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Cakewalk by BandLab

Cakewalk by BandLab
Cakewalk by BandLab by Cakewalk is an Audio Plugin Host and a Software Application for Windows. It functions as a Standalone Application. It can host VST Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
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30-Day: 358; 7-Day: 382; Yesterday: 755

Powered by a lineage of over 30 years of DAW innovation, Cakewalk by BandLab is at its best, delivering simplicity, stability and feature rich tools to help you make music.

Best of all, it's completely free.

Check out this trailer video, to sample the progress we have made over the last two years with Cakewalk by BandLab.

More details and release notes for all Cakewalk by BandLab updates can be found here.

Cakewalk is greatly improved over SONAR with hundreds of fixes, stability improvements and new features. Compare Cakewalk by BandLab and SONAR

Download Cakewalk now, completely free, and start making music today. Please read the FAQ for instructions on creating a BandLab account and installation.


Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.91 from 11 reviews

Cakewalk by BandLab
Reviewed By gochigochi765
December 17th, 2022

Almost all functions can be used for free from the beginning, and VST plug-ins can be used to supplement missing functions in a simple procedure.
And it's convenient to have a score view
it is really amazing.


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Cakewalk by BandLab
Reviewed By exVista
January 11th, 2022

Been using this for years (from Gibson days). Excellent software. Comes with some good synths and effects plugins. Takes some learning but worth it, full of useful tricks. Support is good too.

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Cakewalk by BandLab
Reviewed By ShakeyJ100
November 2nd, 2021

I've been using Cakewalk since Music Creator 6 (early 2000s?) and when BandLab took over a few years ago I was skeptical at first. The downloadable DAW is great and a huge advancement from Music Creator. It is a complete DAW unlike the online BandLab, and VST'S and VSTI'S candy be added easily. Updates and improvements keep coming and their new forum is full of information for those that need extra help or who are willing to assist others.

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Cakewalk by BandLab
Reviewed By Faydit
October 23rd, 2021

Since 6.0 I'm having problem with the export of Reaper, as the .wav file export doesn't seem to work properly, whyever, and I did not find the mistake. So I had been looking for an alternative and had chosen Waveform and Cakewalk for my shortlist. I did not feel very comfortable with Waveform, as a lot of things worked quite different than in Reaper, I also found the basic structure less convincing, but Cakewalk I really liked from the beginning. Good structure, easy access to the - for me - necessary features - and an - in my opinion - simple, very logical structure and a good quality of the results.

Did not use it very long up to now, but I'm very pleased, even more as this nice DAW is freeware.

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Cakewalk by BandLab
Reviewed By flyinghitcher
May 19th, 2021

I have used this for many years as a Sonar Platanum user, it has only improved since bandlab took over :D
Huge learning curve, but with all the top requirements of a DAW that has to be expected. Many pioneering faetures over the years and innovations showing the money obviously goes into the Dev rather than promotion and is sadly reflected by the musical world as not the front runner it really should be.

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Discussion: Active
Starship Krupa
Starship Krupa
25 October 2020 at 3:16am

It's so great to have the new Cakewalk visible here at KVR. As an example of the team's hands-on engagement with the user base, this listing itself was created by a BandLab/Cakewalk senior engineer, an active musician himself.

For in-depth discussion and assistance, the official Cakewalk Forum is the place to go. See you there.

Starship Krupa
Starship Krupa
24 September 2022 at 9:26am

The one star review up there. This guy bought a software license a decade ago from a company that went out of business 5 years ago. He lost his install discs (remember when software came on physical discs?). There is now a company called BandLab that has a product with the same name as the company that he bought the license from (the product has the same name, the company is 5 years gone). Since BandLab can't help someone with no proof of purchase get a copy of this old synthesizer plug-in that he bought from a company who BandLab bought some code and trademarks from, he gave their product a one star review.

As a courtesy, BandLab has kept the old Cakewalk company's web server online so that Cakewalk Inc. customers can still have access to their software, but that requires the customer to have created an account and registered their serial numbers before Cakewalk Inc. closed its doors. In order for this guy to get what he wants, BandLab would have to be able to generate new user accounts on the old server and new serial numbers for a defunct company's discontinued product.

Let it serve as a warning: if you bought software in 2012 from the 5 years gone Cakewalk Inc. company and lost your install media and never set up an account with Cakewalk Inc. and expect the company who makes Cakewalk the program to do something about it in 2022, you will be disappointed. Probably by many things.

13 April 2023 at 6:58pm

I have a more general question, Groove synth, Z3ta1, TTS-1, Dimension, Cakewalk Rapture, RgcAudio Pentagon, are they free ? where can I download them?

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