Sonar will definitely handle it better. Real Band doesn't look like it was designed for audio production. More like live use. Sonar is a great DAW with a whack of plugins. For the price, it is without a doubt the most full featured DAW available. I personally like ProTools and Samplitude better but that is a matter of workflow. Sonar also includes it's own pitch correction plugin.
Cool Edit is a little out dated and really it's overkill since Sonar already does object based editing. Meaning you can treat a clip as an object and add effects to that clip without effecting other parts of the same track.
You'll enjoy Sonar. Not to push it. I just think that if you read the manual and do some watching over at Cakewalk "university", you'll be surprised how powerful a full featured DAW is.
The videos there are free to watch and will get you editing your tracks quickly. Keep in mind they do a lot of exaggerated editing to help you get the point. Don't do some of the drastic adjustments they do.
Thanks hue & Ed,
Ed I do have an older version of Cool Edit and use it for clean-up and minor adjustments, I love it, the old version is best for me. Hue, I just downloaded the X1 studio, and am going to install it this weekend, I am looking forward to trying it out, I have checked out some of the videos, oh baby, fancy oh. Looks like fun.
What I was wondering was, how does say Antares Vocal process the "fixed" track once it is mixed down? Is the track "fixed" to the correction when I mix it down? This may be a "If a tree falls in forest..." type question but I just was wondering.
Thanks again guys.
I really like the older version of Cool Edit which acts as a plug in for Sonar. What I would do is leave the raw track alone, clone it...then take the cloned track into Cool Edit where I could manipulate it...add effects, clean it up, add reverb etc.
There is also a reverb version included in Cakewalk or Sonar, but we haven't tamed it and found it to be a memory hog. The program adds the effect, but seems to have the effect running while Cool Edit just changes the track.
Another way of doing it (without Cool Edit) that would probably work would be to add the effect then solo the track and mix it down with just the track with added effects. Then import the track complete with effects. at that point you could turn off the effects on the initial track and mute it. I usually clone a track before working with it, knowing if something goes wrong, I can always come back and use the initial raw track.