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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 11:32 am    
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Cakewalk by BandLab was called Sonar until Gibson sold the DAW assets to BandLab Technologies.

BandLab dropped all third party content and released the high end DAW software that works on 64 bit Windows 7 or higher operating systems. The high end edition was formally called Sonar Platinum. Unlike Sonar a 32 bit version is not available. If you have Sonar Platinum installed on your computer then Cakewalk by Bandlab will install beside Sonar and both DAWs will share the third party content that shipped with Sonar.

Why would you want to use Cakewalk by BandLab instead of your existing Sonar Platinum? Because Cakewalk by Bandlab is maintained by mostly the same Boston, Massachusetts USA development team. The developers have applied almost two years of fixes and improvements to the DAW. That means you will be using a DAW that is more reliable, stable and crash resistant than what you presently use. This month saw the most aggressive update so far with more than 150 bug fixes.

To use the free software create a free Bandlab account, download the BandLab Assistant (which manages the initial and future installations) and click a button to begin the installation. Links below.

Download BandLab Assistant: [/url]https://www.bandlab.com/products/desktop/assistant[url]

Cakewalk Forum: [/url]https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php[url]

August, 2019 update information with links to information about prior updates: [/url]https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/topic/5529-current-release-201907-updated-5-aug-19/[url]

I'll be happy to try and answer any Cakewalk questions that I can as responses, private message or via e-mail.[/url]
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Jack Stoner


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Post  Posted 11 Aug 2019 12:40 pm    
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I have used Sonar since version 6. I have Sonar Platinum and the Bandlab version both installed on my recording studio system. The "Cakewalk by Bandlab" version is Sonar Platinum with updates/improvements.
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Robert Jones


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Post  Posted 22 Sep 2019 5:40 am    
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I had X3 and loved it until my computer crashed. I got this information from a band mate about Cakewalk by Band lab and downloaded it. Great program.
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Joshua Tschetter


Post  Posted 3 Oct 2019 7:02 pm    
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Absolutely, love it!
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Jack Stoner


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Post  Posted 4 Oct 2019 2:21 am    
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Cakewalk version 2019/09 was recently released.

Here is the info on the update:

https://discuss.cakewalk.com/index.php?/topic/7170-current-release-201909/
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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 4 Dec 2019 3:23 pm     Updates About Every Two Months. Now 2019.11
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It looks like the Cakewalk by BandLab (CbB) developers have settled on issuing updates every other month. Just before November ended 2019.11 was released so the releases have been .11, .09, .07 so far. One developer recently stated every other month keeps the size of each update manageable. He also mentioned the every other month cycle gives constant users time to adjust to the changes.

They've also started an early access program so interested forum members can download a per-release, beta test and provide feedback. Early access is typically one to two weeks prior to the release. The developers have been pretty responsive to suggestions and made some changes between beta and release to help with workflow.

One feature I'm interested in is called Workspace. It used to be called Lens and was originally a private developer feature that enables, disables and restricts Sonar features and modules to create multiple price tier products from one source code. So one Lens was Studio, another Producer and still another Platinum.

Cakewalk by BandLab (CbB) has every feature and module enabled by default so there is no need to restrict the use of the Lens feature to developers only. When Lens was first made public most users, including myself, didn't understand it. Once the feature was renamed to Workspace and explained somewhat it made sense.

If you are new to Cakewalk (as I am) all the features, tools, modules, nomenclature and windows are intimidating. There's too much to comprehend at one time. Workspace will allow me to "dumb down" the program and interface to my level of understanding. I can then introduce new to me functionality a little at a time.

The one issue I've seen is you need to know a little about what something is before you disable it or you'll disable something you need so that's a learning experience in itself.
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