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If you like sifting through endless menus and windows to make music, Tracktion 3 is not for you. Based on a simple, single-screen interface, Tracktio...Click To Read More About This Product
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The fastest, most natural way to produce professional-quality music on your Mac or PC.
If you like sifting through endless menus and windows to make music, Tracktion 3 is not for you. Based on a simple, single-screen interface, Tracktion is the fast, powerful, complete solution for turning your ideas into finished songs. And unlike the competition, Tracktion 3 comes with all the power and plug-ins you'll ever need. So if you want to keep your music flowing”not locked in menus or limitations”you've come to the right place.
Composition is the first part of the music-making process, and it's also the most important. If you're like many musicians, you don't want your audio software to simply document your performances; you also want it to inspire them. So Tracktion 3 music software serves up everything you need to get your creative juices flowing, right at your fingertips.
When it's time to dig in and actually record something is when you'll realize how different Tracktion 3 is from other audio software. If you've never recorded audio into your computer, you'll be amazed at how quickly Tracktion 3 lets you get going”creating real music within minutes. That's because unlike most other music software, which is designed around analog mixer concepts and routing, Tracktion 3 is truly different. It uses a simple, single-screen interface for all basic recording and editing operations”with a property panel that follows your every move, providing pertinent information for the task at hand.
Once tracks have been recorded, it's time to see if they cut the mustard. Thankfully, Tracktion 3 has some of the best mustard-cutting technology out there. That's because Tracktion's editing power is as good, as or better than, software costing hundreds of dollars more, yet it retains Tracktion's hallmark ease of use. As with most non-destructive editing software, Tracktion's editing allows you to undo and redo your edits to your heart's content”so there's never any fear of messing up your song.
A new Marker Track allows display of all your markers in the edit. But Tracktion's markers are special in that you can treat them as clips, much like audio and MIDI. So you can move them around, split, stretch and edit them. Name and color them as needed to identify different sections of your song. And store and recall them using lightning-fast key commands.
Mixing, of course, is the art of leveling, panning, EQing, adding effects, and otherwise accentuating individual sounds and instruments to get your song to sound just right. Most audio software accomplishes this through the use of a dedicated "mixer" screen, which mirrors the faders and knobs of a traditional analog mixer. Tracktion software, however, has never had”or needed”a dedicated mixer screen, because its users are actually "mixing" their songs throughout the recording process. This is really the genius of Tracktion, and one we'll explore a bit here.
Once you've recorded and mixed your music, you'll want to master it to give it that polished, radio-ready sound. Or you may want to send it to a trusted musician or producer friend for a second, or third, opinion. Thankfully, Tracktion 3 lets you easily do both. Tracktion's built-in archiving capabilities let you save and send your project to other Tracktion users so they can listen, collaborate, and edit. Of course you can easily export to a variety of formats such as .wav, .aif, and .mp3 to share with those not yet part of the Tracktion Collective. And because Tracktion 3 comes bundled with Mackie's acclaimed Mixing and Mastering Tools, you can rest assured that the final music will rock as hard”or as soft”as you like.
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Check the specs - Tracktion 3 has got it all and then some! Order your copy today!
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Tracktion is an excellent and very intuitive program to use, and at this price point absolutely unmissable. Unfortunately you do need to have a brain to be able to use it so it may not suit some people.
I've always liked software that was easy to use. I never realized I had to have a P.H.D. from Oxford to leard this software. Beleave me it's nearly impossible to get it up and running. Take my advice and buy something like pro-tools, because Tracktion is a bunch of British BS. P.S. It's a very snobby program. Don't waste your money. I hate it!!!
A few things before getting to it: Works in Windows 7 (64), enable XP SP3 compatibility, and download the Tracktion update from Mackie.This software is discounted now for a reason, not quality, but simply age. It's not native Windows 7, and has some UI quirks that take some time to get used to. There's no traditional mixer pane, as the software prefers alternative methods. It's clearly explained in the included video. Effects/routing/et cetera work well once you understand how the program wants you to work.What makes this worth the price of admission and then some, even if you can't use the included non-Tracktion plugins or don't want to, is that it's simple, sounds good, and the included plugins and interface is conducive to focusing more on making music than worrying about setup. Sound quality is good, CPU overhead is laughably low on a modern 3ghz+ machine, and it works as advertised. Even on the first few test tracks to set levels and learn the interface, even if I didn't play well, it still sounded good, which is a plus.For a budget DAW or something new, one could go much, much more wrong. Additionally, software is licensed to two machines (can be PC *and* Mac, if you go that way), which I discovered after installing it - it wsan't necessary but it's a nice bonus.
This software appears good at first, and if you don't need to get into really advanced production features it should suit you well. But be forewarned, if you want to get into advanced automation or rewire applications, you may be in for a nasty surprise. The interface is pretty intuitive (although it does look quite a bit different than most of the other programs out there, so if you're used to using another suite you'll have to relearn things). But I've recently run into issues with this software. Among them: it will ignore automation applied to folders of tracks while exporting to a final mix (very frustrating if you're trying to edit drum tracks) and the rewire application for using Reason is practically worthless. For some reason it won't export the project mix properly (I've obviously been having lots of problems with exporting the final mix lately, and without that, what's the point of using the software??), and if you have Reason active while you're actually recording your MIDI then it will throw all of your existing wav files out of whack in the project!! ARGH!!To top it off, I've emailed Mackie's so-called tech support several times and haven't even been given the courtesy of a reply. Unprofessional! If I had to do it over again I would've purchased a different software package.
I can speak only for PC users. Besides, if you use a Mac, you're a tool of marketing. A-hem...The haters are really being lame about this wonderful software. For this price, I dare say it's the best bargain in DAW by a considerable margin. I've recorded five records so far with this software, one that has had some considerable airplay. Its sonics are solid. Its workflow is genius. The lack of a designated mixer screen, I'll admit, is a bit of a drag. But it makes up for it with its stability, unique approach to track creation and setup, and openness to third party software. If you're looking to open a commercial recording house, this isn't for you. If you're looking to record an album in a project studio, by yourself, or just looking for to inexpensively shake up your routine in order to spark your creativity, get out your credit card now. You will not be disappointed. Now, if you're using a Mac: Good luck to you in your "walled garden". I prefer my computing experience open, malleable, and truly creative.
After building a new PC (Win7,32 bit,I5 Intel) my old copy of Tracktion2 had been installed too many times... Anyway for $30 I tried this and after about 4 hours of getting the new sound card to work ( TASCAM US-1641 ) I was up an running. Great Software - Learned new tricks for looping by watching the video. **I had to set the properties of 'Tracktion.exe' to run under XP compatibility mode to get the settings/unlock to stick.
If you're looking for an easy to use, inexpensive recording software package this is it. I use it with the Mackie Onyx Satellite interface in Windows XP. (There are no Vista drivers available for the Satellite). My only complaint is the service and support is really lacking. If you have problems they direct you to discussion forums which is kind of like navigating through a maze for me.