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CakeTalking FAQ

Cakewalk SONAR 8.5: Order New Units and Upgrades Here

Important Note:

  • Dancing Dots can only sell JAWS to customers who already have one of our music technology products or who order one with their JAWS upgrade or new unit.
  • We can only supply JAWS upgrades to customers living in the continental United States.
  • We can only supply SONAR upgrades to customers who use our CakeTalking for SONAR access solution.

If you use JAWS for Windows, you'll want to learn more about the CakeTalking for SONAR scripts and tutorial package from Dancing Dots that has empowered blind audio producers from all over the world to get the most out of SONAR since the year 2000.

Cakewalk SONAR converts your PC into a multi-track, digital audio recording studio! You can record synthetic instrument sounds from your electronic, MIDI keyboard attached to your PC. Set SONAR's track source to audio and blend in acoustic sounds using your microphone connected to your sound card! Mix it all down to two-track stereo in various popular audio formats such as mp3, .wav or Windows Media. Burn to CD, E-mail to a friend or upload to your website.

SONAR 8.5 PRODUCER EDITION

SONAR 8.5 has finally arrived. Check out what's new in Version 8.5.

  • Convenient Freeze and Archive buttons on each track.
  • Updated Insert Send Assistant, with matching track gain/pan while creating sends.
  • Solo Button on all effects plug-in windows, to quickly solo and focus on the track being processed.
  • New option to automatically lock scrolling during playback when initiating an edit.
  • The Now Time cursor can be dragged to a new position during playback.
  • DC Offset meter in the Cakewalk Analyst plug-in.
  • New FX -SONAR 8.5 now includes the Project5 “Half-Rack” Tempo-Sync’d Effects, including the Alias Factor Bit Decimator, Classic Phaser, Compressor/Gate, HF Exciter, Mod Filter, Chorus/Flanger, Para-Q, StudioVerb II, and Tempo Delay.
  • Installation has been simplified with an easy one-click install option that accepts all default settings and locations and installs the entire SONAR application, as well as plug-ins and content data.

Academic Versions and Details

System Requirements

    System Requirement Minimum Recommended
    Operating System* Windows XP Windows XP, SP3, Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit) or Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)
     Processor Speed Intel® Pentium® 4 2.8 GHz or
    AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+
    or higher
    Intel® Intel Core 2 Quad Core Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66 Ghz ®
    or AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 GHz™
    or higher
    RAM 1 GB 4 GB
    Graphics (resolution, color depth) 1024x768, 16-bit color 1280x960, 24-bit color or higher
    Hard Disk Space 200 MB for full program installation 50 GB
    Hard Disk Type Any EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
    MIDI Interface**** Windows-compatible
    Audio Interface***** Windows-compatible
     Media Drive*******
    Dual Layer DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive for installation/ CD-R OR CD-RW capability required for CD audio disc burning
    * SONAR does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP x64 or pre-release versions of Windows7
    ** Required to connect external MIDI devices
    *** Required for audio playback
    **** Recommended audio devices Dancing Dots can supply.
    ***** SONAR is presented on DVD media. DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/- RW Drive required for installation.

Online Purchasing

Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 Producer Edition

List Price $599, Our Online Price $449

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Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 Academic Producer Edition

List Price $499. Our Online Price $399. Please fax proof of affiliation with accredited school or church or proof of full-time student status such as a copy of an acceptance letter or student ID card to 610-500-5072.

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Upgrades to SONAR 8.5 Producer Edition

Order your upgrade to SONAR Producer Edition at the special prices below for anyone who owns any earlier edition of SONAR. Select your current version of SONAR or Cakewalk:
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Garritan Orchestral, Steinway, Jazz and Concert Bigband Instrumental Sound Libraries

Consider adding one or more of the excellent Garritan instrument libraries to your collection. You can insert any of the amazingly realistic instruments from the Garritan libraries right into your SONAR recording projects.



For information on the Garritan Libraries and to order your software follow this link.

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