Artists & Community

Richard Devine

Google / Warp Records / Schematic Records
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“Waverazor’s synthesis approach is very unique in that you can splice almost any combination of multi-shape waveforms, and multiply, degrade, destroy or mutate them with a wide variety of different parameters. The sounds are very organic and interesting. I honestly can say there are some sounds I created with this instrument that I have never heard before.”

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Avalanche Studios

Just Cause / Mad Max / Renegade Ops

“One of the really unique aspects of Waverazor is the ability to create communicative sounds, be it really tactile, tech UI stuff or actually routing an audio input through the synthesiser itself to create a lot more complex soundscapes.”

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Shadoe

Independent Music Artist / Shadoemusic.com

“All my records start with one thing, and that is Waveform 10. The flawlessness of the audio engine and smooth workflow has been so reliable over the years I have never switched to another DAW…ever! A fan since Tracktion 2, with the top notch sound quality, audio engine, and editing while recording, you will be making complete recordings faster then you can release them. Waveform and Tracktion has brought my wildest dreams to reality, and I will never use anything else for my records…EVER!!!.”

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MG The Future

Music Producer / Educator / mgthefuture.com

“For the price point and feature set, nothing comes close to Waveform. I was able to get up and running in no time, and was pleasantly surprised with the musical toolset, often overlooked by other DAWs.”

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Jörg Hüttner

Fifty Shades of Grey / Independence Day / Total Recall
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“The new granular oscillator in BioTek 2 adds a lot of variety to an already versatile soft synthesizer. The user sample capability of the granular oscillator makes BioTek 2 a formidable weapon for film, trailer, and TV composition. This combined with the nearly endless modulation options BioTek offered from the start, and being able to use more than one granular oscillator at a time puts its granular synthesis into a completely different league.”

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Mark Mothersbaugh’s Mutato Muzika

The Lego Movie / Windows / Samsung

On Tracktion’s BioTek
“I don’t think people understand just how deep this plugin is..”
John Enroth – Composer Mutato

“It’s unique…. when you’re looking for something different this is the go to synth”
Albert Fox – Composer Mutato Muzika

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Thomas Ragsdale

HyperNormalisation / Telefon Tel Aviv / Daniel Lanois

“I’m a total vintage nerd and one of the things I’m always looking out for are VSTs that not only pay tribute to the originals, but also add a little something else to their sound. I’ve been using the RetroMods a lot and I honestly can’t tell these apart from the originals. They even behave similarly almost like they have their own circuits. Everything is laid out very nicely and intuitively in their interfaces so that you can quickly grab a control and sweep up a filter or ramp up some ring mod. The FAT plugin is my favourite, which as you can probably imagine is indeed FAT.”

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Hernan Calvo Pardo

Geoff Emerick / Carajo / Professor at UNTreF

“When I first came across Waveform I thought it was interesting. After using it for a while, I realized it’s awesome! The workflow is very powerful and intuitive. The audio engine sounds great, it’s very stable and runs smoothly. Plus, being able to create your own shortcuts and macros, is a very friendly way to adapt to the system if you are coming from another DAW.”

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Community Spotlight

Each month we indulge in a little Q&A with our customers and put them in the spotlight. This month we’re talking with Andrew Shields (Drifting Cosmic Jellyfish).

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Hi Andrew, tell us a little about yourself and your musical background

Beginning to record multi-track recordings in 1988, when I purchased the Tascam “Porta One” 4-track cassette recorder, I was thinking of adding some sound-tracks to accompany a painting exhibition, and it went from there. I am mainly a guitar and keyboard based musician, and these early recordings are a mix of Alt-Rock and experiments in Ambient Music.

In the mid 1990s I bought an Atari, which had a cracked version of Cubase (1.01) and laughing a bit now, I can truly say I was 10 years behind the times! However using MIDI sequencing was a mind opener, and so much fun. I ended up with a whole bunch of late 1980s PSM (largely) sound-modules, units like the Roland U110, Kawai K1r, and the Alesis HR-16, but I can still remember the first module I bought, which was the Roland MT-32, but was so disappointed when I found out that the sounds on this unit couldn’t really be edited, except in some very arcane way!

In the late 1990s I got into the Roland MC-500, and the whole “Groovebox” phenomena, and used to team this up with a Tascam reel to reel (4-track) and it wasn’t until my father purchased an iMac (desktop) powerhouse that I finally entered the world of MIDI and audio in the one box, so to speak!

In terms of musical styles and influences, I tend to be more on the Ambient side of Electronica, and really love the masterful music of artists like Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, and many others! I would also say that I am hugely influenced by The Beatles, and 60s music in general, particularly the “Sgt Peppers” era of Pop production coming out at the time.

I discovered Psy-Trance some time in the mid 1990s, and this too has been a huge influence on me, and most of the music on the Platypus label has been inspiring.

What inspires you to create and produce music?

I must say right off the bat, that using Tracktion Waveform, has been a huge inspiration, I love how I can zoom in on a waveform, using the mouse-wheel, and this feature alone makes Tracktion the DAW of choice for me! I really like the Chord Key Generation function, as well as the things like Step Edit, and how you can group tracks in any area of the tracks!

I must say that I still find a mix of hardware synths, keyboards, guitars, percussion and any instrument at hand, is for me the most inspiring, but I find the amazing soft-synths and effects that are available now are very inspiring to use as well, and I love how the quickly I can set up interesting synth and effect chains in Tracktion!

I find with some tracks, particularly ones I am struggling with, its best to move onto new tracks, then re-visit them after a time. Sometimes its good to do something completely different to music for a while too, some visual art, Acrylic paintings and watercolors, drawings…..etc

This can re-link the thought processes that can help the track/s along, heading for completion!

When did you start using Tracktion products and how do they compliment your workflow?

I have been using Tracktion since about version 7, and I think I may have read a review of Tracktion in “Computer Music” magazine, and liked what I read, so I gave it a go, an dwas amazed that a DAW of this magnitude was so inexpensive. I love how Tracktion Waveform works for me when I create, everything is easy to navigate, I can zoom in on wave-form’s using my mouse-wheel, unlike other DAWs that insist on using awkward side bars. Finding loops and auditioning them are also easy in Tracktion, as is track grouping, track bouncing, adding effects, and the like. I just love the work flow with Tracktion Waveform!

What’s the number one Tracktion feature or workflow that you couldn’t live without?

The “wave-form” zoom using the mouse, is the best feature for me, as I tend to work with audio wave forms a lot, altering audio parts to create dynamics in any given track. The chord generation function is really good too, as is the Melodyne plugin, that is really helpful and amazing to use as well. I really like the Step Edit function too, and auditioning loops is a breeze with Tracktion.

Tell us about some of the projects you’ve been working on recently.

I have been working on some “Synth Wave” style tracks recently, and doing this has re-connected me to some of the amazing music from the early 1970s (onward) coming out of Germany by Kraftwerk, Cluster and Can!

What else would you like to share with the Tracktion community?

I feel that the present tracks I’ve been working on will (maybe) become an album release some time soon. Ive been working under the name of “Drifting Cosmic Jellyfish” and I used to contribute to the (now defunct) free mp3 artist site “mp3unsigned” as “DNA Codex” which is a name I used for around 10 years, and may return too at some time in the future.

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