Mackie - Tracktion v2.0.2.8

If you've tried other music production software on the market today and found it cumbersome, limited or just plain un-inspiring, you've come to the right place.

Tracktion is a revolutionary, easy-to-use music production application that contains everything most people will ever need to professionally record and mix music on a Mac or PC - without all the hassles and limitations of other audio software. Tracktion's hallmark is a clean, single-screen interface and streamlined operation, whether you're recording tracks, MIDI programming, or mixing down songs. It offers rock-solid operation, VST and ReWire support, and very low CPU usage with operating systems ranging from Mac OSX to Windows 2000 and XP. And it contains a whole host of professional features that you can actually use from day one.

Developed by programmer Julian Storer and Mackie, Tracktion 2 is a major step forward from the original version, adding more than 100 new features and updates, while still maintaining the core feature set that has made Tracktion a runaway success.

Tracktion's single-screen interface is clean and clutter-free. It's all about letting you focus on being productive, so we've gone to great measures to keep the technical stuff out of the way of your creative process. Mind you, technical and setup functions are always within one click of your mouse, but never obstructing the view of your arrangement.

Tracktion 2 features a fully revamped MIDI editor for greater speed and ease of use. Notes can now be entered at a fixed velocity and length regardless of zoom level. This means you don't have to zoom in and out to enter the note values you want - and you can give notes individual color for better visibility. The Line tool allows you to draw a repeating line of notes at the velocity/and duration you choose, eliminating a great deal of note input tedium. A new Step Entry mode allows you to quickly enter notes with pinpoint accuracy, and can be used for cleaning up all those notes you frantically drew with the pencil tool.

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

Much ado has been made about the "summing bus" in DAW software. This is the place where audio streams are combined - and where audio software can potentially suffer level overload, and overall sonic degradation versus a traditional hardware mixer. Tracktion 2 has a new High-Definition 64-bit Math mixing option to improve headroom and eliminate distortion through the summing bus. This feature goes a long way to guarantee that the only distortion in your tracks is what you put there – on purpose. Additionally, Tracktion 2 comes ready for 192kHz-compatible audio interfaces like our Onyx 400F - giving you the ultimate in bleeding-edge, high-definition digital audio.

Tracktion includes ReWire 2.0 support for integration with killer applications like Propellerheads' Reason, Ableton Live, and other ReWire-supporting software. ReWire is like having 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 hit to send to that dude who says he knows Pharell's cousin.

T2 now offers more synchronization support, including MIDI Time Code (MTC) input/output and MIDI Clock output for working with hard disk recorders, keyboard workstations, groove boxes, etc. Tracktion 2 can also send and receive MIDI Machine Control (MMC) commands, opening the door to external transport control and integration with modular digital multi-track and hard disk recorders. This means that T2 can easily integrate with your existing recording setup.

Tracktion 2 provides 8 Auxiliary sends and returns for tasks like sharing a reverb on the different instrument tracks in a drum kit. Or you can use the sends to build the perfect stereo headphone mix for the picky lead guitarist. Like all things Tracktion, these Aux sends and returns are simple for new and existing users alike.

Tracktion 2 supports Quicktime™ video playback. Select a movie and start tracking – compose music, add effects, replace your dialog, and win your Oscar®. This opens a world of project studio post-production to Tracktion users. And since both Tracktion and Quicktime are cross-platform compatible, it's as easy to share video projects as it is audio.

T2 makes integrating any MIDI controller a breeze. Just enter the MIDI Mapper, pick a filter parameter, and move the controller... done. The controller and parameter are now linked, and this pairing is stored in the session file for next time.

Tracktion 2 offers full support for our Mackie Control Universal and Mackie Control C4 rotary controllers, providing complete hands-on control of a full range of recording and mixing parameters - including plug-ins and virtual instruments. (Tracktion 2 overlays will be available in the coming weeks.) In true Tracktion fashion, it's so intuitive and easy that you'll be enjoying the productivity boost only real knobs and faders can provide – plus they look really wicked on your desktop.

Got a client who can't sing their way out of a paper bag? Or perhaps an overzealous lead guitar player? No problem. Tracktion 2 includes "loop record mode" which makes it easy to record multiple passes and compile the best of each into the perfect take.

Tracktion 2 adds a "per track input mode", offering an alternative to the standard "drag the input to the track" assignment method. If you have more than just a few inputs, you'll appreciate not having to sort through all of those input icons to find the one you need. Instead, simply select an audio or MIDI input from the new drop-down menu available on every track.

Tracktion 2 now offers more ways to visualize your audio intensity. Enhanced Input meters on every channel provide more accurate at-a-glance viewing of your input levels. The new "Large Meters Mode" transforms the horizontal tracks into a gigantic input meter bridge for super-accurate level setting.

What with Tracktion being so fun and easy to use, one could possibly create so many tracks, effects, and virtual instruments, that even the hardiest of computers could choke on all the action. So we thought that a Track Freeze function that renders single and multiple tracks with all their assorted audio files, effects and instruments to a single file on the hard disk. This frees up the computer's CPU for important tasks - like creating more tracks!

Tracktion 2 offers industry-standard broadcast .wav file import. Support of .bwav audio files means even greater ease and flexibility for users importing audio from otherwise incompatible applications and hardware. And because these files are time-stamped, restoring them to their original position relative to other audio clips is a snap.

Additionally, users of the Mackie's popular HDR, MDR and SDR hard disk recorders can now import their project files directly into Tracktion 2, complete with all audio and edits intact. So you can track those rowdy musicians at the club to your hard disk recorder, then quickly transfer to your laptop and toss it in the van. When the bass player finally passes out, set your laptop on his head and mix on the way to the next gig.

Tracktion 2's single-screen interface can be scaled to virtually any size, permitting users of large monitors to devote some of those pixels to other applications, while still keeping an eye on Tracktion.

T2 New Feature List
(The Full Exhaustive and Mind-Boggling Version)

1 64 Bit Mix Engine
2 MCU Support
3 C4 Support
4 External Controllers Settings Screen
5 Meter Response Drop Down
6 Peak Hold Drop Down
7 Colour Editor
8 Save Colour Scheme
9 Load Colour Scheme
10 Bundled Colour Presets
11 New Key Mappings Editor
12 Save Key Map Presets
13 Load Key Map Presets
14 Bundled Keymap Presets
15 Per Track Input Assignment
16 Meters in Input Assignment Arrow
17 Assign Inputs to Consecutive Tracks Command
18 Hide Inputs Section Button
19 Hide Filters Section Button
20 Large Input Meters View
21 New Midi Velocity Meters in Large Meters View
22 Import Mackie.prj Format
23 Automatable Fader Mute
24 Create Several New Tracks Command
25 Create Midi Controller Mappings
26 Option to allow Midi Controller Remapping from each individual Midi Input
27 New Midi Clip Colour Selector
28 New Audio Clip Colour Selector
29 New Midi Editor
30 View Velocity/Controllers with Midi Notes
31 View Velocity value by hovering over line
32 Change Individual Note Colours
33 Midi Line Drawing Tool
34 Midi Note Drawing Tool
35 Quickly Scroll Vertically Midi Editor by Alt+Mouse Drag
36 Quick Note Insert Velocity Menu in Midi Editor
37 Quick Note Insert Length Menu in Midi Editor
38 Midi Step Entry
39 Use incoming velocity for midi step entry option
40 Adjust Multiple Note Lengths at Once
41 Adjust Multiple Note Velocities/Controllers at once
42 Improved Midi Select and Draw tool Operation
43 Improved Non destructive Midi Clip Note Quantize Operation
44 Audio Loop Recording
45 Audio Loop Recording Take Auto Naming and display
46 Loop Recorded Audio Clips
47 Loop Recorded Audio Clip selection menu
48 Remove unused Audio from Loop Recorded Audio Clip Command
49 Edit multiple Clip lengths at once
50 Resizable Main Tracktion Window
51 Render Each Track as separate File
52 Individual Colour for Zoomed out Controllers and Notes for Higher Contrast
53 Higher Contrast Waveform Colouring
54 View Automation Node Value by hovering over the Node
55 Shift All automation to right of Node by shift Dragging Node
56 Improved Bar Division Lines operation when Zooming
57 New Key Command - Show help Under Mouse Pointer
58 New Key Command - Vertical Zoom In/Out
59 New Key Command - Zoom To Fit Horizontally and Vertically
60 New Key Command - Show/Hide Big Meters
61 New Key Command - Show/Hide Inputs Section
62 New Key Command - Show/Hide Filters Section
63 New Key Command - Show Clipboard Contents
64 New Key Command - Enable/Disable EtoE
65 New Key Command - Insert Rest in Step Entry Mode
66 New Key Command - Increment Preset for selected VST Filter
67 New Key Command - Decrement Preset for selected VST Filter
68 New Key Command - Show/Hide Rack Filters
69 New Key Command - Show Midi Controller Mapping Window
70 New Key Command - Show/Hide the Quicktime Window
71 New Key Command - Arm/Disarm all Input Devices
72 Improved Key Commands HTML Export
73 BWAV recording
74 BWAV Import automatically snap to time stamp
75 Return BWAV to original time stamp
76 New Popup help items
77 MTC Chase
78 MTC Generate
79 MMC Send
80 MMC Respond
81 Midi Beat Clock Generate
82 Global Sync On/Off
83 New Time code Menu
84 New Global Edit Time Code Format
85 New Global Edit Time Code Offset
86 New Time code option - Ignore hours from incoming time code
87 New Aux Sends 1-8
88 New Aux Returns 1-8
9 New Custom Naming of Aux Sends
90 New Automatable Muting/Unmuting of Aux Sends
91 Disable All other Aux Sends on Same Buss
92 Enable All other Aux Sends on Same Buss
93 Disable All other Aux Returns on Same Buss
94 Enable All other Aux Returns on Same Buss
95 New QuickTime Video Support
96 Resizeable Floating Video Window with Always on Top Option
97 Quicktime Movie Offset
98 Mute UnMute Quicktime Video Sound
99 Improved Operation of Disabling Looped Audio Clips
100 Filter Title Bar now displays custom Track name
101 BWAV, 24 Bit as new recording default
102 Alt + Drag clips momentarily enables snapping
103 Quickly enter Track names by selecting Track and pressing Tab
104 Automatically Cycles through Track Colours for recorded clips
105 Insert Blank space into track(s) at cursor affects automation
106 Delete Marked Region and Close Gaps now affects automation
107 Loop boundary now obeys snapping
108 New More user Friendly Authorization procedure
109 Audio Inputs option - Use the same properties for all devices
110 Option to automatically create folder for new project when placing in location with files
111 Cleaner Project Management with Automatically create new folders.
112 New Improved Quickstart Guide PDF
113 New Full Detailed Manual PDF
114 New Boxed Version with Hardcopy Users Guide
115 New Boxed Version with Bundled Plugins
116 Auto Rewire Filters in Racks now auttomatically creates Rack outputs as well
117 New Key Command - Move to the previous Marker
118 New Key Command - Move to the next Marker
119 New Key Command - Change to the previous take for a looped clip
120 New Key Command - Change to the next take for a looped clip
121 New Key Command - Pick Up Midi Line Tool
122 New Key Command - Toggle the 'controllers' panel in the midi editor
123 New Key Command - Enable/disable step editor mode