Sonar is now known as Cakewalk by BandLab and is FREE
Cakewalk has provenance, which came to an almost sudden-end last year when Gibson announced the end of the DAW’s life.
However, BandLab technologies just announced that they will be resurrecting the long-revered DAW, as they have just bought the intellectual properties.
Not only will the DAW be available to the public again, but it will be FREE! Along with almost the entire Sonar Platinum feature set.
BandLab Technologies CEO has said there is an “aggressive feature development roadmap ahead” for CakeWalk while the new version even sports some previously unreleased features. BandLab, who became known for their online social network for producers which offered a real time DAW within your browser for users to collaborate, has already built a big user-base and hopefully we’ll see some interesting integration between Cakewalk and their online platform.
There’s one small catch…
Cakewalk by BandLab is currently not available for Mac OS X, and we’re not sure if one will be released soon.
However, the DAW integrates very tightly with the Windows platform, making use of some of the handier features thereof. The most notable of which being the integration with Microsoft’s Surface-Dial alongside touch and pen support.
It’s great to see pro-level DAW’s become available on a more global scale, one less hurdle for beginner producers to jump when taking their first steps in music production. Cakewalk has always been a great all-encompassing music creation platform, it comes with various tools to get you started, straight out of the box!
Some of the third-party content that was bundled with Sonar is no longer bundled with the free DAW, however owners of the previous version will still have access to any content they purchased.
If you’re keen to check out Cakewalk by BandLab, all you need to do is create an account on their website and download the software.