NAMM: Cakewalk Supports Leopard, Loads Up Booth With Macs

Speaking of Cakewalk, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users can now use Dimension Pro and Rapture with Apple’s latest OS. (I have to admit, I was unaware they weren’t working together, but there you go.) That’s not the interesting news, though. More unusual: Cakewalk’s SONAR demo was on Windows XP running in Boot Camp on Apple hardware — a Mac Pro tower beneath the booth and a less-discreet pair of Apple Cinema Displays. MacBooks demoed Cakewalk’s soft synths natively on Leopard. I still have no audio-specific reason to advocate upgrading to Leopard at the moment, but good to know. And …

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NAMM: Roland Acquires Majority of Cakewalk, Promises Joint Products in 2008

Music software maker Cakewalk is now “Cakewalk by Roland” after Roland acquired a majority stake in the company. While the new logo raised a few eyebrows around the show floor, especially after full acquisitions of Steinberg and Emagic by Yamaha and Apple, respectively, this deal is more of a smaller evolution than a big change. Cakewalk’s history has been intertwined with Roland’s since the early days of its first sequencer — founder and CEO Greg Hendershott talked with us over the summer about those early days and noted early versions relied on and were even engineered specifically around Roland’s MPU-401 …

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Cakewalk Brings Back the E-MU Proteus, in Plug-in Form (Mac/Windows)

Dahnielson of Sweden snapped this shot of the back of a Proteus 2000, which was a 1999 hardware solution to getting the original Proteus sounds. But if you’ve ever wished you could load those sounds onto your trusty MacBook, pay attention… Sound modules of yesteryear rarely earn much love today: now that we’re spoiled for choice with soft synths, ROMplers are unlikely to inspire the same passion. Not so with the E-MU Proteus. These rack modules of sounds were virtual candy stores for sound lovers, beloved by composers and musicians for their broad range of perfectly-crafted sound sets. If you’re …

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Tiny PCs for Music: UMPC Runs SONAR, Fruity Loops Like a Real PC

The UMPC may not have caught on with the masses, but the idea is terrific: a full-featured Windows PC in a space only slightly larger than a smart phone. Loyal followers continue to love their UMPCs, especially when they’re as tiny as the Raon Digital Everun. And as we predicted when Intel first announced the UMPC, this is a workable little music machine. After all, just a few years ago computer musicians would have described these specs as “high-end”, and there’s USB for input. To prove the point, Steve Paine, from UMPCPortal.com writes in with video evidence: a clip from …

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PreSonus Does Vista Drivers, 32-bit and 64-bit

Some of my favorite audio interfaces are now available for Windows Vista. The INSPIRE 1394, FireBox, FP10 and FirePod are now all available for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista. A bit late? Yes, but at this point, I care more about quality than punctuality. Anybody with the PreSonus boxes and Vista, we’d love to know how they’re working. PreSonus Vista Downloads Note that when you’re talking about FireWire, you’re talking ASIO and the new driver model under Vista. “WaveRT”, technology that allows greater audio performance of some hardware under Vista, is a feature that’s not supported by any FireWire or …

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Cakewalk SONAR 7 Features at a Glance, MIDI at Center Stage

Not to be outdone by Logic Pro 8’s launch last week, Cakewalk has let slip the basic feature set of their latest version of their flagship SONAR DAW, with upgrades available immediately. What’s new — with an interesting emphasis on MIDI: A new step sequencer, looking reminiscent of tools like FL Studio (Fruity Loops), though fully integrated with a traditional DAW (read: not as confusing to DAW users and traditionalists as FL Studio can be). Cakewalk claims it’s the “most powerful step sequencer found in any DAW”; we’ll have to try it out and see. All new MIDI tools: Yep, …

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Cakewalk’s New $50 Studio Instruments: Keys, Drum, Bass, String With Slick Interfaces

Finding exotic software instruments is rarely a challenge. A lot of users stumble more quickly when it comes to the basics. Cakewalk has unveiled a new set of soft synths called Cakewalk Studio Instruments, and a number of things about it are immediately interesting: It’s dirt cheap. US$49.99 for the whole package. It focuses on a few basics. There are four modules: Drum Set, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano, or String Section. It’s available via mass-market outlets. Music tech stuff only trickles into the mass market, as a rule. Cakewalk says you’ll be able to pick this thing up at Apple, …

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Cakewalk Vista Musicians’ Resource Page, Lots of Vista Drivers

Cakewalk has posted a Vista Resource Page for Windows users. You might expect this to be pro-Vista and Cakewalk-centric, but it’s actually a very useful jumping-off point for some solid information for upgraders. Most helpful: there’s a comprehensive list of audio drivers for Vista, and an exhaustive list of links to coverage from various publications. Cakewalk Vista Musicians’ Resource Page Up front in driver support: Cakewalk, Echo, Edirol, E-MU, Focusrite (which I personally tested with good results), Frontier, MOTU, Native Instruments, PreSonus, RME, and Universal Audio. I’d take issue only with the “key benefits” section; unfortunately, it’s just tough to …

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