Is Cakewalk the best free DAW on the market in Cakewalk by BandLab Posted October 20, 2020 · Edited October 20, 2020 by Gary McCoy I was a satisfied and happy Cakewalk user for 20 years...until I wasn't. I started having some workflow frustrations and decided to try Studio One (which I bought when CW folded--but did not install until recently). I like S1 better. Does it sound better? No. Does it work better? No. Do I prefer it? Yes, for lots of reasons--mainly workflow issues. Crashing and stability has never been a big problem for me, with either program. As to the issue of cost, I pay $16 a month for Presonus Sphere that gives me S1 Pro and unlimited access to all content that Presonus offers, or ever will. I don't want to sound like money doesn't matter, but to me, $16 a month (50 cents a day) is pretty close to free. If I could not afford $16, I'd still happily use CW. I have no bad things to say about CW. It is still loaded up and ready to go if I need it or want it.