BandLab Releases the New Cakewalk Sonar Platinum Now Known As Cakewalk by BandLab For FREE!

So, I was using Cakewalk Sonar Platinum Digital Audio Workstation for past couple years, but then Gibson killed this DAW product line.  Many people were mad since they too had used Sonar for a long long time.  I was agitated by the news, and so I went online to look for the alternative to Sonar Platinum.  There are many alternatives to Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, but the cheapest professional version of whatever out there is still around $60 or so.  I thought I have to spend more money for a DAW since Gibson killed Cakewalk Sonar.  Luckily, BandLab, a Singapore company, decided to buy off Cakewalk Sonar product line so they could continue to build and support the awesome DAW.  I was patient in waiting for BandLab to release the update for Cakewalk Sonar, and my waiting is now paying off big time!

For couple days already but I just got the memo, BandLab had just released the early access version of Cakewalk by BandLab.  Basically, Cakewalk by BandLab is now the new name for what used to be Cakewalk Sonar Platinum.  Not only BandLab had released the early access version of Cakewalk, BandLab announced that Cakewalk by BandLab is now FREE for everyone!  Yep, you heard it right!  Anybody can now freely download a full top of the line version of Cakewalk DAW that used to cost a huge amount of money!  This means you get to save a huge amount of money from not spending any money on DAW and use this saved money for something else that could help you improve the quality of your mixes.

I think BandLab will change the music industry in regards to DAW specifically!  How?  As of now, I don’t see any professional DAW out there that is completely FREE.  Yet, BandLab released Cakewalk as a FREE DAW.  By the way, Cakewalk is a very professional DAW, and it is now FREE!  Imagine that!  So, I think other DAWs out there will have to either drop the prices or come out with better features somehow to make their DAWs unique just so they could compete against Cakewalk by BandLab.  Cakewalk users don’t have to be desperate now since BandLab is going to improve Cakewalk even more!  Basically, if Cakewalk gets smarter such as getting AI features and such, I think other DAWs will have a hard time in competing against Cakewalk by BandLab.

I found a YouTube video which addresses the announcement of the new Cakewalk by BandLab DAW.  You can watch it right after the break!

Update!

I just installed the early access version of Cakewalk by BandLab, and I was surprised that it recognized the settings of Cakewalk Sonar Platinum.  It allowed me to import the customized settings that I had with Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, and so I didn’t have to mess around with the settings of Cakewalk by BandLab!  It was a quick installed and I got to play with the new Cakewalk again!  Oh, I did have to add the locations of VSTs and rescan the VSTs again!  Nonetheless, everything is now working so smooth!

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Gigantic Reaction Indeed, At Least From Me. AI To Embarrass Musicians And Make Them Redundant.

You know I have been making music, and so I understand somewhat the process of a do it yourself musician has to go through before a finished track could be produced.  The process of making a good track is going to be a long one for such a musician for sure.  Even a short track requires some heavy attention such as mastering a track and whatnot. The mixing part is not a clean process either, because it’s about making the track sounds great.  So, besides imbuing a feeling into a track to convey a feeling to the listeners, the track must be done right in a technical manner in order for the track to sound great.

Every time I’m about to start mixing a track, I question myself a lot.  Thus, should a track be a happy one or a sad one?  Should a track be an uplifting one or a sleepy one?  Should a track use synthesizers or acoustic/real instruments?  Should a track add a piano piece or just go with guitar or go with both?  Should a track use any percussion or just go with kick/drum?  The list would go on.

Personally, when mixing a song I go with feeling a lot.  Even when picking a note/scale for starting a beat, I use feeling too.  Sometimes though I decide to go with just whatever sounds good.  For an example, if my voice for the track begins with musical note B, out of laziness I just go with beats start with B key.  If everything sounds good, then the plan is just to stick with B key as root key for the beats of the track.  Of course, I could do otherwise if B key isn’t working out. I have to also think about the octave of the scale, because higher octave would give higher pitch thus providing a much different feeling for the track.  Base should use lower octaves I guess.  Major or minor scale is also another important dimension I have to think about when I try to mix a track.

How complex should a track be?  How many layers of music instruments should I combine to give a complex voice to a track?  Should a track be simple when I add human voice (i.e., when I’m singing)?  If a track has to have many layers of musical instruments, then at the mastering process I have to try hard to allow my voice (i.e., my singing voice) to cut through the mix.  It’s bad when layers of musical instruments clash against one another, and it’s worse when my voice couldn’t cut through the mix.  Track with heavy layered musical instruments could drown out or thin up the voice of a singer/performer, and so it’s rather sensitive to mix a track with human voices in the mix.

One more thing, should I mix a great portion of the track in mono first before I switch to stereo?  Sometimes, the trick is to mix a track in mono first to have coherent sounds before switching to stereo to finalize the track.

Anyhow, basically, producing a track isn’t easy for a human.  Yet, artificial intelligence is going to make the situation even more dire for human musicians.  Lately, lot of AI algorithms come to the fore to convince the world that AI can now produce unique music in seconds.  I got a proof of this.  I visited Jukedeck.com and created a brand new synth pop track which produced by AI.  Without any human intervention from me — besides the fact that I actually prescribed the track should be three minutes and fifteen seconds long, a pop genre with melancholic feeling and music instruments should be synthesized — Jukedeck’s AI was able to create a beautiful track “Gigantic Reaction.”  You can listen to this track at https://usharemix.com/index.php?a=track&id=6.  I have to say I’m very impress by the result.  A gigantic reaction from me indeed!  Now if AI can sing just like a human can, then musicians may become something of the past.

Perhaps, in the future, people may prefer to have AI make music then having to listen to real musicians.  Who need musicians right?  You never know right?  I don’t think such a future is far off, because AI algorithms can already churn out endless musical tracks that sound great.