Help please with old Cakewalk .WRK files
I’m hoping the experts here can help me…
I was a HUGE Cakewalk user in the mid 1990’s. I bought Cakewalk in 1994 (to be honest, I can’t remember if I had Express or Home Studio) and then used it prolifically for the next 10 years up until around 2004. I used it as a midi sequencer (no DAW for me) and would dovetail with live audio (e.g. guitar and vocals) that I’d record on my Tascam 4-Track, etc.
Family and kids came along in 2004, and I pretty much stopped everything. At the time I stopped all things musical in 2004, I was running Cakewalk on either a Windows 95 or maybe even a Windows XP machine. Of course, the computer that I used to use got thrown out years ago, and I've long since lost the original floppy disks and documentation, etc. However, I DID keep all my .WRK files on a CD that I burned.
I’m now looking to get back into music and would love to start playing all my sequenced stuff, etc, but I obviously don’t have Cakewalk on a working computer anymore. I came here to see what options I had, and I now see that Sonar is effectively discontinued. Of course, I could buy some new software like Cubase or something, but how can I open the .WRK files? Or – perhaps more critically – how can I convert the .WRK files into regular midifiles that new sequencing software would be able to utilise?
Can anyone here help or point me in the right direction?