Albeit T5 is currently considered the ‘entry’ version of their DAW software, you have to remember that it is only a couple of years old and is a fully working version. Tracktion have now made this version free, and without any limitations. What’s more, for this weekend only, with T5 downloaded for free you will qualify for the T7 $30 upgrade.
Well, if anyone is looking for a free DAW, then here’s a very good one to consider. Tracktion have been developing their DAW on and off for 13 years, and T5 is simply one of the recent-ish versions from 2014. The fact that they’re still developing it and are now on T7, shows it has had a lot of serious input over the years.
It might not be the most beautiful user interface. One of its drawbacks is the lack of a mixer window, but it functions well. Many users actually commend Tracktion on the single-window layout and I guess this is something you would get used too. Most importantly, though, this is a full version of a once-sold DAW without any limitations added. If something’s free, you can’t really complain, can you. It even comes with some plugins included and will work with your third party plugins too.
Whilst this DAW probably won’t suit the everyday professional engineer or musician, anyone who’s working by themselves and isn’t concerned with collaboration might find this is a great option. However, even at the professional end of the market, there’s still a call for these kinds of DAW’s. I myself have downloaded a copy already, for the simple reason to own a DAW with an unlimited channel count. Although I adore Pro Tools, there are limitations which occasionally throw up frustrating scenarios. For example, I record many multi-channel live concerts. These easily go over the 32 channel count that Pro Tools tops out at, for tracking at any one time.
I’ve managed to download and install the software without any problems at all. However, according to this KVR forum page, there are a handful of people who have struggled with the licensing. Perhaps these issues have already been resolved, but well worth a try if you ask me. You’ll never know when something like this might become a useful tool.
For more information visit the Tracktion T5 webpage, and download your free copy now. If you like what you see, then don’t forget for this weekend only, you can upgrade to the latest T7 for only 30 USD.
Here’s a video from last year demonstrating T5 and the new features it brought. This video is hosted on YouTube by the Tracktion Software channel: