Thoughts on the Demise of Cakewalk

Console View in Cakewalk's SONAR Platinum

In an announcement dated November 17, 2017, but which only became public knowledge earlier this week, Gibson Brands, the company that is best known as a guitar maker (e.g. they make Les Paul guitars), announced that they were, “ceasing active development and production of Cakewalk branded products.” The reason stated was, “to better align with … Read more

What’s Next?

There’s a classic series of commercials that features, for example, winning Super Bowl athletes. A narrator asks these athletes, after their big game wins, “what are you going to do next?” The athlete then answers that he’ll be going to a certain theme park where┬áit is not unusual to see people wearing┬árodent ears. Since finishing … Read more

Virartech Interview Now in English

In early March 2010, Vadim Efanov of the Russian music and techology company Virartech conducted an e-mail interview with songwriter Rick Paul for the "Advice for Musicians" section of Virartech’s web site. While the interview was conducted in English, it was translated into Russian for Virartech’s readers. Here is the original English language interview. VE: … Read more

From Russia (and California) With Love

Back on August 4, 2007, in my “Summer Happenings” blog, I wrote: Speaking of the other side of the world, I’ve been collaborating with a Russian songwriter and producer, whose name is Alexei Ustinov, on a new song and recording to be released sometime later this year. Alexei is producing the instrumental tracks over in … Read more