Cakewalk (Boston) announced in early July that it will provide Logic users with a Web-based crossgrade offer to the company's Sonar 2.0 and Sonar 2.0 XL digital multitrack recording systems for Windows. This announcement comes after Apple announced that it purchased Emagic and that subsequently Emagic would discontinue manufacturing PC products after September 30, 2002.
Cakewalk's offer will be available on its Website (www.cakewalk.com) by Friday, July 12, 2002. Qualified Logic customers worldwide will be able to purchase Sonar 2.0 for $199 U.S., plus shipping and handling, after filling out an online application form; Sonar 2.0 XL will be available for $299 U.S., plus shipping and handling. (Sonar 2.0 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $479 U.S.) The company will also provide a free, downloadable VST-to-DX wrapper that will allow Logic users to run any VST-compatible plug-in within Sonar 2.0.
Cakewalk will honor crossgrades for all Logic users, whether they are currently on a Windows or Mac platform. In addition, the company will offer Logic customers a 60-day money-back guarantee. The offer is good through October 7, 2002.
Meanwhile, Emagic announced that beginning August 1, 2002, Logic 5 owners (which includes Logic Audio 5, Gold 5 and Platinum 5) will be eligible for a free crossgrade to the MacOS version of the same product. Full details on how to apply for the program have not been released, though Emagic stated that the offer will only be available until December 31, 2002. For more, visit www.emagic.de.