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Ability to import Sonar Projects

+62 votes
asked Dec 8, 2017 in Studio One 3 Feature Requests by PreAl (1,080 points)
Ability to import projects from the latest available Sonar version.


a) Sonar is dead, many people are migrating to Studio One have Sonar and being able to import will be very convenient for them.

b) Many people aren't migrating to Studio One and are sticking with Sonar. Dangle this functionality over their heads and they may change their minds. More sales  for PreSonus.

c) Possibly the most important reason. Sonar may cease to function altogether and will no longer open Sonar projects.  Gibson as a company may go downhill and may not revise the internet license checking mechanism leaving users stranded. If that happens users sticking with Sonar would automatically end up going to Studio One assuming this functionality is in place. Existing ex Sonar adopters of Studio One would probably love them to the end of the earth of they still have old Sonar Projects lying around (they will).

Thanks for listening.

9 Answers

+15 votes
answered Dec 9, 2017 by Skip Jones (72,910 points)

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+9 votes
answered Dec 9, 2017 by mettelus (790 points)

This would be one of the most helpful features for SONAR users who are transitioning to Studio One. There is already a user-created utility for SONAR called "Project Scope" which has the ability to drill into existing *.cwp files to a certain extent.

The only caveat to this request that comes to mind is that SONAR lost "backwards compatibility" with the introduction of Aux tracks (fall of 2015 IIRC), so if the most recent *.cwp structure is used (per the feature request), it should catch all variations of the file structure.

+7 votes
answered Dec 9, 2017 by andreasschwabe1 (880 points)
/bump this request.

So far my routine is daunting: Open Sonar on one monitor, S1 in the other. I can drag/drop audio and MIDI to S1, but I have to manually select all the settings, plugins etc. That said, it's "only" an hour or two per project but I have about 1200 to move, some are very large. So, it's doable with less hassle than I feared, but still a LOT of spare time is going to go into moving stuff unless someone ports the projects.

Make it payware for $50 but it would be very very much appreciated.
+7 votes
answered Dec 17, 2017 by richardfreemantle1 (300 points)
While I would love to be able to convert my previous Sonar Platinum projects, so that they could be used in Studio One, I would be more than happy with the just the ability to load Sonar Platinum fx chains, as this would save me the most time in conversion given that audio & midi can be D&D'd.

I'm also certain that this would be a lot easier to implement!

This by itself would swing the purchase decsision for my next DAW to Studio One.
+3 votes
answered Jan 3 by russponcher (430 points)
I have nearly 20 years worth of not fully complete Sonar tracks, so this would be helpful indeed, even if this needs to be a paid add-on.
+3 votes
answered Jan 7 by natfunk71 (480 points)
I would buy Studio One if this feature existed. Right now I am trying out the free version. Having used Cakewalk since version 3 I am kind of used to it.
+1 vote
answered Jan 10 by sajjaadsaleem (520 points)
Yo, if Presonus pulls this one off...they will be the freaking ultimate choice!!! I migrated to Studio One 3 from Sonar literally back on May 20, 2015 and haven't looked back. However, I still have hundreds of Sonar products that needs to be migrated.
+1 vote
answered Jan 11 by danpejril1 (170 points)
I am a Sonar user who is going to purchase Studio One - having been working with the demo and love it. This would be a fantastic addition for anyone with older Sonar projects. I have been trying to wrap my head around doing this manually - Thanks.
0 votes
answered Jan 19 by andrewcoupe (240 points)
If you own a copy of CUBASE, you could export from SONAR using OMF format (File/Export/omf) and then import it into CUBASE and save as a CUBASE project.   Studio One can import CUBASE projects directly.

It's not a pretty solution,  but it should handle most projects..