But I don't know which version to get. You may end up doing that anyway even if you get Producer. When I tried to isolate the problem by importing the problem tracks into a blank session, I got significantly better results. I'm not sure exactly what that job is, but that is all very reassuring. As the others said, Producer mainly comes with a bunch of extra instruments and fx. I write midi onto score rather than using a keyboard, and I'd like a good range of tools to do it. It also provides you with a huge collection of useful recording options, including the ability to record multiple takes directly to separate take lanes in the same channel, or to monitor effects while recording.
With that said, I think Producer is worth the want. Thanks to the Smart Tool, you can move effortlessly from module to module, without having to memorize a litany of keyboard shortcuts or constantly fumble around with pop-up toolbars. Cakewalk has been in the news a lot lately. Session Drummer can load any samples in wave, aiff or ogg format. Laptops are obsolete and not a very good value for your money.
I don't have Windows 8 yet, or a touchscreen, but Cakewalk has videos on their website showing how X3 works with touch. It's a massive, incredible program, as are their lesser costing ones. It certainly looks less intimating and cluttered to a newcomer, but is just as fast to edit with, once you learn where to find the function you need. Producer just comes with a few extra and it's impossible to tell what exactly you'll need without more detail so here is the comparison chart. The list begins with nearly 60 effects and processors, including the incredible filter and distortion effects of Tone2 BiFilter 2, warm tape sound courtesy of ProChannel TapeSim, world-class recording studio reverb thanks to Nomad Factory BlueVerb.
However those problems were quickly remedied by purchasing the Andy John's kit for Session Drummer and there are a plethora of kits available for it produced by an excellent company called Platinum Samples. However, the producer edition is a great value with the extras, but that's also why Cake probably has their products tier'd out in this manner. Then the instruments your missing some very useful synths, a long list. I chose Studio over Producer because I saw nothing that was going to improve what I do with Sonar. If money is not the issue, it is a no brainer imho.
You choose the different modes of recording overdubs beforehand. As a vocalist, melodyne will be of great benefit. First, Gibson agreed to buy them from Roland. You can always upgrade later anyhow. Deliver - Distributing your latest masterpiece is just a few mouse clicks away With all of the tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering behind you, there's only one thing left to do, and that's to share your work with the rest of the world.
New keyboard shortcuts speed things along; there is a new dedicated comping tool, automatic fades smooth edits; and a new Flatten Comp command bounces all isolated takes to a new take lane see Figure 1. Plan on learning for a bit, but when you're comfortable, your final results will really reflect that. From there you can make a more educated decision but if you have questions abotu specific elements ask away. For me, X3 Studio is more than enough, but I already owned the full versions of Rapture and DimPro, as well as numerous third party plug-ins. I use them all the time.
You can pick and even create colors for tracks and buses, use the Quick Group function to organize tracks by color, and auto-sync tracks with their respective bus. It's probably a good idea to invest in better hardware and get smaller software upgrades as you run into limits, considering it's relatively hard to upgrade laptop hardware. I agree but the question is if you really need all the extras it offers right away. Studio is exactly the same in all regards as far as it's workings and features go. This review will focus on the new features and improvements; readers are encouraged to read the reviews of Sonar X2 December 2012 and X1 March 2011 at for a more comprehensive view. The difference is in the extras. Overall, Sonar X3 offers plenty of good reasons to upgrade.
It works great on Windows 7. I'm not sure if it would cost you any extra that way though so maybe someone else could chime in. It is soooo much better. Powerful editing features such as AudioSnap time correction and Melodyne Essential pitch correction, let you polish your sound perfectly. Once you've divided the takes into phrases, you can play back your comp and then refine the choices by moving through phrases vertically and horizontally using the arrow buttons.