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Cakewalk releases RE-2A Leveling Amplifier for Reason

Cakewalk has released RE-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier, a Rack Extension for Propellerhead Software’s Reason music production platform.

Cakewalk RE-2A Leveling Amplifier
RE-2A Leveling Amplifier is Cakewalk’s take on the LA-2A by Universal Audio.

RE-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier is meticulously modeled after a legendary vintage electrooptical tube compressor.

This compressor, known for its automatic gain control characteristics, delivers vintage sound with incredibly warm and rich compression. It is revered by audio engineers worldwide for its trademark sound, and has been used on countless hit records since the late 1960s. It is one of the true classics in the audio recording industry.

RE-2A Leveling Amplifier features

  • Meticulously modeled.
  • Zero latency for realitime tracking and mixing.
  • Up to 40dB of smooth, transparent gain reduction.
  • Frequency dependent compression.
  • Program dependent attack/release.
  • Fully modeled “R37″ HF Pre-emphasis control.
  • Dual photocell reset modes (Classic & Fast Reset).
  • Use side-chain compression for ducking, de-essing, pumping, and more.
  • Modulate other effects using the Gain Reduction CV Output.

The Rack Extension is available to purchase for 65 EUR.

More information: Cakewalk RE-2A Leveling Amplifier

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Cakewalk SONAR X2 available now

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Sonar X2 Producer

Cakewalk has announced that its SONAR X2 music production software is available now.

SONAR X2 is undoubtedly the best version of SONAR to date. Not only does it introduce exciting new features, but much time and care went into refining almost every aspect of the program.

With an ear to our customers and a keen eye on what today’s musicians need, we improved performance, workflow, aesthetics, and stability. Our goal? To craft a program that excels at every stage of music production and enables musicians to sound their very best. With literally hundreds of enhancements and improvements, SONAR X2 delivers the best music production experience on the market today.

New in Sonar X2

  • A better experience
    • Skylight—The Skylight user interface was a huge innovation in SONAR X1 and it’s even better in SONAR X2. With Auto Zoom, Timeline Zoom, Smart Grid, and a revamped NOW time, Skylight looks better than ever and contains numerous improvements that make it faster and more fluid.
    • Better Views—Many of SONAR’s views have been updated to improve function and match the look and feel of the Skylight interface. New Take Lanes, enhanced Clips Pane, improved PRV, Loop Construction View and the revamped Matrix View are better integrated and dramatically improve user experience.
    • Improved Smart Tool—Introduced in SONAR X1, the Smart Tool drastically reduced the need to switch tools. In SONAR X2, the Smart Tool practically eliminates the need completely. And most common functions don’t even need a modifier key. Range select across tracks, paint MIDI notes, draw automation and more.
    • Plus
      • Over 100 other UI enhancements
      • Windows 64-bit support for all versions of SONAR X2
      • Audio engine optimizations
      • MIDI engine improvements
      • Easier installation and improved Online Help
      • Windows 8 and touch screen support (coming in free patch)
  • Enhanced workflow
    • Matrix View—The Matrix View brings a live performance feel to SONAR with clip triggering and realtime arranging capabilities. SONAR X2′s Matrix View is revamped with rock-solid playback of audio and MIDI, per-cell trigger resolution, flexible routing, and external MIDI hardware support.
    • Automation—SONAR X2 now includes Automation Lanes which make it easier to create professional, dynamic mixes. In addition to lanes, SONAR X2 includes new Latch, Touch, Overwrite, and Punch, modes as well as improved editing with the Smart Tool including freehand and line drawing.
    • SoundCloud and more—Online music and social media are a huge part of music today. With SONAR X2′s integrated SoundCloud support, you can distribute your own music and notify your fanbase instantly. In addition, you can export MIDI to your favorite notation software using MusicXML, burn CDs and more.
    • Plus
      • Smart Grid
      • Track Lanes
      • Replace a synth for one step instrument swap
      • Enhanced screensets for one touch workflow management
      • New per-clip MIDI editor
      • Improved track and data selection
  • New plug-ins and tools
    • Overloud TH2—SONAR X2 now features the critically acclaimed Overloud TH2 technology with special editions of TH2 SONAR (SONAR X2 Essential and Studio) and TH2 Producer (SONAR X2 Producer). Just plug-in and experience the most realistic guitar sounds ever available in any DAW.
    • R-MIX SONAR—Exclusively available in SONAR X2 Producer, R-MIX SONAR will change the way you mix forever. Now you can visualize your mix and use R-MIX SONAR to isolate different parts of your mix for the ultimate creativity. All powered by Roland’s powerful V-Remastering technology.
    • Console Emulator—Inject the sound of three legendary consoles right into SONAR X2 Producer’s ProChannel, bringing “in the box” mixing to a whole new level. Add it to any channel or bus and dial in the warm sound of these legendary analog hardware consoles – all with the flexibiity of software.
    • Plus
      • BREVERB SONAR VST & ProChannel (Producer exclusive)
      • Softube Saturation Knob for ProChannel (Producer Exclusive)
      • Modular ProChannel with updated EQ (Producer exclusive)
      • Updated LP-64 mastering plug-ins (Producer exclusive)
      • Critically-acclaimed Rapture synthesizer (Producer exclusive)
      • FX Chains with new presets for each version
      • ProChannel FX Chains (Producer exclusive)

SONAR X2 is now available to purchase in Essential, Studio, and Producer Editions. Various upgrades are available to Cakewalk customers as well.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X2

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Cakewalk releases Z3TA+ 2 waveshaping synthesizer for Mac

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Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2

Cakewalk has announced the availability of Z3TA+ 2 Waveshaping synthesizer for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher in VST3 and AU formats.

Z3TA+ is highly revered as a classic synthesizer with unique character and tonality. It’s unmistakable signature sound has been used in countless electronic, trance, and dance productions around the globe for a decade. The key to Z3TA+’s success has been its formidable sound synthesis generation engine, featuring unique per-oscillator waveshaping capability, vast filters, multi-stage envelope generators, morphing and advanced modulation matrix with powerful effects routing.

Z3TA+ 2 builds upon the solid foundation of this classic waveshaping synthesizer with improved controls via a complete user interface overhaul for extensive, hands-on control of parameters including envelopes, effects routing, waveshaping, and performance functions. Real-time performance and expression controls are centralized into the Performance Module featuring the new Adaptive Pitch Bend. All this provides new inspiration for sound design, real-time expression, and is all bounded by impeccable sound quality.

Z3TA+ 2 loads all original Z3TA+ patches and sports a new browser providing easy access and organization of patches. Z3TA+ 2 also includes a thousand new presets from renowned sound designers Nico Herz of Big Tone Studios (who crafted many of the original Z3TA+ patches), Francesco Silvestri/FI Sound, Frank Genus/Pro Sounds, Chad Beckwith/ FI Sound / Patch Arena and other talented designers.

Z3TA+ 2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for an estimated street price of $99 USD/79 EUR/£69 GBP. Customers who purchased Z3TA+ 2 for Windows will automatically receive the Mac installer in their store account at no additional charge. Registered Z3TA+ customers can upgrade for $49 USD/39 EUR/£35 GBP. Prices include VAT.

More information: Cakewalk / Z3TA+ 2

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Cakewalk intros SONAR X2

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Cakewalk has announced SONAR X2, an updated version of its digital audio workstation software for Windows.


Cakewalk introduces its upcoming SONAR X2 music production software.

From getting great tone to releasing a final mix, today’s musicians must master every element of the music production process. SONAR X2 Producer is there every step of the way, and the revolutionary Skylight interface lets you move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again.

Dial up the perfect synth sound with Rapture or a searing guitar tone with TH2 Producer. Record it, tighten it, chop it, and drop it in the Matrix for realtime triggering. Shape it with the ProChannel. Warm it with the Console Emulator. And do it all with a single Smart Tool. It’s genius.

Starting August 1 through October 31st, when you purchase SONAR X1, you will get SONAR X2 for free once it becomes available.

More information: Cakewalk / SONAR X2

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Cakewalk launches Electronic Musician’s Dream Bundle: Z3TA+ 2, Rapture & iZotope Stutter Edit

Cakewalk Electronic Musician's Dream Bundle

Cakewalk has announced that its Electronic Musician’s Dream Bundle special offer is now available.

Cakewalk and iZotope have teamed up to bring you three inspiring tools for electronic music at a price that will make you think you are dreaming! Save over 50% when you download the Electronic Musician’s Dream Bundle which includes:

  • Z3TA+ 2 (regular price: $99)
  • Rapture (regular price: $99)
  • iZotope Stutter Edit (regular price: $249)

Regularly $447 USD / 373.90 EUR if purchased separately, you can download this special bundle for only $199.95 USD / 179.95 EUR through July 24th, 2012 (over 50% off the regular price).

More information: Cakewalk / Electronic Musician’s Dream Bundle

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Cakewalk intros Deadly Dubtronica Expansion Pack for Z3TA+ by Xenos Soundworks

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Cakewalk Deadly Dubtronica

Cakewalk has announced Deadly Dubtronica, an expansion pack for the Z3TA+ software synthesizer.

Deadly Dubtronica by Xenos Soundworks contains a total of 140 powerful and moody patches inspired by artists as Digital Mystikz, Rusko, Burial, Hybrid, Zomby, Kromestar, Mala, Kode9, 12th Planet and more.

Z3ta+ and Z3ta 2 owners will find plenty of material here for their Dubstep, Breakbeat, DnB and Future Garage/Ambient-Dub tracks. The soundset contains 128 sounds for Z3TA+ 1.5, plus an additional 12 patches for a total of 140 sounds for Z3TA+ 2.

These quality sounds are brought to you by Xenos Soundworks who contributed to the new factory sounds that come with Z3TA+ 2.

The expansion pack is available to purchase from Cakewalk for $14.99 USD.

More information: Deadly Dubtronica

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Zeomorphosis: Soundscape pad & synth sounds for Z3TA+ 2 by Random Wave Music

Random Wave Music Zeomorphosis

Random Wave Music has announced Zeomorphosis, a new soundscape pad & synth sound bank for Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2.

The ZEOMORPHOSIS sound bank contains 64 new Programs further expanding Z3TA+ 2′s sound pallet. Included in the ZEOMORPHOSIS sound bank are evocative atmospheric soundscapes and moods, analog-digital hybrid pads, vocal based sounds and a variety of different synths.

The 64 programmed sounds are organized into 4 general category sound types: Atmosphere, Pad, Synth and Vocal

The programmed sounds include controller assignments mapped to key velocity, modulation wheel and aftertouch for further expressiveness.

Zeomorphosis features

  • 64 new Presets in .fxp Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 Program file format.
  • Program files provided in standard 1.0X and 2.0X oversampling playback quality.
  • Documentation including Manual, Patch List, License Agreement.

The soundset is available to purchase for $12.50 USD.

More information: Random Wave Music / Zeomorphosis

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