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PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:31:49 AM »
You may have seen on the interwebs recently about the death of Cakewalk, following Gibson's decision (due to their own financial issues) to shut Cakewalk and cease development.

Well, Cakewalk and its assets have been purchased by Bandlab, who have made the top tier SONAR Platinum available completely free (only minus some 3rd party plugins which had been bundled with the previous versions).  This is software which used to retail around $500.

All you need to do is register a free account at http://www.bandlab.com.  And then, the newly rebranded "Cakewalk by Bandlab" can be downloaded for free from https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk.

For anybody still using a free DAW like Kristal or Studio One Prime, I can't recommend this enough.

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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 07:53:07 AM »
A couple of us mentioned this when it was first released, Kev, but a great find none the less....  ~:)

Bear in mind it is 64 bit only. Don't worry if your favourite 3rd party vsts don't work in 64 bit. The Sonar bundled stuff is top quality!
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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2018, 07:57:59 AM »
A couple of us mentioned this when it was first released, Kev, but a great find none the less....  ~:)

Bear in mind it is 64 bit only. Don't worry if your favourite 3rd party vsts don't work in 64 bit. The Sonar bundled stuff is top quality!

I've not come across a plugin which doesn't work in it, (SONAR at least, I've not tested the rebranded version yet) and that includes some old 32-bit plugins I have.

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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 09:59:29 AM »
I've not come across a plugin which doesn't work in it, (SONAR at least, I've not tested the rebranded version yet) and that includes some old 32-bit plugins I have.

Was just something Dino mentioned in a previous thread.....
Personally, over the years, I have ended up just using the Sonar effects.
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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 10:16:33 AM »
Was just something Dino mentioned in a previous thread.....
Personally, over the years, I have ended up just using the Sonar effects.

Yep, the bundled Sonitus plugins are great.  I'm also a big fan of their LP EQ's.  The main third party plugin I use are the Kjerhaus classic series (a superb freebie set), primarily their master limiter.

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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 11:15:06 AM »
Sonar actually use some Kjerhaus plug-ins, albeit re-skinned.... Like the VC64, a favourite of mine in the master output.  ;)
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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 01:32:20 PM »
Hi WS,,
I ended up pointing the Cakewalk Bandlab to my vst folders and it actually did pick up a few of the old ones afterall.  especially the Classic range which is all I really use anyway.

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Re: PSA: Top quality DAW now FREE!
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 02:29:39 PM »
I got another email on the free offer this morning, it is a good deal.

And just a note on the 32bit VST thing.  If you have 32bit VST's that you really like, and they don't work on a 64bit system, you can always try this new bridging plugin that does seem to work well:

https://ddmf.eu/bridgewize/
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