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Goodbye, learning curve. Hello Tracktion.

Did you hear the news? Tracktion 2 is now available!

We are no longer selling Tracktion v1. Please visit the Tracktion 2 page to learn more about the great new features and additions. Come and join the Tracktion revolution!

Tracktion is being hailed as the easiest-to-use professional recording and MIDI production software in the world. Built on a clean, single-screen graphic interface, Tracktion gives you all of the creativity-inspiring features you'd expect in professional audio software... right at your fingertips.

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Tracktion is a radical new type of music production software - giving you a clean, intuitive, and clutter-free interface without losing the features you find in software costing much more.

If you like your software to use dozens of overlapping windows, Tracktion is not for you. It won't pretend to be a mixing desk or show you panels with pictures of screws that are accurately copied from a real piece of hardware. There is no Windows clutter, nor obscure menus full of commands that you'll never use. In short, Tracktion is a little bit different. It's a continuously evolving product with new features and updates regularly released. Most people who've used a sequencer before can get to grips with Tracktion in about 10 minutes, and once you've grasped a handful of basic concepts (which aren't exactly rocket-science), the learning curve practically disappears.

 Here's an overview of what makes Tracktion so good:


 Audio Playback and Recording features

Unlike other recording and sequencing software, Tracktion imposes no limits on the number of tracks or effects utilized in your project. The host computer's available horsepower can only be stretched so far, but with Tracktion, you can extend your computer's playback and processing power indefinitely. Thanks to Tracktion's "Freeze Tracks" function, your Mac or PC can secretly render (Freeze) groups of audio tracks and effects, thereby freeing up those valuable processing resources for additional tracks or effects. But wait, there's more! Frozen tracks' edits and effects can be "thawed", tweaked and then re-frozen at any time.

Additionally, it gives you:
  • No defined limits on sample rates -- any rate the hardware can handle is supported, and sample-rate conversion is done on the fly to enable playback of files at any sample rate on any hardware.
  • All audio data is handled internally at 32-bit floating point precision.
  • Support for DirectSound and ASIO audio devices on the PC and Core Audio devices on the Mac, including simultaneous multi-channel playback and recording.
  • Support for playback latencies below 3ms (hardware and CPU permitting).
  • Supports standard Windows and Mac MIDI input and output devices.
  • WAV, AIFF and Ogg-Vorbis Audio file format support.
  • Record from audio devices by simply pointing them at the track of your choice and hitting the record button.
  • Punch-in recording and input-level-triggered recording, with optional 1 or 2-bar pre-count. MIDI recording also features looped recording, merging with existing clips, quantization and incoming channel selection.
  • Full support for real-time monitoring of incoming live MIDI or audio data through plug-ins, soft-synths, samplers, etc.
  • Full parameter automation for panning, levels, effects with live recording of parameter movements and direct editing of the automation curves.


 Editing

Drag-and-Drop Editing
Tracktion's flexible architecture lets you explore complex permutations of digital audio clips, MIDI sequences and plug-in effects just by dragging-and-dropping them around the screen. More importantly, it allows you to assemble your ideas almost as quickly as you can dream them. That's the key - Tracktion will keep up with the fast pace of the creative process.
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All the editing is done on one screen, avoiding dozens of floating windows and pop-up panels that other applications present but that really just get in your way.


Real-time Editing
Editing controls on each clip allow the audio to be trimmed, slipped, and stretched (with or without pitch-shifting) in real-time, giving you full graphical feedback of all editing operations. Fades can be applied to the beginning or end of each clip simply by dragging the fade handles on the clip itself, or by manually entering fade type and duration. There are several fade shapes to choose from, and shortcuts for creating overlapped cross-fades between clips.

 Click to See a Complete List of Editing Features


 Plug-in Support (including VST & VSTi)

In addition to its impressive array of bundled proprietary plug-ins (which include reverb, EQ, delay, chorus, phaser, compressor, and pitch-shifter), Tracktion also supports VST plug-ins - the most widely used and readily available plug-in format on the planet. An overwhelming variety of VST plug-ins can be obtained in stores for hundreds of dollars, as well as online at the cost of a few mere mouse clicks and perhaps an email address. Search online for "free vst plug in" and be overwhelmed. Tracktion comes with some really cool ones from maxim digital audio (MDA).

Tracktion also supports VSTi software synths. Download some MIDI clips or record your own - "plug-in" to the virtual synth and enjoy. New virtual instruments are popping up everyday all over the web, and we've included a few of those to sample so you're ready to start composing immediately after installation.



 Butt-Kickin' Built-in Sampler

That's right. There's a powerful yet simple to use sampler waiting for you inside Tracktion. Just like any other filter or plug-in - simply drop it onto a track, select the clips you want to trigger, click & drag to map the sample to a key or range of keys, then let the butt-kickin' begin.



 Rack Filters

With all of these plug-in options at your disposal, wouldn't it be great if you could organize your frequently used combinations into one simple recallable package? And wouldn't it be great if you weren't limited to the basic stereo input to stereo output patching? And what if you could build complex and creative effect routings that are impossible with most other music software? And one time at band camp... Introducing Tracktion's Rack Filters.



  ReWire 2.0 Support

Tracktion includes ReWire 2.0 support for integration with applications like Propellerheads' Reason, Ableton Live, and other ReWire supporting software. ReWire is described as an "invisible cable" that allows you to connect one application to another so you can stream audio and MIDI to and from the linked programs. Tracktion acts as a master (or "mixer") application to which other ReWire "synth applications" can be linked - simply enable ReWire in Tracktion, setup a track to receive the output of the "synth application", launch the "synth application" and crank out that next big hit.



 Instant Help
 
Just in case the user interface isn't intuitive enough, nearly every object on the screen provides extensive pop-up help simply by pointing the mouse over the item. This is easily toggled on and off at the press of a key. Even with the Instant Help feature turned off, unobtrusive one-line tool-tips will still appear at the top of the screen.

 Project Management features
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The Tracktion Project screen shows all of the audio and MIDI clips, edits and other files that it can currently access at a glance.

Each Project can contain audio that is either unique to itself, or shared with other Projects. The info panel at the bottom of the Project screen provides waveform overview and playback capability for the selected audio clip at the click of the mouse.

A comprehensive search engine on the Project screen lets you to search for, preview and import audio files in a variety of formats, searching by name, location or keywords in the audio file description.

 Click to See a Complete List of Project Management Features


 Collaborative Working
Tracktion's comprehensive import/export features provide several ways to share projects between users:
  • Render: creates a single audio file of the entire mix, any section of the mix or track, optionally trimming silence of the start and end, and optionally normalizing the audio level. Various file formats at a range of sample-rates and bit-depths can be created.

  • Export: copies all of the audio and MIDI files used in an edit to a new folder. Optionally, Tracktion can "consolidate" all of the project's audio files, only copying the sections that are used in that edit, with variable-length 'handles' on either end for fine-trimming and cross-fading. This consolidated export is useful with large or complex edits, and can save an enormous amount of disk space (and time!) when backing up your excellent work.

  • Archive: creates a single archive file (for ease of copying between users) which contains all the consolidated/complete audio data for that edit, using either FLAC Lossless Audio Compression (with compression ratios up to 50%) or Ogg-Vorbis compression (with user-selected compression ratios as high as 20:1). This makes it possible to pass Tracktion Archives of projects between users via the Internet, for true collaborative working. Tracktion Archive files allow fast downloading and trading of music tracks via the internet, but with the ability to add to or remix these tracks and upload the changes at the same time as maintaining a full history of which "Tracktion Artist" has made which set of changes to that Archive!

Want to learn even more? Click Here to go to the QUICKSTART GUIDE.


 Tracktion 2:
Tracktion just keeps on getting better. Checkout the exciting new version... Tracktion 2!
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 Hardware Requirements:
  PC

  • Microsoft Windows 98, ME, 2000, or XP
  • Intel Pentium 3 or 4, or AMD Athlon (750MHz or better is recommended)
  • At least 128MB RAM; 256MB or more is recommended for heavy-duty work
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible audio interface
  • Windows-compatible MIDI hardware if required
  MAC

  • Mac OSX 10.2 and above
  • At least 128MB RAM; 256MB or more is recommended for heavy-duty work
  • Core Audio compatible audio interface
  • Core MIDI compatible MIDI interface if required


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