Aiynzahev wrote:So you guys like Tracktion a lot. Care to elaborate on why?
I like Studio One 2.5 quite a lot, mainly for it's simplicity. Any comparisons that can be made?
aMUSEd is spot on with his thoughts on Tracktion. Just to elaborate further though...
1. The interface.
Studio One has a very well thought out interface. It is really easy to use and in some ways may be now where Tracktion might have been had it's development not stopped for so long. The Start > Song > Project
Page workflow is pretty slick and IMO does not have a rival that can offer that in such a refined way in one host. Super slick stuff.
Tracktion in a way set the single window ball rolling (not sure if it was the absolute first but certainly one of them). Drag drop here and there with a use of colours that are very creatively used (and are configurable). Those arrows for filters / FX e.t.c are still a great visual way to work. It is so simple yet so helpful.
The info line is a great help as are the pop ups in T. Studio One also has it's own version which IMO is at least as good as T's
Better use of colours and visual indicators in Tracktion in some places. Studio One IMO just has a more refined UI IMO but lacks those colour options that Tracktion uses so well.
S1 wins this one hands down. About 30 -40 built in FX that are some of the best in any host IMO. Tracktion has a nice set but IMO not nearly as good as S1.
3. Value for money.
S1 for what you get is pretty good on price. Trackion is cheaper AFAICT but T4?
PreSonus have been great with support IMO. Jules was absolutely brilliant as well back in the day but the Mackie situation with Tracktion was really bad. Mackie appeared to answer emails and offer hope but support for the product simply evaporated over time. Jules appears to be back at the helm so this will likely be a far better support process with Jules.
5. Ease of use
Trackion is easier to get to grips with initially as the way you are hand held into it was and remains best of breed. Studio One is (considering all that is on offer ) still easy to get going with. S1 is very well laid out and you really cannot go wrong from the Studio One Start page onwards. Tracktion though still just seems still easier to start with.
Tracktion was shipped with some Mackie units (maybe still is) but PreSonus appear to offer a much broader set of hardware that is tested with S1.
The big one. Similar to point no.1. As any UI will make of break a host IMO. Again the slick S1 Start > Song > Project
workflow is an easy to follow workflow. It just flows really well
. Trackion in some ways was the first host with Podium maybe to offer a type of 'Start page' but PreSonus for me have added mastering (Project page) and taken the whole idea of single Window interface further than even Tracktion did.
Trackion and S1 make heavy use of drag and drop. The two way browser in S1 I think is some way ahead of Tracktion now.
Mixing e.t.c...I would prefer S1 for it's metering and the way FX UI's can be used and seen even without opening the UI in the mixer. The T UI does have that lovely visual flow with those arrows.
I would say Tracktion for a super simple workflow that is really fast. Studio One for many more features (mastering e.t.c) and FX that can also offer a slick smooth workflow. They have there similarities but S1 is quite a bit further down the road from where T was. Maybe they do not target the same type of user any more. Time will tell.