Tracktion DAW Lives!

2013 NAMM ShowMackie has announced the sale and transition of Tracktion Music Production Software to the Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC) – a startup company led by Julian ‘Jules’ Storer, the creator of Tracktion.

A lack of recent updates had led some Tracktion users to assume it had been discontinued. Now, Storer has teamed up with former ‘Mackoids’ James ‘Woody’ Woodburn and Dave Christenson to form TSC, and they have released an update to the DAW, Tracktion 4.

“We are proud to announce not only the acquisition of Tracktion Music Production Software, but that Tracktion 4 is available immediately,” remarked James Woodburn of Tracktion Software Corporation. “New and existing users can download the powerful new software today and start working on their next project.” Continue reading

New DAW Control App Released For iPad

Wiksnet has released DAW Control – a new wireless DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) controller app for the iPad.

DAW Control is optimized for Apple Logic and Ableton Live, but it supports Logic Control and Mackie Control protocols.

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Mackie Onyx Blackjack v3.0 Driver Update ‘A Freaking Happy Occasion’

Reader aymat (Joel Carlo) wrote in to let us know that Mackie has released updated drivers for the Onyx Blackjack that finally deliver on the device’s promise:

For the thousands of Onyx Blackjack users on the Windows platform who have had nothing but frustration for the last 2 years since Mackie released it back in 2010, today is a freaking happy occasion. I’m sure those users who all but gave up on getting this little audio interface to work would be extremely happy to know that the new drivers are available and stable as hell :)

Carlo also posted a quick review of the update on his site.

2012 Winter NAMM Show Wrap Up

The 2012 NAMM Show is over – and we’re depressed and relieved.

The Winter NAMM Show is one of the most exciting events of the year, at least in terms of new gear, for musicians.

But, for anyone that hopes to cover the event, it also represents 5 days of relentless work…. and it comes with the reality that you can’t hope to cover it all.

We’ve covered many of the show highlights, over the last few days, including:

That’s right: there were five new synth introductions – in the second half of the show, alone!

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The Mackie DL1608 iPad Mixer Promo Video Will Blow Your Mind

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Mackie’s got a new mixer out – the Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control. That’s pretty awesome – but their acid trip promo video may be even better.

Here’s what they have to say about the video:

See what happens when the sound guy for the Portland band Vanimal is introduced to the new Mackie DL1608. It’s a trip!

There were a lot of questionable iPad music introductions at this year’s NAMM Show, but it looks like the Mackie iPad mixer design does a great job of taking advantage of the capabilities you get with the iPad and pairing it with complementary hardware. Instead of paying for a bajillion faders and switches, you control the mixer with the iPad’s touchscreen. But this also means that you can control the mixer from anywhere in the iPad’s wireless range, making it easy to mix from the audience’s perspective.

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Secrets Of The Black Eyed Peas, With Musical Director Printz Board

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Above, Black Eyed Peas Musical Director Printz Board gives a video tour of his live performance rig for BEP shows.

He discusses keyboard setup (including a Novation, Moog, Roland Juno-G, and Yamaha Motif), mixer, stereo monitors, bass amp, trumpet, and some of the things that you wouldn’t see on most gigs.

He’s got a talk-back mic to communicate with anyone in the crew in their in-ears. He also has a little TV screen that shows him any angle of the stage, and he can alert whomever necessary about potential problems, so that each cue happens at the right time and the show goes smoothly from song to song. Continue reading