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R.I.P. Cakewalk - Mattias Westlund - 11-21-2017

Announcement here.

This doesn't affect me personally as I don't use any Cakewalk stuff at all, but I'm sure there's a lot of Sonar users out there who are pretty pissed right now. Anyone on here even?


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Otto Halmén - 11-21-2017

What, really? :O

Well, at least one has to commend them for telling it like it is. Everyone should have ample time to migrate to another DAW before a system update ends up breaking SONAR.


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Chris Spyratos - 11-22-2017

I heard it too. I know a lot of people use sonar, luckily I don't. I didn't know they were part of Gibson though. I don't know of any product that had better chance under their acquisition. I own a recently made Steinberger and I had to go spare part hunting once with no result. Hopefully, talented people will find their way to other companies.


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Samulis - 11-22-2017

^^ My hope too... something like how Dorico emerged from the ashes of Avid employment slashes to the Sibelius team. I actually had the chance to meet a few of the Cakewalk people and they struck me as very nice, down-to-earth people.

I also think they too were caught by surprise by this, as Cakewalk recently announced/released a new mobile/desktop program for "songwriting on the go". I wonder what will happen to that now... very sad.

Gibson are total fools in my opinion for focusing on consumer audio, which imho is massively oversaturated and filled with the crap Chinese factories can spew out. No western company can compete with that stuff in terms of price, only "audiophool" stuff seems to be worth making; at least in the professional world there are good earnings to be had. Apparently they own Philips and plan to develop stuff via that brand. I thought Philips was long dead, but apparently it's still making stuff.

I've used Cakewalk Sonar for about 8 years and I've enjoyed it. Their regular free updates were unequalled imho, and they were really making some great strides, even working on a Mac version. I think it will remain compatible with OS's for at least half a decade if not a whole decade (64-bit architecture isn't going anywhere any time soon, unlike what happened to 16-bit back in the late 90's into early 2000's, which is the leading cause of old programs not working on new OS's to my knowledge). I think people will still be using current-gen Sonar for another decade and I don't think the "old timers" will be abandoning ship in great droves. DAWs are for some like religions, and it's hard to see the end of one.

In fact, is this the first major DAW that has died? I can't think of any others, only some minor ones that died during 'birth'...

The one issue we face now is SFZ- it has been under the uh... "protection(?)" of Cakewalk for about a decade (being used to power their software). Of course, new options like HISE are coming along nicely, and Plogue/Garritan will certainly keep the format in operation for their own libraries, but it's still a question of what will happen to the format legally.


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Nayrb - 11-22-2017

(11-22-2017, 07:00 PM)Samulis Wrote: Gibson are total fools in my opinion for focusing on consumer audio, which imho is massively oversaturated and filled with the crap Chinese factories can spew out. No western company can compete with that stuff in terms of price, only "audiophool" stuff seems to be worth making; at least in the professional world there are good earnings to be had.
Maybe they'll approach it like they do their guitars, and these products to come with be priced out of the range of anyone here. Big Grin


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - bkemeny92 - 11-26-2017

Sad news.
Cakewalk Pro Audio on my dad's computer was the first music software I've ever seen and meddled with when I was a kid, and Sonar 8 LE was the first DAW software I owned.
In fact I was just contemplating on going back to the new Sonar from Reaper, but obviously that will not happen now. I'm staying with the grim fellow it seems.


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Mattias Westlund - 11-26-2017

(11-22-2017, 08:59 PM)Nayrb Wrote: Maybe they'll approach it like they do their guitars, and these products to come with be priced out of the range of anyone here. Big Grin

Hahaha! Sonar would become the #1 professional DAW overnight once the ProTools/Waves/etc crowd got wind of it.

"A $5000 DAW?? Wow, this has got to be SOOO much better than the competition, I must have it!"


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Nayrb - 11-26-2017

(11-26-2017, 10:07 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote:
(11-22-2017, 08:59 PM)Nayrb Wrote: Maybe they'll approach it like they do their guitars, and these products to come with be priced out of the range of anyone here. Big Grin

Hahaha! Sonar would become the #1 professional DAW overnight once the ProTools/Waves/etc crowd got wind of it.

"A $5000 DAW?? Wow, this has got to be SOOO much better than the competition, I must have it!"

It might be entertaining to watch it happen, if it came to that!


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Mattias Westlund - 04-05-2018

Well this is an interesting development...


RE: R.I.P. Cakewalk - Michael Willis - 04-06-2018

Wow, that's wild. I never thought I'd see this happen. I know a forum that I could troll with this link to see how quickly the discussion devolves into an argument about the definition of "free".