Windows-using music-makers received some very welcome news this week, as Bandlab has resurrected Cakewalk software. Best of all, its first iteration is free!

In celebration, I have also highlighted some Windows-only free VST instruments made by Arman Bohn. And because I never want anyone to leave empty handed, anyone regardless of platform can pick up a couple of small but high-quality sample packs that the Gravitas label put out this week.

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Cakewalk by Bandlab Free DAW for Windows

Cakewalk software is back, and—at least for this first version—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, it’s instruments, effects, and more.


Cakewalk by Bandlab Tech Specs

64-bit Mix Engine - Advanced 64-bit mix engine delivers clean, dynamic, accurate mixes every time.

Resampling - Never worry about signal degradation again. You can always be sure your plug-ins are outputting the highest quality audio possible.

VST3 Support - Support for the most stable, accurate, and efficient plug-in format for Windows machines so you can use more FX and synths in your project.

Touch-Enabled - Compatibility with touch devices adds analog feel and workflow-enhancing efficiency.


Windows 10 compatibility comes standard. It’s supported on Windows 7 or higher; 64-bit only.

ARA Support - Harness the power of Audio Random Access for seamless integration of powerful and modern editing tools.

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Gravitas Create Free Sample Packs

What separates Gravitas Create’s frequent free mini-sample packs from others is that they always come straight out of a new single released on the Gravitas label. So while they’re small in size, they’re big on high-level sound design and genre usability. The two most recent packs are 25 bass, drum, vocal, and instrument samples from Father Bear’s “Face Down” glitch-bass track and 22 samples at 77bpm in Eminor from Toy Box’s “Hot Sauza” moody neurofunk track. The latter comes as part of Gravitas Create’s Production Challenge 24, which is a challenge to make a short track using at least one of included samples by April 21, 2018.


Arman Bohn Glass Armanica

Here we go with some unique sample-based VSTi plug-ins for Windows users from Arman Bohn. The Glass Armanica recreates Benjamin Franklin’s glass harmonica rubbed glass instrument known as the Armonium or Armonica. Bohn filled wine glasses with water and tuned them drop by drop with a chromatic tuner to record the samples. There’s a single octave of samples, along with ADSR controls, reverb and velocity sensitivity.

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You can also get Bohn’s other VSTi creations, including Skdrummer and Skcrooner made with a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard, from his blog download page.



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