Guide to Tracktion T7
Guide to Tracktion T7
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Guide to Tracktion T7

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Completed on 2016-11-06

About the Book

"Guide to Tracktion T7" is a new edition of the book "Guide to Tracktion T6." While it is very similar to the original book, it has been revised and expanded to cover the new features in T7. This book covers all the core workflows you need to get up and running with T7.

Note: New feature coverage starts at Chapter 38.

Keep in mind this is not the not an official manual. Despite that I continue to work closely with the Tracktion Software team to make it as accurate as possible. This book is does not cover 100% of features of the Tracktion DAW.

Also note that most of the graphics in the book were created using the T6 version. I expect don't plan to update the graphics to the new look unless it is significantly inconsistent with the operation of Tracktion. There are over 500 images in the book and doing a full update would delay book release by months.I suggest you refrain from doing a full printout because a new revision to the book will likely be released the next day! But of course, that's up to you.

If you find typos or misleading text, feel free to contact me through Leanpub. I always appreciate the help. 

The following T7 new features are covered in the book:

  • New UI Look
  • Compact Toolbar
  • Browser Position - Left, Right, or Top
  • Multiple Synced Browser Panes
  • New Zoom Tool
  • Project Tab - Three Column View
  • Project Tab - Edit Previews
  • Project Tab - Get Demo Songs
  • Drag to Set In-Marker & Out-Marker
  • Auto Show Panels
  • Visual Plugin Selector
  • Group Clips
  • Linked Clips
  • Automation Patterns
  • Plugin Sidechain
  • First Run Setup
  • Scroll Behaviour
  • Track LFOs
  • Clip Layer Effects
  • Enhannced Plugin Racks
  • CloudBounce Mastering

I am a big fan of the Leanpub concept where we get the information out fast so it can be used while the software is new. With traditional publishing the book comes out months too late. With Leanpub, we get it out fast but it's not perfect or complete at launch. If that bothers you, then wait until you see this book transitions to 100% complete. After that point, revisions will be much less frequent.

I know there is valuable information in this book for anyone who is using the Tracktion DAW, learning it, or considering it. 

Release Notes:

  • As of November 2016 I consider teh book complete. I will make revisions or corrects if issue discovered or reported.
  • The book is based on the first edition "Guide to Tracktion T6." I have added new sections, chapters, and edited all the text to be consistent with the latest release of T7. That said, many of the images are carried over from the T6 book In key areas, images and figures have been updated when T7 is significantly different from the previous version.
  • Chapter 38 covers what's new in T7 feature by feature. This the place to start if you already familiar with T6.
  • New: Chapter 39 - Visual Plugin Selector
  • New: Chapter 40 - Track LFOs
  • New: Chapter 41 - Clip Layer Effects
  • New: Appendix B- Interview with Tracktion Creator Julian Storer

About the Author

Table of Contents

  •  
    • Thank You!
    • About This Book
      • Tracktion DAW Second Edition
      • DON’T PRINT WARNING!
      • This Book is Self Published
      • About Lean Publishing
      • A Few Words About Tracktion
    • Chapter 1 - Introduction
      • What’s New in Tracktion T7
      • 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 T7
      • 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
      • Project Tab - Get Demo Songs
      • 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
      • Quick Start Guide
      • 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
      • Edit with Melodyne
      • 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
      • Set Up the 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 & Note Height
      • 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 Properties
      • 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
    • Chapter 38 - New in Tracktion T7
      • New Interface Look
      • Compact Toolbar
      • Working with Properties in Compact Mode
      • Keyboard Shortcut to Toggle the Toolbar
      • Browser Position
      • Multiple Browser Panes
      • Synchronized Previews
      • Zoom Tool
      • Project Tab - Three Column View
      • Project Tab - Edit Previews
      • Project Tab - Get Demo Songs
      • Drag to Set In-marker & Out-marker
      • Auto Show Panels
      • Visual Plugin Selector
      • Group Clips
      • Linked Clips
      • Automation Patterns
      • Automation Ramps
      • Plugin Sidechains
      • First Run Setup Progress
      • Scroll Behaviour
      • Track LFOs
      • Clip Layer Effects
      • Updated Plugin Racks
      • Mastering with CloudBounce
      • Moving on
    • Chapter 39 - Visual Plugin Selector
      • Using the Visual Plugin Selector
      • Determining Plugin Technology
      • Customizing the Thumbnail Image
      • Scanning to Capture Thumbnails
      • Opening Visual Plugin Selector with a Shortcut
      • Moving On
    • Chapter 40 - Track LFOs
      • Inserting a Track LFO
      • Track LFO Properties
      • Other Properties
      • Removing LFO Assignments
      • Video Tutorial
      • Moving On
    • Chapter 41 - Clip Layer Effects
      • Volume - Volume
      • Volume - Fade
      • Volume - Step
      • Time/Pitch - Pitch Shift
      • Time/Pitch - Tape Stop/Start (Pitch Fade)
      • Time/Pitch - Warp Time
      • Effects - Plugin Layer
      • Effects - Reverse Clip Layer
      • Mastering - Normalise Layer
      • Mastering - Mono Layer
      • Mastering - Phase Invert Layer
      • Moving On
    • Appendix A - Video Links
      • Creating a Tempo Map
      • Punch In/Out on the fly
      • Tracktion Compressor Sidechain
      • Track Tags
      • Automation Improvements
      • Insert Plugin
      • Creating a Submix
      • Basic Audio Editing
      • Warp Time
      • Pitch Fade
      • Comp Groups
      • Merge Selected Clips
      • Step Clips Overview
      • Step Clips Velocity/Gate
      • Step Clips Randomize Each Step
      • Step Clips Groove
      • Step Clips Route Channels to Different Synths
      • Drag to Set the In-marker and Out-marker
      • Track LFOs Demonstration
      • Sync Preview with Multiple Browsers
      • How to Invoke Melodyne
      • Automation Patterns and Ramps
    • Appendix B - Interview with Tracktion Creator Julian Storer
  • Notes

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