Deluxe Review

manufacturer: T-RackS 3 date: 06/15/2011 category: Others
The IK Multimedia T-RackS 3 Deluxe package is the company's top of the line suite of high-end mastering and mixing utilities, meant for professional studios down to home recording hobbyists, and everyone in between.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 8
 Features: 8
 Overall rating:
 6.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 3.4 
 Votes:
 5 
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overall: 8.7
Deluxe Reviewed by: UG Team, on june 15, 2011
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Features: The IK Multimedia T-RackS 3 Deluxe package is the company's top of the line suite of high-end mastering and mixing utilities, meant for professional studios down to home recording hobbyists, and everyone in between. The software features 9 models of real Vintage analog and more modern digital rack processors, providing EQ, compression and more. The processors can be mixed and matched in any order, running up to 12 simultaneously, and the suite can be launched in either plug-in mode (i.e. run within Pro Tools, Logic, etc.), or launched standalone to post-process your audio files after you're done arranging and mixing in your favorite DAW software package. The full list of included processors includes 5 new rack models to the T-Racks Suite: - Tube Compressor - Tube Program EQ - Optical Compressor - Brickwall Limiter - Linear Phase EQ In addition, the software includes the classic 4 models from the previous incarnation of T-RackS: - Compressor - Multi-Band Limiter - Clipper - Equalizer These are basically a package of standalone processors, without the wizard-driven "how to master your music" style of interface seen in other mastering packages. For those used to traditional rack-based mastering, or who want to understand what they're running in their signal chain, one module at a time, this is a great way to go. // 8

Sound: For this review, AVID Multimedia Pro Tools LE 8 was used on an Apple MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6.7. Original drum, bass, guitar and keyboard tracks were recorded to simulate the experience of recording, mixing and mastering a traditional rock or pop band. The sound quality of these rack processors are all nothing but superb. Each one allows very broad or very fine-tune tweaks to the source sound, and bring out very subtle nuances of your performance. The "Vintage Tube" set of rack models, in particular, imbue a warm, deep and rich tone that sounds and feels very much like old analog tube technology that produced some of life's best albums. // 10

Overall Impression: IK Multimedia's T-RackS 3 Deluxe is as-advertised: a high-end mixing and mastering suite for those with discerning ear for tone and sound quality. While it would be nice to add some more presets and other layers on top of the suite, to educate newer users on how to properly mix and master their audio, the sound quality itself is top-of-the-line, providing truly impressive mixes. While the competition is fierce in this category, T-RackS brings a lot to the table. // 8


- Shekhar Dhupelia (c) 2011

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