Cakewalk by BandLab 2019.07 is out, and it’s huge!

Over 150 bug fixes and major usability enhancements make 2019.07 is one of our biggest releases ever.

2019.07 includes Comping and Take lane enhancements, Smart Tool customization, Control Bar module alignment. Read on to find out more about how your workflow will be even smoother and more stable on Cakewalk by BandLab!

Features & Enhancements

Comping and Take lane enhancements
Freely assemble clips in track lanes either by recording or dragging and dropping from different sources. Configure the Smart Tool to  disable comping features while editing audio on lanes and re-enable it when you are ready to start building a comp track.

Smart Tool customization
The Smart tool can be customized in order to enable specific functions, including Move, Crop, Fade, Draw, and Comp. The Smart tool and Select tool have new icons.

Center Control Bar modules
Control Bar modules can be left-aligned, justified, or centered.

Copy/paste and drag drop enhancements
Copy/paste and drag drop enhancements, including full support for drag and drop of Take lanes between tracks, and improved drag drop preview to visually represent the final data.

Help module content for Clips
In addition to a brief description of the clip type, the Help Module also lists common Smart tool gestures that are supported by each unique clip type.

Selection markers in time ruler
The time ruler now shows draggable markers at either end of the time selection range. You can modify the start or end of the selection by dragging these markers or move the entire time selection by dragging the selection range bar.

Loop and Punch marker enhancements
The time ruler now uses more intuitive mouse cursors for selection, loop, punch and marker drag bars and handles. The mouse cursor shows a letter to indicate which marker will be modified before you actually click the marker: S (Selection), L (Loop), P (Punch), and M (Marker). You can drag a Loop or Punch marker past its paired sibling marker in order to flip the range in the opposite direction.

Bug Fix Highlights 


  • Crash when pasting automation
  • Crash on opening project after closing another
  • Improved notification handling
  • Crash copying and pasting bus automation
  • Projects using élastique audio crash when playing if audio is missing
  • Crash dragging empty cell in Matrix View
  • Tab to next/previous note in the Piano Roll can cause crash
  • User reported crash on launch


  • Screensets in projects with high track counts load faster
  • Multi threaded UI updates for notifications
  • Undo redo of Take lanes is slow
  • Closing or opening projects with Media Browser is very slow when Browser points to folder with many files


  • Bounced track fails to appear with user created Lens
  • Changing Lens and reopening CbB changes “None” unexpectedly
  • Full Screen Mode only expands across multiple monitors
  • Changing screensets slow with large number of tracks
  • Preview not working when cropping a track folder composite clip
  • Change title capitalization in Preferences dialog and menus
  • Missing Help Module text for several views/contexts
  • Notifications only appear on primary monitor


  • CTRL-selecting clip doesn’t work if the clip is partially selected as a result of a time selection
  • CTRL-clicking a clip during playback creates a clip envelope instead of selecting the clip
  • Select tool cannot select comp clip
  • Crop cursor appears when holding CTRL key with the Select tool
  • Draw tool mouse cursor flickers rapidly when moving mouse over envelopes

Control Bar

  • Control Bar Export Module can lose gripper
  • Export Control Bar module is cropped when Control Bar is locked and justified
  • Resetting the Control Bar doesn’t unlock module order
  • Draw issue with Control Bar when floating after justify
  • Snap module displays Whole duration when creating new project

Take Lanes/Comping

  • Copy paste in Take lanes can delete source data
  • Editing clips in Take lanes can lead to un-editable clip envelopes
  • Copying and pasting clips from multiple Take lanes is not possible
  • Loop recording in Comp mode with Take lanes closed causes unexpected cropping of clips
  • Some projects could prevent clip envelopes from being edited
  • Now Time jumps in playback when isolating clips in Take lanes during playback
  • Copy/Paste does not work as expected in Take lanes
  • CTRL-selecting neighboring clip doesn’t work immediately after isolating a clip region in a Take lane
  • Copying data from non-adjacent lanes pastes to adjacent lanes
  • Dragging MIDI clips from Browser goes to Take lane 1
  • Pasting multiple clips in Take lanes to a track with single lane does not refresh UI
  • Drag drop of multiple audio files from Browser to Take lanes not supported
  • Pasting Multiple clips in lanes to bottom lanes cause clips to collapse to single lane
  • Double clicking Take lane in Clips pane does not select lane
  • Clips in lanes cannot drag from one track to different lanes in another track
  • Dragging takes to a new track skips over populated lanes
  • Drag drop between lanes doesn’t work properly when hidden tracks present
  • Clips can be moved from their original take lane on CTRL drag and drop
  • Copying clips in Take lanes with envelopes gives unexpected results
  • Clip can no longer be selected after undo of drag
  • Pasting clips in lanes to new project does not refresh UI correctly
  • Undo of paste of multiple lanes in new project does not behave as expected
  • Comp clip draws unexpectedly after crop
  • Dragging clips on MIDI Take lanes to create overlaps does not crop data
  • Dragging group of clips to new track deletes existing clip on destination track
  • Pasting multiple lanes to last lane in a track creates extra lanes
  • Comp clip remains visible after dragging outside of the Clips pane
  • ‘Delete Muted Takes’ renamed ‘Delete Muted Clips’
  • Lane order changes pasting to new project
  • Lanes out of order when dragging to create a new track
  • When creating Take/Automation lanes, Take lane initially appears grayed out
  • Shift+click does not work on comp clip when Take lanes are open
  • Bouncing to clip causes clip to change lanes unexpectedly
  • Duplicated tracks with lanes inverts order
  • Redoing a loop recording in Comp record mode fails to restore recorded clips state
  • Nudge causes MIDI notes to change lanes


  • Clip envelope in lanes cannot be edited after save/reopen of project
  • Reassigning automation envelopes closes lanes unexpectedly
  • Automation from multiple lanes pastes to a single lane
  • Pasting multiple automation envelopes to track with fewer lanes has unexpected result
  • Dragging clips from Browser to Take lanes removes automation data
  • Drag copy to new project does not copy automation
  • Automation lanes not created after recording track automation
  • Automation lanes are copied out of order, and not all copied if automation lanes are expanded in destination project
  • Some projects are saved with clip envelopes assigned to incorrect lanes
  • Setting Edit Filter to ‘Clip Automation’ on a lane doesn’t work properly when multiple clips present 
  • Clip envelopes on lanes don’t respect Edit Filter state when loading projects
  • Clip envelopes lose visibility on Take lanes when toggling ‘Show Take Lanes’
  • Duplicate Track does not persist Automation lane state
  • When pasting automation then showing lanes, Edit Filter is not set correctly with FX automation
  • Redo not populating automation lanes correctly
  • Edit Filter in Automation lanes not behaving as expected after paste
  • Edit Filter not behaving as expected with auto track zoom
  • Pasting Take and Automation lanes simultaneously has unexpected results
  • Edit Filter not set correctly after writing automation
  • Projects with Edit Filter set to ‘Clip Automation’ load with only one envelope visible
  • Automation selection not working correctly in lanes under rare conditions
  • Clips drag drop or paste across lanes can lead to inconsistent clip envelope visibility

Track View

  • Aim Assist remains visible after dragging outside of Clips pane
  • Aim Assist not visible when dragging clips to a different project
  • Clip name moves up a pixel when right-edge crop reaches it
  • Dragging Punch range in time ruler before measure 1 shrinks range unexpectedly

Staff View

  • Mouse cursor jumps to different monitor when clicking in Staff view time ruler
  • Notes may not appear in Staff view in some projects


  • ProChannel modules can lose states
  • Help Module content for ProChannel EQ Fly Out
  • External Insert can be dragged from Browser to clip
  • ‘Failed to load plug-in state’ message after creating send

General fixes

  • V-Vocal clips do not drag copy as expected
  • Several “importing” messages displayed when closing project after previewing MP3 files in Browser
  • Some projects can fail to cut/copy on track
  • Delete Track can delete unintended tracks
  • Browser drag preview image now aligned to bottom right of cursor
  • Track view key bindings are not listed in Preferences dialog when using Basic lens
  • Dragging clips between projects can fail to create a new track in destination project
  • Keyboard shortcut for ‘Show/Hide Clip Properties’ does not hide
  • Mouse cursor flickers between arrow and I-beam when moving mouse over Automation lanes
  • Dragging Punch range in time ruler doesn’t update time rulers in other views
  • Improve Time Ruler marker/loop/punch/selection handle feedback while dragging
  • If toast notifications are turned off, ‘Check For Updates’ menu item does nothing
  • Using 3 monitors causes notifications to stop appearing
  • Dragging audio to time ruler to do ARA convert audio to tempo map does not prompt
  • Dragging audio from Browser to MIDI track to do ARA MIDI extraction does not prompt
  • Dragging multiple audio clips from Browser to convert to MIDI stacks MIDI on same track
  • Time ruler drawing issues when Aim Assist is enabled
  • Changing app focus causes control surfaces to fail to update

Latest release notes are here.
See prior release notes.
Check out all new features released to date.