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drummer drummer
Published on 01/02/08 at 15:10
Installation on a PC or Mac: a few minutes. The quick-start guide in French (as a PDF) is very clear even to a novice. The software is very light and accommodates configurations modest. A reference manual, still in PDF is also provided in the facility, and always in French.

In summary: RAS, great, beautiful work!

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I started on a Pentium IV 2.8 Ghz. It worked perfectly, but the CPU was still much in demand. Then I went on a configuration a little more muscular (Core2Duo) for comfort, especially to minimize the noise of the PC. The core2duo little heat, so it breaks down under: the silence of operation is greatly appreciated.
The projects I speak sometimes use dozens of plugins VST / VSTi, and Tracktion 3 supports fully multicore processors. This is very significant because it avoids juggle rendering of tracks during the construction phases of a song.
However, there were some problems of stability on the first release of V3. Since the last update, I do not recall any particular problems.

For MAC users, the software runs on Leopard ;-)

OVERALL OPINION

Regular user for about 3 years, I appreciate all toujouurs simplicity of the software, perfectly suited to my needs: Work on models without loss of time, concentrating on music, not technology.
Its main attire:
- An immediate grip, similar to that of a multitrack "hardware"
- Philosophy "all on one screen" you do not spend time looking deep in the menus a particular feature, as in other historical sequencers. Immediately found his bearings, even after several months of "abstinence" ;-)

Tracktion is available bundled with various audio interfaces (Mackie, Tapco, or course). It is a good way to get acquainted with this app, start with a complete kit fully functional, and for an overall price very reasonable.
Otherwise, the software is only offered in three packaging (with more or less plugins / sound banks) at prices rather tight. Note that the impatient can also buy a license online at Mackie to activate the demo version is available in one place.

In conclusion: I would probably now very difficult to come back to another sequencer! I have already converted to the passage 5 friends musicians.
Tracktion rocks:-D
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