Powerful Tools for the Home Studio
Create music in any style with cutting-edge instruments, effects, and creative tools. Thanks to the award-winning Skylight user interface, SONAR X3 lets you move seamlessly in your production workspace, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again. Produce flawless tracks with the 64-Bit Double Precision audio engine and upload polished mixes directly to YouTube and SoundCloud. Plus, SONAR X3 let's you do it all without limiting the number of tracks and plugins; all while supporting the latest technologies like VST3, multi-touch, and Gobbler cloud save.
Creativity, without limits.
SONAR X3 delivers what other DAWs cannot offer, unlimited everything in all versions! You get unlimited simultaneous Audio & MIDI tracks, FX, Sends, and full VST3 support with our industry leading 64-bit mix engine. We believe that everyone deserves the full SONAR X3 experience
A smarter way to record.
SONAR X3 now introduces our breakthrough Comping - the smartest and quickest method for working with multiple takes. Record the same part as many times as you like using the new Comping record mode, and when you’re finished, our speed comping accelerates your workflow so that you can isolate, edit, and promote your strongest performances into one unified flawless track. Comping at its core improves the overdubbing process and streamlines the post-recording and editing experience.
The latest VST technology for the greatest DAW.
VST3 support is now fully integrated across all versions of SONAR X3. That means superior plugin management, low CPU loads, and improved visual workspace. It’s perfectly integrated into SONAR X3’s browser and shows you VST3 and VST2 plugins side by side.
SONAR X3 automatically detects new VST plugins so you never have to rescan, and if you have a project using the VST 2 version of a plugin that also supports VST3, SONAR will update it and keep all of your settings intact.
64-bit Audio Engine
The root of our excellence.
SONAR X3’s brilliant audio engine captures the clarity and elegance of your music. Its inspiring smooth sound and sonic characteristics digitize your performances with the utmost precision. You can bounce your tracks down in minutes with our 64 bit double precision engine, record up to 192kHz with low latency monitoring, and mix with confidence using our sample-accurate plugin delay compensation. Every user deserves the caliber of fidelity that SONAR delivers, and that’s why we made all of this available in every version.
Melodyne Essential with ARA integration
Correction, this is all you need.
Melodyne Essential is now fully integrated into SONAR X3 Producer and Studio. This means the best pitch correction, time stretching, and audio to MIDI conversion in the business are at your command. Whether there’s a flat note in a vocal, or you want to adjust phrasing, Melodyne makes it a snap to polish your recordings.
By adding support for ARA technology (Audio Random Access), we were able to seamlessly integrate Melodyne Essential into SONAR's Skylight interface. This means no waiting for data to transfer into the Editor. Simply click to open the audio clip and get to work. To convert audio to MIDI, simply drag and audio clip onto a MIDI track and Melodyne takes care of the rest. And if you are using any other version of Melodyne or plan to upgrade, you get to enjoy the same level of integration automatically. In fact, ARA integration is available in all version of SONAR X3!
Get social on YouTube
Market directly to YouTube users.
YouTube is one of the most widely used social media platforms in the world for musicians and artists. SONAR X3 integrates YouTube’s publishing capabilities right into the control bar so you don’t even have to leave the program to share videos with your subscribers.
Integrated saving and sharing on the cloud.
Upload your projects anywhere, anytime - without having to leave your DAW.
Backup all of your work and never worry about losing a single shred of data ever again.
Store your work as long as you want. Now, every new SONAR X3 user gets 5GB free store on Gobbler’s cloud.
Share with your friends and colleagues with a single click of the mouse. Gobbler will do the rest.
Custom Track Colors
Organize and colorize.
Adding color to your sessions makes light work out of organizing complex and track-heavy projects. Colorize every track, or just your busses, and SONAR X3 will automatically update tracks routed to that bus to match. Custom track colors saves you time so that you can move from console view to track view and back instantly. Customize groups of tracks like drums, horn sections, and background vocals to streamline your mixing and editing workflow. ProChannel modules follow your custom track colors allowing you to apply your favorite effects quicker and easier than ever before.
QuadCurve EQ Zoom
Seeing is Believing.
Boost, cut and produce with the most visual EQ that Cakewalk has ever offered. Once you experience the QuadCurve EQ’s Zoom Panel you will never touch another EQ again. With the new built-in spectrum analyzer you can use both your eyes and ears to accurately sculpt your tracks.W
A touch of analog.
The Tape Emulator is the newest addition to your arsenal of ProChannel modules. Activate the sound of priceless analog tape machines right from your studio chair. Then pair it with the Console Emulator for the complete sound of the classic pre-digital era.
SONAR X3 includes over a hundred finely tuned tweaks, little enhancements and general improvements throughout, inspired by customer feedback, making it the most refined and solid version of SONAR yet.
Your music. Filtered.
Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX
Classic analog for your digital studio.
The Studio Mixing Suite includes a stunning set of 19 different dynamic, EQ, and effects processors from Nomad Factory. This suite is influenced by vintage style gear that dominated the legendary analog studios where classic tracks were born.
There is a module for every situation in this bundle. You can load up the Dual Phaser, Dual Chorus, Oilcan Echo, or the 3D Tempo Delay and never have to touch your pedal board again. Sculpt and shape your mixes with 1 or all 6 of the supplied parametric, graphic, or programmable EQs and then apply one of our dynamics processors to keep your levels under control and glued together.
Strum Acoustic Session
No guitar? No problem.
Experience the sound and feel of an acoustic guitar right from your keyboard with Strum Acoustic Session. This is the most convincing physically modeled acoustic guitar on the market. Strum and voice chords and harmonies all without needing to pick up a guitar.
Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
Move seamlessly across all your production tasks with Skylight Interface
NEW! Skylight Interface enhancements and color customizations
NEW! Assemble the perfect performance with breakthrough comping workflow
NEW! Full support for VST3 synths and effects
Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision audio engine
NEW! Gobbler cloud saving and sharing
Program beats using the Step Sequencer
Play loops in real-time with Matrix View
Dial in searing guitar tones with Overloud TH2 SONAR amp sim
NEW! Track realistic drum grooves instantly using Session Drummer 3
Play and record with 12 instruments including the Studio Instruments suite
Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 8
Mix like a pro with a full mixing console that includes built-in EQ
NEW! Mix with the Sonitus:fx Suite
NEW! 27 total FX including the Essential Suite and Classic Creative Suite
Get your song sounding radio-ready with the Boost 11 Peak Limiter
Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
Requires Windows 7 or Window 8
And much more
Minimum system requirements
Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32 and 64-bit). XP and Vista are no longer officially supported.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz or higher
2GB of RAM
1280x800 minimum screen resolution
4.5GB for minimal install, 20GB recommended
Broadband internet connection for download
Gobbler requires internet connection