Cakewalk by BandLab - Free DAW

Free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Updated April 19, 2020

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is a complete music studio for your PC or digital device. With a DAW, you can record, mix, and compose audio using all kinds of music, voices, and instruments. Until now, digital audio workstations have cost hundreds of dollars. There are many brands out there, and Cakewalk was one of the original brands for a long time. BandLab bought the rights to Cakewalk, and now they offer Cakewalk by BandLab – a free digital audio workstation (DAW)!

Welcome to Cakewalk by BandLab!

Free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) - Cakewalk by BandLab

Free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Cakewalk by BandLab is free, and it will remain so. In time, you can purchase add-ons if you desire, but there is so much in this DAW that you needn’t pay for anything. I recommend you try it for yourself. Here’s an install guide:

Cakewalk by BandLab easy-install guide

1. Go to BandLab.com .

2. Click the Download button.

3. Then click the next Download button to get the BandLab Assistant for Windows .

4. Download and install the BandLab Assistant.

5. Run the BandLab Assistant.

6. From the BandLab Assistant, choose to Log in or Sign up. It’s free to sign up to create an account, and you can connect with Google or Facebook if you prefer.

BandLab log in windows

7. After signing in, you will see the three tabs, Library, Sounds, and Apps.

BandLab Library, Sounds and Apps

8. Click on the Apps tab, and you’ll see the Open button for BandLab – the free online DAW, and the green install button for the more advanced DAW – Cakewalk by BandLab.

Install Cakewalk by BandLab

9. Click the green Install button to start the install process.

10. Next, select the add-ons that you would like to install (they are free).

Cakewalk add-ons list

(In the example above, I already had those add-ons installed.)
11. Click Install.

Cakewalk by BandLab will begin installing.
12. Select a setup language:

BandLab Assistant - Select Setup Language

Upon accepting the license agreement, the installation will continue.

Cakewalk by BandLab agreement and install

13. When the Cakewalk installation setup completes, click Finish to complete and exit the install setup.

Completing Cakewalk by BandLab Setup Wizard

Upon clicking the finish button, the BandLab Assistant will show the Cakewalk section as Up to date, and you’ll see that the Install button has now changed to an Open button:

Cakewalk by BandLab Open button

You might see a BandLab by Cakewalk app icon on your desktop, too.

Cakewalk by BandLab desktop icon

If you would like to install any Cakewalk add-ons at a later date, you can use the menu now included in the drop-down menu of the Open button:

Cakewalk by BandLab Install Add-ons..

And if you’d like to check for updates, you can do so via either the BandLab Assistant settings menu by clicking Check for Updates, or from within Cakewalk: Help > Check for Update.

BandLab Assistant - Check for Updates

Now that Cakewalk is installed, you can go ahead and click on the Cakewalk by BandLab Open button.

BandLab Assistant - Click open to start Cakewalk

Cakewalk will open, and you can enjoy using this excellent digital audio workstation.


Cakewalk by BandLab is not to be confused with BandLab. BandLab is their free online DAW. And Cakewalk by BandLab is the more advanced installable DAW (which used to be called Cakewalk Sonar – when Cakewalk owned it).

If you’ve visited this site before, then you might know that in March 2018, we posted `BandLab Saves Cakewalk‘ in the News section, after having said `Farewell Cakewalk Sonar‘ via the blog back in November 2017. Then in April 2018, we celebrated with Cakewalk by BandLab – Free DAW!, upon the release of this great software.

Here are some external links to help you learn more about Cakewalk by Bandlab, and its development:

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6 months ago

Great tip! Yes there are free DAWs out there, but then there is Cakewalk by Bandlab. Really no comparison and they are killing it with the updates! Love this software.