2019.11 Early Access installer now available!
We're pleased to announce the Early Access for 2019.11, which includes many significant improvements and over 75 bug fixes, all in keeping with our goal of making CbB as reliable and enjoyable as possible.
We'd love for you to check it out before we drop the official public version, which should be in roughly a week.
Please note that Early Access installers are update installers, which only update from a specific version. To install the 2019.11 Early Access build, you must be on the latest public release of 2019.09.
Download Cakewalk 2019.11 EA installer
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The Comp tool now respects the Auto Crossfade state.
When working in Take lanes, the Split tool will split across all lanes on the lower half of the clip.
The Default MIDI Prepare Buffer size has been reduced to 20 msec. Limitations preventing the MIDI buffer from being set lower have been removed. There should be no need to change the buffer size from the new default value anymore, since the engine automatically raises the internal size when necessary.
On first launch, Cakewalk will reset the MIDI buffer size to the new default value of 20 msec (Preferences > MIDI - Playback and Recording > Prepare Using n Millisecond Buffers).
Lenses have been renamed to Workspaces.
Automatic Dropout Restart behavior
Cakewalk analytics from the 2019.09 release, revealed the most common reason for audio dropouts to be ASIO device state changes. This dropout is most commonly triggered by users changing the latency or sample rate in the ASIO panel.
In version 2019.11, the default behavior is to restart the audio engine when certain kinds of benign dropouts are detected. If playback is underway, the dropout is handled and playback resumes automatically from where it left off. This behavior can be changed in Preferences > Audio - Configuration File by setting the new RestartEngineAfterDropout flag. Set to False to revert to the prior behavior to display the dropout toast message. Note: If recording is underway when this happens, you will get a dropout notification as before.
ASIO latency updates from driver panel to host are more reliable
In prior Cakewalk versions changes to the driver panel were not always reflected in the host until closing and reopening preferences. You should see this work reliably now.
ASIO latency can be set from preferences slider for supported audio interfaces
For supported audio devices, in the audio preferences, the latency slider may now be used to change the audio buffer size without the need to open the manufacturer’s ASIO panel. For this to work the driver has to support reporting its latency metrics to the host and respond to preferred buffer size requests. If supported, you will see a latency slider with the min/max latency as recommended by the driver. If unsupported, the slider will be disabled.
Note: The slider will move in steps as suggested by the driver. One of the advantages of this feature is that you may have access to more granular buffer sizes than the driver panel offers. It is not guaranteed that every latency value supplied by the host will be acknowledged by the driver.
Please report your findings with your own audio interfaces.
New ini setting StopEngineOnASIOPanelOpen
A few ASIO devices require that the host should not use the device while making changes to device settings. Some devices may display an error or gray out the controls in the ASIO panel while others may silently ignore changes. In prior versions of Cakewalk the only solution was to exit the app for such devices. In 2019.11 you can set the variable StopEngineOnPanelOpen in Preferences > Audio - Configuration File (second property in the list). Setting it to True will automatically stop and release the ASIO interface allowing you to change settings in Cakewalk.
Change preferences while audio is playing
You may now open the preferences dialog and change settings even while a project is playing. If a change is made that requires the engine to restart, you will hear a small interruption in the audio while the changes are committed and playback will continue after the change. This has the following benefits:
Inspect or make changes to preferences without needing to stop playback or input monitoring.
Make changes to audio latency while playing audio to adjust audio processing load dynamically. Note: This only works with ASIO devices that can handle real time buffer configuration changes.
Updated Split tool behavior
The Split tool now supports single clip splitting across clips in Take lanes. On the lower half of clips, there is a new cursor to indicate when splitting the current clip or all clips on the track. This cursor appears only if there are multiple lanes on the track.
The Split tool now also respects the Auto Crossfade state.
Comp tool now respects Auto Crossfade state
When using the Comp/Isolate tool in Take lanes, the splits on clips will now respect whether Auto Crossfade is enabled or not. (Previous behavior was to always crossfade when using the Isolate tool)
Workspaces (Lenses) enhancements
Lenses have been renamed to Workspaces. Note: The online help still refers to Lenses until the official release of version 2019.11.
The Workspace Manager has a new Description field that allows you to include a text description of each workspace.
On fresh installs of Cakewalk, the onboarding wizard lets you select an initial workspace (default is Basic). Note: The Help > Get Started command now launches the onboarding wizard. Please test this feature in the 2019.11 Early Access release.
Global keyboard shortcuts persist whether using a factory workspace or 'None'.
The Workspace Manager will now prompt to save changes to the current workspace if necessary.
In the Workspace Manager, the Save button is only available if the workspace has been changed.
You can select a workspace when no project is open.
Several factory workspaces have been updated to improve workflow.
Switching workspaces to 'None' no longer affects the active theme.
Switching Workspaces no longer affects project track and bus sizing.
Option to display muted takes in parent track
The new Track view View > Display Muted Takes in Parent Track option allows you to display muted takes in the parent track.
Display Muted Takes in Parent Track
Take lanes expanded
Take lanes collapsed
Parent track shows muted takes in gray.
Parent track shows muted takes in gray. Muted clips can be edited.
Clips muted due to lane mute are dimmed.
Parent track shows muted takes as an empty gradient filled area.
The blue Comp clip header encompasses both the muted and unmuted areas.
Parent track does not show muted takes.
Added Instrument Support for Mackie Control surface. For details click here.
Cakewalk requires periodic activation via BandLab Assistant. This process is more streamlined in 2019.11.
BandLab Assistant now has a Refresh Activation option. In the rare case when you need to reactivate Cakewalk, log in to BandLab assistant and choose the Refresh Activation option from the Cakewalk drop-down menu in the Apps tab.
Cakewalk responds immediately to being activated by BandLab Assistant. If the app is in an inactivated state, launching BandLab Assistant and choosing the “Refresh Activation” option will automatically activate Cakewalk even if the app is running.
Click the Sample Rate or Bit Depth fields in the Control Bar Transport module to open audio preferences.
The minimum gap between Control Bar modules has been increased when Lock Module Order and Center is enabled.
Meters and now time display are now more responsive and uses less CPU when multiple projects are open. Rapid scroll and clip drag operations in the UI no longer cause meter and time updates to lag.
Various improvements to audio engine for better ASIO compatibility
Optimized audio engine to set ASIO buffer sizes and sample rates more efficiently
Minimized the number of VST3 start/stop state changes during project load. This greatly improves the load time for certain plug-ins such as Vienna Ensemble Pro.
VST Scanner was updated to make it more compatible with certain plug-ins that could crash.
Crash opening the Lyrics view with no tracks.
Crash when using Go To Time keyboard shortcut with no project loaded.
Vienna Ensemble Pro hangs on load with some projects.
Potential crash when splitting an instrument track that contains automation lanes, then converting to an instrument track again.
Some Wave64 bundle files fail to load in Cakewalk.
Crash during Play List playback when playing preloaded project.
Memory leak and hang when adjusting latency during playback with sidechain plug-ins.
Cancelling Preferences dialog disables audio engine after opening ASIO panel.
Increasing ASIO buffer size from Panel causes audio to glitch during playback.
Latency changes made in ASIO control panel do not auto update latency in audio options.
Applying sample rate from preferences does not change ASIO sample rate when project not open.
MIDI Chase chases CCs from muted clips.
MIDI Chase chases notes from muted Take lanes.
Setting the MIDI "prepare using" to 256 ms or lower causes missed or stuck notes.
Theme changes unexpectedly when switching lens to 'None'.
Setting workspaces to 'None' should restore all features and settings.
Control Bar gets out of sync with the current workspace if Cakewalk is terminated or crashes.
Closing Open Project window does not reopen Start Screen.
Comp preview shows only header for muted clips.
Double separators appear in Browser plug-ins menu.
Make Instrument Track option should be grayed out in menu when not applicable.
Tempo View isn't persisting scrollbar positions.
Improve appearance of Insert Soft Synth menu icons.
Interval value for Paste Special appears offset.
Splash screen is shown on different monitor to main window.
Changing Lens and reopening Cakewalk has unexpected results.
Selected Strips Widen unexpectedly in Console View.
Drag preview with multiple clips when one is positon locked does not behave as expected.
Selection Handles Appear Unexpectedly Near Now Time after Deselect All.
Tempo View shows incorrectly after mouse wheel scroll.
Clips refuse to heal after manually altering crossfades.
Heal Command adding crossfades when fades weren't originally there.
Moving Clips in Lanes with Slide Over Editing option causes unexpected results.
Comp/Isolation tool always crossfades regardless of Auto Crossfade toggle status.
Comp Crop tool does not work with clip groups when lanes are collapsed.
Noticeable delay when muting/unmuting MIDI in lanes.
Comp split tool should only show if more than one take lane is available.
Fade not drawing as expected after changing default curve and using the Isolate tool.
Envelopes fail to copy to new project based on drag location.
New automation envelope type incorrect after splitting / recombining instrument track
Scrolling or rapid Aim assist movements in the Clips pane make now time updates sluggish.
It’s not possible to set the Now Time when clicking on a selection/loop/punch handle in the Time Ruler.
Dragging audio files from Browser to start of measure 1 is difficult.
Aim Assist shown in wrong place in Clips pane Time Ruler after disabling / enabling.
Aim/Snap Assist doesn't update when scrolling left/right in the Clips pane.
Unable to select clip from header when position locked.
Crop/Heal tool not healing all splits.
Split tool should respect auto crossfade, and when in Comp mode should split all lanes.
Active zone for lane Split tool cursor is in the middle of bitmap rather than nearer the point.
Piano Roll view
Deselecting short MIDI notes leaves selection marker artifacts behind in Piano Roll view ruler.
Piano Roll not persisting selected controller lane.
Piano Roll vertical zoom control tooltip shows Drum Grid.
VST Scanner was updated to make it more compatible with certain plug-ins that could crash.
VST2 to VST3 migration when opening projects now properly replaces the VST2 with the VST3 plug-in even if the VST2 plug-in is not installed when opening the project file.
CAKE-1005 Unable to scan the Movement VST2 plug-in (and possibly others) by Output
Projects containing migrated VST3 instruments would revert back to VST2 versions after saving and reopening
Project windows don't open when playing next song in a Play List.
Play List Preload Next Song During Playback option should be off by default.
Double clicking a Play List project to queue it during playback causes UI drawing issues.
Cakewalk does not recognize if activation has been updated while the app is open.
Preferences OK/Cancel/Apply/Help buttons only appear in native OS language.
Lenses fail to copy after migration.
After Ripple Edit All Delete, Time Ruler Retains Selection unexpectedly.
Clicking the Time Ruler when using the Scrub tool has unexpected results.
Insert Time/Measures not shifting meter changes correctly.
Library.db leftover in UAC File Resync from previous installs.