BandLab acquires the complete set of intellectual property of Cakewalk Inc.
UPDATE: Cakewalk by BandLab – Free DAW!
Since the news back in November 2017 that Cakewalk had stopped active development of their products, I had started to give up on the idea of continuing to use the great Cakewalk Sonar 😒. However, I was recently excited to hear that BandLab Technologies has acquired certain assets and the complete intellectual property of Cakewalk Inc.! Yeah, Baby! 😁
As you can see in the screenshot above, if you now visit Cakewalk.com you will see the following message:
The news you’ve all been hoping for…
SINGAPORE, FRIDAY 23 February 2018 – BandLab Technologies today announced the acquisition of certain assets and the complete set of intellectual property of Cakewalk Inc. from Gibson Brands. For more information, please click the link below to visit a dedicated page to find out more about the news, sign up for updates and read the announcement FAQ.
Who is BandLab?
I don’t know a lot about BandLab, other than they offer a popular FREE online DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) solution. If you see the introductory Hello from BandLab post by Meng at the Cakewalk forums, you can learn more about the transition details and future direction of the next DAW to come out of this acquisition. (Update: post by Meng removed.)
I prefer a desktop app
As a Cakewalk Sonar user, I was concerned that any next DAW made by BandLab/Cakewalk might only be an online DAW. Personally, I don’t like the idea of having my original work or music creations uploaded or stored online. I want to keep everything on my local PC for privacy and copyright protection. Fortunately, it looks like this won’t be a problem, as the next DAW will definitely be a desktop application. Here’s a quote from Meng from the above-linked post:
We’ve already got a firm timeline in mind internally already and are prepping our press releases & announcements which will be within the next 4-6 weeks, if not sooner. Can’t wait to share with you all (especially existing SONAR users) what lies ahead for our beloved DAW – in case you’ve missed my posts around the place, it will absolutely be a desktop application so please don’t worry about it becoming (cloud/web)-only.
What will the next DAW be like?
We have no idea what the new replacement to the old Sonar will be like. I’m honestly hoping that it will be as close to the original Sonar as possible.
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