Microsoft. Please rescue Cakewalk and Sonar out of Gibson.

Øyvind Skald
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Dear Microsoft,

The Cakewalk Sonar user community is surprised and upset by Gibson’s unexpected announcement that they will no longer develop this capable and respected audio production software. Sonar users are passionate and loyal supporters of their favorite DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) as the best tool to express their creativity on the Microsoft Windows platform. This software has a documented history of innovation and evolution, from its early roots in MIDI sequencing to being one of the most comprehensive audio production packages available today. Sonar customers are very proud of the many exclusive and “first-available” features that demonstrate impressive and progressive development in recent years. Some examples include early adoption of 64-bit architectures, ARA implementation, and the ProChannel user interface that is favored even as competitors are learning to emulate its appeal. Since Sonar users are also aware of Cakewalk’s close collaboration with Microsoft on advancing music production technology, the undersigned on this petition ask for your consideration.

With the future of Sonar development in doubt, please consider adopting/acquiring Sonar as a new Microsoft branded DAW. This idea could bring an abandoned user community into a new era of Sonar development, while also solidifying Windows as a desirable music production platform for a new generation of music makers. The Sonar line is already geared to support all user types, from beginner hobbyists through professional production studios.

Although music production may not represent a significant portion of the Microsoft customer base, the Windows platform has not yet earned a first-choice reputation among many in the artistic community, and it seems recent Microsoft advertising has shown interest in changing that.

One logical solution is to provide the artistic community and all Microsoft Windows computer users a default place to start their musical journeys. Tighter integration with Windows and access to Microsoft resources would enhance stability and reliability even further to retain and attract customers that want to make music with Windows. Existing Sonar users would be drawn in by application familiarity and compatibility with their years of past Cakewalk/Sonar project files. New users would be drawn in simply by their musical curiosity of this "new" Windows feature and the ability to explore the music they want to make from within the Microsoft family of products.


  • James C Sparks
    James C Sparks United States, Sacramento
    Jan 17, 2018
    Jan 17, 2018
    Would be truly unfortunate to see this DAW fall into obscurity
  • Larry Browning
    Larry Browning United States, Charleston
    Jan 17, 2018
    Jan 17, 2018
    A great DAW that needs to be saved!!!!!
  • Олег
    Олег Ukraine, Rivne
    Jan 17, 2018
    Jan 17, 2018
    Сонар должен быть!
    Это лучшая программа для работы со звуком!
  • Stephen Ankrum
    Stephen Ankrum United States, Norfolk
    Jan 16, 2018
    Jan 16, 2018
    I believe someone not picking up cakewalk would be a mistake,one because its a powerful piece of recording software.But also because under better management it could become one of the biggest DAWs on the market.
    It needs a native mac version and more resources behind it.
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