As time passes, and the capabilities of the alternatives is discussed further, it is becoming clear to me that there is very little about Sonar that is unique with most of the features being available in one or more of the others. Of course there features that Sonar has a better implementation of but there are also some which the alternatives do better (at least that is what some are now saying).
What this means in effect is that what sets Sonar apart is the combination of features that it contains and of course we users have come to rely on this combination of features. What has changed over time is that those of us exploring the alternatives have moved from worrying about what is missing to working with what is there. This is logical given that you can't record music with a feature you don't have.
Having chosen to move to Cubase I'm losing ARA support, something which Sonar has and others apparently do even better, but what I'm not losing is the ability to tune and fix vocals. I can still use Melodyne as a VST and have Vari Audio and that looks pretty capable too (at least in a couple of videos that I have watched). I'm losing a feature, ARA, but not the benefit I just need to learn how to use the alternative features provided by Cubase.
So four weeks after the announcement if I had the money and the will I think I would pass on investing in Sonar because I'm now struggling to see what it has that is unique enough to carve a viable niche in the market. And I wonder, as one who has never bothered to seriously look at the alternatives until now, whether that's actually been the reality for some time now.
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