Bring your songs to life.

SONAR’s creatively tuned musical environment means fast-paced, inspiring music creation in the home, on the road, or in the studio.

Explore Songwriting Features in SONAR

Get Started Quickly  

Track templates, screensets, matrix view, step sequencers, and more let you focus on music as soon as SONAR boots


Score your music with SONAR’s integrated staff view - ideal for songwriters and composers

New Piano Roll View  

SONAR’s new, improved, and powerful PRV streamlines creating and editing MIDI sequences

We bring the band

No band? No problem. Count on SONAR to fill out your tracks with an impressive suite of virtual instruments

Social media sharing

Use SoundCloud integration to share your music on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites

Sing your instrument parts

Hum, whistle or sing into SONAR - then use Melodyne's audio-to-MIDI function to convert your melodies into instrument parts

SONAR. Amped up!

From vintage throwback to futuristic perfection, inspiring guitar and bass tones are only a click away with SONAR's amps and effects - and complement guitar-specific tools like chord chart notation, tab, and fret view

Explore Guitar Features in SONAR

Overloud TH3 Amps

Plug in to exclusive virtual rigs - and take your guitar anywhere, from sparkly clean to high-gain madness

Strum Acoustic Session

Accompany yourself as SONAR triggers realistically strummed acoustic guitar parts

Blue Tubes Valve Driver

Add character, warmth, and serious mojo with vintage tube amp saturation effects

Comp the perfect solo  

SONAR re-invents comping with the fastest, most efficient way to transform multiple performances into a perfect composite track

Chord Chart & Tab

Notate, compose, or print music with standard notation staff view and guitar tab - perfect for guitar students and teachers

YouTube Export

Export your songs and performances directly from SONAR to today’s #1 music delivery medium

Vocals. In perfect harmony.

Creating the perfect vocal take has never been easier thanks to SONAR's seamless workflow and toolset.

Explore Vocal Features in SONAR


Quickly align and tighten multiple vocal takes - whether doubled vocals, background vocals, or ADR for film

Melodyne Essential  

The world's leading pitch correction software integrates seamlessly with SONAR, thanks to ARA protocol support

Take Lanes & Comping  

SONAR re-invents comping with the fastest, most efficient way to transform multiple performances into a perfect composite track

REmatrix Solo  

Convolution technology flatters your vocals with lush, super-realistic Hall, Room, Plate, and other reverb effects

PC76 U-Type Compressor

Experience lightning-fast vocal dynamics control with this accurate model of iconic FET-based compression

VX-64 Vocal Strip

Polish vocals with one-stop dynamics, de-essing, EQ, doubling, saturation, and frequency-selective delay

World class drum sounds
never hit so close to home.

When creating rhythmic patterns, grooving with loops, or tweaking live drums to studio perfection, SONAR has the tools - from instruments to processors.

Explore Drum Features in SONAR

Addictive Drums 2  

The world's finest drum kits, percussion instruments, and patterns (included in Professional/Platinum versions)

Session Drummer 3

This drummer shows up on time, never misses a beat, and brings high quality kits from Roland, Steven Slate, and more

Step Sequencer

From hip-hop to hardcore, make body-shaking beats in minutes - with options for deep editing and “humanization”

PX-64 Percussion Strip

One-stop drum processing with EQ, dynamics, transient shaping, saturation, and delay

PC4K Bus Compressor

"Glue" your kit’s audio tracks together with this meticulously modeled classic bus compressor

TS-64 Transient Shaper

Go beyond conventional dynamics for larger-than-life sounds - from cracking snares to ultra-powerful kicks

Epic, pro studio sound.
At your fingertips.

Deliver every mix with state-of-the-art clarity, nuance, and speed using SONAR’s massive collection of processing plug-ins and unique, configurable mixer architecture

Explore Mixing Features in SONAR

Skylight Interface  

Combining beauty, brains, and efficiency, this award-winning interface makes serious recording fun again

Mix Recall 

Never second-guess a mix again: switch among multiple saved mixes for easy, one-click comparisons


Experience that big analog sound - and even create your own mixer architecture - with customizable channel strips

64-bit Mix engine

Record your performances with utmost precision using SONAR's brilliant 64-bit audio engine.

Expandable Sends & FX  

See the big picture, and add as many sends or FX as your screen resolution can handle

Direct Stream Digital (DSD)

SONAR now supports DSD, a high definition 1-bit audio format commonly used to archive masters in high resolution

Step up to the
producer’s chair

Produce, arrange, edit, enhance, overdub, and remix with SONAR’s agile user interface and cutting-edge production environment.

Explore Producing Features in SONAR

Dynamic Control Bar  

From compact laptop to multiple monitors, SONAR’s revamped Control Bar gives instant access to your go-to functions

New Pattern Tool  

Save time and speed workflow by “painting” MIDI loops and patterns across the PRV and Track View


Revamped with new a look and algorithm, AudioSnap performs timing and tempo tweaking in style

Tone2 Bifilter2

This sound designer’s dream offers a mind-boggling 47 unique filter types and 8 different distortion models

Matrix View

Remix on the fly, try different arrangements, and even capture everything in track view - never lose your inspirations

Step Sequencer

From hip-hop to hardcore, make body-shaking beats in minutes - with options for deep editing and “humanization”

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