Cakewalk DAW

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big fan of Cakewalk here Smile

and also a big fan of Mike from the Creative Sauce reviews on youTube.

This review shows some new features in the latest Cakewalk by Bandlab (which is excellent and FREE)

He has some great videos on Cakewalk (including getting started with it) and has great general production tutorials too.

The first feature on that link is not so much of interest to me, but the new tempo track is very handy and with regards to 50/90 i am most interested in the last feature he looks at, the bandlab integration.

I have never really looked at that side of it but Mike points out some useful... uses!

I <3 Cakewalk


Been using it since Cakewalk 4.0! Too old to change now. The new one is pretty good.

I started with Cakewalk Apprentice in ?1998? Cakewalk entirely for production.

I used Cakewalk 3.0 back in the day for MIDI stuff (still have it on a 3½" diskette in a box somewhere), but could never get it to play nicely with the trackers I was using at the time (Scream Tracker 3 & Impulse Tracker). Jeskola Buzz solved that problem for me. It takes care of both regular Audio & MIDI all in one great modular Tracker interface. I've never looked back. Biggrin

See You In The Shadows…

Should add: a lot of keyboard/piano stuff I do and I DON'T use Cakewalk for the MIDI recording because I work in notation and the one draggy thing about Cakewalk is its poor notation presentation and appalling editing. (MIDI editing on graphic display is fine!) So my go-to MIDI recording/notation editing/sheet music printing goto is Notation Composer, which has always had superlative input and editing bells and whistles which the Big Boys like Sibelius have barely caught up with. But the generated MIDI then goes into Cakewalk for working, changing samples, looping and all the wonderful things Cakewalk does so well. Cakewalk is FREE folks!

Tim, have you come across Steinberg's notation software Dorico at all? The "Elements" version is £85 here, the pro £480.

I was watching Guy Michelmore enthuse about its superiority to Sibelius this week - it looks simple enough that even I could use it:

Yes, I had, but having been running on Notation since it was MidiNotate (2002?), then the only decent low-cost and decently useable MIDI notation program on the market, and Steinberg's offerings in all directions were expensive--and then a Beta tester on various versions of Notation Composer--I've had no desire to try out anyone else any more. What provided (and still does) is excellent real-time mid-recording, everything at once, with the inherent ability to fiddle with the actual sound (attack, delay, duration and all the other wonders) OR the notation, OR both together. So you can have the music sounding as played in, but the notation actually readable. For me as basically a pianist/organist, that was truly magic. Not something that translates easily to a plank-spanker, though!

And they'd been providing that for years, decades almost, before the big boys picked it up. I long ago gave up trying to sell the merits of, because it was so cheap that the assumption was there was something wrong with it. I freely admit it does have some restrictions, eg you can't have a bracket of 13th notes and it refuses to have separate times running in separate staves. And there are (on my machinery) occasionally hiccups in playback on anything more than 5 minutes long with multiple staves. I can live with that... Biggrin

A group of folks I work with started a pandemic cover band / recording team using Bandlab online. It's been fun, watching them get addicted to recording one after the other, the drummer started using Reaper, a couple of them going for Garageband, a couple trying Cakewalk. I'm waiting to see what they say about Cakewalk since they're completely new to doing this and I haven't seen a cake walk since decades ago.

Over a dozen years ago started with Cakewalk and moved through Sonar and Cubase quickly to Reaper. Haven’t looked back.

Those were the days. Smile

For no good reason, I still have a box of "stuff" around from when I first got interested in MIDI: Cakewalk 4.0 and Band-in-a-Box 4.0.

Ahh! There are some people out there who still use Cakewalk! I have friends who continually push me towards anything else (some loved FL Studio, some Reaper, now mostly it's Ableton or nothing).

But as Cakewalk 4 did virtually everything I needed when I moved across from an 8-track reel-to-reel, it's stuck with me, and the Bandlab side hasn't worried me at all.

I gave up with music notation software after Sibelius continually sabotaged anything I did in it, but recently found Musescore to be up-and-coming. Especially now someone as passionate as Tantacrul is involved. His Sibelius review on youtube is something else!

It was the software I bought many, many years ago. Join bandlab but didn't get far with it. Happy to try again Smile Thank you for the tip. Will watch the video for sure.

I love Cakewalk! I'm fairly new but it's my first real DAW (was using Audacity before) and I've already learned so much about production, effects, and digital instruments. I did all the drums and bass for tracks 2-6 for my last album using Cakewalk's free virtual instruments (free loops for most but not all of the drums; wrote the bass myself) with no prior experience, and I thought it came out quite good! It was largely written during 50/90 last year btw.

I'm still using Cakewalk Sonar 8.5. I tried to upgrade to the new version, but couldn't get it to work on my old machine so I'm still using the old one. I like to think of it as an advance tape recorder anyway.