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Re: Free Software To Get You Started

Unread post by SysExJohn » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:04 pm

I'm sure it's been mentioned in various posts, but not here I think, which it definitely should be.

It's Cakewalk by BandLab, formerly known as SONAR.
You can start the registration/download process from here:

Following the Gibson financing fiasco, the MIDI/audio sequencing software (or DAW software if you prefer) the SONAR program was bought by an organisation known as BandLab, and they decided to continue to develop it and to make it available for FREE!
This really is a fully fledged piece of software rivalling the very best on the market.
It no longer comes, quite naturally, with some of the 3rd party plug-ins that it used to, but the stuff included is of the highest quality.
It's now fully 64 bit.
The only thing I'd say about it in a negative sense, is that it is mighty complex for a beginner to get to grips with.
However, once mastered it is a superb piece of software. Some of the team were taken across into Bandlab and are working actively to keep it at the top of the pile.
I bought a copy of Sonar 7 back in 2013 (as I recall) and have recently done the upgrade to the latest version.

Just thought I'd mention it.
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