Cakewalk launches new SONAR

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Cakewalk has announced the availability of its new SONAR line of digital audio workstation products.

Cakewalk SONAR

There will be no more SONAR “version numbers”; the software at the time of purchase is always the latest version, thanks to Cakewalk’s new Membership model, which is included for 12 months upon purchase. Now updates including a mix of new program features, original content, tutorials, new presets, and more roll out approximately once a month to members. Members will have the option to choose either the traditional upfront payment, or make convenient monthly payments. After 12 months anything acquired during the Membership is fully authorized and never expires—regardless of whether Membership is renewed.

New users receive 12 months of Membership free, while for current SONAR users, Membership renewal—which is priced similarly to a traditional lower priced product upgrade—gives new updates every month instead of yearly.

The three new versions of SONAR are differentiated to focus on specific recording needs. All three offer the same core features—Touch control, unlimited tracks/FX/Sends/Busses, VST3/VST2/DirectX compatibility, video track, support for high-resolution audio via DSD compatibility and sample rates to 384 kHz, enhanced MIDI editing, Mix Recall for switching quickly among different mix options, advanced publishing options, innovative “one-stop solution” effects chains, amp simulations, advanced comping, and much more—while the award-winning Skylight User Interface contributes inspiring and efficient workflow.

New SONAR features

  • SONAR Artist ($99 USD), the most feature-packed recording software in its price range, adds to the sophisticated core feature set with 19 bundled effects and 11 virtual instruments that focus on music creation and songwriting.
  • SONAR Professional ($199 USD) folds in the analog-style, expandable ProChannel Console Strip that allows creating/customizing virtual console architectures, as well as Melodyne Essential pitch correction with ARA integration, and Addictive Drums 2 Solo Edition—50 effects and 18 virtual instruments in total, including the vintage sound of Blue Tubes effects, convolution reverb, and the surgical precision of linear phase EQ and dynamics. Its performance exceeds many of the “flagship” programs from other companies.
  • SONAR Platinum ($499 USD) features a spectacular array of tools, plug-in effects, and instruments to offer extreme flexibility to pros who need to handle any kind of recording or mixing production. With advanced tools like Console and Tape emulation, VocalSync for tightening vocals or matching dialog to picture, 21 virtual instruments, 57 effects for mixing and mastering (from vintage to cutting-edge), convolution reverb, step sequencer, and improved audio quantization/stretching, Platinum provides power tools that complement the superior workflow.

SONAR is available for purchase Windows 7/8. Registered Cakewalk customers can download their SONAR upgrades directly from the Cakewalk Store or select music retailers.

More information: Cakewalk

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TASCAM intros US-2×2 & US-4×4 audio/MIDI interfaces

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TASCAM has introduced the US-2×2 and US-4×4, two new USB audio/MIDI interfaces that combine great-sounding audio, solid drivers and innovative, functional design.

Tascam US-4x4

The US-2×2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source. The US-4×4 adds two more Ultra-HDDA preamps and two more balanced line outputs for a total of four inputs and four outputs.

Both interfaces include class-compliant drivers for use with tablets like the iPad when using a power supply (included with the US-4×4, optional on the US-2×2.) The units require no driver installation on Mac OS X, and all-new high-performance drivers are being written in-house for Windows ASIO use. Each of the interfaces includes MIDI in and out, as well as two DAW applications to choose from – both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.

The all-aluminum case was designed by The Box design studio in Germany, and includes a pair of removable “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels angle the interface towards you on a desktop. This angle makes the switches and knobs easier to read without twisting your neck around.

With solid audio specs, iOS compatibility, and an easy-to-read angled design, the US-2×2 is the perfect choice for desktop and mobile studios.

US-2×2 / US-4×4 features

  • Two (US-2×2) / four (US-4×4) high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain.
  • Two-in/two-out (US-2×2) / four-in/four-out (US-4×4) USB 2.0 interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
  • XLR/1/4” combination input jacks.
  • Zero-latency Direct Monitoring.
  • High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio.
  • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility.
  • Independent line out and headphone level controls.
  • MIDI Input and Output.
  • Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility.
  • Optional power supply (US-2×2) / Power Supply included (US-4×4, required for use)
  • Includes SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9.

More information: TASCAM / US-2×2 & US-4×4

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Plugin Boutqiue launches Friday Flash Sale on Cakewalk Rapture, Dimension Pro, Z3TA+2 & CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier

Plugin Boutqiue has announced a Friday Flash Sale, offering up to 85% off the Rapture, Dimension Pro, Z3TA+2 and CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier plug-ins from Cakewalk.

Cakewalk Weekend Sale

Maybe our biggest Flash Friday Sale yet – Cakewalk Synths!!

66% off Z3TA +2
85% off Dimension Pro
85% off Rapture

+ Bonus

60% off CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier

This weekend only.

The sale ends August 24th, 2014.

More information: Plugin Boutique / Cakewalk

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Cakewalk updates Z3TA+ synthesizer app for iOS to v1.3

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Cakewalk has released version 1.3 of Z3TA+ iOS, a synthesizer app for iPad.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ iOS

The legendary Z3TA+ synthesizer has been used on countless records, and it’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over. And now Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+2 on your iPad. Packed with hundreds of presets, modulatable waveshaping, dual mode filters, and flexible effects, Z3TA+ iOS is the perfect creative synth for making music anywhere, anytime.

Changes in Z3TA+ iOS v1.3

  • Import Z3TA+ presets from iOS, or Z3TA+ 2 Plug-in, available on Windows & OS X.
  • Import User Waves, MIDI Arps, Scala Tuning files, and presets via iTunes Sharing.
  • Export Z3TA+ iOS presets via AirDrop, or email.
  • Capability to search presets.
  • Capability to create preset “favorites”.
  • Scala tuning support.
  • Copy / Paste Functionality for individual Oscillators, Envelope Generators, Low Frequency Oscillators, and Delay Effects.
  • “Please Rate This App” Button in Options Menu.

Z3TA+ iOS is available for purchase for $19.99 USD. The update is free for current Z3TA+ iOS owners.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ iOS

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Snow Audio releases Z3ta Kicks sample pack

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Snow Audio has released Z3ta Kicks, a hard hitting kick drum sample pack made with Cakewalk’s Z3TA+2 synthesizer.

Snow Audio Z3ta Kicks

This kick collection takes heavy advantage of Z3TA’s analog emulations and various distortion modes. The result is a selection of character driven samples and presets that will enhance any hip-hop or drum focused production.

The samples feature over 100 individually processed kicks ready to drop into any DAW or sampler, and include: 808 style kicks, sub basses, acoustic kicks, distorted kicks, and more…

As a bonus for Z3TA+2 synth owners, preset have been included which feature Z3TA’s unique X-Y Pad configured as a flexible and easy to use tonal control with the axes mapped to various wave-shaping and filter parameters. Groove driven MIDI patterns have also been included, accessible from each kicks Arp menu.

The pack is available for purchase for $7 USD. A selection of samples and presets have been made available to download for free.

More information: Snow Audio / Z3ta Kicks

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