"Say hello to a new, inspiring workflow": Tracktion adds clip launching and Wavetable Synth to Waveform Pro 13 update

Over recent updates, Tracktion Waveform Pro has become the DAW you didn’t know you should be using, but its latest version could seal the deal, with familiar clip launching and a new wavetable synth promising to draw in newcomers and increase its user base. 

When we reviewed v12, the last major update to Tracktion Waveform, we concluded that it was “at the top of the cross platform DAW pile”. It is a Mac, PC, and Linux DAW with one of the best free versions around, but the latest update looks like being its most significant, with Ableton-style clip launching being the now ‘must-have' feature which an increasing number of DAWs boast. 

Waveform Pro 13

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Ableton might have started the clip-launch party, but other big names like Logic Pro and Bitwig Studio have crashed it, all bringing their cheap 2-litre bottles of cider to a house party that the DAW police must surely bust soon. 

The Waveform Pro 13 version, then, could be seen as an obvious update, but something about its integration with the arranger window makes it look somewhat neater in our book. If we were to maintain that 'party' analogy, then, it's like the cooler kid has arrived late, but they are dressed in the latest killer combat slacks, and everyone at the party is going 'wow'. Ok, maybe… 

Waveform Pro 13's take on clip launching lets you record and edit MIDI and audio clips on a grid and use a number of different sequencer actions to play and perform with them. You can choose to pre-arrange these actions and set probability levels so move towards more random events if you wish. 

As with other DAWs, all of your live performances can be recorded – in this case using Performance Recording – and edited in an arranger window after the event, which, like we say, seems more handily placed than in most DAWs.

To go with the new clip launching feature, Tracktion has announced support for Ableton Link and a range of MIDI controllers from Novation and Akai.

Waveform Pro 13

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The other big update to Waveform Pro is a wavetable synth called, handily, Wavetable which has two wavetable oscillators, and a sub and noise oscillator. There are 150 included wavetables and the option to import your own WAVs and Serum wavetables. The synth has five effect slots that can be re-ordered and also includes plenty of modulation features.

Waveform Pro not only runs on a wide range of platforms, but is available in a wide (and slightly confusing) range of sizes

Tracktion has redesigned the main Waveform Pro UI to welcome the new clip launching features, and has improved the DAW's automation. V13 also includes all-new content from Mode Audio.

Waveform Pro not only runs on a wide range of platforms, but is available in a wide (and slightly confusing) range of sizes. 

The basic $199 Pro gets you the DAW plus AutoTune and Melodyne Essential. The  $299 'Recommended' bundle adds RetroMod FAT, LoFreq Modern, F.'em and Dan Dean Essential Bass instruments. 'Studio Content' ($599) adds extras like MOK Waverazor, Abyss, Hyperion, SpaceCraft and Modeler. Finally, the 'Everything' bundle has, well, everything Tracktion for $999. You can go here to see what's included (a lot) as, frankly, life is too short to type all that.

If you are a Pro 12 user, there's a big tempter to upgrade as it's just $99 to get you the synth and a whole new way of working. We'll have a review as soon as possible, but in the meanwhile get more info from the Tracktion website

Andy Jones

Andy has been writing about music production and technology for 30 years having started out on Music Technology magazine back in 1992. He has edited the magazines Future Music, Keyboard Review, MusicTech and Computer Music, which he helped launch back in 1998. He owns way too many synthesizers.

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