Cakewalk by BandLab is a comprehensive Digital Audio Workstation software suite for creating, recording, arranging, editing, mixing, and mastering audio and MIDI. It is created and distributed on the Microsoft Windows platform by BandLab Technologies of Singapore under a free subscription license arrangement.
The flagship product from Cakewalk, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, was SONAR. In November 2017, Cakewalk, Inc., which had been in business for 30 years, was dissolved by Gibson Brands, its parent organization. Gibson stopped supporting and developing Cakewalk software at this point; the only servers still in operation are those for licensing and help forums. 
BandLab Technologies stated in February 2018 that it has acquired all of Cakewalk, Inc.’s intellectual property as well as some of its assets. The declared objective of BandLab was to maintain development of SONAR, the old company’s flagship product, as part of its portfolio of freeware digital audio workstation software. Cakewalk has now been rebranded by BandLab. The old Cakewalk, Inc. license servers are still being maintained by BandLab as a favor to owners of vintage goods.
BandLab purchased the intellectual property from Cakewalk, Inc. in addition to hiring former CTO Noel Borthwick and Senior Software Engineer Ben Staton (among other former Cakewalk employees) to carry on the code’s development.
Cakewalk as it is now used by BandLab is directly derived from the SONAR code base that BandLab purchased.
On April 4, 2018, Cakewalk by BandLab had its first release, which was limited to SONAR bug patches and string and image modifications to reflect the name transition from SONAR to Cakewalk by BandLab. Monthly stability and bug fixes came next, and by the fourth release, new features started to be introduced. New features have kept on being introduced with each edition.
Cakewalk is licensed via a no-cost membership from BandLab. The user must first register for a BandLab account before downloading and running either the online installer or BandLab Assistant. These add-ons contain the Cakewalk Studio Instruments bundle, Cakewalk Theme Editor, and a trial edition of Celemony Melodyne. Either of these will download and set up Cakewalk by BandLab along with any extras that are available. After then, the license must be verified over an Internet connection at least once every six months in order to avoid going back into “demo mode” and disabling project saving until the license can be validated once again. By using BandLab Assistant and a different computer system that is linked to the Internet, offline validation is also feasible.
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