Was just chatting with MultitrackStudio

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Administrator Since: Apr 03, 2002

Version 4.1 was released a few weeks ago, I was unaware of that, it seems they have added some really cool new functionality to the new version, check out this list, some really good stuff:

User Interface improvements:
* New improved help system.
* Yellow hint balloons appear at more convenient locations.
* Hardware control surface support.
* Mixer sections can be collapsed to save space.
* Selector windows (the VST plugin selector etc.) can be resized.
* Level meters of recording audio tracks: righthand segment flashes if overload occurred. Rightclicking resets it.
* The intensity (brightness) of the green displays and editors is adjustable.
* VST/DX windows: click the 'metal' to return keyboard focus to MultitrackStudio (if plugin has taken it).
* Chords and Lyrics. Can be displayed in almost any editor.
* Toggle Play, Rec, Mute or Edit buttons of all tracks simultaneously (use Ctrl key)

MIDI editing improvements:
* Click Track Generator and Tempo Editor: tempo values can be entered by tapping on the space bar.
* Pianoroll: added big size view.
* Pianoroll: While selecting a part: if the selected notes make a chord the chord's name is displayed.
* Notation Editor: better 'cleaning up' of non-quantized notes.
* Notation Editor: added Tenor and Alto clefs.
* Drum Editor: delete, drag or change volume of similar notes in similar bars simultaneously.
* 'Mouse Modifiers' to edit individual notes quickly (volume, duration etc., or even 'expand to chord').

Performance improvements:
* 24 bit losslessly compressed .gjm and .gjs audio files (Pro Plus Edition only).
* Audio engine takes advantage of dual core CPU.
* MIDI file resolution doubled.
* Convolutor effect works faster when used 'live', or when using an Intel CPU (it was fast on AMD already).

Various other improvements and minor fixes.

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jul 17, 2006 09:58 am

I've heard great things about MTS on a different board, it's reportedly very stable, and does everything it's supposed to, without problem.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 17, 2006 10:00 am

Yeah, I've used it quite a lot from time to time, it's a very viable product for a very affordable price. Stable, light on the system and features that are often associated only with the big players in the field...

we prefer "percussionist"
Since: Jul 21, 2004

Jul 17, 2006 10:04 pm

OK, two questions:
1 - how many inputs does it support? (the magic number for me is 4)
2 - where can I go to check it out?

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Jul 18, 2006 12:04 am

You can check it out at www.multitrackstudio.com/

I tried the demo and didn't care much for it, though I haven't looked at 4.1.

Except that it only supports 2 simultaneous inputs I think bang for the buck it's hard to beat Cakewalks Music Creator 3.


Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 18, 2006 05:18 am

I really like MTS, if I wasn't already so married to Sonar, it'd be my next option. Easy to use, light on the system and very feature filled. I am a one track at a time type guy, but I believe MTS will record as many inputs as you have available in your sound devices simultaneously.

we prefer "percussionist"
Since: Jul 21, 2004

Jul 18, 2006 12:07 pm

Cool, I've been browsing the site, and it looks nice! I like the simple, clean look of the interface. For some reason a lot of programs bother me, visually, with all the flashing lights and 50 different colors on the screen at all times. I think there's a reason most studio hardware is black!
Anyway, I downloaded the lite version to check out - I'll be playing with that tonight I'm sure. The pro+ version handles multiple inputs, and $119 ain't too bad, compared to most!

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 18, 2006 01:16 pm

Pro+ is also higher resolution recording.

I know what you mean about some software putting WAY to much "artsy fartsy" type work into their UI...too busy, to fancy, too colorful...

we prefer "percussionist"
Since: Jul 21, 2004

Jul 18, 2006 11:43 pm

And every one of those blinking "lights" is taking processor power. And I don't really have any to spare. 'Cuz I'm greedy. And paranoid.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 19, 2006 08:18 pm

That is one reason these days you have to have a top end or very good video card. And a ton of ram. So much visual goo going on. But in some cases it can be helpfull. You just need to know when to trun it off.

I like the fact that Sonar gives you the option of choosing a processing sensative meter when you need it. And you can simply shut down meters you dont need or all with the click of a mouse button.

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