I currently use Cakewalk Pro Audio 9.0, and I really like it. However, I\'ve been hearing all this talk about Sonar and how good it is. I had a chance to use Sonar a few weeks ago, and I thought it was poorly organized compared to Cakewalk 9.0, plus it was harder to read, since it didn\'t have clear separators for the tracks.
Anyway though, I was wondering what you all thought. I want to get some valid opinions before I invest in Cakewalk Sonar XL 2.0, what do you all think? Of course I use it for gigastudio and other live recordings, amongst other things, so pretty much I\'m using it the same way you all would.
I\'ve been using Sonar for about the past 6 months. It did take me a little longer to get used to the main view. I prefer the straighter PA 9.0 track view for straight MIDI recordings but the Sonar view is much better for mixed MIDI and audio recordings. I have never ran into issues not being able to tell the tracks apart. There is great flexibility on setting up the views to your liking although I wish they gave the option of using the classic PA 9.0 track view.
I\'ve been running it in Win XP and have yet to have a crash in 6 months use. There has been some users who have experienced MIDI latency getting worse over time - they have to restart Sonar to fix the issue. I\'ve had it happen to me just once.
I find the addition of DXI plugins to be nice addition. Sonar 2.0 has better .wav project management which is quite important to me for backup purposes.
I would recommend upgrading but you may just want the normal version unless you need the extra options the XL version offers. Hope this helps your decision.
I agree, I had a little trouble getting used to the new track view in Sonar, but after using it for a while I find the flexibility is very handy. Plus, gotta have the new file system available in Sonar 2.0.