Conclusion: Cakewalk SONAR X3 Producer continues to deliver oodles of power for not that much money, and aside from some persistent UI quirks, this latest version is the best one yet.
Pros: Stellar new vocal comping and built-in Melodyne pitch correction. Improved skylight interface is easy to customize. Truly robust instrument plug-in bundle. Stock ProChannel effects sound excellent and are built into every mixer channel. Windows 8.1 touch support works well. No USB dongle required. Solid value.
Cons: Needs better notation editing. Some disparate elements of the user interface remain. Skylight UI really needs a 1080p screen to come into its own. Addictive Drums plug-in isn't mapped to General MIDI keys. Still no Mac version.