Conclusion: Cakewalk SONAR X1 Producer Expanded is a powerful digital audio workstation program that has come a long way in the past 10 years, but parts of it still seem dated.
Pros: Good value. Attractive Skylight interface is a tremendous improvement. Robust instrument plug-in bundle. Stock ProChannel effects sound excellent and are built into every mixer channel. No USB dongle required. Downloadable version available for purchase.
Cons: Decade-old Windows dialogs remain behind the new UI. Needs a better limiter plug-in. Skylight UI really needs a 1080p screen to come into its own. Expanded effects and ProChannel UI improvements cost extra. Troublesome audio interface configuration. Still no Mac version.
Excerpt: SONAR X1 features Skylight, the redesigned GUI that puts most operations on a single screen. Cakewalk’s SONAR has been annually upgraded for close to a decade now, evolving into a full-featured Windows DAW that in some instances has been ahead of the competition. SONAR has led with features like surround integration, full 64-bit processing, V-Vocal pitch correction, ACT (Active Controller Technology) and a full roster of included virtual instruments, to name a few.
Summary: Cakewalk have redesigned their flagship music production software, and, in doing so, made Sonar better for both seasoned hands and newcomers.
Pros: Skylight provides a flexible user‑interface framework that should be welcomed by newcomers and existing users alike., Common editing tasks are so much easier thanks to the re-thought tool behaviour., The track‑based Edit Filter simplifies automation editing.
Cons: The bundled plug‑ins seem inconsistent in both quality and use., Some aspects of the program are less raffiné than the competition.
Conclusion: Powerful home recording software with excellent built-in instruments and effects, unlimited MIDI tracks and 64 audio tracks that make it very good value. It is still a bit of a steep learning curve though and the documentation, help and supporting videos could be more integrated and better organised. Pros: All those instruments and effects provide everything you need for home recording. Cons: Documentation, help and supporting videos need to be better organised.
Cakewalk Sonar X1 Testbericht: DAW der nächsten Generation?
25 February 2013
Summary: Die aktuelle Version der DAW Cakewalk Sonar X1 wartet mit zahlreichen neuen Funktionen wie einem vorzüglichen Channel Strip und einer gehörig überarbeiteten Benutzeroberfläche auf. In unserem Cakewalk Sonar X1 Testbericht erfährst Du, ob sich der Kauf für dich lohnt und welche Einstiegshürden zu überspringen sind.
Pros: Flexibles Interface, Ausgezeichnete Kanalzugeffekte, Erstellung von Effektketten, Drag & Drop für viele Objekte, Entschlackte Dialogboxen und Menüs
Cons: Einstieg für Nutzer der Vorgängerversionen schwierig, Teilweise versteckte Einstellungen und umständliche Bedienung