Cakewalk software is back, and it’s free. After the social music platform Bandlab purchased Cakewalk assets from Gibson last month, it has now relaunched the DAW software as Cakewalk by Bandlab. Available as a free download for Windows computers, Cakewalk by Bandlab includes the same interface as the old Cakewalk Sonar Platinum DAW, as well as the 64-bit mix engine, ProChannel modules and more. To gain access to Cakewalk by Bandlab, go to cakewalk.bandlab.com.
For another low-cost DAW option, Propellerhead released Reason 10 Intro for $99 USD or 79 euros. Reason 10 Intro gives you the entire Reason workflow and interface but with a limited number of instruments, effects, and 16 tracks of audio and MIDI recording. Reason 10 Intro’s 11 effects devices and 10 instruments include the new Europa synthesizer, the NN-XT Advanced Sampler, and Kong Drum Designer.
UVI has created its new USQ-1 wave synthesizer based on the hybrid digital and analog Ensoniq ESQ-1 synthesizer from the late 1980s. The USQ-1 comes with 400 new patches inspired by both vintage sounds and modern electronic genres, with deep editing capabilities. USQ-1 works as standalone software or as a plug-in and is available now for a price of $79 USD or euros.
And finally, the official plug-in version of the TR-909 Rhythm Composer drum machine is now available on the subscription Roland Cloud service. The TR-909 uses Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior modeling and joins the TR-808 plug-in that was also recently released. You can join at RolandCloud.com.
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