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Cakewalk® Announces “Hopkinton” SONAR Update

— SONAR “Hopkinton” release introduces enhanced Start Screen, new Project Templates, mastering FX Chains, and other improvements —

Cakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new “Hopkinton” update for SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum.

The Windows 10-ready “Hopkinton” release—the seventh in a series of monthly SONAR updates—continues Cakewalk’s dedication to its user community with a new Start Screen. As the gateway to SONAR, the new Start Screen makes it easier to locate and load projects, check out the latest SONAR news, choose templates to kickstart projects, “pin” projects to prioritize them, scan project thumbnails, and more—including a rotating series of tips. With its visually enriched design, the Start Screen is all about staying creative by providing a straight line between inspiration and music creation.

In addition to the new Start Screen, “Hopkinton” adds several new templates, including MIDI Songwriting Templates with standard instrument collections, Showcase Templates for auditioning SONAR features, Mixing Templates for common mixing scenarios, and Mastering Templates for tweaking final mixes.

“Hopkinton” also adds six new FX Chains that complement the new Mastering Project Templates. These FX Chains can help enhance stereo mixes—from smooth to seriously intense―and are welcome additions to SONAR’s ever-growing collection of FX Chains Presets. This update also includes multiple fixes with an emphasis on graphic improvements to waveform drawing, particularly with the Groove Clips favored by many EDM artists.


The SONAR “Hopkinton” release, a free download from the Cakewalk Command Center, is available to all current SONAR Artist, Professional, and Platinum customers. All three SONAR versions are available globally through music and sound retailers, Valve’s Steam Store, and the Cakewalk Store. Please visit for complete version details and localized pricing/availability options from our distribution partners.