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#440192 - 11/24/17 07:01 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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I'm legitimately shocked to learn about this. While I'm not a Cakewalk enthusiast myself, clearly they have an extremely devoted user-base. This is will sadly be a big loss to many frown
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#440209 - 11/24/17 07:57 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Some good news:

Cakewalk just posted that, if the servers are shut down, they would send the authorization codes to all registered users (so the program doesn’t revert to demo mode, or you can install it on another computer).
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#440224 - 11/24/17 08:56 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: Matt Finley]
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Originally Posted By: Matt Finley
Some good news:

Cakewalk just posted that, if the servers are shut down, they would send the authorization codes to all registered users (so the program doesn’t revert to demo mode, or you can install it on another computer).


That is very good news. Thanx for sharing.
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#440240 - 11/24/17 10:08 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: MarioD]
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yup good news for sure

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#440246 - 11/24/17 10:38 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Yeah, that is good news.

I'm waiting for a Cakewalk announcement where they say they're assuming control of the company once more independent of Gibson and will continue to produce award-winning products.

Hey, if Gibson is just shutting down CW that means it has no value to them. Possibly even negative value. So that means that the Cakewalk personnel should be able to take over without having to pay Gibson a dime. Right?
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#440268 - 11/24/17 12:23 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Well, here is some good news.

If you only had to go to the next to the last inner ring of hell in Mixers Inferno you could go with Pro Tools.

But if you really want to go into the innermost ring where the torture is the most severe, you could be forced to use Ableton Live.

I guess we should all be thankful that while most of our bodies are covered in severe burns, we aren't totally covered in burns.

That's what I have learned from all of this as I strive to be on the optimistic side.
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#440474 - 11/25/17 07:11 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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And in a galaxy far away there are us Logic Pro X users who at the very least can rest assured Apple will not desert us. Excellent reviews and no copy protection. $199 forever. I’ve had several major upgrades and many minor ones over the five years and they are always free.

Yeah, I know it only runs on a Mac....... smile
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#440485 - 11/25/17 07:54 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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I've been a Cakewalk user since version 3 and have upgraded every time a new version came out. I'm using Platinum today. I'm sure going to miss it if I ever have to give it up.

However, I'm thinking about learning something new. I bought a new Mackie mixer this past week and it came with a full blown version of Tracktion. This isn't a "Light" or stripped down edition. It's a full version. That being said, it is old - Tracktion 4.

I bought an audio interface 2 weeks ago, but returned it for a swap for the mixer. It came with a light version of Cubase. I had a quick look and really didn't care for it. Now this isn't fair to the software because I really did nothing in it during the 20 minutes I was looking at it.

But seeing as both of them didn't cost me a dime, and the thought that I may have to look for a new DAW further on down the line, this may be a good excuse to start learning something other than Sonar.

I'm not in a panic about losing Sonar. I just think I shouldn't remain being one dimensional.

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#440497 - 11/25/17 08:41 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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I've just been sampling demos of several competing DAWs. So far I'm not finding what I need. Haven't looked at Cubase yet.
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#440524 - 11/25/17 10:39 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: Matt Finley]
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I'm trying a couple as well i have reason 10 going to try Cubase studio 1 3 is pretty good so far eric

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#440569 - 11/25/17 01:08 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Cubase "Lite" I guess it was came with a piece of hardware I bought. After being put through the ringer just getting my copy validated so I could even look at it, I found it to be rather dry and clinical. And, my memory is not 100% here, but I don't think it has a staff view. Which is enough to kill it for me.
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#440621 - 11/25/17 04:53 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: cooltouch]
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I can feel your pain from trying to get Cubase validated. They sure gave me the runaround when getting my copy authorized.

Bobby

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#440627 - 11/25/17 05:41 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: bobbyt9999]
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What I see in this thread with a few exceptions is old guys. I am one too. We're not the demographic music companies care about. Sucks I know, one day we're the masters of the universe and the next we're tossed aside like yesterdays laundry, sniff, sniff. Excuse me...

Ok, that's over.

Bottom line is this guys. If CW was making Gibson money this wouldn't have happened.

We all know the music biz has dramatically shifted in the last 20 years and it's accelerating. Don't believe me? Look at the description of one of the HipHop styles. It says "Old School Hip Hop". Old School Hip Hop!? To us it was yesterday and it still sucks as bad now as it did then but in reality it began in the 80's. There are a few hiphop billionaires now. Can anybody in this thread name them? More to the point can anybody in this thread name a few of their greatest hits?

The change is slow and inexorable, we don't notice it because it's going on in the background of our lives sort of like the frog in the pot. The heat is up and that frog doesn't have much time left.

Gibson is hurting all over because guitar sales have been tanking. Modern pop music doesn't use guitars or much keyboards either for that matter. Yes there are exceptions but overall sales are way down. And our "old guy" demographic isn't enough to support these companies any more.

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#440628 - 11/25/17 05:42 PM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Cubase has perhaps the best staff view and MIDI handling of any DAW. I don't know if that includes their 'lite' version, though.

While I have no knowledge of Gibson other than their ownership of Cakewalk (the SONAR company), I know that Gibson stepped in to buy Cakewalk from Roland even when Cakewalk was losing money. Thus, in a way, Gibson gave us more time before Cakewalk would have gone under anyway. My problem is only with how the recent announcement was made.
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#440766 - 11/26/17 11:17 AM [Off-Topic] Re: calkwalk anoucement sad news [Re: F.M.M.]
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Bob, I resemble those remarks!

All too true, I'm afraid. In fact, when I look at a modern pop "star," I see a dancer whose primary task is to look sexy on stage. Music and musicianship are secondary or even tertiary. You know, historically, I've never been much of a fan of Country and Western music. But I find myself gravitating toward it now because musicianship is still on display, for the most part, with C&W performers and their music. I suppose the fact that modern C&W sounds a whole lot more like country rock or even all-out rock has probably helped some in that regard.

Anyway, what I see happening in the music industry is a decline overall in musicianship. It used to be something to make fun of, with boy bands and hip hop and all, but these trends are persisting -- much longer than I ever thought they would.

So I wonder now if the REAL musicians where "music" is being made are not unlike little gnomes hidden away in the dark labyrinths of modern music production facilities, and it is for this select few that full-featured music production software is even being put to use. There's no wonder the industry is hurting. And there's no wonder a company like Gibson is hurting. If it weren't for amateurs and hobbyists who don't mind paying dizzying amounts for their guitars, Gibson would have probably gone belly up years ago.

Take me, for instance. Until a couple years ago, it had been some 45 years since I'd owned a Les Paul (I bought a first year of reissue LP Custom back in 1968. I was sixteen.) I sold in in 1972 -- I always had a love/hate relationship with that guitar: love because of its sound, but hate because of its non-existent frets. I've owned a few Gibsons since then, but never a genuine traditional-looking Les Paul until recently. A couple years ago, I had some spending money burning a hole in my pocket and I was determined to buy a nice LP. I was almost ready to pull the trigger on one at Guitar Center, but of all places I found one that looked like it had never been played in a pawn shop I drop in on occasion, in which I had found various cool items in the past. First thing I noticed when I walked in was an LP Traditional hanging on the wall. I walked out with it for $1300 -- about $700 less than what Guitar Center was asking for a new one.

Me, I usually can't afford Gibson prices, so I have to scrounge for deals on used Gibson gear, which doesn't help Gibson at all. The only new Gibson I bought in recent memory was a Les Paul Special (double cutaway, two P90 single coils) at the now defunct Mars Music some 17 years ago. Yeah, it's a Les Paul, but not a traditional one like the Standards and Customs.

Gibson's prices continue to skyrocket. I just visited their website and they now have a few models with a $12,000 list price. Geez. That's some serious money and I'll bet they don't sell very many of 'em. Sure, Gibson still tries to compete in the cheaper price ranges, but to me their cheaper offerings look like dogs. I'd rather buy a nice Ibanez (I like Ibanez) and get a lot more guitar for the same amount of money. Hey, I can buy an eight-string Ibanez for about $400. That's a heck of a deal, ask me.

So, where does it all end? I dunno. I even have a hard time understanding today's popular music. So I'm definitely not writing it. I reckon I'll just stick with what I know how to do, using the software I know how to use (like BiaB and Sonar) and if folks like it, well great. And if they don't, well we all have our own tastes. I can't please everybody, so I may as well please myself and hope for the best.



Edited by cooltouch (11/26/17 11:21 AM)
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