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TRACKTION Waveform

Tracktion’s DAW gets upgraded, injected with features and renamed. Will you be persuaded to upgrade or switch DAWs? Andy Jones gets on track…

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Contacts Tracktion Corporation | www.tracktion.com, www.tracktioneurope.com| Synthax www.synthax.co.uk 01727 821 870

What on earth would it take for you to switch DAWs? A complete computer crash that wipes out everything you’ve produced? Perhaps a tragic accident that results in memory loss so you ‘might as well make the effort’ to learn a new one? Or maybe someone from Apple/ Steinberg/Avid/Ableton et al either insulting you personally or bribing you (depending on your shift in DAW preference).

Actually, learning a new DAW is not the challenge – heaven knows, I’ve tested enough over the years and most are dead easy to get up and running with – but actually jumping over and using a different one (and only one) full time, and not using your old one, is a challenge. I’ve swapped to Logic, stuck with it, moved to Live… but carried on using Logic. Then Gadget came out, so I started using that. And Live. And Logic. So making the leap and leaving that old world behind is the real effort. So what would it take?

Maybe you are finally fed up with features not being fixed? Or not enough features being added in updates? Or too many? Or maybe you are just stuck in a creative rut and think a new way could be the better way. Whatever the reason, there are more different and very tempting DAWs out there and some, like Tracktion, have come of age…

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Tracktion Waveform is the latest incarnation of the single minded and single-named Tracktion, a DAW that has impressed us over a couple of versions in recent years. Tracktion version 5, or

Tracktion T5 was the first incarnation that we looked at back in 2014 and our review concluded: “Tracktion 5 is a powerful DAW. It may lack the depth of features of some of the heavyweights, but it’s far more affordable and well worth checking out if you’re looking for an alternative take on music production.” Tracktion 5 then developed into a much more feature-packed version 6 (T6) which added enhanced automation, step sequencing, audio comping, Warp Time and Track Tag features among others.

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