Tracktion Waveform Free is a free DAW that offers few restrictions and many features. For zero financial outlay. With the new functions that the manufacturer has put into the Waveform Free 2021 update that’s just become available, this free DAW is getting even better.
Tracktion Waveform Free 2021
In contrast to many other free DAWs and ‘light’ versions, Waveform Free does not have any major restrictions – most importantly, you can use an unlimited number of tracks and plug-ins. As many as your setup can handle, anyway. The software is also notable for running on platforms such as Linux and the Raspberry Pi.
With the update, Tracktion is bringing new functionality and performance improvements. For example, the new welcome screen lets you access and configure audio devices, project templates, and tutorials at a glance. Tracktion also shows the latest product information there. The editing of clips is aided by features such as Range Selection, Ripple Delete, and Heal (Consolidate) Silence. The Dedicated Step Clip Editor also simplifies programming.
Meanwhile, Action panels let you save the most frequently used editing operations to fire them up at any time with a click of the mouse. That sounds very practical. Further along, MIDI typing enables note input from your computer keyboard. That was overdue and is of course particularly helpful if you don’t have a MIDI controller.
In addition, there are the usual performance improvements and bug fixes as well as delay compensation. This meaningful update shows Tracktion is going strong. It’s quite amazing what you can accomplish without paying a penny for software these days.
Waveform Free 2021 runs on Windows 8 and 10, macOS (11.11 or newer), Linux (Ubuntu 18.04) and Raspberry Pi (Raspbian 10).
LANDR Sessions is a new tool from the online mastering service LANDR. It’s basically a free plug-in for any DAW which you can place on the master track to stream audio and collaborate over video chat with others. And the best part is you don’t have to pay anything for the basic functionality. However, if you want a little more out of the plug-in, you have to purchase LANDR’s inexpensive subscription.
Online collaboration has become especially important amidst the global pandemic. LANDR Sessions has a relatively simple concept – load the plug-in onto your DAW’s master bus and you can start an online session straight away. The people you are collaborating with get to see your DAW and hear what comes out of it in high enough quality. You can have voice and video chat at the same time, which enables direct communication.
However, you cannot record musicians remotely or have them engage inside your DAW. Some DAWs like Cubase offer that kind of functionality, but engineering a plug-in to do that across all DAWs on all platforms is a tall order. But even in its present form, the plug-in is quite useful. For example, you can listen to your singer recording themselves over an instrumental and give them immediate feedback via video. Or simply share beautiful musical moments with your band mates and collaborators.
The developer sees other potential areas of application like online lessons, for example – others can play, sing along and produce with the stream.
Price and availability
In the free version, you can chat with up to 6 people and have 15 minutes of audio streaming. For a little under EUR 4 per month, you can chat with up to 16 people and stream unlimited audio.
Tracktion Corporation has upgraded Waveform Free, its award-winning free DAW. Waveform Free was released in early 2020, and it somewhat changed the rules on what to expect from a free DAW. So much so that we chose to list it as the best free DAW available. If you aren’t already familiar with Waveform Free, it’s […]
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