Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs Music blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.
We encounter our fair share of enthusiastic newcomers to the world of music production, but one major hurdle many of them face is where to start to build their skills. Whilst Ableton Live, Logic Pro X and Pro Tools are industry standard, not everyone can afford to shell out for them.
In the past, we would have always pointed them in the direction of Tracktion's free T7 DAW, but now, at a time when everyone is trying to maintain their creative spark at home, Tracktion has released Waveform Free; their newest DAW without a price tag and one that they believe packs a serious punch.
Just like T7 before it, Waveform Free is a fully-featured DAW and still boasts unlimited tracks and offers third-party VST and effects plugin support, but now comes with a few extras.
Those aforementioned plugins are now supported by the Plugin Sandbox, a feature that prevents the DAW crashing should one of those plugins fail. Instead, the affected plugin is deactivated without you having to reload your project and potentially lose work.
Other features include MPE and expressive instruments support, a MIDI Pattern Generator for creating chords, melodies and basslines, the 40SC Virtual Synthesiser and the Micro Drum Sampler.
There's lots of tutorials for getting started in Waveform Free, with several dedicated to specific genres from band recordings, podcasting and EDM.
Waveform Free is available to download for Windows, Mac, LINUX and Raspberry Pi using the link below.
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