RIP Cakewalk Sonar - the end of an era

Written by Guest Author

CakewalkThe end of an era as future development of Sonar is halted

Gibson has announced that development of Sonar has come to an end.

The application started life as Cakewalk (also the name of its business front), a MIDI sequencer that ran on DOS. The company stayed true to Microsoft’s OS later migrating to Windows 3.0 and onwards. I personally didn’t use Cakewalk at this time, I had an Atari ST with an early version of Notator (which eventually became Apple’s Logic).

The application eventually became known as Sonar, a full featured Digital Audio Workstation. The world of DAWs is a little unusual in that it is hyper competitive. Currently there are (at least) 20 major software platforms fighting for market share in this space. I can’t think of any other aspect of media creation that is this competitive.

A Mac version of Sonar was in the works (available as a free Alpha), after being exclusive to the PC platform for 29 years. Cakewalk also made software instruments that ran on other software platforms.

Funk masters Chromeo amazingly use an old version of Cakewalk running on a Windows 98 Pentium II system. Since the only tool they use is a piano roll sequencer on hardware synthesizers, it certainly gets the job done and says quite a bit about software longevity.

Currently Computer Music magazine is bundling Sonar Home Studio with its current issue, free! This includes print and digital copies of the magazine. Check it out here.

Tags: Audio

Comments

Related Articles

21 July, 2020

Alan Turing invented computer music

Similar to unearthing a time capsule, a recently re-discovered recording by Alan Turing reveals his pioneering efforts in the field of computer music.

Read Story

20 July, 2020

How to reduce embedded wind noise in your audio

Wind noise is the bane of audio recording. Here are some tips on how to reduce it using the tools already in your NLE.                              ...

Read Story

10 July, 2020

VCA Faders: One simple thing that can make your audio mixing much easier

Replay: If you often end up with layer upon layer of audio, how do you make easy sense of it when it comes to mixing? Tim Dunphy takes us through the...

Read Story