Guide to Tracktion T6
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Completed on 2015-11-22

About the Book

"Guide to Tracktion T6" is a completely new book covering the essential workflows of the T6 DAW. The book has 37 chapters covering the essential workflows in Tracktion. While it’s not an official manual, I worked closely with the Tracktion developers while researching and writing the book. 

I think there is valuable information in this book that you won’t find anywhere else!  

CHAPTERS:

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Installing Tracktion

Chapter 3 - Installing the Demo Projects

Chapter 4 - Audio Device Setup

Chapter 5 - Basic Navigation

Chapter 6 - The Settings Tab

Chapter 7 - Getting Help

Chapter 8 - The Edit Tab

Chapter 9 - The Browser

Chapter 10 - Using Markers

Chapter 11 - Selecting and Snapping

Chapter 12 - Audio Clips and Editing Audio

Chapter 13 - Working With Loops

Chapter 14 - Keyboard Shortcuts

Chapter 15 - Recording Audio

Chapter 16 - Recording Overdubs

Chapter 17 - Clean-up Editing

Chapter 18 - Warp Time

Chapter 19 - Loop Recording

Chapter 20 - Comping

Chapter 21 - Using an Amp Simulator Plugin

Chapter 22 - MIDI Setup

Chapter 23 - MIDI Recording

Chapter 24 - MIDI Loop Recording

Chapter 25 - MIDI Editing

Chapter 26 - Quantizing MIDI Notes

Chapter 27 - Step Clips

Chapter 28 - Scanning Plugins

Chapter 29 - Using Plugins

Chapter 30 - Built-in Effects Plugins

Chapter 31 - Effects Bus Tracks

Chapter 32 - Clip Effects

Chapter 33 – Folder Tracks

Chapter 34 – Submix Tracks

Chapter 35 - Automation

Chapter 36 - Mixing Down

Chapter 37 - Keyboard Macros

About the Author

Bill Edstrom
Bill Edstrom

Bill Edstrom's tutorial videos  are featured on the Tracktion website. He also created the full Tracktion 5 Explained video tutorial series for Groove 3 and Tracktion Plugin Racks Explained. He is a respected author of both video tutorials and books on computer recording technology. 

His other books include:

  • Studio One for Engineers & Producers - Hal Leonard Books
  • The Power in Cakewalk SONAR - Hal Leonard Books

His Groove 3 video series include:

  • Studio One 2 Explained
  • Studio One 2 Advanced
  • Studio One Comping Explained
  • Mixing with SONAR X1
  • Waves Musicians 2 Explained
  • Izotope Ozone 4 Explained
  • And many more!

Table of Contents

  • Thank You!
  • About This Book
    • This Book is Self Published
    • About Lean Publishing
    • A Few Words About Tracktion
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
    • What’s in the Book?
    • What’s Not Covered in this Book?
    • Tracktion Videos
    • Setting Tracktion Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Is Tracktion the Software or the Company?
    • Modifier Keys Conventions
    • Assigning the Duplicate Command to the Keyboard
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 2 - Installing Tracktion T6
    • Your Tracktion Account
    • Should I Install 32-bit or 64-bit?
    • Mac OS X Installation
    • Windows Installation
    • Linux Installation
    • Running Tracktion for the First Time
    • Pop-up Help
    • Installing Melodyne Essential
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 3 - Installing the Demo Projects
    • Establish a Tracktion Projects Folder
    • Download the Demos
    • Unpack the Demo Archive Files
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 4 - Audio Device Setup
    • Audio Device Setup Setup on Mac
    • Audio Device Setup in Windows
    • Choosing the Audio Interface
    • Setting the Sample Rate
    • Testing for Audio Playback
    • About Latency
    • Managing Latency
    • Calibrating Input Latency Compensation
    • Other Audio Device Settings
    • Resetting to the Defaults
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 5 - Basic Navigation
    • Tabs and Menus
    • Pop-up Help
    • Roll-over Help
    • Creating a Project
    • Opening the Edit
    • The Edit Tab
    • Basic Navigation
    • Zooming In and Out
    • Positioning the Cursor
    • Changing the Tempo
    • Changing Tempo at a Specific Bar
    • Offsetting and Scaling the Tempo Curve
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 6 - The Settings Tab
    • Audio Devices Page
    • MIDI Devices Page
    • Plugins Page
    • General Behaviour Page
    • Other Settings
    • Keyboard Shortcuts Page
    • Loop Database Page
    • Control Surfaces Page
    • Marketplace
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 7 - Getting Help
    • Pop-up Help
    • Roll-over Help
    • Keyboard Shortcut List
    • Tracktion Videos
    • Tracktion Forums
    • Tracktion Support
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 8 - The Edit Tab
    • The Parts of a Tracktion Edit
    • The Browser
    • The Arrangement
    • Timeline
    • The Track Section
    • Clips
    • The Mixer
    • The Controls Panel
    • The Menu Section
    • Properties Section
    • Master Section
    • Master Section Buttons
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 9 - The Browser
    • Browser Files Tab
    • Browser Presets Tab
    • Using Presets
    • Applying Presets
    • Tracks Tab
    • Search Tab
    • Notifications Tab
    • Markers Tab
    • Clipboard Tab
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 10 - Using Markers
    • In-marker & Out-marker
    • Navigate Using the In-marker & Out-marker
    • Zooming to the In-marker/Out-marker
    • Looping Playback Over the marked region
    • Auto Punch and the marked region
    • The Marker Track
    • Adding Markers
    • Marker Clip Properties
    • Navigating by Markers
    • The Browser Markers Tab
    • Renumbering Markers
    • Adjust Markers (Wave File Markers)
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 11 - Selecting and Snapping
    • Selecting a Clip
    • Auditioning a Clip
    • Selecting Multiple Clips
    • Shift-Selecting Clips
    • Deselecting Clips
    • Using Snap-to-Grid
    • Enable/Disable Snap-to-Grid
    • About Snap Resolution
    • Snapping Clips to the Grid
    • Snapping the Cursor to the Grid
    • Snapping Clips to Other Clips
    • Overriding Snap-to-Grid
    • Nudging Clips
    • Nudging Notes
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 12 - Audio Clips and Editing Audio
    • Parts of an Audio Clip
    • Moving Clips
    • Deleting Clips
    • Audio Clip Handles
    • Splitting a Clip
    • Duplicating Clips
    • Fade-in/Fade-out
    • Pitch Fade
    • Crossfades
    • Drag Crossfade
    • Edge Fades
    • Copy and Paste
    • Clip Gain, Mute, & Pan
    • Reversing Audio Clips
    • Merging Clips to One Clip
    • Deleting a Section of Audio Removing Space
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 13 - Working With Loops
    • Getting Loops Into Tracktion
    • Setting the Edit Tempo
    • Dragging Loops to a Track
    • Dragging in Multiple Clips from the Browser
    • Looping the Loop
    • Duplicating Clips
    • Loop Properties
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 14 - Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Keyboard Shortcuts Page
    • Setting a Keyboard Shortcut
    • Changing a Keyboard Shortcut
    • Saving Keyboard Shortcuts to a File
    • Loading Keyboard Shortcuts from a File
    • Printing a List of Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 15 - Recording Audio
    • Configure the Input
    • The Input Object
    • Customizing Input Names Globally
    • Customizing Input Names for an Edit
    • About MIDI Inputs
    • Setting Up Inputs for Multi-track Recording
    • Number of Inputs
    • Enable a Track for Recording
    • Hit Record
    • Enable Recording for All Inputs at Once
    • Input Meters
    • Dragging the Input Object Track to Track
    • Renaming a Track
    • Recording Steps in Review
    • Working with the Click
    • Enabling the Click Track
    • Listening on Headphones While Recording
    • Live Input Monitoring
    • If at First You Don’t Succeed
    • Abort Record and Delete the Take
    • Recording a Stereo Signal
    • Retrospective Record
    • Safe-Record Mode
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 16 - Recording Overdubs
    • Set up the Drum Loop
    • Get Ready to Record
    • Record the Rhythm Guitar Part
    • Doubling the Rhythm Guitar
    • Overdub a Bassline
    • Rename Tracks
    • Adding Additional Tracks
    • Rearranging Tracks
    • Adjust the Mix
    • Moving on
  • Chapter 17 - Clean-up Editing
    • Trimming
    • Correcting Small Timing Problems
    • Correcting Timing by Slip Editing
    • Fade-outs
    • Stretch an Ending Note
    • Fixing Clicks at the Edit Points
    • Rendering to a Single Audio Clip
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 18 - Warp Time
    • Warp Time Mode
    • The Warp Time Editor
    • Working with Warp Points
    • Warp Points and Snapping
    • Limitations of Warp Time editing
    • Time Stretch Algorithm
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 19 - Loop Recording
    • Getting into Loop Recording Mode
    • Loop Recording Step-by-Step
    • Selecting the Best Take
    • Unpacking Takes to Tracks
    • Moving on
  • Chapter 20 - Comping
    • Copy Your Edit
    • Comping Takes
    • Flatten Comp
    • Setting up a Comp Group
    • Comping Tracks Using a Comp Group
    • Comp Group Editor
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 21 - Using an Amp Simulator Plugin
    • Setting Up the Track
    • Recording with the Amp Sim
    • Managing Latency
    • Speed of Sound Through Air
    • Dialing in the Guitar Tone
    • Using a Tuner Plugin
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 22 - MIDI Setup
    • MIDI Drivers
    • Setup MIDI Inputs
    • Naming MIDI Inputs/Outputs
    • Disabling Unused MIDI Inputs
    • Configuring the Track
    • Insert a Synth Plugin
    • Using a Virtual Keyboard
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 23 - MIDI Recording
    • Setting up a Track
    • Recording a MIDI Performance
    • Playing Back a MIDI Performance
    • Piano Roll View
    • MIDI Record Modes - The Action Property
    • MIDI Input Quantize
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 24 - MIDI Loop Recording
    • Loop Recording in Merge Mode
    • Recording to Prepare for MIDI Comping
    • Comping MIDI Takes
    • Flattening the Composite to a Single Clip
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 25 - MIDI Editing
    • Trimming MIDI Clips
    • Moving MIDI Clips
    • Moving a MIDI Clip Track to Track
    • Slip Editing MIDI Clips
    • Reframing a MIDI Clip
    • Splitting a MIDI Clip
    • The MIDI Note Editor
    • Setting the Number of Octaves
    • Mouse Wheel Options for MIDI Editing
    • Basic MIDI Editing - Pitch
    • Per Note Automation
    • Nudging Notes
    • Note Length
    • Snapping During Note Editing
    • Copying and Duplicating Notes
    • Adjusting Pitch and Velocity in the Properties Section
    • Note Start, Length, & End
    • The Pencil Tool
    • The Eraser Tool
    • The Line Tool
    • Note Colors
    • Selecting Multiple Notes
    • Editing the Note Velocity
    • Step Entry Mode
    • Hearing Notes While Editing
    • The Velocity Editor
    • Editing other Controller Data
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 26 - Quantizing MIDI Notes
    • How to Quantize
    • Quantizing Note Lengths
    • Quantizing with Groove
    • Defining Groove Templates
    • Complex Groove Templates
    • Managing Groove Templates
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 27 - Step Clips
    • Step Clips Overview
    • Inserting a Step Clip Into the Edit
    • Programming a Drum Beat with a Step Clip
    • Step Clip Properties
    • The Step Clip Footer
    • Pattern Options
    • Step Clip Pattern Actions
    • Step Clip Section Actions
    • Step Clip Channel Properties
    • Step Clip Channel Actions
    • Deleting a Channel
    • Velocity Gate Editor
    • Looping Step Clips
    • Render a Step Clip to MIDI
    • Step Clip Presets
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 28 - Scanning Plugins
    • Scanning Plugins
    • 64-Bit Versus 32-Bit Plugins
    • Sorting the Plugins List
    • Setting the Style of the Plugin Object
    • Building a Custom Plugin Selector
    • Opening Plugin Windows
    • Pinning Plugin Windows
    • Setting Tags
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 29 - Using Plugins
    • The Mixer
    • Adjusting the Size of the Mixer Section
    • Working with Plugins
    • Assigning a Quick Control Parameter
    • Third-Party Plugins
    • Searching for Plugins
    • Using Master Plugins
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 30 - Built-in Effects Plugins
    • Tracktion Effects
    • Volume & Pan Plugin
    • Level Meter
    • The 4-Band Equalizer
    • Reverb
    • Delay
    • Chorus
    • The Phaser
    • The Compressor/Limiter
    • Pitch Shifter
    • The Low/High-Pass Filter
    • Text Plugin
    • Saving Presets
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 31 - Effects Bus Tracks
    • Create the Bus Track
    • Adding the Effect Plugin
    • Aux Return Plugin
    • Adding Aux Sends to the Channels
    • Adjusting the Send Level
    • Assigning the Aux Bus
    • Solo Isolate
    • Effects Bus Track Presets
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 32 - Clip Effects
    • Inserting Plugins on Clips
    • Removing Clip Plugins
    • Creative Uses
    • Echo Throw Example
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 33 – Folder Tracks
    • Creating a Folder Track
    • Working with Folder Tracks
    • The Folder Track VCA
    • Editing With Folder Tracks
    • Automating a Fade within a Folder Track
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 34 - Submix Tracks
    • Creating a Submix Track
    • Working with Submix Tracks
    • Creating an Old School Submix Track
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 35 - Automation
    • Activating Automation on a Track
    • Choosing What to Automate
    • Adding Points to the Automation Curve
    • Automating Fade-ins and Fade-outs
    • Converting a Clip Fade-in or Fade-out to Automation
    • Reading Automation
    • Automation Curve Properties
    • How to Find Out What Automation is Active for a Track
    • Remap on Tempo Change
    • Writing Automation on the Fly
    • Automation Lock
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 36 - Mixing Down
    • Master Section Processing
    • Exporting to a WAV File
    • Locating the Exported File
    • Exporting to an MP3 File
    • Additional Render Properties
    • Moving On
  • Chapter 37 - Macros
    • Script Editor
    • Creating a Macro
    • Deleting a Macro
    • Programming a Macro
    • Running a Macro
    • Javascript Programming
    • Hover Tooltip
    • RTZ Macro Example
    • Merge Clips Macro Example
    • Importing and Exporting Macros
    • TSC Code Samples
    • My Code Samples
    • Moving On
  • Video Links

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