Mackie's Tracktion DAW was seen by many as a perfect DAW - our friends over at Musotalk.de reckon it has the best sounding mix engine of all the DAWs. But Mackie have let Tracktion wallow in the doldrums, with very few updates and little or no ongoing development.
I bumped into a former Mackie employee at NAMM who told us that together with original developer Julian 'Jules' Storer and another former Mackoid - Dave Christenson as Tracktion Software Corporation he'd just purchased Tracktion from Mackie and are ramping up to get it back on course independently.
Version 4.0 has been released, which is a cleaned up and optimised version of the last version of Tracktion. I was also told that a Linux version is planned for the future.
According to the Mackie's press release:
"We are proud to announce not only the acquisition of Tracktion Music Production Software, but that Tracktion 4 is available immediately," remarked James Woodburn of Tracktion Software Corporation. "New and existing users can download the powerful new software today and start working on their next project."
Tracktion 4 will be made available via the Tracktion website (www.tracktion.com) during the 2013 NAMM show. This latest version builds on the popular features of Tracktion 3, however, with a significant upgrade. The Tracktion engine has been completely re-written such that it is now fully optimized for the very latest operating systems – both Mac and PC – along with 64-bit processing, WMA, AU and WASAPI support. This allows Tracktion to run extremely efficiently on a wide range of computers – allowing the user to get the very best performance from their system – a big plus given that Tracktion is a completely unlimited application.
16 track multitimbral synthesiser with fully sequenceable parameter locks, video synthesis and the introduction of step components.