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BandLab Cakewalk 2021.12 (Build

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BandLab Cakewalk 2021.12 (Build

Cakewalk by BandLab is FREE award-winning Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for the professional music recording, mixing, and mastering. From getting a great tone to releasing the final mix, today’s musicians must master every element of the music production process.

Easily compose complete songs and performances with creative songwriting tools and instruments. Capture inspired performances with pristine quality and unlimited audio and MIDI tracks.

Fix mistakes, arrange parts, and manipulate pitch, time, and any other aspect of your recordings. Achieve pristine pro-studio sounds and create big, clear, dynamic mixes with advanced mixing tools.

Polish your finished mixes to perfection with built-in mastering tools. Export and publish your songs directly to YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook and more.

Dial up the perfect synth sound with Rapture or a searing guitar tone with TH2 Producer. Record it, tighten it, chop it, and drop it in the Matrix for realtime triggering. Shape it with the expandable ProChannel. Warm it with the Console Emulator. And do it all with a single Smart Tool.

Cakewalk by BandLab leaves other DAWs in the dust with industry leading features. Edit and correct vocals like a pro with Melodyne Essential. Create the most realistic and authentic drums sounds with the full version of XLN Audio Addictive Drums.

Get that epic, pro-sound that has defined the last 25 years of recording with the ProChannel. Now with the QuadCurve EQ Zoom and analyzer for the ultimate precision. Get that vintage analog sound with the new ProChannel Tape Emulator and the Console Emulator.

Cakewalk by BandLab Key features:

  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Mix with unlimited effects, sends and busses
  • Move seamlessly across all your production tasks with Skylight Interface
  • Record and mix with the end-to-end 64-bit double precision engine
  • Gobbler cloud saving and sharing
  • Program beats using the Step Sequencer
  • Play loops in real-time with the Matrix View
  • Customize searing guitar tones with Overloud TH2 Producer amp sim
  • Create modern, electronic dance sounds with Z3TA+ Classic
  • Play and record with 23 instruments including Rapture and Dimension Pro
  • Edit audio and MIDI, hassle free, with Smart Tool and Smart Grid
  • Get full control of the timing and feel of your tracks with AudioSnap
  • Custom touch support on touch-enabled devices running Windows 10
  • Get that epic, pro studio sound with the ergonomic ProChannel console strip
  • ProChannel Console Emulator and new Tape Emulator for authentic vintage analog sound
  • Add lush reverb with the versatile BREVERB SONAR VST and ProChannel module
  • Includes 8 ProChannel modules – expandable with additional modules (sold separately)
  • Finalize and master your songs with high-quality Linear Phase plugins
  • Share your music on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, and now YouTube

And it doesn’t stop there with a new mixing suite powered by the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes FX and BlueVerb, Tone2 BiFilter 2, AAS Lounge Lizard Session, AAS Strum Acoustic Session, Dimension Pro, Rapture, and much more.

Cakewalk by BandLab now boasts a powerful new line up designed to meet the needs of any musician, regardless of skill level or budget. You always get the latest and greatest version no matter when you make your purchase. In addition, enjoy 12 months of rolling updates and keep everything you received – forever.

What’s New in latest Cakewalk 2021.12:

Features & Enhancements

  • Support for nested track folders to improve track organization
  • Localization update (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese)
  • Upgrade to VST3 SDK 3.7.3
  • Upgrade to ELASTIQUE SDK 3.3.9 (contains fixes for ELASTIQUE stretching)
  • Upgrade to latest ARA 2.0 SDK

Bug Fixes

  • Crash loading export task settings
  • Crash if wildcard left in place when adding path
  • Hang on project load with user project
  • Fix for JBridge crash when flushing plug-ins
  • Guard against crash/hang with sample counts going negative
  • Export task fails with no meaningful message if drive or path is invalid
  • Export fails to render Radius stretched clips unless a time range is explicitly selected
  • Export as MIDI File should not show audio track warning message
  • Filename incorrect when recalling task with period in filename
  • Regression: Audio export path not immediately updated on project save
  • Export Audio dialog: Add keyboard navigation support
  • Export Audio dialog: Using space bar to update multiple selection items doesn’t update range dropdown
  • Export Audio dialog: Selection flyout not updating Time Range dropdown
  • Export Audio dialog: Mouse wheel scrolling skips rows in ‘Tracks/Buses in Project’ list
  • Export Audio dialog: Inconsistent selection recall on Export Task recall
  • Export Audio dialog: Expand width of Export Multiple Files
  • Export Audio dialog: Task queue panel should limit its height to queue size + 1
  • Export Audio dialog: Incorrect preview filename when exporting as FLAC
  • Preferences Categories illegible in High Contrast mode in Windows
  • Expose Arranger, Export Audio dialog, and Tempo track to Help Module
  • Folder colors / original folder ordering not restored on Undo Delete Folder
  • Destination folder should expand when moving tracks
  • Click on Folder comp clip not selecting all tracks
  • Folders missing ‘Move to Track Folder’ in Context Menu when single folder present
  • CTRL + click folder color bar should change color for all folder contents
  • Track range selection does not work as expected with folders
  • Lasso select within Clips View selects all articulations
  • Fixed accessibility/screen reader support in several menus (eg. plug-in menus)
  • Add Subfolders count to top folder stats – added read-only stats for immediate sub-folder count
  • Unable to edit tempo change time in Tempo Inspector
  • Track Manager fails to open from Console view if project contains folders with nothing but empty subfolders
  • Archive button not showing tri state on folders
  • Folder Color is not saved in Track Templates
  • Track Templates do not save bus colors
  • Track templates do not save ProChannel post effect status
  • Echo button always showing half enabled for folders containing instrument tracks
  • Drag moving a track moves the track plus all selected tracks, regardless of whether the track is in the selection or not
  • Unable to drag multiple unnamed MIDI clips to desktop
  • Articulations incorrectly appearing in Folder Comp stream
  • Bounce to clip renders silent clip if the track destination bus is soloed

More Bug Fixes

  • Inconsistent ports with Append Instrument / Simple Instrument Tracks
  • Stretched clip in project wont play
  • Time stretching slip edited or split clips results in incorrect stretch ratios
  • Undo of slip stretched clip incorrectly restores state in this project
  • Undo of deleting a missing synth in project containing aux tracks causes feedback loop
  • Undo of deleting a synth in project containing drum maps doesn’t restore MIDI out routing
  • Tempo Inspector time editor only accepts ‘:’ as separator
  • Track automation pasted to Tempo track
  • Regression: Solo silences pre-fader sends on other tracks
  • Regression: Track templates saving buses as soloed
  • Waves Tune plug-ins appear as Region FX unexpectedly
  • Soloing a track containing a plug-in with active sidechain input causes project to play silent in old releases when unsoloed
  • Move of ARA clip fails to update Melodyne
  • Cannot change plug-in properties for VST3 plug-ins in Plug-in Manager

What’s New in latest Cakewalk 2021.11 Update 1:

Bug Fixes in Update 1 (build

  • Incorrect filename when export single track as Tracks through Entire Mix.
  • Allow more than one export task to have the same task name.
  • Step Sequencer not recognizing first note.

Solo Enhancements

  • Solo, Exclusive Solo and Solo Override improvements. The internals for track and bus solo have been greatly improved to handle more complex routing scenarios with tracks and buses outputting to aux tracks and sidechains.
  • Solo override now works consistently with aux tracks and tracks containing active sidechains.
  • Dim solo is now aware of the solo override state and works consistently.

Bug Fixes

  • Soloing a bus silences any sidechain sends to plugins in tracks / buses unless sending tracks are soloed.
  • Switching exclusive solo between aux tracks can cause the solo state to get out of sync.
  • Exclusive Solo Mode not working after unsoloing track.
  • Exclusive Solo ‘solo override’ fails to work properly.
  • Exclusive soloing a mix of tracks and buses not working properly.
  • Solo overriding a bus sending to another bus won’t pass through audio.
  • Solo Override does not behave as expected on Aux tracks or buses.
  • Solo Override does not behave as expected with Dim Solo.
  • Sidechain fails to trigger when soloing bus.
  • Soloing a track with a send to an aux would not make the aux audible.
  • Soloing track routed to aux with dim solo results in unexpected dimming.
  • Soloing a bus now includes any sidechain sends to plugins in tracks / buses.
  • Melodyne used as track effect hangs on export audio.
  • Some Mix Enables check boxes too large for dialog.
  • Duplicate filenames warning appears whenever using the {taskname} tag.
  • Export Audio dialog not clearing / restoring exclusive solo / track solo override status.
  • Export audio ‘Use same settings for all’ option not appearing for Tracks Through Entire Mix.
  • Export audio directory should be deleted if not used, and only created for cwp projects.
  • Improvements to plugin silence flushing.
  • Crash when exporting in ASIO with certain drivers when using high bounce buffer size.
  • Exporting with source category tracks through entire mix and range set to entire project doesn’t respect track length.
  • Export audio from tracks now includes sidechain sends in more complex routing scenarios.
  • Bouncing Step Sequencer clip results in no clip in some projects.
  • Preferences dialog categories illegible in High Contrast mode in Windows.
  • CTRL+SHIFT drag import of MIDI causes clips to overlap unexpectedly.
  • Step Sequencer clip fails to loop in user project.
  • Articulations ignored when scrubbing in Piano Roll view.
  • Piano Roll scrub stops working after using Clips scrub.
  • Add StickyFileExportNotification registry setting.
  • Softube plugins throwing error on scan and writing null CSLID to inventory.
  • Clean audio folder suggests deleting files in default export audio folder.
  • Disable project auto-save while File Export / Bounce to Track(s) dialogs are open.
  • Aux Track has unexpected volume boost after opening project.
  • Delete key not working in certain circumstances.

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Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 8.1 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Multi-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 3GB free disk space
  • 1280×800 screen resolution
  • ASIO compatible hardware is recommended

64-bit Mix Engine

The first to offer this precision audio technology, SONAR’s advanced 64-bit mix engine delivers clean, dynamic, accurate mixes every time.


Never worry about signal degradation again. You can always be sure your plug-ins are outputting the highest quality audio possible.

VST3 Support

SONAR supports the most stable, accurate, and efficient plug-in format for Windows machines so you can use more FX and synths in your project.


Another industry first, SONAR’s compatibility with touch devices adds analog feel and workflow-enhancing efficiency.

Windows 10

Compatibility comes standard. We’re always on top of our game, ensuring support on all the most current Windows platforms.

ARA Support

Harness the power of Audio Random Access for seamless integration of powerful and modern editing tools.

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