Cakewalk SONAR Platinum Lifetime Updates & More


Three major announcements reveal new directions for Cakewalk: the Cakewalk SONAR Platinum Lifetime Updates, SONAR OS X Alpha Testing, and an Expanded Commitment to High Performance

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Cakewalk is dedicated to creating powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, and announced a limited-time offer of Lifetime Updates for SONAR Platinum, a public OS X alpha test phase for SONAR, and an expanded commitment to creating the most stable software program available.

Here's all you need to know:


Anyone purchasing or upgrading to SONAR Platinum will be eligible for free, lifetime updates of any future core features, enhancements, and fixes. Customers who purchase SONAR Platinum with Lifetime Updates will never again need to pay for another renewal of the Rolling Updates plan.

Get SONAR updates... for life! Get SONAR updates... for life!

The content you receive in an update will be exactly the same whether you're signed up for Lifetime Updates or an annual/monthly SONAR Rolling Updates membership. Any purchase of SONAR Platinum from a PMT Online or from one of our PMT Stores during the time period of June 1st - August 31st, 2016 will qualify for lifetime updates. Please make sure you redeem your code before the offer expires.


  1. Does that mean I get everything that Cakewalk releases? No, because we’ll still be developing new products including new instruments, effects, add-ons, and content. These (and third-party products) will be available for purchase separately. Lifetime Updates apply only to SONAR.
  2. Does this apply to all versions of SONAR Platinum? Yes! Any purchase of SONAR Platinum including new versions, academic and upgrades will get free lifetime updates during the time period of June 1st - August 31st, 2016.
  3. Will we still be getting regular updates? Yes! Cakewalk loves their new Rolling Updates model. They are more committed to SONAR’s development than ever, and plan to deliver updates at the same frequency. And of course, you’ll be able to update and rollback the software at your pace through Command Center.
  4. I already own SONAR. Shouldn’t I get this for free? Unfortunately, lifetime updates do have a cost. Cakewalk are committed to developing and supporting SONAR, which requires engineers. They've kept the price very reasonable so you can continue enjoying all the new SONAR developments.
  5. Can I still buy a membership version or renewal during this time period? Cakewalk will only be selling lifetime updates for SONAR Platinum during this limited period. It's a better value and will reduce confusion over which version to buy. We want customers to have the best experience. You can still purchase renewals and membership for SONAR Professional or SONAR Artist.
  6. What happens if the product name "SONAR Platinum" were to change to something different? If you purchased lifetime updates for SONAR Platinum, you will get lifetime updates for SONAR Platinum. If they decide to change the name of SONAR Platinum, you will get lifetime updates to the newly named version. It's as simple as that.
  7. This seems too good to be true, is this for real? Yes!!


This Autumn, a free Alpha version of SONAR OS X will become available for Mac! It'll come with a set of Cakewalk plug-ins and ProChannel modules, works with any Core Audio interface, and include features like the award-winning Skylight User Interface and critically acclaimed ProChannel customizable channel strip.

“Ever since SONAR appeared, Apple users have been asking for a Mac version,” states Cakewalk CTO Noel Borthwick. “We’re excited to explore SONAR for OS X, and open up our award-winning Windows software to a brand new audience of music creators.”

Along with this free download, a dedicated forum will solicit feedback on the program and provide support


Finally, the latest announcement from Cakewalk focus on their commitment to building on last year’s program optimizations. Cakewalk’s development team is focusing on a curated list of longstanding issues and requests from the SONAR community. Slated enhancements include a new ripple editing function, “load balancing” to allow loading more plug-ins without sacrificing speed, and updated comping and take management. With SONAR Analytics now engaged and a new feedback portal on its way, the tools are in place for SONAR to raise the bar for performance and stability


  • SONAR OS X Alpha will be a free download and available officially only at
  • SONAR Platinum with Lifetime FREE Updates is available till August 31st

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