CAKEWALK SONAR HOME STUDIO
Cakewalk’s delectable PC DAW normally costs $49, but we’re serving up this tasty treat for free with our special 250th issue
This $49 PC DAW is yours for free – ends 1st Feb 2018
We’ve always prided ourselves on bringing you everything you need to make music on your computer, and that’s rarely been better exemplified than by this month’s giveaway. We’ve joined forces with veteran DAW developers Cakewalk to bring you the honest-to-goodness full commercial version of their PC DAW, Sonar Home Studio.
Sonar Home Studio is a pared back version of the company’s award-winning flagship Sonar, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not up to the task of producing full, polished productions. No project is too large for Sonar Home Studio, offering up to 64 tracks of high-quality audio recording and playback with every production tool you could possibly want.
There’s the Studio instruments Suite, which features drums, bass, electric piano and strings, giving you a full band awaiting your command. Effects plugins are also on tap, with delay, reverb, chorus, EQ and filters, modulation effects, dyanmics, and Overloud’s TH3 Cakewalk amp sim.
Is there a catch? Well, just one: Sonar Home Studio is only available for Windows users (though you can run it on Mac via a Bootcamped Windows installation). Windows 7, 8, and 10 are supported in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants.
If you love your copy of Sonar Home Studio, the Artist, Professional and Platinum versions of Sonar add in loads and loads of extra plugins and functionality, and are available to buy outright or via subscription deals. www.cakewalk.com
TOOLS Select, move, draw, erase, and edit your work – check out the Smart tool too CLIPS Audio & MIDI regions are shown here, as is automation. You can use GrooveClip looping to force them to the project tempo TRACK STRIP Audio and Instrument Track Strips are available, each controlled by a classic mixer-style channel strip TRANSPORT Start and stop playback, move the playhead and record in different modes LOOP MODULE Loop your playback and dial in specific behaviours for it MIXER This is a scrollable model of an old-school mixing desk with all of the trimmings. Add effects, tweak EQ, pan position and more LENSES Home in on only the bits you need to see for any given task BROWSER Drag and drop plugins, audio loops and other media and even save and call up notes PLUGINS Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio comes loaded with effects pugins, and a couple of tasty instruments. It can host yours too, of course