Singapore-based music brand collective BandLab has announced that it is relaunching Cakewalk SONAR as a free DAW.
Sonar – with the former SONAR Platinum feature set, is relaunching as Cakewalk by BandLab. Full access is now available for Windows users for free. The revived DAW includes all core premium features of SONAR Platinum, including the Skylight user interface, flexible ProChannel modules, and powerful end-to-end 64-bit mix engine.
BandLab notes that the third-party products and content bundles that were previously included with SONAR Platinum will no longer be included. Users who have previously purchased bundles or individual third party products and plug-ins can still use those products with the new release.
“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,” says CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Ru Kuok. “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.”
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.