Cakewalk by BandLab - Free DAW

Free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Download Cakewalk by BandLab now. And start making music with the pros.

If you have always wanted to have one of the best digital audio workstations on the market, but you really couldn’t justify spending so much money, then your prayers have been answered!

This is Cakewalk by BandLab and it’s free!

If you’re a regular visitor to this site, then you will know that in March, 2018, I posted `BandLab Saves Cakewalk‘ in the News section, after having said `Farewell Cakewalk Sonar‘ via the blog back in November, 2017. Then last month, we celebrated with Cakewalk by BandLab – Free DAW!, upon the release of this great software.

Amongst all the excitement, and having recently updated this site, I had forgotten to include BandLab by Cakewalk in this Apps for Windows section. So here we are.

This site tries to remind people of what’s available to enjoy for Windows, and a free digital audio workstation – is definitely a treat!

Cakewalk By BandLab

What is a digital audio workstation?

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is a complete music studio for your PC. You can record, mix and compose all kinds of music, using an almost infinite number of sounds and/or instruments.

I recommend you try it for yourself.

Cakewalk by BandLab is free, and it will remain free. In time, you can purchase add-ons if you desire, but there is so much included in this DAW that you needn’t pay for anything. At least not until your first recording contract!

Cakewalk by BandLab easy-install guide

Get early access to Cakewalk by BandLab here:

Get early access to Cakewalk by BandLab

To download and get early access to Cakewalk by BandLab, click the get early access button. Here you’ll be taken to the BandLab website. From the BandLab website, follow the Get Early Access Now links, to download and run the BandLab Assistant for Windows (Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)).

Download, install and run the BandLab Assistant.

From the BandLab Assistant, you’ll be asked to sign in. It’s free to sign up to create an account, or you can connect with Google or Facebook.

After signing in, click on the Apps tab, and you’ll see Cakewalk by BandLab and the green install button.

BandLab Assistant for Windows

Click the green Install button to start the install process.

Next, you’ll see the options to include a few extras (if you want), like Studio Instruments Suite, Drum Replacer, Melodyne and Theme Editor:

Cakewalk add-ons list

These are of course free. (My options were greyed out as they were already installed on my system.)
Check/tick or uncheck/untick the ones you’d like, and go ahead and click Install.

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

BandLab Assistant - Select Setup Language

Upon accepting the license agreement the installation will continue.

Cakewalk by BandLab agreement and install

When the Cakewalk installation setup completes, click Finish to exit the 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 the BandLab Assistant settings menu, by clicking Check for Updates…

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 startup splash screen

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

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