Cakewalk Updates SONAR, Intros New Membership Model

SONAR-computer2015 NAMM Show: Cakewalk has announced a new SONAR product lineup and a new model for buying and owning DAW software.

With the new SONAR, the company is introducing a Membership model. Now, users have the option to choose either a traditional upfront payment, or to make monthly payments. New users receive 12 months of Membership free, while for current SONAR users, Membership renewal—which is priced similarly to a traditional lower priced product upgrade brings new updates every month instead of yearly (and sometimes overwhelming) updates.

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Cakewalk Announces Free ScratchPad Update For iPad

Music software makers Cakewalk have released a free update for ScratchPad on iOS. This update adds increased accessibility among other iPad apps, improves file sharing options, and simplifies the interface and browser. In addition, five new in-app loop packs from Loopmasters, which are designed for easy song startup creation, are also available for download. Continue reading

Free Sonar X3e Update Delivers Customer ‘Wish List’ Improvements

SONAR-X3Musikmesse 2014: Cakewalk today announced SONAR X3e – a free update which will be available on cakewalk.com later this month.

The update is for all three versions of the SONAR family (X3, X3 Studio, and X3 Producer), and, according to Cakewalk, focuses on direct ‘wish list’ feedback from Cakewalk customers.

SONAR X3e features nearly 100 enhancements, including improvements to the audio engine, loop recording, ARA (Audio Random Access), comping and more.  Continue reading

Cakewalk Announces Gibson EB 5-String Bass Expansion Pack for Dimension Pro

Cakewalk_Dimension_pro_Gibson_EB-5StringMusic software developer Cakewalk has announced its new Gibson EB 5-String Bass Expansion Pack for their Dimension Pro software synthesizer.

The expansion pack provides eight bass instruments, sampled in 24-bit resolution by Craig Anderton from a pristine example of Gibson’s EB 5-String Bass.

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Z3TA+ For iPad Now Available, Bringing That Next-Gen Modulatable Waveshaping Synth Action

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Cakewalk has announced that their Z3TA+ software synthesizer – formerly available for Mac & Windows – is now also available for the iPad.

Z3TA+ iOS puts the full power of Z3TA+2 onto the iPad – with hundreds of presets, modulatable waveshaping, dual mode filters, and flexible effects,

We were able to check this out with Cakewalk at the 2014 NAMM Show. It was clear that they not only were trying to include key iPad synth features (MIDI, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, etc), but that they had also put a lot of thought into translating Z3TA+ to the iPad’s multi-touch UI.

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