, Coaxial)
    • Easy USB 2.0 connection
    • MIDI In/Out and Wordclock Sync
    • Increase I/O capability to 41/56 (37/48 simultaneous) with additional VS-700R I/O unit (available separately)
  • Roland Fantom VS Synthesizer
    • Integrated Roland Fantom VS hardware synthesizer
    • Stocked with over 1,400 patches from world renowned Fantom Synth
    • Hardware synth offers low latency and low-CPU performance
    • VSTi plug-in, synth editor, and routing within SONAR for seamless integration of Fantom VS into your creative workflow
    • Expandable via SuperNATURAL expansion board (ARX) slot found in VS-700R V-Studio I/O
    • Double synth capability with additional VS-700R V-Studio I/O (available separately)
  • SONAR 8 Producer
    • Complete solution – creation to delivery
    • Tight integration with V-Studio hardware
    • Best audio quality in industry – 64-bit end-to-end
    • Inspiring tools for creative production
    • Fast and accurate audio & MIDI editing
    • Powerful vocal processing with V-Vocal
    • Deep levels of mix, edit, and instrument control through ACT
    • Comprehensive mixing environment
    • Unlimited tracks, inserts, effects, busses
    • High track low latency performance
    • 49 effects/15 instruments including Rapture & Dimension Pro
    • Linear phase mastering plug-ins
    • Flexible import/export for collaboration with other studios

The SONAR V-Studio 700 should be shipping in January 2009.

Visit the SONAR V-Studio website for more information.

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  • CDM mentions an estimated price of ~$4000 USD, with international distribution in February 2009.

  • MsgToYouRudy

    “70+ Lighted Buttons”

    That feature alone is worth at least $3000, sign me up for 2 of these boxen!

    But seriously, is it just me or does anyone else think this box is obscenely expensive? And why stop at $4K, they should have gone for the gold and made it $40K!

    But even if the price was $400, there’s nothing attractive about it anyway as I have almost zero space on my computer table anyway. What’s the point of buying hardware any more? Computers trump everything dedicated hardware can do merely for the simple elegant reason that they’re configurable in software. Devolving to dedicated hardware is offensive to me. There are music creation apps that don’t even need external mixers, but Roland/cakewalk just can’t let go of the hardware paradigm just like the RIAA corps can’t let go of the CD paradigm, so it’s back to the comfortable past of 20 years ago. Perfect recipe for failure. I wonder how long before people wise up to the fact they’re getting played for morons, and start ridiculing this white elephant. Probably not too long.

    BTW, on windows I still use sonar4. I have friends using sonar7 but I see absolutely no new features I would use, and sonar8 just seems to be more of the same old pig but with new lipstick.

  • beatman

    Interesting points. I would like to point out that this is geared toward the PROFESSIONAL market. This is certainly not something for a bedroom studio!

    I luv working with software but still see hardware as being relevant. And because computers have brought the prices down drastically… it’s not a bad Idea to have one on hand.

    One of the downsides of software is the protection schemes that require dongles or iloks to be in place in order to use certain apps. Then there’s compatibility issues with drivers, video cards, audio cards and other things. But at the end of the day… I prefer software!

  • drummerboy


    I don’t see how this is supposed to be “PRO” gear, it’s certainly no competitor for TDM. And I would like to point out that many pros actually use and require no more gear than many bedroom studios use. I have a 24 track studio (2 echo 12 channel firewire cards) and “PRO” studios have nothing over my setup except for more channels (which I could add, btw, but I don’t use all the channels I have now, so why bother). Plus there’s no need for more channels because several tracks can be assigned to one channel. Massive number of channels were required in the days of tape recording, but computers make it completely irrelevant.

    2-DRM is irrelevant because there’s plenty of alternatives to dongleware. I refuse to buy any software which is crippled in any way, like dongles, copy protection or online activation. Sonar is protected by only a serial number, which is why I bought it and not Cubase, for example. And every other pro-audio function has apps that are non-DRM. Also I find that the greater the copy protection on an app, the more that app sucks. Plus, there’s so much freeware out there (thanks to sites like rekkerd for spreading the news) that is not only pro level, but also often better than the commercial apps. And the ultimate in freeware is Linux which has complete distros dedicated to audio, like Musix, JAD and others. I’m transitioning to Linux now and I’m pretty sure that by the end of next year, I’ll abandon windoze completely.

    I wouldn’t trade my Echo soundcards and mackie mixer for this roland gear, as my gear is superior to anything roland will ever manufacture. And in regards to the control surface aspect, I hate it, it is really awkward to constantly swap back and forth between the control rig and the keyboard/mouse. I own 2 control rigs and they just sit in the closet gathering dust. All these rigs are under some asinine assumption that the sequencer is the only app I’m running. What they need, if it’s to be done right, is to combine a control rig with a keyboard & mouse which then is plugged into the PC replacing the standard keyboard/mouse, so it ends the jumping back & forth.

  • beatman

    Wow…that was a rather spirited response!
    Let me add some clarification to my comment.

    When I stated this was a *PRO* level piece of equipment… I was predominately addressing the cost which is above the reach of most bed room producers [IMO] and the like. How many of the visitors of this site have a $4000 computer much less that type of paper to spend on a device such as this?

    Realistically… I can only see someone that’s actually making a living using Sonar [which IMO… is the only thing that would justify buying this] shelling out this type of money because you’re recouping your expense at some point; being that you’re using this as a part of your profession.

    Of course… you have those that may have deep pockets or willing to take on pointless debt that may go for it! The question is… who is their target buyer at this price point?
    Is it the freeware seekers? Could it be those of us on a limited budget? Is it those with money to burn? Again… we’re talking $4000.

    I certainly wouldn’t consider a $4000 mixing console to be consumer gear anymore than the V-Studio. Prices like this is the reason the masses have predominantly converted to computers for music production. This is also the reason you can get hardware digital recorders like the Tascam 2488MK2, 24 track with built-in cd burner [at Guitar Center for a measly $600.

    I can remember when something like this would have been around $2800-$3200 not very long ago. Thanks to computers… you can get hardware dirt cheap! [insert laughter]!

    So again… my comment was based purely on a price standpoint.

  • I agree this type of product is not going to appeal to those looking for freeware, nor do I expect more “pro hobbyist” musicians to pick this up as most people will want to pick their own hardware/software combination.

    I think this will largely appeal to people who already use Sonar, but perhaps they would just want the console—

  • Wow, tough crowd.

    Personally, I don’t need or want to use the audio interface – I have some top-notch converters (Lynx PCI card) already, thanks. But I think the control surface looks very nicely integrated. I have a Mackie Control and it makes mixing nice, especially when working with someone else. I think it’s a cagey move on Cakewalk/Roland’s behalf. And if they can keep the product going I think that there’s some real potential here for we mid-level clients in terms of expanding on the Sonar-base.

  • mase

    I have just started looking at the v-studio 700.what is the setup for getting the music out of it and on cd? Im a novice to this so far!

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