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Cakewalk Platinum is now free and called Cakewalk by Bandlab
  • For what it's worth, Bandlab, whatever that is, is relaunching it.


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    Seems to require registration of a bandlab account

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  • CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Ru Kuok said, “The teams at both Gibson and BandLab felt that Cakewalk’s products deserved a new home where development could continue. We are pleased to be supporting Cakewalk’s passionate community of creators to ensure they have access to the best possible features and music products under the BandLab Technologies banner.”


    SINGAPORE, 4 APRIL 2018 — Today, BandLab Technologies launched early access to ‘Cakewalk by BandLab’ – replacing SONAR, the iconic DAW developed by Cakewalk Inc. This highly anticipated product release follows BandLab Technologies’ announcement just last month that it had acquired all of Cakewalk’s IP and certain assets from Gibson Brands.

    The new successor to the legendary DAW is available to download for free now at The revived DAW includes all core premium features of SONAR Platinum such as the award-winning Skylight user interface, flexible ProChannel modules, and powerful end-to-end 64-bit mix engine.

    CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Ru Kuok said, “We are excited to be able to continue development of SONAR in its new guise as Cakewalk by BandLab and have an aggressive feature development roadmap ahead. We are making the software completely free to use to ensure that anyone, regardless of their resources, technology or stage in their career, can have access to the highest level of professional music production tools. This is part of our ongoing effort to empower musicians to make and share their music around the world. Professional products like Cakewalk are essential to those who make their living in music production and the natural next step for musicians who use platforms like BandLab to simplify their creative and collaborative process. We are very excited by the potential of Cakewalk by BandLab and think that many creators will benefit from access to a professional DAW with a long history of empowering music makers.”

    Cakewalk by BandLab will continue SONAR’s track record of world-leading innovation for creatives using Microsoft Windows. Pete Brown, from Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said “We’re thrilled that Cakewalk has found a new home with a company that understands the musician community, and that cares sincerely about digital audio production. Cakewalk has been a great partner, working to make their DAW better for their customers by quickly adopting new Windows features like pen, Bluetooth MIDI, multi-touch, Dial, and more. We look forward to working closely with BandLab to continue this innovation.” Cakewalk by BandLab will support pen, touch and Surface Dial throughout the user interface.

    The Windows version of Cakewalk by BandLab is available to download now. For more information visit

    Cakewalk by BandLab is a streamlined version of SONAR Platinum – and certain third party products and content bundles will no longer be included. Existing users who have already purchased bundles or individual third party products and plug-ins can still use those products with Cakewalk by BandLab.

    • The new installation of Cakewalk by BandLab via BandLab Assistant will not affect previous installations of SONAR.
    • All users can download Cakewalk by BandLab and access the full feature set for free, without access limitations.
    • Any bundled or independently purchased plug-ins or add-ons that worked with SONAR will integrate with Cakewalk by BandLab.

    More detail on the feature offering can be found at

  • Has anybody downloaded? I wanted to know what the sizes of the installers are. The bandlab app is 65 megabytes, and must be executed in order to download Cakewalk. I registered with my facebook account, pretty easy stuff

  • @robertGL installers are 658mb for cakewalk and 898mb for instruments

  • @crustovsky

    Do you have direct links?

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev unfortunately these were downloaded by bandlab client and stored in my downloads folder.

  • @crustovsky

    Can try again while using and watching http requests

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev i tried with Charles Proxy, before download starts they authenticate via browser with your account, wasn't able to get URLs to any downloads anywhere.

  • Cakewalk forum has some complaining about the online activation. I don't know if it's a one-shot challenge/response, or whether it's required for each instance that you use it. It's free, but I'm a bit meh about going through the hoops.

  • They made first update

    • élastique Pro time/pitch stretching
    • AudioSnap enhancements
    • Advanced multi-track piano-roll MIDI editing and event filtering
    • VST compatibility improvements and optimizations
    • Updated UI themes
    • Dante driver improvements
    • Improved contextual help and toast notifications