You need to be logged in to post on the forum
Topic Options
Index
#458562 - 02/21/18 09:45 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] sonar studio
Mattox Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 05/09/14
Posts: 48
I have been using sonar for my recording. They have closed their doors. Is their any recommendation for a new recording software that works like Cakewalk and will import the songs I saved in Sonar?

Top
#458567 - 02/21/18 10:00 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
jford Online   content
Veteran

Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 10616
Loc: Pensacola, Florida
Each DAW stores content in their own proprietary format. There are some folks who tried to write some converters, with limited success. It requires fully understanding the source and target file formats (which are not necessarily published).

There are any number of powerful DAWs, although none will "be" Sonar, as each approach audio creating/editing/mixing/mastering in their own way. If you log onto the Sonar User Forum, you'll see lots of folks discussing what they are doing and how they are handling it (and also a lot of griping about the current state of Cakewalk and Gibson).

While not necessarily endorsing any one product (everyone's workflow is different) many have switched to PreSonus Studio One v3, or Reaper v5, or Magix Samplitude Pro X3, or Cubase, or MixBus. For many of these, you can still find some nice cross-grade offers, but I suspect the further away we get from the demise of Cakewalk, the fewer the offers will be available.

From what I've seen, the best bet is (while you can still use Sonar) is to save each track as a WAV file (even MIDI tracks, assuming you want to preserve the current sound you get). You should also save each project with MIDI as a MIDI file, although you will lose all softsynth and effects settings when you bring it into a new DAW. So, that would mean taking notes about each project so as to re-apply settings and effects you made within the confines of a new DAW after you import the file.

Once you have everything exported, you can import the content into the new DAW, but you'll still have to do do a lot of tweaking once there. Unfortunately, unlike notation with MusicXML, there isn't a common DAW format that you can save/export to and then import in to another DAW. They each do their own thing.
_________________________
John

HP Win10Pro-64, 8GB
ASUS Win10Pro-64, 16GB
HP Win7Pro-64, 8GB

H/W-Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD, Casio Kbds
S/W-BB/RB2018/Sonar/Reaper/Studio One/Samplitude/MixBus/Notion/Finale/Noteworthy/NI Komplete/Halion/Garritan/IK
Web-http://www.sus4chord.com

Top
#458570 - 02/21/18 10:15 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: jford]
Mattox Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 05/09/14
Posts: 48
thank you, looks like I have a lot of work and learning ahead of me

Top
#458647 - 02/21/18 06:08 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
Takamine Offline
Apprentice

Registered: 12/20/12
Posts: 102
Loc: Goshen, Indiana
I second what John said. Personnaly, I use PreSonus Studio One as my DAW. I played around with Sonar in the past, like it but never made the switch. I thought the learning curve on Studio One was pretty easy, but nothing compares to Sonar/Cakewalk for handling Midi. If you're interested, you can download Studio One Prime, which is a free version of Studio One, but lacks some of the features and plugins.
_________________________
Rich

Win 10, 64 bit | BIAB 2013 UltraPlusPak

Top
#458655 - 02/21/18 07:04 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
Jim Fogle Offline
Veteran

Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 4021
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC USA
If you're presently using an older Sonar version what you have will continue to work as good as it has in the past. There is little reason for that to change unless you're computer runs Windows 10 and Microsoft changes the operating system so drastically that the operating system "break" what presently works.

The issue is that what you have will not be updated so new and upcoming features such as VST3 or the midi improvements announced at NAMM 2018 will not be available for use to you.

The suggestion to check out the Cakewalk forum is a wise suggestion. One Cakewalk user is alpha testing a utility program that converts Cakewalk projects to Reaper projects. Information is available about how to download Cakewalk's consumer product, Sonar Home Studio, for free (the same info is available in this forum) and many marketing offers to attract Sonar users.
_________________________
Jim Fogle
2018 BiaB (520) UltraPlusPak RB 2018 (Build 5)
Cakewalk by Bandlab - Sonar Home Studio - Cakewalk Music Creator 6 - Audacity - Zoom MRS-8 recorder
i3 laptop, 64bit Win 7, 8 GB ram, 480GB SSD
Music at: http://fogle622.wix.com/fogle622-audio-home

Top
#458665 - 02/21/18 10:06 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
Rob4580 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 2337
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
I'm about to purchase Studio One.
They were running a deal for Sonar users.
All the best.

https://www.presonus.com/products/Studio-One

Top
#458666 - 02/21/18 10:16 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
Noel96 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 13525
Loc: Australia
I'm an avid Reaper user.
_________________________
LINKS TO MY BIAB/RB SONGS


Top
#458704 - 02/22/18 06:55 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Rob4580]
MarioD Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 11336
Loc: Hamlin NY
Originally Posted By: Rob4580
I'm about to purchase Studio One.
They were running a deal for Sonar users.
All the best.

https://www.presonus.com/products/Studio-One


I went from Splat to Studio One Pro (SO3) and I have no regrets! As you know I work mostly in MIDI and while I do miss the ease of working with MIDI in Splat I can still do a lot of things in SO3. It's not as easy but it still can be done.

SO3 is a lot faster and very stable on my Win 10 system. I have been using it since December and I have never had a crash. The ease of adding MIDI instruments as well as all effects, MIDI and audio, is amazing.

I like SO3 so much that I took Splat off my system. YMMV
_________________________
My mind is like my Internet browser: 19 tabs open, 3 of them are frozen & I have no idea where the music is coming from.

64 bit Win 10 Pro - the latest BiaB and RB - Roland Octa-Capture audio interface - a ton of software and some hardware.

Top
#458733 - 02/22/18 11:12 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Rob4580]
Larry Kehl Offline
Veteran

Registered: 06/04/00
Posts: 2114
Loc: New Mexico
if you ARE going to buy Studio One and ahven't pulled trigger yet see this thread it will save you about $30

http://www.pgmusic.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=458330#Post458330


Yes I have bought lots of SW at JRR Shop

Larry


Edited by Larry Kehl (02/22/18 11:12 AM)
_________________________
Win7&10Pro64,i7-2600k,32GB,1OTBsHDD,RX480 8GB,Scarlett 18i8,MIDI4x4,Montage7Fusion 8HD,QS8,GR-50,Integra7,XV5080,Fantom-XR,QSR,SC-8850,Nanosynth,SPLAT,FL20, SO3,MC8,AD2,ST3,Kontakt5,Amptube4,etc.. but really I'm a guitar player AXE FX III

Top
#458979 - 02/23/18 08:56 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
rockstar_not Offline
Veteran

Registered: 01/14/02
Posts: 7446
Loc: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Cakewalk was bought today from Gibson

Top
#459446 - 02/27/18 07:50 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Mattox]
Guitarhacker Offline
Veteran

Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 5793
Cakewalk is now going to be a part of Bandlab. What they do with it is yet to be determined.

That said.... your present Cakewalk software will continue to run just fine. I'd suggest, if you haven't already done so, to set up a DAW that is a dedicated machine. Preferably off line so it doesn't get automatic OS updates and patches. I did that years ago and my DAW works as well today as it did the day I installed Sonar on it.

Until the computer itself dies, it should continue to run the same way. And even then, as long as I can get parts I can keep it running. Since I have the OS, I can reinstall that to a new machine w/o any issues, or perhaps it might be time to move up to 64 bits if the machine dies..... and when that happens, I'll have a look around at the market to see what's available.

In the mean time.... do good backup on your data. Always save your songs not only in the cakewalk format but also save the individual track files in a folder as waves. With waves, you can import them into ANY DAW and recreate the project if you need to do so. I tend to find that I rarely need to or want to go back to a project once it's completed.

Save as a cakewalk project, save as the individual track files, and save a clean wave of the finished song.
_________________________
You can find my music at:
www.herbhartley.com

Add nothing that adds nothing to the music

Top
#461005 - 03/07/18 11:10 AM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Guitarhacker]
David Snyder Online   happy
Veteran

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 4193
Loc: North Carolina

I am going to mostly agree with Herb here but add one thing:

Luckily, I do all my first recordings in Real Band and only mix in Sonar.

I really like Real Band for recording audio. I think it is easy, easy top work with, easy to edit in, clean, and never clips. I don't see why people are so harsh about it. I love Real Band.

Then, when I have everything, I export all to individual files.

So, no matter what happens with any DAW, I will always have those master files of each track.

For effects, I have a folder with presets for almost every VST I use so in a worst case scenario, I could start any song over in any DAW and be done in an hour, or heck, mix it in Real Band.

The world won't stop because Sonar went out of business, and I will still use it as long as I can.

I will cry for a little while though if it crashes and never comes back, because I love the interface.
_________________________
David Snyder
Audiophile Everything + Studio + Instruments + Fingers
ASCAP, NSAI

www.davidsnydermusic.com
www.reverbnation.com./davidpsnyder
www.soundcloud.com/davidsnyderchannel
www.songtradr.com/user/profile/david.snyder







Top
#461039 - 03/07/18 04:44 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Jim Fogle]
Teunis Offline
Apprentice

Registered: 12/20/16
Posts: 255
Loc: Gold Coast, Queensland, Austra...
Originally Posted By: Jim Fogle

The suggestion to check out the Cakewalk forum is a wise suggestion. One Cakewalk user is alpha testing a utility program that converts Cakewalk projects to Reaper projects. Information is available about how to download Cakewalk's consumer product, Sonar Home Studio, for free (the same info is available in this forum) and many marketing offers to attract Sonar users.


I have been playing around with Reaper for several weeks now. Whilst I still prefer some things in Sonar there are many things Reaper does better. For example, Reaper makes slicing audio then moving or deleting parts and putting the audio back together much easier than Sonar. Reaper makes varying tempo easier.

As Jim said there is work on opening CakeWalk CWP in Reaper using ReaCWP. This does work fairly well but obviously there are issues with CakeWalk only VSTs but in general it seems to work pretty well.

My two bobs worth and personal experiences.

Tony


Edited by Teunis (03/07/18 04:46 PM)
_________________________
HP i7-4770 16GB 512G SSD, Win 10 Home,
Roland Quad Capture, M-Audio Oxygen, Maton CW80, Telecaster + more
BIAB 2018 (516) RB 2018 (5), CakeWalk by BandLab, Reaper, Audacity, Melodyne

Top
#461052 - 03/07/18 06:55 PM [Recording, Mixing, Performance and Production] Re: sonar studio [Re: Teunis]
Pipeline Offline
Veteran

Registered: 02/05/15
Posts: 2607
There's just so much you can do with Reaper with scripts and actions. https://reapack.com/
Like I can import Biab musicXML then extract the chords from it to Regions, Markers or Text Items, what other DAW can you do that in ? Rather than going to the wishing well and waiting years you just create what feature you need.


_________________________
Free Biab Chord Picker Tool (look at the bottom of the page for the latest version.)

Top


PG Music News
#TBT - The First Audiophile Edition

A blast from the past... the introduction of the Audiophile Edition with Band-in-a-Box 2008.5!

The first Audiophile purchase included the WAV files for all the RealTracks & RealDrums that were available at that time: RealTracks Sets 1-9 and RealDrums Sets 1-20. It shipped pre-installed on a 250GB USB hard drive - take a look...

Wondering what else was introduced with Band-in-a-Box 2008.5? Click here to see the "Band-in-a-Box 2008.5 New Features List."

RealBand 2018 Interactive Online Upgrade Manual Available!

The newest addition to our Online Manuals support page is the RealBand 2018 New Features Guide!

Just like the other Online Manuals now available on our Support page, this Upgrade Manual can be easily navigated by chapter, or using the main Table of Contents window!

New Interactive Online Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Manual for Mac!

We've added an Online Manuals option to our Support page, where you can access an interactive online Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Mac User's Guide!

The Online Manual can be easily navigated by chapter, or using the main Table of Contents window! Also available on our Online Manuals page is the PDF files for Band-in-a-Box® 2017-2018 Full manuals & Upgrade manuals.

User Feedback - Run as Administrator

Our Forum is a great resource for all your Band-in-a-Box questions (and a GREAT place to connect with other program users!)

Among the many forums available, we have a User-to-User Tips & Tricks forum - perfect for sharing your own technical tips and tricks for any PG Music product!

Like the recent post by jford: You Should Run BIAB and RealBand As Administrator!

Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest - Over 25 Entries!

We recently launched an Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest with 4 prizes of $150!

So far, there are more than 25 entries! Have a listen to these entries and submit your own song here.

Contest Rules:
-You must own Band-in-a-Box® 2018 along with one or more of the Xtra Styles PAK 5 packages (Country, Jazz, Rock-Pop, MIDI)
-The song you submit must be your own original composition. This could be simply typing in chords to your song and pressing play, but you may also add additional instruments, solo, and/or melody.
-Public domain songs will be accepted.
-Multiple entries are permitted.
-Submit your song to the "Xtra Styles 5 Contest" forum, before the deadline. (This contest runs until September 30th)

For complete information on this contest, click here.

New Online Band-in-a-Box and RealBand Manuals

Do you hate digging around for manuals as much as I do? Now you can access the most recent Band-in-a-Box® and RealBand manuals with just a few clicks on the new Online Manuals section of our website.

The PDF manuals for version 2017 and 2018 are available now. Plus, we're adding online versions of these manuals too! The Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Windows User's Guide is complete, and the Mac User's Guide will be coming very soon. We're even adding a search feature to make it even easier for you to find features that you are looking for - stay tuned!

You Could Win $150 PG Bucks with our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest!

Want to WIN $150 PG Bucks? Join the entries already submitted into our Xtra Styles PAK 5 Song Contest! When the contest closes on September 30th, we will be picking 4 winners (1 per genre)!

What you need:
-Band-in-a-Box® 2018 UltraPAK or Audiophile Edition
-Xtra Styles PAK 5 Windows | Mac
-a song written using one of the 160+ fully-mixed Styles included in your Xtra Styles PAK 5 purchase.

Complete contest rules list here.

Forum Stats
27960 Members
57 Forums
53928 Topics
445392 Posts

Max Online: 2434 @ 11/14/17 12:37 AM
Newest Members
Bart Vervaeck, kelvinnebs, goldensleather, davidjeams, lazeguy

27963 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
Alyssa - PG Music 506
David Snyder 146
Al-David 140
MarioD 126
Deryk - PG Music 115
Janice & Bud 101
Matt Finley 101
Jim Fogle 97
floyd jane 96
VideoTrack 94
Today's Birthdays
gfclef, Hans Hess, Henry Nurdin