Studio 7 Review
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Following the increase in computing power over the last few
years, Digital Audio Workstation software systems, or DAW
for short have been increasingly popular and even quite commonplace
in home studios.
One such application is N-Track. Launched in 1995 as a simple
four track recorder, N-track has progressed tremendously to
a full featured DAW system which is well priced and easy to
Ntrack features both the capabilities to handle virtually unlimited
audio and midi tracks concurrently as well as serving as a
host for your favourite VST instruments and effects.
Available for Windows, MAC and IOS we review the latest incarnation
Ntrack V7.0 and rather than explain all the specifications
which can be seen at the product website we
are going to go through recording a typical track with this
As with previous versions, Ntrack’s main strength is its usability
and powerful features at an affordable price. Out of the box
recording is made easy. Simply plug your instrument into your
audio interface or soundcard, select the appropriate device
in the settings section and then select a track to record.
Although Ntrack has the ability to apply live effects via real
time processing, most users will record a dry signal which
can be processed later. This can be done using effects included
within Ntrack or via third party VST or Direct X plugins.
Workflow is easy, you select your input(s), decide whether this
goes to a new track (default), or an existing one and then
Edits are also very easy with incredibly high zoom levels that
for example allow you to change a single note or phrase. The
same applies to deleting unwanted/silent sections or adjusting
the pan or volume envelopes for each individual track.
What I usually prefer is to record the raw material first mistakes
and all. Then go adding different takes or punch-ins on different
tracks. Then you can play around easily fix any errors and
take the best cuts into a single track per instrument.
I then repeat this procedure for all tracks required and once
done I add effects, EQ etc.
After this I then master using a pair of studio monitors and
pair of high end headphones for comparison.
You might actually find that a second screen is a useful tool
for this as you can have your mixer on the second extended
screen and your waveforms on the main one for easy reference.
Once the recording session is finished this can be exported
to standard WAV or MP3 formats or even burnt directly onto
A worthwhile DAW, at an incredible price.
By Ernest H Slade (12/10/12)
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