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