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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“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… Read more »


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… Read more »


@beatman 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… Read more »


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… Read more »

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digital lofi

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.


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!