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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 use.

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 DAW

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 record.

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 CD.

A worthwhile DAW, at an incredible price.

By Ernest H Slade (12/10/12)
www.gear-review.co.uk

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