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We're pleased to announce the 2021.12 release! This release introduces support for nested track folders,  localization updates, various enhancements and optimizations, and over 50 bug fixes.

Please note that in order to automatically keep your activation status up to date, Cakewalk will renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time, and when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. If you have never signed in to BandLab from within Cakewalk, you will be prompted once to sign in. 

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For new feature details, see New Features.

Should you need to revert to the 2021.11 release, you can download the Cakewalk 2021.11 Rollback installer.



2021.12 Highlights


Support for nested track folders

To improve track organization, Cakewalk now supports nested track folders. A nested folder is a subfolder that is contained within another parent folder. Nested subfolders allow you to organize tracks more logically. For example, you can have a "Guitar" parent folder that contains "Electric" and "Acoustic" subfolders.


To only move tracks into another folder, drag one of the tracks or select Move To... from the context menu of one of the tracks.

To move the entire folder, drag the folder itself onto another folder, or select Move To... from the context menu of the folder.

If a track is in a folder, selecting Move To Folder >New Track Folder will create a new sub-folder at the same level of that track.



Note: As with the top level folders, any empty folders (i.e. specifically, folders containing no tracks) will ALWAYS appear below those containing tracks.

Tip: When changing the color of a track folder, hold down the CTRL key to apply the same color to all child tracks within the folder.

New behavior when dragging tracks/folders

  • Dragging a track to the left side moves it out of the folder.
  • Dragging to the right side moves it to the bottom of the existing folder at the target location (i.e. same level as the track above).

Tip: While dragging, look at the left edge of the drop indicator - it will be exactly at the folder depth the track will be placed at.

Expand/collapse track folder modifiers

  • SHIFT+click on folder +/- to expand/collapse entire folder hierarchy of the folder you clicked on.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+click on folder +/- to expand/collapse all folders in project. This is convenient if you want to quickly expand the hierarchy to search for a track, but then want to collapse it all.

A note about nested track folders and track templates: The Save as Track Template context menu is only available on tracks, not on folders. If you want to save a track template with subfolders, you must right-click on one of the tracks within the subfolder. A track template cannot contain empty folders.


Localization update

The French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Russian versions of Cakewalk have been updated.


Misc. enhancements

  • Upgrade to VST3 SDK 3.7.3
  • Upgrade to ELASTIQUE SDK 3.3.9 (contains fixes for ELASTIQUE stretching)
  • Upgrade to latest ARA 2.0 SDK


Behavior changes

  • In order to accommodate screen readers, the TAB key is no longer bound to "Tab to transients" by default. You can re-enable this function again in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Keyboard Shortcuts; bind the TAB key to AudioSnap Go To Next Transient Marker and bind SHIFT+TAB to AudioSnap Go To Previous Transient Marker.
  • The Archive button image.png is now a tri-state button in order to indicate if a track folder contains a mixture of archived and unarchived tracks.
    • Note: If you use a custom user theme, you must update the Archive button in Theme Editor (found under Tack View > Track Pane > Archive) in order for the Archive button  to display correctly. In the meantime, switch to the factory Tungsten or Mercury theme. The previous Archive button image has 5 states and is 122 pixels wide. The new Archive button has 8 states and is 176 pixels wide. The button states are the same as the Mute Tri-State button (from left to right): Normal | Normal Down | Normal Hover | Selected | Selected Down | Selected Hover | Disabled | Tri-state.


Bug fixes


  • Crash loading export task settings
  • Crash if wildcard left in place when adding path
  • Hang on project load with user project
  • Fix for JBridge crash when flushing plug-ins
  • Guard against crash/hang with sample counts going negative 


  • Export task fails with no meaningful message if drive or path is invalid
  • Export fails to render Radius stretched clips unless a time range is explicitly selected
  • Export as MIDI File should not show audio track warning message
  • Filename incorrect when recalling task with period in filename
  • Incorrect preview filename when exporting as FLAC
  • Regression: Audio export path not immediately updated on project save
  • Export Audio dialog:
    • Add keyboard navigation support
    • Using space bar to update multiple selection items doesn't update range dropdown
    • Selection flyout not updating Time Range dropdown
    • Mouse wheel scrolling skips rows in  'Tracks/Buses in Project' list
    • Inconsistent selection recall on Export Task recall
    • Expand width of Export Multiple Files
    • Task queue panel should limit its height to queue size + 1


  • Preferences Categories illegible in High Contrast mode in Windows
  • Expose Arranger, Export Audio dialog, and Tempo track to Help Module
  • Folder colors / original folder ordering not restored on Undo Delete Folder
  • Destination folder should expand when moving tracks
  • Click on Folder comp clip not selecting all tracks
  • Folders missing "Move to Track Folder" in Context Menu when single folder present
  • CTRL + click folder color bar should change color for all folder contents
  • Track range selection does not work as expected with folders
  • Lasso select within Clips View selects all articulations
  • Fixed accessibility/screen reader support in several menus (eg. plug-in menus)
  • Add Subfolders count to top folder stats - added read-only stats for immediate sub-folder count
  • Unable to edit tempo change time in Tempo Inspector
  • Track Manager fails to open from Console view if project contains folders with nothing but empty sub-folders
  • Archive button not showing tri state on folders


  • Folder Color is not saved in Track Templates
  • Track Templates do not save bus colors
  • Track templates do not save ProChannel post effect status
  • Echo button always showing half enabled for folders containing instrument tracks
  • Drag moving a track moves the track plus all selected tracks, regardless of whether the track is in the selection or not
  • Unable to drag multiple unnamed MIDI clips to desktop
  • Articulations incorrectly appearing in Folder Comp stream
  • Bounce to clip renders silent clip if the track destination bus is soloed
  • Inconsistent ports with Append Instrument / Simple Instrument Tracks
  • Stretched clip in project wont play
  • Time stretching slip edited or split clips results in incorrect stretch ratios
  • Undo of slip stretched clip incorrectly restores state in this project
  • Undo of deleting a missing synth in project containing aux tracks causes feedback loop
  • Undo of deleting a synth in project containing drum maps doesn't restore MIDI out routing
  • Tempo Inspector time editor only accepts ":" as separator
  • Track automation pasted to Tempo track
  • Regression: Solo silences pre-fader sends on other tracks
  • Regression: Track templates saving buses as soloed


  • Waves Tune plug-ins appear as Region FX unexpectedly
  • Soloing a track containing a plug-in with active sidechain input causes project to play silent in old releases when unsoloed
  • Move of ARA clip fails to update Melodyne
  • Cannot change plug-in properties for VST3 plug-ins in Plug-in Manager


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

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