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    Ok, now sonar is in the House

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    Thought I would start a new thread as the other one was drifting.

    Sonar 3 First impressions:

    3 Disks for the Producer version, Big book. Cool and Professional looking stuff.

    Contains… a lot of samples…Drum Works, Dry Studio Kit, Percussion Kit, Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars, Phat to Phreaky (it says these are essential tools for today’s remixers and producers, YO! Justin Timberlake’s producer uses them, they must be good)

    Disk 1: Cool music at start up screen, Livesynth Pro SE is included, for those who were concerned.

    The VST install was weird but that’s because I don’t have any VST plugs at this time. Slight hiccup but the install made it through.

    Main interface: Loaded my best tracks from the previous version of Sonar.

    Track too loud, my ears…Ok they moved the master buss volume control. Found it. Well, my first concern. The track sounds different than in Sonar 2. It’s more in your face with a lot more presence. This could be because my plug ins did not come across correct.

    Nope, everything came in fine. It sounds slightly different, to the point that I would have to make some EQ changes to get the same sound as before. The new sound is clearer I should point out, more detailed which is good. But, expect some alterations.

    The new console is excellent, I mix in track view but this could make me switch back. Nice separate views of track, submix and master outs.

    The Lexicon plug in. It’s good. It’s real good. I have a TC Electronics M1 hardware unit and it’s almost there, I need to spend more time on it but initial impressions are it is an excellent addition.

    The VSampler registration is also weird. A DQ ice cream cone to those who can type it right the first time. Then you need to wait until they send you a key. When they ask for your key do not use the serial number. You have to copy and paste the information in the text file attached to the email. Thought I would share to save you some time.

    VSampler is its own animal so I am not going into my experience with it. It’s a very powerful piece of software. Note: Powerful as in suck your life and time to learn it. If you want some simple soundfonts, go the Livesynth route. My personal opinion.

    All the Cakewalk plug ins are the same unless they have modified the algorithms. This was kind of a disappointment. I was hoping for some updates here. However the Ultrafunk stuff pretty much covers this area and you will end up using most of their plugs, trust me. The old cakewalk limiter does come in handy though.

    The routing options are going to take some time to learn. They are numerous if not daunting at this point but like Sonar 2 it takes time to come up to speed.

    Overall impression. Lot’s of new stuff to learn but you can get right up to speed if you know Sonar. The audio engine sound will take some getting used to it does sound definitely more detailed in the upper mids and high end. I like it.

    If you have the Ultrafunk R3 versions the Multiband and Compressor will disappear under Ultrafunk plug ins. They are available now under Sonitus plug ins. Not sure why this was done but maybe they upgraded them or RC3 versions were not compatible. Cakewalk Guy, any answers on this?

    Disk 2: If you are getting the idea this is an epic, the end is near

    This disk contains the Vsampler Soundbanks. The acoustic guitar sounds excellent. Rather than rant and rave, let each one find his sound. Top notch stuff though.

    Disk 3: A little surprise for those of you seeking the ultimate piano; the disk is full of several versions of them. The disk is titled Piano Lifeforms. There are some top notch piano samples on this disk that rival my Giga sampler files. I could have saved $200 on similar samples I just recently picked up. These are real sounding pianos. Very cool surprise.

    I am sure there are many more surprises but hey, enough of the review, it’s all about me and I’m going to play awhile. I am anxious to hear others experience.

    Enjoy MM
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    There has been some confusion about the Manual ...is it PDF or a Paper one ?

    Cheers

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    It's a real paper manual. Same size as the Sonar 2 manual.

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    Great Stuff.........Thanks again

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    Originally posted by Middleman
    Same size as the Sonar 2 manual.
    No way... it's 700 pages, eh ?

    Good Lord, I can't wait...
    Keep Rockin' and Rollin'...

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    Cool.

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    Originally posted by James Argo
    No way... it's 700 pages, eh ?

    Good Lord, I can't wait...
    648 pages to be exact.

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    Middleman,

    Is there a sound back for Brush Set Drums?

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    Originally posted by Porter
    Middleman,

    Is there a sound back for Brush Set Drums?

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    Not familiar with the term sound back. If you mean, is there a good brush drum set? There are several. Please clarify?

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