Got a situation I'm sure others have gone through, hoping you can please share any insights, advice, experiences, and opinions….please skip to questions in bold if you don't need the background.
Was a loyal Cakewalk power user from DOS days through Sonar 8. Switched to Mac/Logic about 12 years ago and hadn’t used it since. In Sonar, I have two albums (about 19 songs) I planned to export for remix and adding new live overdubs. The song (CWP) files are on a fairly organized external Firewire drive, that were done on an old Xp Machine w/Sonar 8 producer. Plugins & program are on the internal XP system drive.
The songs contain mainly mono audio tracks (Sax, Violin etc. no live drums ) stereo loops, Midi files controlling external hardware synths (which I still have), and virtual synths (Stylus, Kontakt etc.) There are probably 15-40 tracks per song
I booted up Xp machine and it’s of course painfully slow. Surprisingly, some of my Sonar muscle memory and all my macro shortcuts came back to me. Was like visiting an old friend and seeing many of the features I used to love. Problem is, that machine would take ages to get anything done, and can’t support any current plugins. BTW Was a trip in time seeing Netscape on there too! LOL
Bought a refurb I5 Windows 10 machine w 8mb. Was going to copy my old Firewire song & audio drive files onto SSD to import. The intention was to prepare the tracks to make audio and midi stems for export to Logic; since I’m really rusty on Cakewalk. But because there’s a lot going on in the songs, thinking now I might just stay in the native Windows environment and Cakewalk.
I figured I’d be more comfortable using my old version of SONAR, but on a faster machine. Looks like Bandlab’s Cakewalk would be far more stable and allow me to use my current plug-ins and virtual instruments. Also, can’t find my original Sonar8 disk, nor my serial, so looks like my hand is forced anyway. I briefly tried Bandlab which looks very stable and polished.
1. With the exception of missing plugins, can (older) Sonar songs load accurately - Any tips for importing?
2. Are Bundle files the best way to get them into Bandlab/Cakewalk, or can I skip that long preparation step and just load the regular song (with it's nested files) off the corresponding SSD song folders and then re-save in Bandlab format?
3. Can Bandlab/Cake be set up in “classic” mode- I never used Platinum, and the loop/xray stuff is not needed.
4. That said, if I went with my original plan- Anyone have advice/tips or suggestions for preparing midi and audio stems for export for Logic/Abeton/PT etc.?
Pleasantly surprised how good Win10 is, though I’ll really have to re-learn Windows and Cakewalk after 12 year absence. One great thing is all my current FX and Synth plug-ins can be installed on Win 10, so at least I’d still have that part of my workflow and tools in tact.
Not sure how long it’ll take for me to get up to speed, but (someone please tell me if I’m wrong….) I think it will be faster for me to complete the projects in Cakewalk, rather than going through all the steps of exporting stems, and then having to import & massage them into Logic?.
Many thanks in advance for reading and any advice and shared experiences. I’m sure much will be answered through trial & error, but hoping you can save me some of that.