I'll cut through the normal "Glad to see this or that stuff and get to the point of this thread, which is a good thing".
Everyone starts these Cakewalk By Bandlab threads over and over saying "I WAS THINKING". Ya know, first and foremost, that's the problem with the news, and by that I mean NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU ARE THINKING THEY JUST WANT THE FACTS. And I'm sure someone will RETRO in response to me starting this thread "Oh you just done the same thing", but no I did not, I had a purpose to point an opinion of my own and made it clear in the title that it was what I was doing.
Sad, but you have to explain things to others, but there ya go whoever might question.
First off : "What does the Cakewalk By Bandlab Daw Actually mean?". - "It means it's free, and we know that."
Second : "Will it be free forever?" - Answer : "If you have the power to live forever then I am sure Daw's mean nothing."
Third : "Why is it not 32 Bit?" - Answer - "You don't take a man's Beautiful WIFE to the alter and dress her in old clothes!".
Forth : "I don't like two Daws installed on my system" - Answer "I don't like a lot of things, but that is just the way it is".
Fifth : "They're giving away what I PAID FOR!" - Answer - "Uh, NO, DON'T LIE! You have paid NOTHING FOR THE NEW DAW".
Sixth : "Why don't I have ALL the plugins for Sonar Platinum, I thought it was FREE!" - Answer "Because you did not pay for Sonar Platinum PLUGINS.
Seventh: "Where can I get the missing Sonar Platinum Plugins?" - Answer, As of now nowhere unless you purchased platinum, but wait and there may be some if not all available in the future.
Why is Cakewalk By BandLab FREE DAW a good thing?
1st - The continuation of a Daw that you'd never be able to use again. Meaning all your master tracks depending on your system would go into the abyss forever.
2nd - Because regardless of whether they offer it free, here's the thing. Nobody has thought about the fact that the Daw itself in terms of audience reach could be the new FACEBOOK of DAWS, meaning while the DAW is free, the add on's to make things sound better would be a great step. Although personally I think they need to change around Bandlab's Website apperance because it's not straight forward, it's using terms to avoid issue's with COPYRIGHT's from other sites that confuse others. EXAMPLE : I call a flat tire a FLAT, BANDLAB would call it a mulligan....... LOL.........
3rd : The latest Bandlab update got rid of that irritating AUTO load OPEN assistant thing, which was good. But I removed it from auto starting at startup myself, because I will check for updates AT MY CONVENIENCE and don't like the idea of an auto starting application running in the background on my PC. Something they should look into. But then again, why is that a good thing? Because some people don't check for updates all the time and complain about crashes when an update could fix such things.
4th : Because Noel is working with BandLab, and that should be enough, the man is the reason there is still a CAKEWALK and probably why BandLab has taken the steps it has.
Either way, if this upsets you, I apologize, these are just a few of my thoughts thinking about loud, and BY ALL MEANS PLEASE CORRECT ME if I said anything wrong, that was not my purpose. I was trying to take a positive spin on the current status of the DAW that we all know and LOVE.