Gibson to buy Cakewalk from Roland

Iconic guitar brand set to acquire the music software company

Cakewalk Sonar X2

Gibson Brands has announced plans to acquire Boston-based music software company Cakewalk - which is best known for its Sonar DAW and the Z3TA+ synth - from current owner Roland.

Although the Cakewalk team will continue to operate in Boston as an independent entity, the move will result in the creation of a new brand, TASCAM Professional Software, which will be responsible for all of Cakewalk's current and future products.

TASCAM Professional Software will join Gibson's Pro Audio Group, which was created in 2011 when the company bought the Stanton Group of brands, including Stanton DJ and KRK Systems.

Reaction from music makers online has been less enthusiastic, however. Commenters on both Create Digital Music and Synthtopia

To respond to some of these possible concerns, Cakewalk has posted an FAQ on its site.

What do you make of the acquisition? Are you ready to accept TASCAM Sonar?

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