Anyone who knows me will know that I was a Tracktion fanboy. It was probably the first audio host that I grew a deep appreciation for, and it allowed me to enjoy making music in ways that hadn’t happened before. And this was in the very early days of the software.
I held faithfully to the Tracktion bandwagon, watching it receive almost daily updates, changing the landscape of the host world by refusing to succumb to the traditional interface standards and complicated windows and menu systems that so many other hosts were plagued with. The direct-ness of the software, complete with those silly arrows(if you’ve used Tracktion, you know what I’m talking about!), was unheard of. There was no traditional mixer, no complex interfaces…….it just stayed out of the way.
I then watched, and participated directly, as Mackie took over my beloved Tracktion. Things were going well, and as a beta tester, I was excited. Then it just dropped. Radio silence. Nothing. People were left to wonder exactly what was going on. Even those “in the know”, really didn’t know anything.
Years passed, and it became apparent that Mackie decided it was not worth putting resources into any more. As far as myself or anyone could see, Tracktion was dead. And as a result, the world passed it by. New technologies and operating systems were released, and Tracktion no longer was a staple in my audio production workflow.
Then came Tracktion 4. Out of nowhere, it was announced that the original developer, Julian Storer, along with select members of the former Mackie team and others, were raising Tracktion from the dead, making it more “modern” and moving the vision forward. And I, after all these years, am beaming.
Tracktion 4, which you can find out more about here, is not much of a feature update. Really, it’s designed merely to bring Tracktion into the modern world with 64-bit support, WASAPI support(a VERY underrated technology, equivalent to the OSX Core Audio system), and more. New features are said to be coming once they can get Tracktion to where it needs to be engine-wise.
I’ll be watching, and it’s very likely that I’ll be finding ways to re-introduce Tracktion into my workflow. It’s always great to see an old friend return.