Tracktion's latest DAW Waveform gets a 9 out 10 from MusicTech Magazine in their review
Tracktion Waveform has been given the thumbs up by MusicTech in their review, as well as the magazine's Value Award. Along with the name change (previous versions were called T5, T6 & T7), Tracktion's latest update to their DAW brings a selection of new features such as the Mixer window, Multi-Browser, Pattern Generator, Freeze points, Clip FX and the Modular FX racks environment.
Longtime users of Tracktion will know that a traditional mixer was intentionally omitted from previous versions, in favour of keeping the volume and pan controls for each track solely within the sequencer window. The Tracktion philosophy has traditionally been about keeping a 'one window' approach, with everything visible on-screen at any time to keep the user experience as smooth as possible.
Still, many users coming from other DAWs reported they missed having a conventional mixer, so the Tracktion developers decided to add one for Waveform, allowing for better control over levels and pan, and the ability to drag and drop plugins directly onto mixer channels. The mixer window can also be popped out and dragged across to a second screen if desired, as can each MIDI clip, which can also be full-screened for finer control over MIDI data than in T7.
Other new features in Waveform include the pattern generator and MIDI chord player, which allow you to quickly create chord progressions, basslines and hooks by choosing from a selection of musical keys and chord progressions, and can be set to automatically correct any misplayed notes to the musical key of your track.
"It comes with enough features to warrant a price tag at least twice
what it is and integrates within your environment –be that Mac, PC or Linux
– with ease. It’s a grown-up DAW for silly money."
There's also the LFO Tool, which allows you to freely assign LFOs to any available parameters within the DAW, or even your VST and AU plugins. Finally, there's also the Multi-Browser, a seriously powerful tool that allows you to audition as many samples and loops as you want simultaneously, all time-stretched and in time with your project! Great for inspiration and adding additional layers whilst you're producing.
In his review for MusicTech, Andy Jones says "Tracktion Waveform is a great option. It runs on any machine and will do whatever you require smoothly and without any fuss. It is a seriously slick alternative or first-buy DAW", and that Waveform "comes with enough features to warrant a price tag at least twice what it is and integrates within your environment –be that Mac, PC or Linux – with ease. It’s a grown-up DAW for silly money."
So if you're looking for a fun and fast evolving DAW (with major updates planned every 12 months) that won't break the bank, check out the MusicTech review of Waveform.
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