Bandlab Technologies buys Cakewalk


BandLab Technologies today announced the acquisition of certain assets and the complete intellectual property of Cakewalk Inc. from Gibson Brands.

CEO of BandLab Technologies, Meng Ru Kuok said, “We are very excited to be bringing Cakewalk Inc’s products into the BandLab Technologies stable. Cakewalk has been an industry leader in professional music software, delivering cutting edge technology that has empowered producers and artists alike around the world for more than 30 years. We have immense respect for Cakewalk’s legacy and the incredible community of people who love the brand and rely on its products in both their personal and professional lives.

“The teams at both Gibson and BandLab felt that Cakewalk’s products deserved a new home where development could continue. We are pleased to be supporting Cakewalk’s passionate community of creators to ensure they have access to the best possible features and music products under the BandLab Technologies banner,” he said.

The deal includes only the transfer of Cakewalk Inc.’s assets and intellectual property. No other details of the deal have been released. More information will be shared about product roadmap and future features in due course.

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About BandLab Technologies

BandLab Technologies is a collective of global music brands with a vision to connect the world of music.

Together, our brands share a passion. We’re driven by integrating the physical, digital and social supply chain, to enable better experiences, opportunities, and connections for all music lovers.

BandLab, the group’s flagship digital product, is a social music platform that enables creators to make music and share the creative process with other musicians and fans. Other notable brands within the portfolio include Rolling Stone, the world’s leading voice in pop culture and music since 1967, MONO, an award-winning music lifestyle product company, and Swee Lee, Asia’s leading online retailer and distributor of musical instruments and pro-audio brands.

Established in 2016, BandLab Technologies is headquartered in Singapore.

About Cakewalk Inc.

Cakewalk is the leading developer of powerful and thoughtfully designed products for the modern musician. These products include award-winning digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments. Millions of musicians worldwide—including Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers, and engineers—use Cakewalk products daily to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries.


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I have only updated to 8.5.3 so far and my DAW went belly up a few months back. I do not know if I will rebuild a new one or use my XP laptop to load on all of my 32 bit software and drivers. If I build a new one I have to update all of my software, plug ins, get a new audio interface and on and on. If I could find a computer case and motherboard with old original PCI slots I could use my Layla 24/96 as my audio interface and SW1000XG as my synth interface. But I have looked and looked and can find no motherboard with PCI slots.


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And so it begins…the “Great Gibson Asset Selloff”

What did Henry J say 2 years ago - “Gibson is no longer a guitar company, we’re now also a software company”



I have no experience with any other recording application, I have been using Cakewalk products since Pro Audio 9 and every version of Sonar from 1 to 8.5.3 which is the last version I upgraded to. I always found it easy to use, it did what I asked it to do fairly easily. And if I ever get a new DAW up and running I will stick with Sonar, at least enough to export all the audio tracks of my 50 or 75 songs track by track into something usable for any new app that I come up with. However 8.5.3 worked very well for me. If I can get an XP computer running again (I am working on my old laptop for just that reason) I have 8.5.3 installed on it, and it seems to work well enough. I now have the daunting task of copying all of the files from the 4 hard drives of my old and dead DAW, putting each drive in an external case, copying all the files to one or 2 USB3 hard drives. I have enough USB ports for the mouse, 2 external drives (one for my samples, one for audio and archives) and one USB port for the new audio interface. One of these days I will get my lazy ass in gear and start the process.