Best known for their ground breaking DAW Waveform, Seattle based Tracktion Corp have built a reputation for creating some of the most inspiring and musical tools around.
From innovative digital audio workstations to awe inspiring granular synthesisers, their diverse range of sonic offerings have attracted the attention of industry leading sound designers, composers and musicians alike such as: Richard Devine, Mark Mothersbaugh and Jordan Rudess.
Tracktion have long believed in making music production accessible to the masses and in that spirit offer a free, fully featured, unrestricted DAW. By empowering hundreds of thousands of aspiring music producers across the globe they have created a loyal community of passionate users from a wide range of backgrounds.
For more information, please visit www.tracktion.com.
Reviewed By anli
January 6th, 2023
No visual noise.No prison feeling (as with Bitwig). No dinosaur feeling (as with Reaper).A little dated but very friendly user manual.
Pro is in use.Read Review
Reviewed By Boy Wonder
October 21st, 2022
There are many reasons I consider Dawesome Novum 5 out of 5. I'll list five of them.
1. The developer, Peter V, is very responsive to suggestions and takes his customers suggestions to heart.
2. The ability to create synchronized rhythms out of the grains is worth its weight in gold.
3. The ability to create standard notes out of atonal material via the comb filter is a welcome feature.
4. Since you can import your own waves, the sound palate of Novum is endless.
5. From shimmering, ethereal pads to gnarly, abrasive soundscapes, Novum has you covered.Read Review
Reviewed By Dwomoh
September 25th, 2022
Best Free DAW, no argument.
Totally Free and loads faster than Cakewalk (which has a laggy and cluttered GUI and requires you to reactivate every six months);
Minimum Requirement is so low that Waveform Free can even run optimally on dual core with 1Gig RAM which makes it better than Pro Tools First;
has Pattern Generator for automatic basslines, chords and Melody creation, which makes it better than Reaper in terms of quick MIDI Sequencing;
the ability to load third party plugins makes it far better than Studio One Prime which is so limited that it is useless for producers uses third party plugins a lot;
no limitations on number of tracks which makes it better than Ableton Live Lite (which allows you to create only eight tracks);
easy to modulate and automate parameters and so therefore more intuitive than Ardour.
This is the best FREE DAW for all kinds of producers. Go try it.Read Review
Reviewed By ImagineMovieScores
September 25th, 2022
It's a great DAW, I have tried it and change from my old DAW to wave form 12. There are some things that I would improve to make it perfect, but as it is, it's really great.Read Review
Reviewed By Frontface
May 17th, 2022
I started recording in 2020. After purchasing an audio interface, mic, and some monitors, I researched DAWs. Having spent years in broadcasting I was familiar with a lot of the concepts used in DAWs so I decided to try as many free products as I could find.
My first download was Audacity. When I found that I couldn't use third-party VSTs, that was the end of that. I downloaded and started playing with Reason and Studio One but finally decided to go with the leader, Pro Tools. It took me about two minutes to realize that I would never be happy with any Avid product. It did, however, give me a frame-of-reference.
There were other, lesser-known DAWs that I downloaded and tried. Finally, I downloaded the free version of Traction Waveform.
I immediately got a "good vibe" from the product.
It made sense to my brain. It was more intuitive than anything I had tried.
So I stuck with Waveform.
The longer I used it, the more features I discovered and the more I was able to do.
After about six months I purchased Waveform Pro and discovered a bunch of great virtual instruments. I love the fact that their "left-to-right" architecture is so simple and so efficient. No rack-wiring or convoluted set-up. As fast as you can re-arrange plug-ins, you can hear the changes.
I'm all in with Tracktion Waveform. I can't imagine an easier-to-use, more feature-packed, DAW.Read Review
Reviewed By Bwells
March 28th, 2022
I just bought Waveform 12 pro after having not used it for several years on recommendation from a close friend. I always thought "Tracktion" had a unique workflow that while being different, also had its own charm. A few quirks kept me from upgrading for a couple of versions but this one has been wonderful. I am able to use all of my CPU hungry plugins without getting hickups or stutters. It handles both audio and MIDI very smoothly now and I'm not getting crashes like I was before. I love the customizable interface and you can really work without tons of clutter around you. I am running Windows 11 with an intel i5 8400 and 16 GB of RAM for what its worth.Read Review
Reviewed By jjpscott01
March 23rd, 2022
Version 12 of Waveform has finally solidified the DAW as a legit contender to some of its larger competitors. It's fast, efficient, visually appealing, powerful, and it just feels very refined. The MIDI editing tools have been given an overhaul which was always a major drawback before. It handles all modern plugins that I've tested perfectly and so far has been extremely stable. At this stage I also feel that Waveform is probably the best looking DAW on the market. It's a sleek, modern, simple, customizable interface that looks incredible on any modern computer screen. I highly recommend the latest version of Waveform.Read Review
Reviewed By Frontface
January 13th, 2022
I started with Audacity. It didn't accept 3rd party plugins and had too many restrictions. I dumped it after a month.
Next up was Pro Tools. Then I learned that it's an AVID product so that was the end of it for me (too much bad karma from previous AVID experiences.
Tried Reason and Prosonus. They were OK.
Finally I tried Waveform. It made sense and had all the features I needed. Great MIDI editor. Great built-in plugins. Easy to create sub mixers, folders, multiple plugins. I've been using it for about two years. I was so impressed with Waveform Free that I stepped up to Waveform Pro. That added a great synth tool (Collection) and a lot more plugins.
I recently added Mixbus 7. Beautiful mixer but challenging MIDI tools. I really don't want to create 20 MIDI tracks on Waveform then port them over to Mixbus 7.
So I'm married to Waveform. It does everything I can think of. It's easy to use, stable, plays well with others (no problem with 3rd party plugins). I can't imagine a better DAW.Read Review
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