Well, the free ride from BandLab for Cakewalk DAW software is officially over.
I received this email on 2018-10-22:
Dear Craig Guerrieri,
The subscription shown below will expire 6 days from today. Because you are a valued subscriber with us, we wanted to let you know of this and invite you to renew your service today.
Product Name Subscription Date Expiration Date Amount
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To renew your subscription, please place a new subscription order at http://drh.digitalriver.com/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayHomePage&SiteID=cakewalk or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and have a service agent assist you with your renewal. Thanks for being such a valued customer and we look forward to serving you in the future!
Cakewalk, Inc. Customer Service
This morning, I received a second email informing me that my subscription has been cancelled. I couldn’t care less, since I switched to the REAPER DAW back in March, after some very bad experiences with this company…
- Since taking over Cakewalk from Gibson, my experience with their customer service completely sucks, in every department from software support to simple questions which they don’t seem to have a clue on how to answer. Don’t hold your breath on how long it takes them to reply, either.
- BandLab also runs a web site which facilitates music collaboration online. Sounds cool, but it’s actually more like a cesspool.
Here’s the worst case scenario I ran across there:
I’m no fan of Rap, and therefore turned down an offer to collaborate on a song in that genre. Following that, I was bombarded with racist remarks in the comments section of a song page I created there, which featured my 5 and 10 year old granddaughters on vocals. I reported the people involved in making those comments, so what did BandLab do?
I then closed my BandLab account, and the song has since been moved to other web sites I maintain. On SoundClick, it peaked at #5 on the “Pop/Cover Songs” chart, out of 14,339 cover songs there. I couldn’t be more proud of them, and that fact that the song did so very well when placed on a civilized web site.
Needless to say, I’ll have absolutely nothing more to do with any company who apparently condones racism and hate speech.
It’s a sad thing indeed, especially occurring on a song page that features very young children. I was just happy that I got the chance to remove it from the BandLab web site before the girls had a chance to see it.
So BandLab, you can kiss my ass in Macy’s window, and worst of luck to you in the future. I hope you sink like the Titanic.