SONAR lives on as Cakewalk by BandLab and is free to download now

BandLab Technologies has announced the release of Cakewalk by Bandlab, an early access which replaces the iconic SONAR DAW and is available to download for free on Windows systems…

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The relaunched 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.”

It should be noted that certain third party products and content bundles will no longer be included, though existing users who’ve already purchased bundles or individual third party products and plug-ins can still use them within 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.

Pricing and Availability:
The Windows version of Cakewalk by BandLab is available to download now. For further information head to the Cakewalk page.