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Cubase 5 vs Sonar 8

Discussion in 'Cubase' started by llatht, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. llatht

    llatht Active Member

    Well... I finally got my new comp and downloaded the trial versions of Cubase and Sonar. So far, my familiarity with Cubase is making me lean in that direction. I do like the look of Sonar though. What I don't like is that I know version 8.5 has alot more that 8.0 (which is the only demo version they offer). So far I've just been importing previously recorded stuff from Cubase sx2 into both programs and playing around. I'm also going to record a song on each of them to give it an honest run. The Cubase workflow is pretty similar to sx2 so I'll definately have to put some effort into learning Sonar so I can see if my brain likes it!
  2. llatht

    llatht Active Member

    I really wanted to give it more of a run, but the more I work on both of these DAW's, the more I like Cubase. My only complaint so far is the lack of compatibilty with 3rd party 32-bit plugins when I'm using Cubase's 64-bit version. I guess I'm going to have to stay planted in the 32-bit world for now. It's kind of wierd that not many companies are making 64-bit plugs right now. Hasn't it been over a year since Sonar went 64-bit?
  3. musicman691

    musicman691 Guest

    Yep. Been with Sonar since Sonar 3 Producer. I'm staying 32 bit because that's all my daw computer will do. What you need to make 32 bit plugs run in a 64 bit enviroment is a bitbridge. Google jbridge for a third party solution. Sonar 8 64 bit has a built-in bridge app appropriately called bitbridge to do the deed. I like Sonar but am also working with Digital Performer 6 on an ancient Mac G4 Powerbook and am investigating adding ProTools as a third daw system when I get my new Mac this year. Waiting to see what Apple does in March - the Gulftown 6 core cpu's are rumoured to be in the expected new MacPro desktops.
  4. llatht

    llatht Active Member

    I did check out j-bridge and couldn't quite figure it out. The cool thing is I'm going to be able to go 64-bit anyway, because the only plugin that's holding me back (ezdrummer) will have a free 64-bit upgrade very soon. I just started getting into guitar amp modelling also and it turns out that Guitar Rig is also 64-bit.
    I just upgraded to an i7 based DAW from a P4 and the difference is very substantial! Didn't know there were 6 core processors coming out. Technology is amazing.

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