satYatunes wrote:This statement from the announcement is notable:our steadfast goal is that former SONAR owners (of all versions) will not need to spend any money to cross-over/cross-grade to the future flagship product.
This sounds like Bandlab plans on making an entirely new DAW. It may have a lot of Sonar's code, and it may be made by Cakewalk employees, but it definitely sounds like it will be something new, and they will offer it to Sonar users for free to get you on board. I can't help but assume that once you have the initial version, it's back to business as usual, which means any major updates will cost you money. If that is the case, then I can't blame the new company. You don't really expect them to buy a company only to update it's software and not make any money in the process?
I’m an existing or old SONAR user and have questions about my old account or subscription or want a refund.
BandLab Technologies did not acquire the operating company of Cakewalk Inc., only the complete set of intellectual property, patents, trademarks and certain assets necessary or related to the entire Cakewalk product suite.
For users of Cakewalk from before 21st February 2018 – please refer to the original Gibson/Cakewalk announcement FAQ
This was taken from the FAQ section of the website. It clearly states that they bought the "code", and not the" company" Cakewalk Inc. So, in other words, your "Lifetime Subscription" was with Cakewalk Inc. and not with BandLab, and if you want a refund or a continuation of your Lifetime Subscription, go see the original Gibson/Cakewalk announcement.
I'm glad that they hired former Cakewalk employees, and I wish them well, but I'm going to steer clear of this for a few years. My only hope is that z3ta! 2 and Rapture Pro are supported and updated. I refuse to put my faith in a DAW that comes out of this acquisition. In a way, it's like starting all over again. Personally, I prefer to stick with Cubase, Studio One, and Ableton for my needs until whatever new DAW from BandLab emerges and proves to be a legitimate and viable alternative.