Cakewalk Rapture Pro Now Available


Cakewalk has introduced Rapture Pro – the most advanced synth Cakewalk has ever produced.

Rapture Pro combines algorithmic and sample-based synthesis, delivering the best parts of Dimension Pro and Rapture in one instrument.

Here’s the official video introduction:

Here’s what’s new in Rapture Pro:

  • Layer synth sounds with real-life instruments.
  • Redesigned UI – Bigger, cleaner, and more organized.
  • Master your sounds with the improved Mixer Page.
  • Dedicated Browser page for finding sounds quickly.
  • Play on-stage or jam in the studio with the new Instrument Page.
  • Assign up to 8 macro knobs and 2 X/Y pads to any parameters in Rapture Pro.
  • Nearly 10 GB of carefully curated sounds from professional sound designers.
  • Vector Mixer for creative, real-time mixing.
  • 2-click MIDI mapping for quick, spontaneous controller assignments.
  • Surgically carve out your tone with the redesigned EQ.
  • Take advantage of VST3 technology with Rapture Pro.
  • Load new and legacy expansion packs.


  • Transform, perform, produce, bend, and twist with new sounds, more FX, and more control
  • Find and prioritize sounds faster with databased browsing
  • Performance Mode gives unprecedented freedom to interact with sounds on stage or in the studio
  • Vector Mixer controls all 6 element volumes simultaneously for creative, real-time mixing
  • Edit and create sounds easily with the clean, expansive, color-coded user interface
  • 6-element architecture is ideal for MIDI guitar
  • Effortless parameter mapping with the new Mod Matrix
  • Each element of Rapture Pro has 7 Step Generators, 7 LFOs, and 7 Envelope Generators
  • 13 crushing distortion FX for massive pads and lead presets
  • 21 sweeping filters for building bass drops and surgical mixing
  • 31 soaring insert FX for each individual element
  • Freely layer synths and samples
  • 2-click MIDI Mapping for quick controller assignments
  • Mix your instrument’s elements with the Mixer Page’s faders, pan, and sends
  • Individual element tone-shaping with a more visual EQ
  • Supports Mac OS X Audio Units, Windows 7/8 VST3
  • Nearly 10GB of sounds from professional sound designers
  • Ability to load individual microtuning files per element
  • Multitimbral mode allows you to play each element individually

Rapture Pro for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for the introductory price of $149 USD (regular $199 USD). Owners of Rapture, Dimension Pro, Z3TA+ or any SONAR can purchase Rapture Pro for $79 USD (regular $99 USD).

12 thoughts on “Cakewalk Rapture Pro Now Available

  1. Just got it…sounds great, easy to navigate, easy to assign external controllers. Very happy to have it in my softsynth arsenal!

  2. hey cakewalk, how about you fix the regular rapture VST for OSX before you put a new product on the market? do you really think I am going to buy this just to load my old patches?!

    1. I bought Rapture Pro and i am having significant issues with the program….it is basically unreliable….it crashes and produces an audio drop out error requiring me to reboot the Sonar Pro software to reset it….i also get random noise errors with many of the voice selections….this is rev 3 update of the SW….this program is crap….not for serious studios…

  3. first cool thing: one can load which soundsets they are interested…for instance, I have chosen not to install the piano, clavinet, and other stuff like that…just the synth stuff for me amd orchestral for variety. that’s cool, I don’t have to use precious HD space on things I don’t need.
    I think the filters sound pretty good as do the effects.
    on the subject of effects though: I can’t help but think time and time again that the effects settings are really fidgety…it’s like at one setting a particular parameter isn’t affecting the sound then I change the repsective parameter and I changes abruptly…not a smooth transition/sweep from point A to point B on a given parameter…and like I have said, it seems to only be a quirkiness when dealing with the effects section.

    ok, there are some glitches I have come across thus far:
    within Mainstage I will initiate an instance of Rapture Pro and it’ll immediately freeze with the output levels maxed out…not sustained hell, just frozen output level meters & no sound output…nothing will rectify it other than just taking Rapture Pro out of the plug-in slot…I would say this happens 50% of the time.
    also, i can’t tell if it’s the programming of particular sounds or a glitch but some sound will sustain indefinitely upon first note-on…off hand, I can’t recall if it is only happening with my Digital Sound Factory Emu Proteus 2000 Collection or if it also is evident on the Rapture and Dimension sound sets

    1. I noticed that the Piano and other sounds that get installed are not at all “traditional” sounding. In fact there are no standard piano sounds in the Rapture Pro sound set, they are all heavily effected and/or synthetic sounding.

      I was wondering how to get my old expansion sets into the new software. Haven’t figured that one out yet (if it’s possible).

  4. A general note to all that are thinking about Rapture Pro. There are definitely some quality control issues going on. Missing multisample files, patches that won’t produce sound etc. There are differences in the legacy content, so that patches in Rapture don’t sound the same in Rapture Pro. I think (now that I’ve upgraded) that it would be wise to wait for the next update to resolve these issues. Otherwise, it sounds great…it’s just not at 100% yet.

    1. Thanks for the note on the piano sounds Graham. Maybe I will load them up. Good to advise people to wait for a revision on this thing if they are new to it too…although I hope that the bugs fixed will not take an insanely long time…the Zeta 2 product registration fiasco is still fresh in my head.

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