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ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« on: July 22, 2014, 07:44:26 PM »
IK Multimedia T-racks
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb00/articles/iktracks.htm



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IK Multimedia T-racks
Mastering Software
Published in SOS February 2000

Hardware mastering boxes seem to have been the fashion recently, but it's also possible to do mastering using only software, and if you don't need every conceivable bell and whistle, this can be a very cost-effective alternative. The T-Racks mastering software under scrutiny here originates from a small company in Italy, and they've been considerate enough to make versions that will run on both Mac and PC platforms. The minimum Mac requirement is a 180MHz PPC603e or a 120MHz PPC 604e, though a G3 is ideal. Likewise, the PC user can get away with a 200MHz MMX (only) PC running Windows 95 or 98, though a Pentium II is recommended, in which case Windows NT 4.0 can be added to the list of supported operating systems. IK Multimedia are also reported to have a working BeOS version. In most cases, at least 32Mb of memory are needed, though Pentium II owners should have at least double this figure. A CPU activity monitor is provided as part of the program, so you can see how close you are to pushing your computer over.

The software comes on CD-ROM, and Mac users get a dongle similar to the ones used by Waves that connect in series with the keyboard. The manual mentions that USB dongles are also supported. You also have to enter the serial number of the software when installing it — I would have thought dongle protection was enough! Installing is simply a matter of clicking Install and entering the serial number when prompted.

Some means of getting digital audio into and out of your computer is needed as T-Racks works on existing files. It doesn't handle recording or the processing of an audio input in real time, so it's realistic to expect that you'll be using it with some other stereo editing or recording program. A means of monitoring the audio to a high quality is also recommended; in the case of the Mac, any Sound Manager-compatible audio output is usable and may be selected under Sound in Control Panels. Only 16-bit audio files are supported — WAV-format for PCs, and both AIFF and SDII files for Macs. Sample rates of 32 to 48kHz are supported, though 44.1kHz is recommended for CD mastering.

T-Racks isn't an editor — it is intended to process existing audio files using 32-bit, floating-point algorithms designed to emulate analogue compression, equalisation and multi-band limiting. It can also handle fade-ins/outs and apply soft or hard saturation, and it dithers the audio after processing to maintain optimum low-level resolution. The various processing blocks, which are represented on screen as bright yellow rack modules, use a form of analogue modelling which, the designers claim, can reproduce the audio quality and character of high-end analogue hardware processors.

The user interface is entirely graphical, with click-to-operate switches and drag-to-turn knobs; if you don't like the colour, you can open the preferences and opt for copper or chrome panel finishes instead! I must admit that when I first saw the choice of gold, copper or chrome interface material, I thought the designers had gone to the lengths of modelling the effects of the audio connector plating, but happily they're rather more rational than that! There's a limited amount of on-screen help that describes the functions of the controls as the mouse is used to point at them.

A row of virtual glowing valves pulsates along the top of the screen, purely for visual effect. However, the usual operating system menu bar is conspicuously absent (instead, the program has its own at the bottom of the screen), which can be frustrating when you want to leave the application to look for something else — the only way I could find to do this was to quit the program, but at least reloading it is very fast.

To open files for processing (which can be in mono or stereo), you use the Open button at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. There is only one main screen, which, as you can see, is presented as three virtual rack units with the addition of transport controls to play back the selected file as you're tweaking the controls. Audio files may be looped in playback, so you don't have to keep restarting short files as you set up the processors, and the usual fast wind buttons actually jump to the next or previous markers, if you've inserted any. Up to eight draggable markers can be inserted by pressing Mark at the appropriate time; to erase a marker, just drag it off the left-hand side of the file progress bar. A go-to-start button is included along with Start, Stop and Loop buttons, and the loop length may be changed by dragging the loop markers so as to play only a part of the file. A draggable slider follows the file's progress, so you can also use this to move around quickly if you need to. There is an audio buffer that can be adjusted via the Preferences section if playback becomes glitchy, but I had no problems using the default setting.

At the top of the virtual rack is a quasi-parametric equaliser featuring variable-frequency 24dB/octave high and low-cut filters (extremely useful), two more conventional high and low-pass shelving filters with variable frequency and gain, and two mid-range band-pass filters with variable frequency and gain plus switchable low or high Q. The manual wrongly claims that this constitutes a 6-band parametric EQ, but it's still plenty powerful enough for most jobs, and sounds very analogue. Each of the processing sections has its own bypass button as well as a Reset All switch to bring up the neutral settings. Patch buttons can switch the EQ before or after the compressor, which is a nice touch, and as you'd expect, the limiter always stays at the end of the chain.

In general, the EQ range is impressive with up to 15dB of cut or boost. I was a little disappointed that the shelving EQs couldn't be switched to band-pass mode and that the Hi frequency could only go up to 8.5kHz, but the upper mid can be swept all the way up to 18kHz — which is useful if you need to add a wide-band gloss in the 15kHz range. A graphic display of the EQ response curve is shown as part of the filter module.

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2014, 01:55:38 AM »
we really should have this posted with our other downloads

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2014, 11:00:31 AM »
trying to install t-racks now and i dont see a vst plugin anywhere?
is this a standalone app with no VST plugin??
this cant be ;)

is there not a VST version of this for mac os 9?

ok wait i see now:
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb00/articles/iktracks.htm
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   Can't be used as a plug-in — T-Racks is strictly a stand-alone application.

wow that sucks!

so in order to use T-racks u have to dedicate a whole laptop or pc to just sitting there.. and using its IO to pass in + out a live signal..??
thats crazy and i saw cricco castelli (an italian dj) using this even still just the other day earlier this summer on facebook!!!
so despite its lacking of plugin it must sound pretty good !

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/cat-view.php?C=family-t-racks
i think ik multimedia has remade this product since perhaps it has a plugin version for new macs
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2014, 03:30:20 AM »
it looks cool - shame its standalone only

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2015, 12:16:14 AM »
Sooo... Since I'm putting this OS9 TDM rig together I dug through my garage and found my T-racks box... inside was the disc/ manual etc. I had written my user name/ password kinda stuff on the card with the serial #... T-Racks uses some kind of copy protection where they generate an Authorizer code for your computer's unique ID (or something like that)... anyway I was surprised  that I could log in with my old ID and AMAZED that they generated a new authorization code for my 'NEW' G4 within seconds!!! Once I was able to type in the 700(or so ) character auth code I was back in business... Hello 1999!!! Haha!

The thing sounds pretty good! WAY easy to abuse/overuse but certainly useful!

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2015, 01:55:30 PM »
i dont understand how its usefull..
when its not even a plugin..
u have to have a dedicated audio interface input + putput with its own asio drievr to use it..
as an effects processor..
and have the standalone app running


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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2015, 03:10:37 PM »
It's not as complicated as that... 2.0 is NOT a plugin but you open the TRacks program... import a stereo (or mono if you'd like) file... manipulate using a combination of EQ, compression, limiter... then process the file. I use it through my PT hardware.

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2015, 06:25:32 PM »
good to know i didnt know u could import a file?
it kind of confused me when i was looking at it

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2015, 01:45:32 PM »
There is a RTAS pluging format version:  ;D ;D

http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=2340.0

and works with Pro Tools Free...
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 01:49:09 PM »
There is a RTAS pluging format version:  ;D ;D


 :o  :o  :o  :o  :o      :D  :D  :D  :D 

MacTron, you are my favorite Protools/Logic user. Even them not been your 1st choice, you are a truly supporter!
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2015, 02:05:08 PM »

 :o  :o  :o  :o  :o      :D  :D  :D  :D 

MacTron, you are my favorite Protools/Logic user. Even them not been your 1st choice, you are a truly supporter!

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2015, 02:43:57 PM »
That's great!!!! ;D ;D ;D

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2015, 06:09:04 PM »
mactron is slowly being turned to pro tools  ;D
lol

it would be cool to have one of those sonnorus adat cards to link to a digi 001..
8 channels back + forth from another daw system.. like cubase or llive or dp.. into pro tools

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2015, 06:09:57 PM »
its a great addition to have this one as a rtas.. thats great..
i still would really like to get this one as a VST...

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2015, 05:48:53 AM »
its a great addition to have this one as a rtas.. thats great..


Yes it is!!! There's a rumor going around that MacTron is changing his handle to 'MacTools'!!! ;D ;D ;D

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2015, 06:02:24 AM »
is there a vst of this t-racks?
or was the vst version for X only
because i hvae seen people use this in youtube videos
friend of mine from italy uses this... as a plugin on X

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2015, 10:13:11 AM »
or was the vst version for X only

I think so ...
but we have to make further investigations ...


In fact I always fell with pain that there wasn't a plugin versions of T-Racks, and one day I found a RTAS version, lost in to my backup files ...
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2015, 12:44:46 PM »


it would be cool to have one of those sonnorus adat cards to link to a digi 001..


I just bought that cheap Sonorus.  ;D

First april should come to my house. D/A converters is very low bits (18 bit if IIRC), but It would make a fine ADAT server. For a Logic 6 DAW as sample-server in my 866 Dual MDD with 2 Gig RAM and a Audiomedia3. Previously I used to connect that MDD  with SPDIF.

I will test in OS9 Logic Vs Cubase Vs Digital Performer.
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2015, 04:06:55 PM »
smart buy..  8)
i plan on getting one or two of them aswell

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2016, 12:01:12 PM »
still missing t-racks VST!! in summer 2016!!!
doesnt anyone have this?

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2018, 12:32:50 AM »
anyone ever find this as a VST?
from what i can see it became available as a vst sometime between 2002- early 2003
http://web.archive.org/web/20030422132952/http://www.t-racks.com:80/Main.html?prod_TR_Plug


https://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/ik-multimedia-t-racks-standalone-mastering-software
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System Requirements
(Macintosh)
Minimal: Power Macintosh 180 MHz PPC603e or 120 MHz PPC604e with 7.5 or later system software, 32 MB RAM
Screen settings: 640x480, thousands of colors
Suggested: 233 MHz or faster PPC604e, G3/G4 Power Macintosh, 64MB RAM. Digital I/O audio card is needed for high-quality mastering Screen settings: 800x600 resolution, thousands of colors
(Windows)
Minimal: Intel Pentium 200 MHz MMX with Windows 95/98/ME/XP, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, 32MB RAM and high-quality sound card. Screen settings: 800x600, high colors (16-bit) Suggested: Intel Pentium II 266 MHz with Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, 64MB RAM. Digital I/O audio card is needed for high-quality mastering
Screen settings: 800x600, high colors (16 bit)
Optimized for Pentium III.

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System Requirements
Macintosh® HTDM, RTAS
A Digidesign® qualified G3 or G4 Power Macintosh® (G4 suggested) running Pro Tools®|24 MIX™, Pro Tools®|24 MIX Plus™, Pro Tools®|24 Mix (with Pro Tools™ software 5.1 or later), Pro Tools |HD (with Pro Tools software 5.3 or later), ProTools® LE with Digi 001™ or AudioMedia™ III (with Pro Tools™ software 5.0 or later), M-Box (with Pro Tools LE software 5.2 or later). Qualified ATA/IDE or SCSI drive, 128 MB RAM (256 MB suggested), Apple® System software version 9.0 or later, Apple® Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later.

Macintosh® VST
Power Macintosh® G3 or G4 with MacOS 8.6 or later system software (the VST version is not Mac OS X compatible), 64 MB RAM. Screen settings: 800x600, thousands of colors, 20 MB of free hard disk space. Suggested: Power Macintosh® G4 with 256 MB RAM and 1024x768 screen. An ASIO card is recommended for low latency real time play. Optimized for G4.

Windows® DX, VST
Intel® Pentium® III or IV with Windows® 95, 98, ME, NT™ 4.0, 2000, XP, 64 MB RAM. Screen settings: 800x600, high colors (16 bit), 20 MB of free hard disk space. Suggested: Intel® Pentium® IV with 256MB RAM and 1024x768 screen. An ASIO card is recommended for low latency real time play. Optimized for Pentium® III and IV.

Macintosh® and Windows® Sequencers and Editors
Sequencers and sound editors compatible with VST® plug-ins or DX plug-ins, such as Cubase VST® PC version 3.7.2 or Mac version 4.1.1, (or later), Logic™ Audio PC and Mac version 4.5 (or later), Digital Performer (*using VST wrapper), Sonar 2.2 (or later), Sound Forge 5 (or later), Cool Edit Pro 2 (or later), Peak 2.0 (or later).
https://www.emusician.com/gear/ik-multimedia-t-racks
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2019, 12:47:01 PM »
i cant believe this plugin still hasnt been located -
i would buy it in a heartbeat if someone would post it for sale on ebay
i dont understand why noone sells old software versions on ebay??

http://web.archive.org/web/20030405070712/http://www.t-racks.com:80/TRRelease18.html
January 2003

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2019, 01:21:23 PM »
i cant believe this plugin still hasnt been located -
i would buy it in a heartbeat if someone would post it for

We have got the VST version since 2 or 3 years ago. It was tested it by myself... It was found by chance in a IK multimedia CD. IIRC.
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2019, 02:50:22 PM »
We used to have the TDM version as well. I have the TDM version at least.

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2019, 05:32:43 AM »
if you guys have the VST version, please, it would be of great value to have this made available for all those interested in using it in Cubase, Logic + Ableton Live

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2019, 01:46:41 PM »
The IK-Multimedia T-Racks VST was found as a demo on the Sampletank 2 CD's, IIRC.
It works as a full version if is registered with a valid SN.
I don't know if this software was posted somewhere ... but we talk about this at its moment...
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2019, 01:01:18 PM »
the KG i provided contains a windows malware, that is why you couldnt make it public back then.
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2019, 08:43:01 AM »
are u sure it wasnt a demo of the 'added features' of the time, such as the "equalizer' added feature? which would have been new at the time of sampletank II

It's the FULL version. I have tested it. Works as a DEMO if isn't properly authorized.
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2019, 08:26:12 AM »
We used to have the TDM version as well. I have the TDM version at least.

Hey Knezzen... Is this a 'working' TDM version or is it something you purchased in the past? I use the 'stand alone' version and the RTAS from MacTron quite a bit and sure would be nice to be able to put some of those plugs on a Bus or master fader with a TDM version! Wasn't aware that they made that one for OS9. ;D

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2019, 12:10:59 PM »
Hey Knezzen... Is this a 'working' TDM version or is it something you purchased in the past? I use the 'stand alone' version and the RTAS from MacTron quite a bit and sure would be nice to be able to put some of those plugs on a Bus or master fader with a TDM version! Wasn't aware that they made that one for OS9. ;D

When I bought my first MIX Core card back in 2012 or so I got a CD with it packed with plugins and whatnot. On that CD there was a TDM version of T-RackS, but I'm unsure of which version. I uploaded the CD to the host that was used by Mac OS 9 Lives back then, but I think it was deleted because it was a big bundle of mostly untested plugins (instead of individually packed tested plugins).

I'll try to find the CD the next time I'm in the studio (probably this weekend) :)

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2019, 03:35:14 PM »
Awesome... You're the best Knez!! ;D

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2019, 05:11:37 PM »
anyone care to post the vst

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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2019, 01:18:55 PM »
anyone care to post the vst
Ok, Here you have. (attached)
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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2019, 06:04:53 PM »

 8) 8) 8) many thanks if this works

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #35 on: May 14, 2019, 05:25:08 AM »
Anyone got the TDM (OS9.2) version they can post?

Used to love this. The compressor/limiter/saturator combo is a killer on heavy guitars.

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2019, 04:38:40 PM »
the tdm version has been posted here on this site for years as far as i know.. if u look u should find it
err maybe im confusing RTAS for TDM

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Re: ik-multimedia t-racks (feb 2000)
« Reply #37 on: May 23, 2019, 08:38:36 AM »
Links for the TDM plugins aren't working any more.
Will have a hunt around the rest of the site when I get a few hours.