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SONAR Power Studio
What is SONAR x64
SONAR x64 Edition is a fully
native 64-bit version of SONAR , the definitive audio
production environment on the Windows platform.
How will SONAR users
benefit from 64-bit technology?
SONAR x64 Edition allows
access to 1 terabyte (1024 GB) of RAM, well beyond the current
2 GB limit offered by today's 32-bit applications. This
provides users with nearly unlimited potential for working
with RAM intensive projects that make extensive use of
samplers and numerous audio loops and tracks.
SONAR x64 Edition provides
users with the ability to load large sample banks, libraries,
and audio clips into RAM, thereby eliminating the latency
introduced by disk streaming.
SONAR x64 Edition sees CPU
performance benefits from the increased number of internal
registers included with x64 processors.
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What do I need to get
started with SONAR x64 Edition?
A workstation equipped with
an Intel processor with EM64™ technology, such as a Xeon™
"Nocona" processor; or an AMD processor from the
Athlon 64 processor family. Note: SONAR x64 Edition is not
compatible with Itanium™ based systems.
Windows Vista x64 or
Windows 7 x64. Retail copies of Windows include both 32
bit and 64 bit versions.
64-bit audio and video
drivers (see the next question).
What audio interfaces
does SONAR x64 Edition currently support?
SONAR x64 Edition requires
64-bit audio drivers, currently available from the following
Edirol has 64-bit drivers
for the following devices: UA-1000, UA-25, UM-880, UM-1
series, PCR series. Visit www.cakewalk.com/x64/edirolx64.asp
to download a 64-bit driver for these devices.
E-MU has 64-bit drivers for
the E-MU Digital Audio System Series (0404 / 1212M / 1616
/ 1616M / 1820 / 1820M). Visit E-MU at
preview.creativelabs.com/emu to download 64-bit drivers
for these devices.
Creative Labs has a 64-bit
driver for the SoundBlaster Live/Audigy/Audigy 2 Series.
Visit Creative Labs at preview.creativelabs.com to
download a 64-bit driver for these sound cards.
M-Audio offers a complete
set of 64-bit beta drivers for their Delta and FireWire
product lines. Visit M-Audio at www.m-audio.com/audio64beta/
to download a 64-bit driver for your M-Audio interface.
More to come
What if my favorite plug-in
manufacturer does not provide 64-bit versions?
This is where SONAR's
BitBridge™ comes in. BitBridge enables the use of 32-bit VST
effects and instruments in SONAR's 64-bit environment.
BitBridge technology extends the viability and use of your
favorite VST plug-ins; ensures future compatibility of
freeware, even for the most obscure, independently developed
The Technology Preview
did not support control surfaces. Does SONAR x64 Edition?
Yes. SONAR x64 Edition
supports the following control surfaces:
Please note that if the
control surface connects to your system via USB or FireWire it
will need 64-bit drivers. This is not the case if it connects
What features are not
supported in SONAR x64 Edition at this time?
ReWire support for 32-bit
clients like Project 5 V2, Reason 2, and Fruity Loops
32-bit DirectX plug-ins
VSTi MIDI Output
MPEX time/pitch stretching.
A 64-bit library is not available for the MPEX time/pitch
stretching algorithm, so this feature is not supported in
SONAR x64. SONAR's internal time/pitch stretching will be
used instead. You can also any AudioSnap features, such as
Slip-Stretching as an alternative.
Microsoft has yet to
provide x64 codecs for the following formats, so they are
not yet supported:
Apple has yet to release
QuickTime for Windows x64, so QuickTime import/export is
not yet supported. Note: MPG 1 movie files can be