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Cakewalk by Bandlab

Sonar/Cakewalk By Bandlab Tips & Techniques
Published July 2018
By Craig Anderton

Sonar is dead, long live Cakewalk by Bandlab! We run through some of its top features.

Now that the equivalent of Sonar Platinum (minus the third-party add-ons) is available as a free download from, in the form of Cakewalk by BandLab, it’s not surprising that a lot of people are checking it out.

Although Cakewalk on its own lacks some of Sonar Platinum’s bundled plug-ins and instruments (see 'Spot The Difference' box), what’s most important is that you can now get Platinum’s functionality completely free. Cakewalk has quite a few features that are rare at best, and some you won’t find anywhere else. So if you’re just getting started with it — or if you missed out on these when using Sonar — here are some of my favourite features. To find out more about them, go to, and review the columns written about these topics when they were part of Sonar.


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Published July 2018