New Tracktion version 5.3 music production software (from Tracktion Software Corporation) provides a number of new features, including a streamlined user workflow and enhanced creativity via an expansion of the functionality of the program’s tools.
For instance, the “comp tool” can now be used to merge MIDI clips and audio clips alike. In addition, multiple unrelated clips can be selected and turned into single files that can be rapidly edited, reversed and comped. These new capabilities are collectively known as “Super Comping.”
Rendering has now become a creative tool as well. MIDI clips and notes can be converted to audio clips, like “Super Comping,” then instantly manipulated as new audio clips. This speeds the editing process and provides added flexibility when composing.
Tracktion v5.3 also introduces a new plug-in browser that’s located on the main (Edit) page sidebar. It’s now possible to tag, search and find plug-ins with just a couple keystrokes, as well as to “drag & drop” them where needed directly from the browser.
The new version also significantly improves MIDI performance. It’s now possible to automate gestures and inflections on individual notes. A new multi-channel MIDI clip support and polyphonic aftertouch have also been added.
Tracktion is available for under $60 for new licenses (and under $30 for major upgrades), with a free full-featured demo available at http://www.tracktion.com/ .