Cakewalk have announced the v8.5 update of their flagship Sonar software. SONAR Producer 8.5 and SONAR Studio 8.5 offer new beat creation and arrangement tools, a new drum instrument, enhanced AudioSnap 2 audio quantizing and new multi-stage effect plug-ins for vocals and percussion.
Some of the fun additions in SONAR 8.5 include an Integrated Arpeggiator (for triggering arpeggiations on MIDI or instrument tracks with in-depth control over all arp parameters) and Session Drummer 3, for easy and fast creation of virtual instrument drum tracks with a new UI, and stellar-sounding kits and patterns from top sound designers and drummers. Other new features include Windows 7 compatibility, a Matrix view for simple and flexible cell-based nonlinear audio/MIDI arranging, engine optimizations and stability improvements for recording audio while looping, Native REX loop support, the ability to hotswap audio and MIDI devices without restarting SONAR and access of up to 128 GB of RAM. Among SONAR 8.5’s VST plug-in compatibility improvements is BitBridgeXR, which lets users run 32-bit plugs in 64-bit environments.