Play it loud
Overloud brings their critically acclaimed amp modeling technology to SONAR with Overloud TH2 SONAR and Overloud TH2 Producer (only in SONAR X2 Producer). From chunk to funk, TH2 has it covered with big, lifelike tone and expressive playability. Whether it's a crushing riff, shimmering rhythm part, or blistering lead, with over 10 amps to choose from and authentic, manufacturer approved models of classic gear, TH2 dishes the tone you crave. Plug it in. Turn it up. Watch video
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A world of instruments
A lot of DAWs feel like empty studios. Lots of tracks and editing tools, but not
much to actually make music with. SONAR on the other hand is a virtual studio packed
with instruments. The flagship SONAR X2 Producer contains a total of 20 distinct
virtual instruments. From the encyclopedic sound library of Dimension Pro
to the raw power of Rapture and Z3TA+, there are
literally thousands of patches ready to be explored. Session Drummer 3
is on skins with detailed acoustic kits and authentic, classic rhythm machines.
Save favorite sounds and even complex stacks and layers with Track Templates and
recall them instantly with simple drag and drop. Work less. Play more.
Get a full list of instruments in: Producer | Studio | Essential
Get more out of your instruments
The ARP. SONAR X2 has the most sophisticated arpeggiator ever built into a DAW. It goes way beyond up/down patterns and ventures into circular and inverted patterns and even custom phrases. And it's totally addictive. Turn it on and trip out.
ACT out: Active Controller Technology makes mapping controls dead simple and remembers every control for every synth and every effect. And your mappings are ready to go in every new project. You control whatever is in focus and ACT does the rest.
(Producer & Studio only)
Enter the Matrix
Why edit and arrange your loops when you can play them instead? The Matrix View lets you organize audio and MIDI loops, phrases, and one shots into cells and columns for real-time triggering from one (or more) MIDI controllers. Use it for easy arranging of song sections or for complex sets of multiple grooves, one-shots, drops, and breakdowns - all playable in real-time. And the entire performance can be captured onto discrete tracks in SONAR's Track View where it can be freely edited and mixed until it's exactly what you want. The new per-cell trigger resolution and enhanced routing with support for external MIDI hardware make it a formidable creative force. What are you waiting for? Free your mind. Watch video
With the searchable Browser you can access a neatly organized collection of loops, one-shots, effects and instruments which can be incorporated into projects with a simple drag and drop. Access complex FX Chains, create custom content locations, and even replace synths in one fell swoop. In fact, you can drag and drop just about anything both to and from the Browser. And thanks to Skylight, it's there when you need it, gone when you don't, and its size and location are totally up to you. Find it. Drag it. Drop it. See a list of content
Latest recording technology
Completely 64-bit, Windows 8, and more
SONAR X2 includes trailblazing support for all the latest recording technologies, easily making it the best choice for recording audio and MIDI on the Windows platform.
- Unlimited audio* and MIDI tracks
- Take lanes and Track Folders
- Track Templates
- Confidence Recording
- Input monitoring with effects
- Versatile metronome with subdivisions
- Intuitive keyboard shortcuts
- Quick access Synth Rack
- 64-bit, double precision mix engine
- Automatic Plug-in Delay Compensation
- Up to 384kHz audio fidelity
- Low-latency audio engine
- 64-bit OS support for Windows 7/8
- ASIO and WDM support
*SONAR X2 Essential includes 64 audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks
Improved Smart Tool
SONAR’s innovative Smart Tool is smarter than ever. Constantly switching tools can be a real drag on your creativity. Enter the Smart Tool, which changes function automatically based on context and works in every one of SONAR's edit views. Place the cursor on what you want to edit and SONAR does the rest. With SONAR X2, the Smart Tool has been improved so that most common functions don't even require modifier keys. Functions like freehand and line drawing, as well as painting note lengths, are also now possible. It will totally spoil you. Watch video
New Smart Grid
Changing snap settings is one of those repetitive tasks that, while necessary, suck some of the joy out of creating music. Smart Grid intelligently sets the snap resolution and the visual grid line display dynamically, based on zoom level, to a useful setting for the task at hand. And it can do it independently for the Track View and the Piano Roll View. Let SONAR think about snap so you don't have to. Watch video
The improved Edit Filter ensures that tracks clearly display the data you want to see and edit. Used with the Smart Tool, even complex, multi-track editing is fast and seamless. Dice clips, paint notes, time stretch audio, and draw automation with no tool switching and no hassle.
SONAR X2's PRV has been enhanced with a new look and new functionality. The virtual keyboard now displays real-time MIDI input and Aim Assist functionality has been enhanced to clearly show both vertical and horizontal placement of notes. Coupled with the new Smart Tool functionality, both the PRV and the inline PRV feel rock-solid and make creating and editing MIDI parts quicker and easier.
No matter what style of music you create, loops are a great way to get a project started, and they can really spice up an original track. Updated to fully integrate into the Skylight interface, the Loop Construction View lets you tweak each audio slice with pitch, pan, and volume envelopes, keeping loops sounding fresh, locked to the groove, and just the way you want.
Cutting edge tools
(Producer & Studio)
(Producer & Studio)
From minimal to maniacal, build beats in classic fashion with SONAR's groove-churning Step Sequencer. Move fast with Auto Populate and tweak patterns down to their very core with per-lane and per-step flam, offset, swing and probability control. Launch it from any softsynth window and immediately start creating rhythm patterns that do mean a thing.
Perfect vocals – on pitch and in time. More than just pitch control, V-Vocal also gives you control over timing, dynamics, vibrato, and formant. With just a couple of clicks you can achieve natural sounding vocals with simple pitch correction, or crank up V-Vocal to achieve the robotic vocals heard on today’s popular hit songs. V-Vocal can even convert audio to MIDI so you can double parts, replace sounds, and more.
Get full control of the timing and feel of your tracks. Tighten multi-track drums with full phase coherency, lock MIDI tracks to the timing of audio tracks, convert audio to MIDI for drum replacement, create groove templates, change tempo of audio - it's all possible from one simple interface using the Smart Tool.
The mixing console is the nerve center
of the studio and at the heart of every great sounding track. But the mixing consoles
in DAWs are not all created equal. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer, the
ProChannel equips SONAR's already impressive console with big, epic, pro-studio
sound. But don't mistake the ProChannel for merely a great sounding channel strip.
Because it's so much more.
The ProChannel will literally change the way you mix and produce from the moment you start using it. The speed provided by the ProChannel's ergonomics is truly something to behold, and once you get accustomed to it, anything else will frankly feel antiquated. All that clicking and double clicking and managing floating plugin windows - just to see the effects setup of a single track. Not with the ProChannel. One click shows you every detail of a track's effects processing setup, drag and drop alters signal flow, and VST plugins and FX Chains can be freely mingled with any number of custom ProChannel modules.
Build your dream channel - with creamy EQ, smooth optical compression, complex FX chains, tube saturation and detailed console emulation. Build your dream console out of an unlimited number of ProChannel strips and save complete ProChannel setups for instant recall. And you don't have to worry about all that heavy duty signal processing bogging you down because the ProChannel and its custom modules introduce no significant latency and operate with extreme CPU efficiency. It's the kind of thing you always dreamed your DAW would someday do. Watch video
Analog console sound. Software flexibility.
SONAR X2 Producer's Console Emulator injects the sound of three legendary consoles right into SONAR's ProChannel, bringing "in the box" mixing to a whole new level. The big, punchy sound of analog consoles comes from the individual components and random variables induced by the circuitry in each channel and bus. And little things mean a lot. Crosstalk and component tolerance have a cumulative effect on a mix, making it sound big, warm and pleasing due to the effects of non-linear summing. And different consoles have different characteristics. Add the Console Emulator to any channel or bus and dial in the warm sound of these legendary analog hardware consoles - with all the modern convenience and flexibility of software. Watch video
Visualize your mix
R-MIX SONAR is now available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer. Visualize stereo tracks and buses for unprecedented creative control. Fully automatable and available on any track or bus, R-MIX employs Roland's innovative V-Remastering technology letting you remove noise, isolate particular elements, or create unique and evocative filtering effects that demand attention. Watch video
Pure, unadulterated, world-class reverb inspired by classic hardware is now fully integrated into SONAR X2 Producer both as a VST plugin and as a custom ProChannel module. BREVERB SONAR delivers gorgeous results with fully automatable control of four of the most popular algorithms from the full version - with no limitations. Extensive presets and hardware-style controls make it a snap to get just the right ambience for any sound. Perfectly suited to any mixing or post-production task, SONAR BREVERB is flexible, easy to use and sounds utterly superb. Watch video
Pro Mixing Console
There's nothing like sitting at the controls of a big, professional mixing desk. SONAR X2 provides that experience plus jaw dropping abilities only possible with software like flexible routing and unlimited everything. Turn the knobs. Ride the faders.
Each version of SONAR X2 contains a collection of handcrafted FX Chains for a variety of mixing tasks. SONAR X2 Producer ups the ante with ProChannel FX Chains, making the ProChannel a truly epic force when it comes to mixing.
SONAR's automation system has been completely overhauled, adding individual automation lanes for each track plus new automation modes (Latch, Touch, Overwrite, Punch) and much improved editing with the Smart Tool. Brilliant.
Each version of SONAR X2 includes its own suite of effects, tailored for the most common mixing needs. SONAR X2 Producer delivers 59 professional grade audio/MIDI FX. See the full list in: Producer | Studio | Essential
Looking at a big, sexy mixing console is bound to make you want to touch it. And with ACT, you can. ACT dynamically maps any number of physical MIDI controls to SONAR's faders, panners, auxes, and any effect parameter available.
64-bit mix engine
With the first 64-bit mix engine available in any DAW, SONAR's sound quality is unsurpassed. Coupled with its 64-bit file handling and 384 kHz sample rate support, SONAR X2 is the true state of the art in audio fidelity.
Add the final touches to your mix
LP-64 EQ is a linear-phase Equalizer that puts a professional sheen on your final mix. Get accurate processing and eliminate phase distortion that is common with parametric EQ. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer.
LP-64 Multiband Compressor
The LP-64 Multiband is a linear phase mastering compressor/limiter. It provides clean, clear non-smeared control over isolated bands for volume maximization or attenuation/limiting with superior linear phase technology. Available exclusively in SONAR X2 Producer.
- Boost 11 Peak Limiter plug-in
- Peak markers
- Bus waveform preview
- Accurate 64-bit double precision audio fidelity
- POW-R Dithering (Producer exclusive)
Flexible delivery options
Upload your songs directly to SoundCloud and automatically notify social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Score your videos in SONAR X2 and then export them in a variety of formats including QuickTime.
- Export MIDI data seamlessly to your favorite notation software with MusicXML
- Flexible export options: AIF, Broadcast WAV, FLAC, SD2 (Sound Designer II), QuickTime video, and more
- Collaborate with other DAWs using SONAR’s Broadcast Wave & OMF support
- Finish a project and immediately burn CDs for fans, family, and friends
- Upload your music to the web using Cakewalk Publisher