Track­tion 6

First re­leased in 2015, this full DAW is now avail­able with all the orig­i­nal features… ex­cept the $60 pric­etag

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This was ex­pected, but that doesn’t make it any less im­pres­sive. Over the last few years, as Track­tion Soft­ware Cor­po­ra­tion have up­dated their main DAW, they’ve been mak­ing older ver­sions avail­able for free – yep, the full-fat copies of now-legacy soft­ware. So with this year’s re­lease of Wave­form 8 (that’s the new name for the Track­tion line of DAWs), we’re happy to see Track­tion 6 made avail­able for ab­so­lutely zilch!

So, is it any good? Back in our re­view in 218, we lauded Track­tion 6’s power and its unique ap­proach. This one-win­dow DAW might be a bit quirky, but it’s a good choice if you’re look­ing for a fresh tool, and it’s still an ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for beginner pro­duc­ers.

One big dif­fer­ence about Track­tion is the way it han­dles plugin slots – the right-hand panel (as seen above) acts as a handy mixer/ plugin in­sert sec­tion for each track, where you can make some tweaks to cer­tain de­vices di­rectly, with­out load­ing up an­other GUI. Level and me­ter­ing de­vices are loaded by de­fault, act­ing as equiv­a­lents to mixer faders.

Track­tion 6 is fur­nished with zplane’s Elas­tique Pro timestretch­ing al­go­rithm, Warp Time au­dio edit­ing, time cor­rec­tion, sub­mix and au­to­ma­tion tracks, un­lim­ited au­dio and MIDI tracks, and it’s avail­able in 32 and 64-bit ver­sions for Win­dows, OS X and Linux (Ubuntu). You’ve got no ex­cuse, then!

Take a good look at this view, as it’s pretty much the only one you’ll ever need in Track­tion 6

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