Since Mackie have teamed up with the original makers of Traktion, things have moved on a pace. For starters, the package was offered as a free download, and was taken up by "a very great deal of people" according to Mackie. What drew users in was not only the fact that it was free (always a bonus) but that it is good. Simplicity and power being the two major factors. Traktion gave you unlimited audio tracks with plug-in compatibility, MIDI sequencing plus many other great features. But the good news is that it's easy to learn and configure so even the technically bereft stand a good chance of making music within a couple of hours, and not several weeks that can be the case with many other packages.
Even so, just take a look at the impressive list of new features: Single screen interface Enhanced MIDI editor built-in sampler 64bit/192kHz support Rewire 2.0 support External sync QuickTime support - video playback MIDI controller mapping Integrated Mackie control support Loop recording Per track input Full screen metering Aux send and returns Track freezing Broadcast .WAV & Mackie HDR file import
Not only that but Traktion V2 comes bundled with a whole bunch of plugs: Ik Multimedia - Sample Tank SE Ik Multimedia - Amplitube LE Lin Plug - RMIV Intuitive analog drum machine and drum sampler reFX - Slayer2 Electric guitar bass plug-in Bismark - bs-1 Soundfont player Acuma Labs - Final Mix Mastering Software Mackie - Dynamics Suite Mono, Stereo, Side Chain and De-Esser plugins Mackie - ZR-3 B3 Organ simulator BigTick - Ticky Clav Clavinet simulator BigTick - Cheese Machine String machine Lin Plug - Freealpha Analog synthesizer reFX - Claw Bass plug-in BigTick - Hexaline Delay/Modulation effects