Review of Waveform 8, from a Tracktion 6 user's perspective

Waveform 8 (which was supposed to be T8 before the name change) is the latest version of Tracktion which is my DAW of choice. I downloaded a 30 days trail of latest version (8.2.7) to test it and here is my review.

First Impressions ------------------

Waveforms UI looks familiar to anyone who has used Tracktion before, the first time i opened it, it detected all my tracktion projects,my plugins with ease. Waveform retains the same layout and controls as previous versions of Tracktion which is a good thing if you are a tracktion user. The UI is a huge improvement from Tracktion 6 and looks pleasent. It does however add few new elements such as a seperate view for Piano Roll, LFO Modulators, MIDI randomizer and a mixer view.

Built-in Plugins -----------------
Buit-in plugins include all the old Tracktion effects, native sampler but it also comes with few extra instruments and effects such as Collective,Micro synth pack and master mix.FM synth is based on MDA DX10 which is a great synth…

Best Free Samplers, 64bit version.

Here are my favorite samplers that i think are the best.

Grace Grace by One Small Clue is a great sampler and has great sound shaping capabilities and is very easy to use. It supports various sample formats like wav, sfz etc.

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Sforzando Sforzando is an excellent soundfont player and sampler you can load sfz files, convert sf2 to sfz files and there are lots of free libraries available for it. It also includes an easy to use wavetable synth called Tablewrap2.
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Zampler Zampler by beat magazine is another great sfz player which comes with tons of free libraries and supports sfz,rex2 formats. It features same engine as Synapse Dune so it has got an awesome arpeggiator,mod matrix,modulation sources and effects.

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Best Free Synths, 64 bit version

Top Freeware Synths for Electronic Music

Want some great sounding free synths? check them out

Synth1 (Subtractive) Synth1 is a subtractive synth, a legendary freeware synthesizer. The sound of it even matches some of the top paid synths. Once you get used to it, its a great synth to program. If you are not the kind of person who likes to create presets, there are thousands of presets available online.

More on synth1:  Overview of synth1 by me
40 free synth1 patches by me 
Zebralette (Wavetable) Zebralette is a highly cut down version of monster synth Zebra 2 by U-he. It features a single wavetable oscillator that is capable of doing anything you wish. It can morph between 16 waveforms and contains many modulation sources.It contains some amazing spectral effects to shape your sound.Many people have created amazing pads, leads,bass and analog sounding patches as well as powerful growls,fx etc.

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5 Music News Blogs you should Follow

These are 5 of my favorite blogs and my inspiration to start blogging. 

1) Bedroom Producers Blog
 Bedroom Producers Blog is the first website that comes to mind when i hear freeware. This is, in my opinion, the finest blog when it comes to free VSTs, samples, reviews etc. Follow bedroom producers blog and be the first to know about new freewares (with respect to music production). They offer their own library of samples and vsts aswell.
2) Noizefield

Noizefield is also a blog about freeware releases but they tend to produce more news articles than bpb, their content is short and to the point. They also offer free VSTs which i used to use before switching to 64 bit completely and some free preset packs for various VSTs aswell.

3) Rekkerd Rekkerd is a blog for all kinds of music software (and sometimes hardware news). Follow this if you want to get news about new releases, updates and offers on vsts, samples and softwares.


5 Uses of Audacity Other than Recording + Free Audacity Drum Samples

Almost everyone uses audacity, including the pros. Its the most simplest audio editor you can get for free. That doesn't mean its not powerful. A recent update in audacity brought MIDI playback, skinning and other cool features to it. Aside from the most obvious uses of audacity such as recording Audio, Voice overs etc, these are some of the ways to use audacity. 1) Extracting samples from recordings

Do you often record sounds and sample them? i do. Audacity is the go to audio editor for me to extract samples because of its zooming capabilities and exporting selected audio. It also has some simple yet useful effects to shape your samples and also has support for VST effects and other formats.
2) Generating Electronic Percussion Samples
Audacity has a built in generator which can generate waveforms, noise and some other tones which can be used to generate percussion samples (Eg: Generate sinewave at 80Hz for low end of kick and make transient using white noise). You can also use …

List of Free DAWs and my personal favorites.

List of free DAWs These are the freeware DAWs that i know. I've picked top 5 among this based on the features it offers. The top 5 however is unordered.
Top 5 Tracktion 6 (Windows, Mac, Linux) Tracktion is the DAW i use. I love it for its unique workflow and its rack. Once you get used to its interface its one of the quickest DAWs which is light on your CPU aswell. It doesn't have any limitation.
1) Unique Interface, Full Featured
2) Drag and Drop Controls
3) Rack
4) Audio Comping, Time Streching
5) Single Window Interface
1) Very different from other DAWs
2) Not so good GUI

 Soundbridge (Windows, Mac) I found this while randomly browsing and its a surprisingly capable DAW. Still needs some bugs fixed but nothing big to make it unusable.It doesn't have any limitation.
1) Full Featured
2) Good GUI
3) Nice Selection of Inbuilt effects

1) Some VSTs fail to load.

LMMS (Windows, Linux, Mac) It is a DAW with a workflow similar to FL Studio. This has been de…

List of Free Tracktion Resources on the Internet

List of Free Tracktion Resources
Guides/Manuals 1) Bill Edstorm's Guide to Tracktion 6 (Made pay what you want recently)

2) Bill Edstorm's Guide to Tracktion 7 (Made pay what you want recently)

3) Waveform 8 User Guide
Get these:

4) Tracktion Manual Section:

Video Guides:

1) Bill Edstorm Channel -

2) Lay it Productions Tracktion Playlist -

3) Tracktion Software Official Channel -

4) StreamworksAudio Tracktion 3 Playlist (Old but relavent) -

5) Recording Studio 9 Playlist: (Reviews,Basic overviews,Comparisons etc)

6) Tracktion Videos Section:

7) …