Unlike other affordable DAW’s, Waveform does not impose any restrictions whatsoever – we believe in unlimited track count, full feature set and freedom to add any plugins. Waveform also runs on all the major desktop operating systems – macOS, Windows and Linux. Your imagination is the only limit.
INSTRUMENTS / FX
Waveform includes a massive suite of over 80 built in FX plugins. Also included are a suite of extremely powerful virtual instruments, Collective provides a vast array of different instrument types for every musical genre, the revolutionary Multi Sampler is a sound designers playground and Subtractive brings classic analog sounds to your compositions.
Waveform includes the excellent Imagina Loops ‘Alex Sanfilippo’ collection of world class multi track drum loops. These compliment the creative MIDI production tools such as the pattern generator and premium instruments, allowing you to focus on creativity rather than programming.
TRAINING / SUPPORT
Extensive free online video tutorials are constantly being expanded and a detailed user guide is available within the app, plus contextual popup help guides you when needed. Free online support is available via our streamlined Zendesk portal, connecting you to the most relevant team member.
Waveform 10 features a host of new user interface and workflow improvements designed to help navigate its deep capabilities. The addition of an all new ‘Actions Panel’ accessible in the browser allows the user to fully customize what features are displayed – favoriting commonly used actions and hiding those rarely needed. Users can also create their own actions using macro scripts and assign custom key commands further increasing the apps ability to respond to its users particular workflow. Actions are available via the right click menu and can be accessed by the cursor position greatly speeding up your ability to access core functions. Additional edit screens and plugin UI’s can also be launched directly from this Actions Panel keeping all your common tools in one place. Prepare to become an editing ninja.
The addition of edit groups opens up a number of really useful tools to significantly enhance your audio editing capabilities. The most significant of these is the ultra cool ‘Groove Doctor’ editing process most typically used for multi track drum recordings. Quickly perform phase accurate quantization across multiple tracks of recorded audio whilst capturing snapshots for recall at a later date if edits need revisiting. Besides repairing errors in a performance, the tool can also be used to quickly extract complex groove templates that can be used to lock your edit to a recorded groove. Edit groups are also particularly useful when handling multi track comps, saving time and effort during complex editing as well as during mix down. With an edit group panel in the browser allowing for easy management and access to your groups, diving deep into audio surgery has never been easier.
PERFORMANCE & STABILITY
The biggest cause of instability in any DAW is plugins. The Tracktion development team is taking the lead in host stability management by developing an open source plugin validation tool to help both users and developers alike. This development tool benefits all hosts as it tests for common problems that would affect all DAW apps and provides a much more efficient resolution path for plugin developers. Eradicating instability completely is not feasible in the short term, so Waveform 10 features ‘constant save’ technology and immediate crash recovery. This means if a crash occurs, there is absolutely no loss of data and the system is restarted in a matter of seconds with the offending plugin quarantined. Say goodbye to crash paranoia.
Waveform is the only DAW to include genuine Auto-Tune® technology from Antares Technologies. Waveform includes the new Auto-Tune Access plug-in to provide the legendary real-time pitch correction and vocal effects that have launched countless hits. Auto-Tune Access delivers the core Auto-Tune features with a simple and intuitive interface. Its light CPU footprint and professional quality processing also make it a convenient option for more advanced users working with larger projects. Three-position Retune Speed and Humanize knobs allow for a variety of tuning applications, from subtle and natural-sounding pitch correction to the most extreme Auto-Tune Effect. Low latency processing lets you perform through Auto-Tune Access in real time on stage or in the studio, without worrying about distracting delay.
Melodyne lets you work with audio in an entirely new way. If a good take is spoiled by small errors, you don’t have to throw it away, because with Melodyne you can simply repair it. Regardless whether they’re intonation or timing errors, notes that are too loud or too quiet, with too much vibrato or too little. You can optimize the tiniest details of your recordings, bringing them as close to perfection as you desire. And since Melodyne works in a highly musical way, neither the vitality nor the naturalness of the performance is sacrificed in the process. Furthermore, the unbelievable flexibility of audio in Melodyne can be the launching pad for your boldest ideas. Notes, phrases, rhythms and noises in Melodyne become raw material that you can stretch, reshape, layer and transform – virtually at will. If a thing is conceivable, there’s a good chance that with Melodyne you can also make it reality.
Elastique Pro time stretch algorithm by Z-Plane is the industry leading algorithm for advanced audio time stretching. The Elastique Pro mode is especially suited for professional usage maintaining speech/vocal intelligibility at the highest level without introducing usual phasing artefacts. Built into the heart of Waveform, this allows you to time expand and contract your audio with absolute confidence whatever the source material. Get ready to stretch, contract and warp your sounds with ease
Subtractive synthesis started it all, creating the classic analog sounds musicians need for their tracks. Tracktion’s Subtractive synthesizer plugin puts a modern spin on things with 4 oscillators, each with ring modulator, 2 filters, a drive stage in-between and lots of modulation possibilities. This is followed by a 4-band EQ and 4 effect busses with a wide variety of high quality effects to choose from. Besides its classic sawtooth, pulse and triangle oscillators, it adds a Spinal Saw oscillator type delivering up to 11 sawtooth waveforms at once. Multiply that with four oscillators and you get 44 detuned sawtooth waveforms per voice. Its filters provide State-Variable, Transistor Ladder and Sallen-Key filter types to faithfully recreate classic analog synth sounds. 4 LFOs and 4 envelopes take care of modulations and a nice user interface makes editing quick and easy. Prepare to deep dive into the inspiring world of Subtractive synthesis.
We are proud to announce the inclusion of a whopping 62 new plugins built into Waveform 10. The Artisan Collection is based on the wildly popular Airwindows DSP providing inspirational audio sculpting tools. Each plugin is laser focused on a particular task which can be used individually to add specific edge to your sound, or in combination to build a rich multi effect. Due to their narrow focus, the user interfaces are extremely simple and there are minimal presets, the user can easily adapt, experiment and combine. There is a wide variety of tools in the collection – everything from really useful sound shaping to some weird and wonderful surprises. Dive in and create your own sonic playground.
The concept of sampling has been around for decades and still remains relevant in all forms of music production. The process of finding sounds, manipulating them and storing them for use in your own compositions can be a critical element for defining ‘your sound’. The Multi-Sampler instrument goes deep, offering truly contemporary sampling capabilities – but that’s not where the innovation ends. We have gone beyond the standard sampler features and optimized user workflow and integration within the DAW so creating your own sounds is faster and more intuitive. For example, the sampler can record directly from other apps – such as your web browser – which means sound sources are literally unlimited. Fans of ReCycle will love the one button audio clip import/slice and convert to MIDI tool. Adding content into the sampler, manipulating in creative ways and storing/recalling your sounds has never been more inspirational – create your sound.
Waveform features six new modifiers, building on the popular LFO tools from previous generations. These creative tools allow you to manipulate parameters adding movement and ‘life’ to your sounds. The new tools consist of:
LFO – Basic LFO with a range of shapes now including random (S&H) and noise (ramp).
Breakpoint – An oscillator with a variable number of points that can be dragged to create a custom shape.
Step – A step sequence between 2 & 64 bipolar steps.
Envelope Follower – Follows the audio signal on the track and maps this to parameter changes.
Random – Similar to the random types of the LFO except this has smoothing and step depth controls for random-walk type movements.
MIDI Tracker – Track incoming pitch or velocity in absolute or relative modes. Create a map of MIDI to output value.
Creating and assigning plugin macro parameters allows you to quickly extract your favorite features from complex virtual instruments and effects and placing them at your finger tips. Macro’s can control any number of parameters from any number of devices, so the feature can be used for creative sound design and sound shaping, as well as a time saving tool to be recalled with your favorite plugins – always have your favorite tools right where you need them.
Modern virtual instruments and effects are constantly becoming more powerful and editing capabilities are getting deeper. This results in plugin user interfaces that can be overwhelming and complex. Now you can create your own faceplates for your favorite plugins allowing you to choose exactly what controls and parameters you want to view and manipulate – even adding different controls not available on the original UI such as X/Y pads. Quickly build an interface with the exact controls you need for your favorite plugs.
The powerful modular ‘rack’ environment in Waveform has become highly revered for its limitless capabilities. Creating complex assemblies of DSP is easy and intuitive, allowing you to focus on the task at hand – whether that be processing a vocal or diving deep into multi instrument sound design. Racks 2.0 takes it to the next level with the addition of the ‘stacked’ view and new auto connection capabilities. Add to this the ability to create custom face plates and macros, and the Rack 2.0 environment just became a whole lot more visual and creative.
The chord track allows you to visually track the musical progressions throughout your arrangement. Paired with the extremely popular MIDI pattern generator, you can quickly experiment with different chords across multiple synchronized MIDI clips.
Track loops are a new way to save multi track data along with a stereo preview clip. The preview clip can be auditioned when browsing your libraries, then expanded to the original multi track format upon adding to your edit – or simply use the preview clip if desired. Recall of complete track setup including plugins, LFO’s, automation etc can be saved as part of the track loop format. Creating your own libraries of content has never been more flexible or convenient.
The MIDI composition tools available in Waveform are designed to empower and inspire the creative process. Tools which demystify complex musical structures and allow non trained enthusiasts to explore composition. Synchronized pattern generators allow you to dive into chord progressions with matching bass lines, melodies and arpeggios. Real time chord players turn one finger keyboard players into musical maestros. Don’t let your instrumental abilities restrict your creative flow.
Waveform features an expanded modular mixer that can take advantage of multi screen setups. The customizable interface allows you to quickly switch from editing to mixing workflows and desired viewing. Waveform’s powerful ‘racks’ environment allow you to build limitless DSP chains and save/recall them as presets, whether it be your favorite DSP for a particular vocalist, or deep sound design patch. Embrace the power and flexibility of digital modular.
Collective is a powerful sampler and synthesizer capable of generating a wide variety of instrument sounds. Developed to accompany the new music composition tools, Collective allows you to immediately start creating diverse musical styles. Quickly select from over 600 presets and deep dive to surgically craft your unique sound. Pull from the included sample library or load your own, combine with synthesis or cherish the supreme quality of traditional samples. One instrument to rule them all.
Waveform is an unlimited app designed for modern music production. Developed to be creative and inspirational and with a minimal learning curve, our goal is to empower music enthusiasts. Unlike other apps, Waveform supports all major plugin and loop varieties and runs on all major desktop operating systems – now including Raspberry Pi. The beautiful user interface has been carefully crafted to guide the user through the deep capabilities of a digital audio workstation. Dive in and start creating today.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
All Tracktion DAWs feature a single screen interface and an ever-growing list of premium features. They’ve been designed specifically for use by musicians, artists and composers in need of a powerful, easy-to-use and affordable recording platform. The differences between T7 and Waveform are shown on the comparison chart.
10.1.0 released 03/23/19
Groove Dr: Fixed a problem with quantisation type not being saved correctly
Recovery: Avoided an issue where a crashed app would linger in the Windows Task Manager
MIDI: Added extract groove from MIDI clip (available from the actions panel or via a shortcut)
Validation: Fixed a problem updating pluginval version on Windows
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