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At the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Cakewalk announced the 2004 editions of Home Studio and Home Studio XL recording software for musicians getting started with PC-based recording. Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 and Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 XL have a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $129.00 and $219.00 U.S., respectively.

Based on Cakewalk's SONAR 2.2 next-generation audio and MIDI technology, Home Studio 2004 provides amateur musicians and those getting started with PC-based recording, with a host of features that include: unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, 24-bit / 96 kHz recording support, audio loop construction tools, hundreds of MBs of ACID-format audio loops, real-time effects, ReWire 2.0 support, ASIO hardware support, DXi 2.0 support for multi-out synths and automation from synth interface, easier DXi synth integration with Synth Rack, multi-port Drum Grid editing, Edirol Virtual Sound Canvas DXi 2.0 and Audio Simulation DreamStation DXi 2.0 soft-synths and improved file improved (per-project audio files, intelligent file naming).

What's new in Home Studio 2004

  • 24-bit / 96 kHz support
  • ReWire 2.0 support
  • ASIO hardware support
  • DXi 2.0 support (multi-out synths, automation from synth interface)
  • Easier synth integration with Synth Rack
  • Use multiple audio hardware channels simultaneously
  • Improved file management (per-project audio files, intelligent file naming)
  • Multi-port Drum Grid editing
  • CD burning and ripping with Pyro 1.5 Express

ReWire 2.0 Support -- Home Studio 2004 provides an affordable way for users to add live recorded audio tracks to any ReWire-compatible client. Route any ReWire channel into its own audio track inside Home Studio 2004. Choose channels by device. Launch ReWire devices from Cakewalk Synth Rack within Home Studio 2004. Add loops or audio tracks to Reason projects. Supports Project5, Reason, ReBirth and other ReWire clients.

ASIO Hardware Support -- In addition to existing support for WDM- and MME-compatible devices. Home Studio 2004 now supports ASIO-compatible audio hardware that includes the RME audio cards, the Creative Labs Audigy, and Digidesign's 001, 002, Mbox, and Pro Tools | HD products.

Improved Soft Synth Integration -- Home Studio 2004 provides more flexible integration of DXi software synths using the Cakewalk Synth Rack; provides intelligent Mute/Solo grouping and single-step synth insertion; synths can be patched directly to track inputs. DXi soft synth enhancements include support for multi-port soft synths and automation from synth interface (multiple ports and automation must also be supported by the DXi soft synth).

Multi-port Graphical Drum Editor -- Paint notes and polyphonic rhythm patterns with the click of the mouse, and create complex MIDI drum parts with ease; features include drag-and-drop drum grid, pattern-brush painting, auto-erase, editable velocity tails, multi-state note event toolbar, and additional display options. Users can re-map drum parts in real-time to multiple devices on multiple ports.

Advanced Project Management -- Organize and retrieve audio data faster with per-project audio folders, enhanced asset sharing, track/clip/project-based file names, and other audio filing enhancements. Supports single audio data directory and provides new options to expand and consolidate project files, with networked media support allowing users to work on projects from multiple drives or over a network. Also supports file linking, which saves disk space by eliminating copies of regularly used loops, sound effects and other standard audio libraries.

Pyro 1.5 Express-- Rip, burn and play music CDS.

Additional Features

Included Synths - Edirol Virtual Sound Canvas DXi 2.0 and Audio Simulation DreamStation DXi 2.0

ACID-format Audio Loops from PowerFX , SmartLoops, and X-MiX

Home Studio 2004 XL

Home Studio 2004 XL is the premium-edition of Home Studio 2004 that ships with plug-ins and loop libraries in addition to tools and loops libraries provided in the standard Home Studio 2004 package, Home Studio 2004 XL includes:

  • DYAD DXi - (expressive SF2 sample player with a full CD of compatible Sound Font sample banks)
  • Audio Effects:
    • SpectraFX (multi-effects processor)
    • Audio FX 1 Dynamics Processing Suite, which includes Compressor/Gate, Expander/Gate, and Limiter
    • Audio FX 2 Analog Suite, which includes Amp Simulation and Analog Tape Simulation

Pricing and Availability

Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 has a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $129 U.S.; Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 XL is $219 U.S (MSRP), and is now shipping.

Registered Home Studio customers can upgrade to Home Studio 2004 for $49.00 US or to Home Studio XL for $99.00 U.S. Existing Home Studio 2002 XL customers can upgrade to Home Studio 2004 XL for $49.00 U.S.

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