SONAR X1a Update

Last updated on 3/28/2016

PLEASE READ: The information in this article is provided for archival purposes. Please note that there is a more recent update available for SONAR X1. The most recent update is SONAR X1c. You can locate this update in the SONAR X1 download section by clicking here. It is not required to install SONAR X1a, SONAR X1b or any of the X1 QuickFixes to install SONAR X1c. If you have already installed X1a, X1b or a QuickFix, you can install X1c over it.

Warning: Some users have reported that X1a did not behave correctly with all ASIO devices. Some of the devices affected were the following:


  • Any Lynx Studio Technology interface
  • Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe
  • M-Audio Delta 1010
  • Frontier Design Group Dakota

An official resolution to this issue was implemented in the SONAR X1b and subsequent updates available here.

Issues addressed in SONAR X1a




  • Simple Instrument Tracks can now be routed within the Track Pane
  • Envelope nodes no longer get captured by mouse when dragged below a track boundary
  • 'BounceBufSizeMsec' is now working properly, if you are experiencing slow bounce times  see KB2007013213 for more information
  • Inserted Instrument's data picker displays envelope recorded by previous synth
  • Side chaining now works correctly with mono sources
  • Addressed an issue where SONAR X1 would lose connection with some ASIO devices
  • Bus waveform preview now works correctly regardless of the tab selected in the Multidock
  • Help menu item for Cakewalk support is now pointing to the correct URL
  • Fixed the following conditions which could cause SONAR to crash
    • Drag & dropping after closing the Browser tab on Multidock.
    • Entering a value twice in the Step Sequencer
    • Adding a new synth to the project after writing automation
    • Closing an open project after a dropout when two or more projects are open
    • Adjusting ASIO buffer size on system with multiple Roland audio devices



  • Multidock: Closed Views now remove their tabs if Multidock is collapsed
  • Multidock: maximized state on 2nd display now persists with screenset
  • Browser: in some cases would cause a crash if being undocked while out of focus

FX Chains

  • Drag and drop to a blank space in the clips view now works correctly
  • Drag and drop from a nested folder now works correctly
  • Drag and drop from Browse to Instrument Track FX Bin now works correctly
  • In some cases saving a FX Chain preset from the Inspector or Console would cause a crash


  • Controls are now exposed to ACT
  • Presets now load with enable button in the correct state
  • UI is now graphically updated during live input
  • Now behaves correctly when splitting an Instrument Track
  • Gain knob is now visible on Instrument Tracks
  • EQ: now persists correctly when compacted
  • EQ: now loads at the same octave it was saved
  • 4k Compressor: no longer crashes if side chain key input is a groove clip
  • 4k Compressor: HPF is no longer always on
  • 4K Compressor: Side Chain ON/OFF switch is no longer backwards when processing mono files
  • 4k Compressor: HPF is now more accurate when side chained

Essential and Studio

  • EQ plot in Essential and Studio is now editable
  • Sonitus:fx EQ Pre/Post switch now works correctly


  • It is now possible to move focus to the following via a keystroke:
    • Inspector
    • Browser
    • Multidock
  • New 'Accessibility' template with all views open as MDI windows and Track controls set to 'All'


  • MIDI Meters in Inspector are now positioned correctly after selecting properties
  • Corrected an issue where the inspector could become corrupted when deleting an instrument track
  • Surround Panner now opens correctly on first launch
  • The following commands have been removed:
    • Show all Controllers from the Track view MIDI menu
    • Compact Audio Data, for similar functionality use Utilities | Consolidate Project Audio
  • 'Open synth rack' option from the Insert Soft Synth dialog now opens the Browser with the Synth Rack tab selected
  • Version info now displays correctly
  • Inspector now displays correctly when a track is routed to a side chain output
  • Improved support for Japanese operating systems
  • VST Plug-in Properties dialog box no longer throws an error message when dismissed
  • Snap to Transients tooltip is now spelled correctly
  • Most Menu Commands are missing from ACT Control Surface Plug-ins
  • FX Chains cannot be Renamed or Extracted from Inspector or Console View


  • Templates now have browser preview bus set correctly
  • Templates now have the Audio Metronome Output is set correctly
  • Electronic project template now has audio output

This download includes updates for all supported languages and operating systems and applies to both the 32 and 64-bit versions of SONAR X1. In order to install this update you must have SONAR X1 already installed on your computer.

DownloadDownload the SONAR X1a update for SONAR X1 Producer(Approx. 207 MB)

DownloadDownload the SONAR X1a update for SONAR X1 Studio(Approx. 195 MB)

DownloadDownload the SONAR X1a update for SONAR X1 Essential(Approx. 188 MB)

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