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Waveform Pro introduces the Arranger Track, a remarkably simple yet powerful tool for manipulating regions of your arrangement. Simply create an arrange clip in the arranger track to control the entire region of your arrangement. The arranger track has contemporary features such as magnetic movement, commonly found in video editors, that automatically open and close regions of the arrangement based on your selections. Experimenting with your arrangement and song structure has never been easier.
Edit view setups can now be saved and restored. For example, you can float your mixer panel and use the small transport bar and save this as a view preset. If you want to save a view preset with all side panels closed and just the arrange panel showing you can do that too. Currently you have to save and load view presets with the “Navigation” shortcuts or set up quick actions for them.
Quick Action Bar
The quick action bar is located just above the properties panel or transport bar and can be used to assign any shortcut action including custom macros. It’s quick and easy to add buttons… assign them actions… set names… colors… and then trigger them with one big, clearly labeled button. With the Quick Action Bar you can create multiple workflow templates and quickly switch between them with ease.
Quick Action Window
The quick action window has been designed with touch screens in mind, giving you access to the mixer and a number of quick action bars which can be easily stacked with the click of a button. It’s now possible to set up multiple screens or touch screens so they’re dedicated to specific instruments, plugins or part of the app. These can be saved as a layout preset for recall in future edits.
Most panels in the Edit window can now be individually undocked to put them on different monitors. This includes the arrange, mixer and MIDI editors. Additionally, in the “Appearance” settings page you can now dedicate a monitor to plugin windows. All plugin windows will appear on this monitor to avoid cluttering the main workspace.
The Edit overview allows for rapid navigation of your edit. Almost any window panel can now be undocked (including the mixer and arranger) for ultimate customizability. Custom layouts can be created and saved allowing for the creation of multiple workflow based environments which can be recalled in any Edit. » Play Video
Audio Chord Track
Audio clips can now be set to follow Waveform’s Chord Track. With auto-pitch enabled under loop-properties the auto-pitch mode provides the option of either following the host’s key or chord track. Selecting chord track ensures your audio now locks perfectly with your chord arrangement.
New MIDI Tools
Waveform Pro includes 5 new MIDI tools: Arpegiator, Note repeat, Chord companion, MIDI Monitor, and MIDI Filter.
The Arpegiator offers classic arpeggiation and much more including tight control over both the timing and input.
Note Repeat takes your MIDI notes and repeats them based on the pattern selected and clock settings.
Chord Companion adds to Waveform’s renowned composition tools allowing the user to trigger complex chords with just a single MIDI note.
MIDI Monitor aids analysis and troubleshooting by clearly listing all MIDI events as they occur.
MIDI Filter takes advantage of Waveform’s multi input functionality allowing you to filter out notes and effectively play two instruments with one keyboard.
3rd party plugins are the weak link for any digital audio workstation. Waveform Pro addresses this by implementing plugin sandboxing. Once activated your work environment is protected by keeping plugin crashes contained. Instead of the host closing, the plugin is simply deactivated.
Waveform features a host of user interface and workflow improvements designed to help navigate its deep capabilities. The 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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