Cakewalk Sonar 6 review
If there’s one problem with Sonar it’s that it still looks a little crude, especially in its main Track display – the inevitable downside of cramming so many controls into a small space. This can make it initially bewildering but, once the panic is over, it’s fairly easy and quick for both new and experienced users to find their way around. Still, a 20in or dual 17in monitors are pretty much essential for comfortable use. The console barely fits on a 1,280 x 1,024 screen, although hiding its fiddly channel EQ and sticking to the VC-64 makes things easier and improves audio quality to boot.
Since there’s nothing revolutionary in this version, unless at least two of the four headline features hold a particular appeal, we’d be hesitant to recommend spending the £119 to upgrade.
For new users, though, the Producer Edition’s combination of mature MIDI and audio editing, loop manipulation, flexible mix architecture and outstanding effect and instrument plug-in bundles add up to a superb-value production environment.