Yamaha S90 Keyboard
Emu Audity 2000
Emu Proteus 2500
Alesis Ion
Novation Supernova II
Ibanez RG350EX Elec. Guitar
Tanglewood Acoustic Guitar


TC M One XL Multi Effects
TC Triple C Compressor
Yamaha MG 16/4 Mixer
RME ADI-8 DS Dig Converter
SPL Transient Designer 2
Focusrite Twintrak Pro Preamp
Line 6 Pod XT Guitar Processor
AKG C4000b Microphone
AKG C451b Stereo Pair Mics
Shure SM58 Microphone
Sennheiser HD280 H/phones
AKG K240DF Headphones
Neutrik Patchbay


Millennium Dual Athlon PC
RME Hammerfall HDSP 9652
MOTU Midi Express XT
Universal Audio UAD-1 card
TC Powercore Firewire
M-Audio Firewire Solo
> Sonar 2, 3 and 5 <
Wavelab 4
Cubase SX 2 and 3
Steinberg Groove Agent
Fxpansion BFD
NI Kontakt 2
Vember Audio Shortcircuit

Cakewalk Sonar 2, 3 and 5

Cakewalk Sonar 2 and 3
Midi sequencer and audio recording suite developed only for the windows platform. Sonar 2 was a major improvement on Sonar 1 and the forerunner Cakewalk Pro Audio series. It has a fully specified sequencer for driving your midi compatible kit, and is a fully specced multi-track recorder as well. In terms of the major packages like Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Samplitude etc this is a contender. Sonar 3 delivered better and more flexible audio bussing, with improved core effects and lots of bundled instruments. Version 5 went further, bundling in a convolution reverb and even more plug-ins.

The ASIO implementation within Sonar is now up to the same sort of standard as the other major sequencers, but still Cakewalk refuse to embody native support for VST instruments and effects. They claimed that it was in 5, but it isn't, all they did was make the wrapper invisible, it is still as clunky as it ever was.

So, for me, I have been a small time user of Cubase SX2 and I decided to switch to using that. I purchased the upgrade to SX3, which addressed many of the problems I had with using SX2 and that is now my sequencer of choice. Is it better? Well, it's different. But you don't get all the stupidity of not being able to handle a VST properly..

Visit the Cakewalk Website Here

Or you can mail me here, glen@abstractfriends.com
if you want to ask me anything, I'll do my best to answer if I can.