Mackie has announced the sale and transition of Tracktion Music Production Software to the Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC). TSC is led by three principals; Julian 'Jules' Storer, the original creator of Tracktion as well as former "Mackoids" James 'Woody' Woodburn and Dave Christenson.
"With Mackie's continued focus on creating innovative hardware solutions, the choice to transition Tracktion to TSC was clear," said Matt Redmon, Mackie product manager. "TSC is fully dedicated to the development, support and marketing of Tracktion. Their experience with the DAW market and intimate knowledge of Tracktion made them the perfect group to take Tracktion into the future."
Tracktion is a platform that offers an easy approach to composing, recording, editing, mixing and sharing music on Mac OS X or Windows. Based on a simple single-screen interface, Tracktion is a fast, powerful and complete solution for music production at any level.
"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 - Available Now
Tracktion 4 (T4) is available now priced at $59.95 for new customers and $29.95 for upgrades.
Originally created by developer Julian Storer, Tracktion debuted in 2002 to instant acclaim. It was acquired by Mackie Designs, later LOUD Technologies, in 2003 and updated twice prior to 2009. A lack of further updates or communication regarding Tracktion led many in the platform's large and vocal user base to assume it had been discontinued. However, Storer teamed up with ex-Mackie employees (Mackoids) James 'Woody' Woodburn and Dave Christenson to form TSC with the specific goal of reviving and advancing the unique Tracktion brand.
Tracktion 4 features the same operational characteristics as the original program but with an entirely new audio engine. This progression is intended not only to make T4 compatible with all the latest operating systems, plug-in and controller technology, but also to create a modern platform for further development. TSC is dedicated to the continued evolution of the product.
To be specific, T4 provides support for OS X Mountain Lion to take advantage of Apple's very latest hardware and operating systems. It also provides support for Microsoft's Windows 7 & 8. Apple Audio Unit (AU) is supported to open a new world of effects and instruments for Tracktion users and the latest generation audio codec from Microsoft, Windows Media Audio (WMA) is also supported.
Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) is included for optimized audio data management between applications. There is also support for 64-bit Mac and PC operating systems so Tracktion can squeeze the highest performance out of current computer resources.
As of January 24th, customers purchasing a new Mackie product that includes Tracktion can download Tracktion 4 immediately. There is an upgrade path for existing Tracktion users via www.tracktion.com.