Loop Invasion: Can Cubase and Sonar Take on Acid

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The Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which assesses the attempts of two pro audio software leaders, Cakewalk Sonar and Steinberg Cubase, to make inroads into the loop composition software market. Sonic Foundry Acid (since acquired by Sony) defined that market when it was released in 1998 and remains the leader. However, recently Sonar and Cubase have been moving aggressively to make inroads into that space.

The Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which assesses the attempts of two pro audio software leaders, Cakewalk Sonar and Steinberg Cubase, to make inroads into the loop composition software market. Sonic Foundry Acid (since acquired by Sony) defined that market when it was released in 1998 and remains the leader. However, recently Sonar and Cubase have been moving aggressively to make inroads into that space.

Cakewalk threw down the gauntlet first. Sonar 2 introduced Groove Clips, the Loop Construction View and the Loop Explorer. Steinberg was curiously quiet on the subject until Cubase SX 3 which added their Audio Warp functions. So now the question for many musicians who use loop composition methods is whether they need a specialized tool like Acid or whether they can do just as well, and at the same time enjoy additional benefits, using the more generalized music production software products.

This study looks at a subset of the features in Cubase SX 3 and Sonar 4 Producer Edition which relate to loop composition and compares the functionality to the recently released, Sony Acid Pro 5. Forty different functions in these eight loop-composition related categories are included in the analysis:

  • Loop Management
  • Pitch Shifting
  • Tempo Shifting
  • Groove Patterns
  • Mixing
  • Audio Editing & Processing
  • MIDI Editing & Processing
  • Input/Output

For the forty functions each of the three products is categorized as to whether or not the function is supported. Acid Pro 5 comes out ahead by a narrow margin, supporting 78 percent of the functions, whereas Cubase SX 3 and Sonar 4 each support 75 percent of the functions.

This study is based on the training materials used in the interactive video tutorials produced by Digital Music Doctor, Sonar 4—Know It All!, Cubase SX 3—Know It All!, and Acid Pro 5—Know It All! The complete analysis is available at the Digital Music Doctor web site, http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/loopinvasion.htm.

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