Waveform 9: the good, the bad, the weird. Part 4

Melody generator
Melody generator

Part 4. There’s just so many neat little workflow things in Waveform, that I may have to do a couple posts on just ‘good things’.

Today I’m covering arrangement and composition tools. Part 5 will also cover a similar topic.

  • Good
    • Pattern Generator
    • Edit clips
  • Bad
    • Folder editing
  • Weird
    • Chord Track

Other parts in this series:

VERSION - This review is (hopefully) accurate as of Waveform 9.0.37. Further versions may obsolete these views.

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Waveform 9: the good, the bad, the weird. Part 3

Submenus work correctly!

Part 3 is here. Today the main topic is how Waveform kicks Live and Bitwig’s ass in one major way.

Today I’m covering:

  • The Good
    • Macro Parameters
    • Sub-menu Niceness
    • Ghost Tracks
  • The Bad
    • The Store
  • The Weird
    • Surprise!

Other parts in this series:

VERSION - This review is (hopefully) accurate as of Waveform 9.0.37. Further versions may obsolete these views.

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Routing Audio to Envelope Follower with Racks in Waveform

Everything setup

In my previous Waveform Review I talked about issues with the Envelope Follower modifier.

The issue is that if you want to route audio from Track A to the modulate audio on Track B, it requires a workaround with Racks

EDIT: Racks are NOT necessary unless you want the envelope to happen live. I updated this post on the 16th of March to reflection a correction by a reader. Thank you PierreG!

Someone asked for instructions on how to do this. So here it is!

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Waveform 9: the good, the bad, the weird. Part 2

Modifiers about to work

Part 2 of 30 days with Tracktion Waveform 9. I’m trying to get these out every 3-4 days, but I was unable to last week so we ended up having that interview with Ben Loftis of Harrison and Mixbus.

Today I’m going to cover some really cool things, some annoyances that seem minor (but really irk me!), and the weird core of Waveform’s design philosophy.

  • The Good
    • Modifiers
    • Plugin Selector
    • Plugin Thumbnails
  • The Bad
    • Renaming tracks
    • Track Colouring
  • The Weird
    • Single Pane Interface

Other parts in this series:

VERSION - This review is (hopefully) accurate as of Waveform 9.0.37. Further versions may obsolete these views.

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Interview with Ben Loftis of Harrison Consoles about Mixbus

Mixbus 32c
Mixbus 32c in action

I previous did a review series about Mixbus 32c 4.x. Harrison Mixbus is a relatively new DAW in the music world, yet has easily managed to insert itself in to the pro audio world as a contender.

I took some time to discuss Mixbus with Ben Loftis. We covered some of the history of Mixbus, goals, design challenges and team management.

This interview was conducted on IRC. I attempted to keep most of the content intact as written, but I made some edits so that the text is more clear for non-native english readers. If you have questions, please leave a comment and I will clarify and/or edit that section.

Click through for the full text interview.

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Waveform 9: the good, the bad, the weird. Part 1

Mixing on the right
The right side mixer

It’s finally time for the Tracktion Waveform 9 review!

I’m going with a different format this time. Each post will cover at least one of the following categories: good, bad and weird. Each category may have more than one entry. If all goes well then the ‘good’ section will have multiple entries each time, and maybe there’ll be a post with no Bad section?

I love Korean cinema (and kdramas). One of my favorite films is 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈, aka “The Good, the Bad, the Weird”. I highly suggest watching it. Even if you don’t like subtitles, I think it may be capable of swaying you. That’s where the idea for this review format came from.

So let’s get on with it!

  • The Good
    • The Browser
    • Mixing
    • Racks
  • The Bad
    • Non-Native
    • The Mixer
    • Mixing?
  • The Weird
    • VCAs

Other parts in this series:

VERSION - This review is (hopefully) accurate as of Waveform 9.0.37. Further versions may obsolete these views.

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Replacing a 2013-2017 iMac hard drive

Time Lapse Video (press play)

I usually try to avoid duplicating information that you can easily find online other places. I want my website to be full of relatively unique content. This week I needed to change the hard drive in my iMac because it was failing and I wanted something better. You can find out how to do this in a number of places, so I’m not really bringing in groundbreaking content here.

I am doing the 30 days with Waveform right now though, and I’ve been unable to progress on this review due to the large number of studio changes and the necessity to upgrade my main studio system.

Rather than having no posts for 7-8 days while I try to catch up, I’ve decided to show how I went about the process of changing my iMac’s 1tb Seagate Barracude to a 1tb Samsung EVO 850 Solid State Drive.

This is also a great citation if you’re a non-Mac person and want to show people why macs are awful. Likewise it’s a great post if you’re a mac user and want to suffer along with me.

Let’s get on with it.

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30 days with Tracktion Waveform 9

Waveform v9
Waveform Version 9

You may have heard of Tracktion before, since it’s been around for the last 17 years or so.

I personally was a huge fan of Tracktion, around version 1 and 2, for doing my own personal music work. Tracktion was then purchased by Mackie around version 3. In my view, Tracktion was totally ruined during this period. It became buggy, feature additions were limited and communication with the community was reduced to basically nothing. I don’t know what transpired behind the scenes, but it was unfortunate.

With Tracktion V4, ownership was gained by the original author along with some others great folks. Development ramped up again. Many new features were added. Roli acquired JUCE, which is the library that makes up the core of Tracktion/Waveform. There’s a strong core behind Tracktion in 2018.

Here we are at version 9 now. Tracktion is no longer the name of the software. Tracktion is the company that makes the software which is now named Waveform. I’ve avoided reviewing Tracktion or Waveform for the last few years because I feared that I would need to do a ‘side review’. A side review is where I only use the software aside my main DAW, much like how I did the Bitwig review. I rather try to use the DAW for at least 30 days as my main software, but I can only do that if the software offers a bare minimum of capabilities that I require.

I think that Tracktion Waveform 9 has managed to cross the line of ‘daily driver’ for me.

For the next 30 days or more I will be using Tracktion Waveform 9 as my main DAW. I’m unsure how I’m going to format this review yet, since I want to try something new, but you will definitely see the full effects/instruments reviews and the in-depth content that I always try to provide.

Waveform is a rather unique product and I think that this will be an interesting adventure. It will be even more interesting since I’m taking delivery of various products to upgrade my computer, a new interface, more preamps, more microphones, more outboard, new monitor control, more monitors and some fun audio software in the next few weeks too!

I did not pay for this copy of Waveform 9. It was provided as ‘free’ not-for-resale review copy. If I am happy with the product I will be purchasing a license for my own personal use at the end of this review. The NFR nature of the license will not influence my judgments in any way whatsoever.

Hopefully the first post will be up in the next 3 days. I have a lot of work to do in the next 2 days!

Other parts in this series:

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Making a wooden wedding band


My wife does not have a wedding band. We’ve been together since 2000, and she’s never had one. So I’m going to see if I can make one.

I’ve never made a ring before and I did zero research on how to do this. I just put some thought power in to it and then whacked at some wood.

Here’s my process…

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Interview with Paul Davis of Ardour about Ardour 6.0 and more

Ardour Sell Out
Selling out for Free Software

On Sunday the 18th of February, I held an interview with Paul Davis of the fantastic Ardour audio software. I covered Ardour in the past a few times.

While Paul is not the only awesome person that works on the software, due to its open source nature, he is the benevolent dictator that helps keep things flowing.

I wanted to find out about some of the big changes that may be coming in Ardour 6.0. What are the changes? Why where the necessary? How do they benefit the average user?

Let’s hit it!

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