Mac users will get a version of Sonar later this year.

US music software company Cakewalk has announced a much-requested Mac version of its production software Sonar.

As Synthtopia reports, Sonar OS X Alpha will be released as a free product later this year, and will come with a set of Cakewalk plug-ins and effects modules.

“Ever since Sonar appeared, Apple users have been asking for a Mac version,” Cakewalk’s Noel Borthwick said. “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.”

Cakewalk is taking the unusual step of releasing a limited free version first in order to gauge interest in a full port for OS X users. A dedicated forum will allow Mac users to give feedback and receive support.

Cakewalk is one of the world’s longest running music software companies. Founded in 1987, its first MIDI music sequencer was released on the MS-DOS platform over a decade before Ableton Live’s first version was released.

In 2008, Japanese gear manufacturer Roland purchased a majority share in the company, but in 2013 sold its share to guitar manufacturer Gibson.

This is the first time Sonar has been available for Mac users, but it’s not the first time the company has made software for Apple products. In 2013 it release an iPad music-making app called ScratchPad.

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