Tracktion Software Tutorial

Tracktion 5 Explained®

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1



    Bill introduces you to what Tracktion 5 and this series are all about.

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    Tutorial 2

    Installing Tracktion


    Installing Tracktion is easy. Watch step-by-step and decide which version to use.

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    Tutorial 3

    Installing the Demo Projects


    It’s great to have some demo projects ready as you explore Tracktion. Learn how to download the songs and how to set up some folders to organize Tracktion files.

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    Tutorial 4

    Configuring the Audio Interface


    Learn how to use the General page on the Settings tab to configure your audio interface.

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    Tutorial 5

    Basic Navigation


    Learn the fundamentals for playback, transport, and zooming.

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    Tutorial 6

    General Settings


    Bill explores some Tracktion's general settings.

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    Tutorial 7

    Getting Help


    Watch as Bill shows how to use pop-up help, tooltips, keyboard shortcuts, knowledgebase, videos, and KVR forum.


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    Tutorial 8

    The Edit Tab


    Learn about all the panels and sections of the Edit tab – the Browser, Arrangement, and Controls panel.

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    Tutorial 9

    Using Markers


    Bill explains looped playback, adding markers, and marker navigation.

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    Tutorial 10

    Selecting & Snapping


    Learn how to select clips and how snapping works. Get familiar with the keyboard shortcuts and menu options that modify snap behavior.

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    Tutorial 11

    Basic Audio Editing


    Learn how to use Clip Tools along with keyboard shortcuts to work with audio clips and loops.

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    Tutorial 12

    Working with Loops


    Bill demonstrates reviewing and dragging loops, how to enable loops, drag to repeat, and set the tempo. Dragging loops to parallel tracks is also covered.

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    Tutorial 13

    Keyboard Shortcuts


    Learn how to customize the assignment of keyboard shortcuts.

Recording Audio

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    Tutorial 14

    Getting Ready to Record Audio


    See how to setup an audio track, select an input, and record. Bill shows how to set the tempo for your project and listen to a click as you record. Bill also discusses how to hear yourself while recording.

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    Tutorial 15

    Hit Record!


    Bill takes a close look at recording multiple takes with and without a click.

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    Tutorial 16



    Learn how to record while listening to tracks you already recorded.

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    Tutorial 17

    Cleaning up the Takes


    See how to use basic editing to clean up the takes before moving on.

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    Tutorial 18

    Loop Recording


    Learn how to set up looped recording and record to takes within a single clip. You will also see how to pick from the different takes.

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    Tutorial 19



    Following from loop recording, learn how to keep the best phrases from multiple takes.

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    Tutorial 20

    Using an Amp Simulator


    See how to monitor through Tracktion while recording guitar parts using an amp simulator.

Recording MIDI

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    Tutorial 21

    MIDI Setup


    Bill shows how to enable your MIDI keyboard, create a track, load a virtual instrument and play it from your controller.

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    Tutorial 22

    Recording MIDI


    Learn to record what you play on your MIDI keyboard and playback the recording. You will also learn about the various record modes. Also learn some basic editing for MIDI clips.

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    Tutorial 23

    MIDI Loop Recording


    Bill explores recording to takes and comping with MIDI.

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    Tutorial 24

    MIDI Editing


    Learn how to work with notes in the MIDI editor. Also learn how to render MIDI to audio clips.

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    Tutorial 25

    Quantizing Notes


    Learn how to quantize your MIDI performance in various ways.

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    Tutorial 26

    Sequencer Clips


    See how to use step-sequence clips to program drum patterns.

Adding Effects

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    Tutorial 27

    Scanning 3rd Party Plug-Ins


    Learn how to get Tracktion to recognize your existing library of plug-ins.

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    Tutorial 28

    Adding Plug-Ins


    Learn more about inserting plugins in the Tracktion mixer section to add effects to tracks.

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    Tutorial 29

    Tracktion FX


    Bill demonstrates and discusses the built-in FX that are native to Tracktion.

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    Tutorial 30

    Adding Master Effects


    Learn how to use Aux Send and Aux Return plugins setup master effects that are shared by more than one track.

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    Tutorial 31

    Clip Effects


    See how easy it is to insert plugins at the clip level in Tracktion.


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    Tutorial 32

    Folder Tracks


    As your projects get bigger with more tracks you can use folder tracks to keep things organized.

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    Tutorial 33

    Creating Submixes


    Learn how to configure submix busses in Tracktion.

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    Tutorial 34



    Explore the basics for automating levels, panning and other parameters.

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    Tutorial 35

    Mixing Down


    Learn how to add FX to the master stereo output to prepare your mix for export. Learn how to export your song to WAV or MP3.

Bill Edstrom returns with a smash hit video series covering the "one screen wonder" DAW Tracktion 5! Learn everything from Installation to Recording, Using Effects, Mixing Down and more. If you're just getting started or want to go deeper into Tracktion 5, this series is for you.

Bill begins by showing you How to Get Started with Tracktion 5 covering the important basics such as Installation, Configuring Your Audio Interface, GUI Navigation, Using the Help Pop-Up Menus and more. Next up, Bill dives in, explaining the Edit Tab, How to Use Markers, Selecting and Snapping Clips, Basic Audio Editing, Working with Loops, Tracks, and Keyboard Shortcuts.

Recording Audio is then revealed, and you'll learn how from the ground up starting with Setting Up to Record, Recording Your First Take, Overdubbing, Basic Editing, Comping, Using Amp Simulations and more. Bill now turns to all things MIDI in Tracktion 5 where you'll see how to Setup MIDI Tracks, the Different Record Modes, MIDI Editing, Quantizing, Sequencer Clips and other topics.

Using Effects is now shown and Bill demonstrates How to Scan and Use 3rd Party Plug-Ins, the Built-In Tracktion Effects, Setting Up Effects in Different Ways for Different Tasks, Master Effects and Clip Effects. Wrapping up your Traction 5 journey, Bill gives you 4 awesome videos on Mixing in Tracktion 5. You'll learn How to Use Folder Tracks, Create Submixes, Use Automation and How to Mixdown to Wav and MP3 formats!

If Tracktion 5 is your game, learn how to play it like a pro... Watch "Tracktion 5 Explained" today and see how to make music faster, easier and more creatively!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started on trumpet at age 10, but got more passionate when I picked up bass and guitar in high school. During college, I had a band where I shared lead vocals and electric guitar duties. After that I was in a variety of bands usually on bass or behind the mixing board.

2. What training have you had?

I studied electrical engineering in college but mostly learned recording and music on my own. Recently, I completed the Master of Songwriting and Guitar program through Berklee Music.

3. When did you get into recording?

I have always been fascinated with tape recording since fifth grade. I started by recording demos by bouncing back and forth between two cassette decks. Later I moved on to portastudios, ADATS, pro studios, then to a DAW based project studio.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I work with songwriters world-wide as the founder and creator of - an online collaboration site for songwriters. In my career, I have done FOH, producing, songwriting, mixing, mastering, and voice over. Used to work regionally, but now requests can come from anywhere in the world.

I've written two books on audio production: "Studio One for Engineers & Producers" and "The Power in Cakewalk SONAR" both published by Hal Leonard Books.

Whenever possible, I work closely with the developers of the products I teach doing testing, bug reporting, and feature requests. I think this gives me a much deeper understanding of the products. I really enjoy seeing the products I work with improve.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I have always been interested in making technology easier to use and understand. I think showing examples is essential when introducing a topic. I feel recording should be a fun and creative experience and I hope that comes across in my videos.

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Date published: 2017-09-24