IK Multimedia T-RackS 5 Custom Shop Free – €180
T-RackS [somehow pronounced ‘Tracks’] is a mixing and mastering workstation with a selection of processors to get the job done in almost any situation. With a selection of versions from the free ‘Custom Shop’ edition (extra modules are paid upgrades), through the standard, Deluxe and MAX packages, you can choose your toolkit based on your budget.
To add to the rack, you can get emulated channel strips, reverbs, delays, EQs, compressors and limiters, each with its own processing bent for specialty processing – creative, musically rich effects for mixing, against clean, precise tools for mastering. The plugin host is custom-resizable, there’s pretty comprehensive metering, A/B/C/D variations, and plenty of presets. Routing can be done in serial or parallel, although you can only view one effect’s controls at a time.
At the end of the chain is the Master Match module, which helps you reference other sources and bring your material up to scratch with them. You can also use T-RackS standalone as a mastering editor, trying different chains for different audio clips. These useful additions make T-RackS a great candidate for amateur or pro mastering setups. ikmultimedia.com VERDICT 9.1