It's news we hoped we'd never see, but that we knew was likely based on past experience:
Gibson Brands will cease "active development and production of Cakewalk branded products."
After surviving nearly three decades, four of those years with Gibson, Cakewalk now joins a stable of products (including Studio Vision and Oberheim) that were acquired by the guitar company with great fanfare before being unceremoniously put out to pasture. This is in stark contrast to other major brands who have purchased important product lines and helped them thrive (e.g., Yamaha's acquisition of Steinberg).
In a statement on Cakewalk.com dated November 17, 2017, Gibson Brands put it this way:
GIBSON BRANDS ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CAKEWALK, INC.
Gibson Brands announced today that it is ceasing active development and production of Cakewalk branded products. The decision was made to better align with the company’s acquisition strategy that is heavily focused on growth in the global consumer electronics audio business under the Philips brand.
Cakewalk has been an industry leader in music software for over 25 years by fusing cutting-edge technology with creative approaches to tools that create, edit, mix, and publish music for professional and amateur musicians. Gibson Brands acquired Cakewalk in 2013.
Gibson Brands, a growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world- recognized brands.
Keep an eye on cakewalk.com for more details.