Sonar 4 worth the upgrade???

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by DISK, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. DISK

    DISK Guest

    Hello! As you can see this is my first time here. From the looks of the threads I have been looking over, this will hopefully be my new audio forum home. I used to frequent, but after a few months break, I returned to find the forums almost empty! anyways...

    I have been using Sonar 3 Producers Edition for awhile now and am very pleased with it. What I am wondering, is there any reason I should upgrade to Sonar 4? Is the audio engine better? Will it dither better? Is it better at SRC??

    Here is my setup:

    AMD Athlon XP 3000+
    1 GB PC2700 RAM
    Echo Layla24
    M-Audio Revolution 7.1
    Windows XP PRO
    I have just basic mics (SM-57's & 58's)
    and a $100 Behringer Tube Mic Pre and a $100 Behringer compressor

    I play and record rock and acoustic guitar mainly. Thanks for any input!!
  2. Yes Sonar 4 uses a new Dithering algorithm called POW-R. I've read some good reviews from Bob Katz and other's that state this new dithering system developed by a few of the big audio recording names in the business (I can't remember exactly who) is a very big step up in dithering. Now he was referring to the POW-R box stand alone unit not the software version but I'm thinking there shouldn't be too much difference.

    SRC is probably the same or better (I'm sure it hasn't gotten worse). This would depend more on your audio interface than the recording software. If you've already invested into Sonar then upgrading is probably a good thing I haven't heard many complaints about it and they've added some additional features that you might be interested in. Best thing to do is demo it or check out the website and or Cakewalk forums for the 411 on the latest version from the people using it.
  3. DISK

    DISK Guest

    thanks for the info!
  4. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    The new way of managing tracks looks very useful. V-Sampler isn't included though, or at least it's not mentioned on the website. The 5.1 support is a huge step forward, but it not something I'd be interested in. The new time stretching seems to be pretty cool as well -unlike Sonar 3. Luckily the upgrade isn't so expensive.

    John Stafford
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