SONAR relaunches as ‘Cakewalk by Bandlab’

Last month, BandLab Technologies acquired all of Cakewalk’s IP and certain assets from Gibson Brands. It has now launched early access to ‘Cakewalk by BandLab’ – its new offering that replaces SONAR, the iconic DAW developed by Cakewalk Inc.

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.

“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,” said CEO of BandLab Technologies Meng Ru Kuok.

“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.”


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