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IK Multimedia T-Racks 5

Mastering Software
Published April 2018
By John Walden

IK Multimedia T‑Racks 5

Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone mastering suite or a comprehensive plug-in bundle, the latest iteration of IK Multimedia’s T‑Racks has much to offer.

Software-based DIY audio mastering is now an accepted necessity for many independent musicians, and IK Multimedia’s T‑Racks is one of the longest established options for that task. Paul White reviewed the original release of T‑Racks back in SOS February 2000, and more recent versions have been covered in the April 2009 and May 2013 issues, with consistently positive conclusions. So does the release of T‑Racks 5 continue both the steady development of the feature set and the solid reputation that IK Multimedia have built for the application?

T‑Racks started life as a stand-alone application offering mastering-style EQ, compression and multiband limiting. The feature list has expanded considerably since then and, more recently, IK have made all the individual processing options available as separate plug-ins. The latest iteration of the software, T‑Racks 5, continues the cross-platform ‘stand-alone plus plug-ins’ format, with VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats all supported. Meanwhile, the feature set continues to grow, with four interesting new modules added, a stylish redesign of the stand-alone workflow, improvements to the underlying audio engine, more comprehensive ‘broadcast-ready’ metering tools and options for album-style mastering with a montage view for sequencing tracks. The latter includes export options such as Disc Description Protocol (DDP) format for replication purposes.

T‑Racks 5 comes in four flavours, including the free T‑Racks Custom Shop...

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Published April 2018