Cakewalk To Be Sold To Gibson

New Tascam Professional Software to be created   23-Sep-13

Cakewalk To Be Sold To Gibson

Just in on the wires is a press release that required a bit of a double-take.

An official release from Gibson titled "Gibson Brands Announces Intention to Acquire Cakewalk Inc." says it all.

According to the FAQ, Sonar will continue to be developed, retain its independent name, though this is to be changed to Cakewalk Development and maintain its offices in Boston - there are still no plans for a Mac version

The details are not totally clear as yet, as this seems to be an announcement about an intention to buy as opposed to an actual purchase, these things sometimes do go awry after due dilligence.

Paralells between this and Gibson's acquisition of Opcode in 1998 and subsequent mothballing are bound to be made.

What we do know has been set out in the following press release:

Gibson Brands, the number one company in music and sound, has entered into a letter of intent with Roland Corporation and Cakewalk, Inc. for Gibson to acquire Cakewalk pursuant to definitive acquisition agreements to be negotiated by the parties. According to Gibson Brands Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Cakewalk must be very flattered that so many of their innovations have become industry standards. As an addition to the Gibson Pro Audio Group, Cakewalk will enhance their flagship professional products, pursue provocative R&D initiatives, and continue to serve the needs of musicians and producers world-wide."

Following the closing of the proposed acquisition, a new brand, TASCAM Professional Software, will be created to support, promote, and publish Cakewalk's current and future professional products. Cakewalk President Michael Hoover notes, "The world's most iconic guitar, Gibson's Les Paul, bears the name of the inventor of multitrack recording--and TASCAM launched a musical revolution by bringing multitrack recording to the masses. The combination will make a fitting home for products developed by Cakewalk." TASCAM President Yuji Hanabusa states, "The future of recording is an intelligent, intuitive combination of both hardware and software. Cakewalk and TASCAM will have the power to realize this future."

The Cakewalk staff and headquarters will remain in Boston as an independent division. Juszkiewicz concludes, "This isn't just about wanting to acquire Cakewalk's respected product line. We're equally excited about what Cakewalk's R&D labs are developing for current Cakewalk fans--as well as those who are about to become Cakewalk fans."




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xyzzy    Said...

Oh my god. My condolences. There must be a bunch of programmers crying out there today.

Is Gibson trying to go for a world record? Number of sequencers and DAWs acqui-murdered?

23-Sep-13 03:21 PM

loneraver    Said...

What a shame. Sonar was my DAW of choice for a decade until they royally screwed it up with X1 & X2. I know this doesn't mean they are technically going out of business but they certainly have lost their mojo over the last couple years. Going to Gibson seems like the nails in the coffin.

23-Sep-13 03:51 PM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

Yep. Henry's got that touch, doesn't he? Sheesh!

23-Sep-13 08:20 PM

Blake    Said...

And so ends Cakewalk.

23-Sep-13 09:27 PM

Peter K.    Said...

Agreed. Every time Gibson acquires a brand, they seem to kill it. Remember Oberheim??? There are many brands they've killed. Too bad.

23-Sep-13 11:06 PM

czyky    Said...

Not so quick with the prognostications of doom, folks. The legendary Craig Anderton went to work at Gibson recently and he's a solid Sonar supporter. There could be a positive connection here.

23-Sep-13 11:10 PM

Pete C    Said...

Remember SVP? THey even 'lost' the code on that one

24-Sep-13 06:32 AM

Sean Sax    Said...

Seems like the only question left is do I buy my new DAW during the American Thanksgiving sales or wait for Canadian Boxing Day sales?

24-Sep-13 01:00 PM

al_bot    Said...

so sad. not sure why roland bought cakewalk in the first place if they didn't want to hold on to it.

24-Sep-13 06:23 PM

selercs    Said...

Why did I see this coming? As much as I love Roland hardware, I use them exclusively with Mac. Don't like the Yamaha-Steinberg collaboration. Would want my hardware to work with and have all the features with any DAW.

25-Sep-13 08:30 AM

john carpenter oldfield    Said...

I have sonar x1 and if this means the end of sonar then I will not buy x2 or x3 only to see it killed and no future advances. I have Gibson and epiphone guitars but prefer Burns if Gibson screws my sonar then I buy no more gibsons

29-Sep-13 09:08 PM

brian from usa    Said...

Gibson's long history of screwing up companies it buys (hello, Oberheim) means this is not good news. Does that mean Roland will be divorcing itself from making Cakewalk focused hardware?

07-Oct-13 08:14 AM

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