Release date: Friday, July 22, 2005

Cakewalk® Announces Free 4.0.3 Maintenance Release for SONAR™ Audio Production Environment

SUMMER NAMM, Indianapolis, IN (July 22, 2005) — Cakewalk, developer of the leading music and sound software for Windows, today announces a maintenance release for SONAR 4, the definitive audio production environment on the Windows® platform. The SONAR 4.0.3 maintenance release for both SONAR 4 Producer Edition and SONAR 4 Studio Edition will be available as free a download for registered SONAR 4 customers at on July 29, 2005.

The SONAR 4.0.3 maintenance release is a direct result of active dialog with our users. We view timely product updates as an example of Cakewalk's commitment to the very best in product support for our customers. In fact, all of the main performance enhancements contained within the SONAR 4.0.3 maintenance release are purely customer requests.

The SONAR 4.0.3 Maintenance Release Highlights

  • Audio engine optimization to improve performance during playback while copying, moving, nudging, splitting and slip-editing clips; moving events in the Piano Roll view; inserting/deleting effects (including delay-compensated effects); enabling/disabling looping; moving the Now Time (in projects without video); inserting/deleting new tracks or buses that route to existing audio ports; enabling/disabling a send on a track or bus that routes to an existing audio port; opening the GUI of an inserted VST plug-in. Additionally, the audio engine has been optimized to withstand heavy CPU loads without drop-outs.

  • The default auto-punch behavior has been modified to automatically mute previous takes when punch recording audio or MIDI to the same track using Sound-on-Sound (Blend) mode; this behavior can be changed to not mute previous takes.

  • Set Timecode at "Now Time” command has been added to the Transport menu providing a fast and easy way to sync an audio score to external video.


The SONAR 4.0.3 maintenance release will be available for download July 29, 2005. Registered SONAR 4 users can download the SONAR 4.0.3 maintenance release for free at SONAR 4 Producer Edition has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $959 U.S. (MSRP); SONAR 4 Studio Edition is $479 U.S. (MSRP). For more information, visit Cakewalk on the web at or call 888-CAKEWALK, +1 (617) 423-9004 outside U.S.

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Cakewalk, Inc. is the world's leading developer of powerful, yet easy to use products for music creation and recording: Millions of musicians around the world choose Cakewalk products to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries. These customers include Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers and engineers. We invite you to learn more about our company and products by visiting

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