How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC?

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How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC?

I am looking at getting Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 soon and was wondering if my PC was up to par to run the software and ALL of the plugins that come with Sonar.

Here are my PC specs:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad @2.4Ghz
RAM: 4 GBs
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit, Service Pack 1
Soundcard: M-Audio Delta AP192

For my keyboard, I am not upgrading at first but will be using my old Yamaha PSR740 keyboard as a basic MIDI controller..do you think this will be okay as a controller at first and, if not, which one do you recommend at a low price?

Thanks for your help!

Ryan

post edited by _ComposerRyan - 2010/06/24 01:10:57
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    John
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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 01:02:07 (permalink)
    Very well indeed. I would get SP 2 though. It will let Sonar 8.5 run even better.

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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 02:06:55 (permalink)
    Hi John,
     
    Maybe you can give me some feedback also? Do you have AMD vs. Intel experience with Sonar PE? If so...
     
    I'm running Sonar 8.5 PE on a PC with XP Pro SP3 on an ASUS M3A78-T mb, AMD 9950, 4 gigs RAM, and ATI Radeon 3600 HD with dual monitors.
     
    Yet....with simple ASIO interfaces like the Guitar Rig Mobile or Alesis Multimix 8 Firewire there is still noticeable latency. Though with laptops that are 2+ years old (Intel) I have no problems. How frustrating having hand-built this computing monster specifically for audio recording/production!
     
    Do you think it's an AMD glitch in regard to the hardware and drivers (or processing)? I've got nothing against Intel, just not used an Intel setup because I started AMD and have continued to go with it.
     
    I'd appreciate your feedback should you have any. (Will post for all as well.)
     
    Thanks!
    Jason
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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 02:47:39 (permalink)
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    Hi John,
     
    Maybe you can give me some feedback also? Do you have AMD vs. Intel experience with Sonar PE? If so...
     
    I'm running Sonar 8.5 PE on a PC with XP Pro SP3 on an ASUS M3A78-T mb, , 4 gigs RAM, and ATI Radeon 3600 HD with dual monitors.
     
    Yet....with simple ASIO interfaces like the Guitar Rig Mobile or Alesis Multimix 8 Firewire there is still noticeable latency. Though with laptops that are 2+ years old (Intel) I have no problems. How frustrating having hand-built this computing monster specifically for audio recording/production!
     
    Do you think it's an AMD glitch in regard to the hardware and drivers (or processing)? I've got nothing against Intel, just not used an Intel setup because I started AMD and have continued to go with it.
     
    I'd appreciate your feedback should you have any. (Will post for all as well.)
     
    Thanks!
    Jason


    I have no experience with an AMD CPU ever. So can't address that.  However after looking it up and checking some things you should be just find with it.

    I wonder about the latency you have.  It should be much the same on your desktop as on your laptops with the same driver and audio hardware.

    I would check what driver you are using and the buffers that you have set. Also check what the chip set is for the firewire on the MB. You may need to get an add on card with the TI chip set for trouble free firewire and audio. 

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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 03:00:55 (permalink)
    Thanks John! I've covered those recommendations. Maybe it's just a fluke thing. :(

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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 05:04:55 (permalink)
    For my keyboard, I am not upgrading at first but will be using my old Yamaha PSR740 keyboard as a basic MIDI controller..do you think this will be okay as a controller at first

     
    That's a pretty good keyboard! You're much better off than I was when I started out, and your system should be able to run SONAR 8.5 just fine.
     
    As John said, I would advise you to update to Vista SP2, as well.


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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 12:35:54 (permalink)
    Thanks for the help again! 

    In regard to my keyboard, will I be able to use the pitch bend and modulation wheels on my keyboard?  Also, will I be able to use the sustain pedal to from my PSR740?  I'm not sure if I will be able to set that part of properly...does anyone have any experience with this?
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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/24 14:49:11 (permalink)
    Yes to all of that.

    Concerning the sustain port, just get a sustain pedal and it's a peice of cake. Connect the pedal to the sustain connecttion on your keyboard, and when you press down on it, the notes will be sustained until you release or take your foot off. It's very simple man. No need to worry.
    post edited by thomasabarnes - 2010/06/24 14:50:45


    "It's not a song till it touches your heart. It's not a song till it tears you apart!" Lyrics of Amy Grant.

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    Re:How well will Cakewalk Sonar Producer 8.5 run on my PC? 2010/06/25 00:10:54 (permalink)
    Okay, that's good news.  Good to know that the sustain pedal on my PSR740 will work!  Thanks for the help.
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