T-RackS 3: Pro mastering in your DAW?

T-Racks 3 works standalone and as a plug-in.
T-Racks 3 works standalone and as a plug-in.

IK Multimedia has unveiled T-RackS 3, ending speculation that it might be about to launch a third version of AmpliTube.

MusicRadar predicted last week that IK's guitar amp/effects suite could be about to get an update, but it turns out that it's the company's mixing/mastering solution that's being refreshed.

It looks to be a pretty significant refresh, too: T-RackS 3 includes five new processors, three of which are modelled on vintage analogue gear. There's a compressor/limiter that's based on the Fairchild 670; a tube program EQ that takes its lead from the Pultec EQP-1A; and the Opto compressor-inspired, err, Opto compressor.

The other new processors are a high precision, high definition linear phase equaliser and an intelligent multi-algorithm brickwall limiter. These all join the 'classic' T-RackS processors from the previous version of the software.

Slot machine

T-RackS 3 is a modular solution that contains 12 processing slots. There are two rows of four slots for parallel processing and four final serial slots. A new metering section has been implemented, while the software promises to deliver "pure and transparent" processing throughout the signal path.

Although T-RackS 3 is undoubtedly designed to be used by producers and musicians who know their mastering onions, the inclusion of several style-based presets should mean that pretty much anyone can use it to improve their sound. Indeed, the software as a whole is said to be extremely easy to use.

Available for Mac and PC and supporting the VST, AU and RTAS plug-in formats (it also works standalone), T-RackS 3 will be available in three versions from 10 November.

The full Deluxe package contains all the new processors and costs $499/€379.99/£349; there's a crossgrade for registered IK customers that's available for $299.99/€229.99/£211; while the standard version, which puts just the original T-RackS processors in the new application framework, can be yours for $199.99/€149.99/£139.

Find out more at the IK Multimedia website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.