sonar's new wavetable feature is a little disappointing. its ui is as simple as it is basic. it's a useful feature, but not one i'd use often. in fact, the wavetable feature seems to work best when you have a lot of playback and recording plugins. the wavetable plugin exposes a wide selection of wavetable synthesis and sample playback plugins. like every other feature in sonar 3, the wavetable plugin works with the standard plugins and vst instruments, but it's more versatile than ever. there are also wavetable plug-ins that integrate with sonar's new effects system to create crazy new sounds.
there are a lot of different panels in sonar, but again, the interface is pretty simple. you can have tabs on the left of the program for each of the different sections: plugins, tracks, projects, effects, automation, etc. you can also set the brightness of the screen, as well as change the size of tabs, panes, and fonts.
although sonar remains strong in its usual roles, it suffers from some very un-applelike shortcomings. for example, there's no way to create a standard compressed version of a project. you'll need to export as an omf file and then compress it yourself. in addition, there's no way to perform a backup to an external location, such as an ftp server, or even an email account. there's no way to run a custom script or batch file to perform these actions.
sonar 3 also has some notable changes in the audio editing workflow. for example, there's a new, streamlined master view, with the ability to create "looped" sections of audio that you can arrange and blend together as you wish. if you're working on a big mix, you can define a loop so that you can have only the right part of your master playing at a time. you can even define a playback location, a drop-out threshold, and a fade in/out curve. it's a great way to see how an entire arrangement will work. the controls are fairly basic, but there's nothing else like it on the market. there's no way to copy or move loops or sections of a master, which is a shame, but you can easily transpose a loop or piece of audio to another key and then export the loop or audio to a file. 3d9ccd7d82