Note: this post is from 2008, outbound links may be broken.

IK Multimedia announces T-RackS 3

IK Multimedia T-RackS 3

IK Multimedia has announced T-RackS 3, a new high-end mastering and mixing suite.

IK pioneered the analog-modeled mastering field with the first all-in-one software solution, the original standalone version of T-RackS that became a cult hit for a multitude of studios around the world. Now the new T-RackS 3 raises the bar again in high-end DAW mastering and mixing, with a suite of 9 analog-modeled and digital Dynamics/EQ processors, offering unparalled audio quality with scores of new and unique features.

T-RackS 3 features

  • 9 processors comprised of 3 new analog and vintage emulations (including models based* on the Fairchild 670 and the Pultec EQP-1A), 2 new digital processors as well as the 4 classic, award-winning T-RackS processors
    • New T-RackS processors:
      1. Vintage Tube Compressor/Limiter model 670 (based on the Fairchild 670)
      2. Vintage Tube Program Equalizer (based on the Pultec EQP-1A)
      3. Opto compressor (based on the finest mastering Opto-compressor)
      4. Intelligent, multi-algorithm Brickwall limiter
      5. High precision, high definition Linear Phase Equalizer
    • Classic T-RackS processors:
      1. Classic T-RackS Compressor
      2. Classic T-RackS Multi-band Limiter
      3. Classic T-RackS Clipper
      4. Classic T-RackS Equalizer
  • New configurable mastering/mixing chain – run up to 12 parallel/series processors
  • New complete built-in metering section with Peak, Perceived Loudness, Phase, and RMS meters, plus a Spectrum analyzer with Peak, RMS and Averaging indicators
  • New standalone and plug-in versions available in the same package for use in all the most popular native DAWs
  • New high-fidelity oversampling with crystal clear transparency, for high quality audio processing throughout the entire signal path
  • New SCC™ technology coupled with IK’s unique DSM™ technology provides the most realistic software emulation of vintage gear to date
  • Extremely easy to use, with style-based presets, full chain visualization, one-click single module or chain bypass, “compare” function, multiple audio processing in standalone mode, and much more

T-RackS 3 will be available worldwide in stores and in the IK online shop by November 10th, 2008, and comes in 2 versions:

  1. T-RackS 3 Deluxe with a retail price of $499/€379.99. The definitive solution in mastering/mixing with 9 processors: 4 classic T-RackS processors + 2 digital processors + 1 Opto compressor + Vintage Edition including 2 models of Fairchild + Pultec. T-RackS 3 Deluxe Crossgrade*, special Deluxe reduced-price version for all IK registered users has a retail price of $299.99/€229.99
  2. T-RackS 3 Standard, the 4 classic T-RackS processors in the new application framework, has a retail price of $199.99/€149.99

Visit IK Multimedia for more information.

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  • Gustav

    What’s the copy protection on this? Does anybody know?

    I love how they conveniently leave that info out. If it’s a dongle, then I’m not interested.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    From the FAQ:

    How does copy protection work in T-RackS?

    T-RackS requires an Authorization Code for full installation. Until it’s authorized, T-RackS will stay in demo mode. The Authorization Code is based on a Digital ID, generated by T-RackS starting from your system characteristics and your Serial number.

    The correspondence between Digital ID and Authorization Code is checked every time T-RackS is started; this ensures that if you copy or install T-RackS on a different machine (which will have a different Digital ID), the same Authorization Code will NOT work. Check the IK General FAQ’s to learn more about Installation, Authorization and Registration related topics.

  • http://www.heliosphere.net Zc.7

    purchased TRacks 3 deluxe last week, spent the last week working on a few masters. i usually hire out Dave Locke @ jpmasters.com for my tracks, but after working with TRacks only a few days, i have to say that what is coming out is an amazing quality. and ease of use is another thing if you know what your doing in the realm of mastering. i have toyed with mastering over the last couple albums of mine, could never get the mix the pros were getting. but i found a preset, spent the week making changes to suit previous mixes that dave did, and wow!!! 499 isnt a lot considering how much mastering costs. 55 a song is what i have been paying, thats over 600 for an album. my next album is already paid for.

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    Nice job, thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Bling

    This is a nice plugin for getting quick and dirty mastering done in a pinch for promo copies or for singles but there is no way I would master my own project for release. Not after all the hard work I did on it. I would want an objective set of ears that I trust to work their magic and make it the best it can be. I doubt seriously that a $500 plugin is going to replace $100,000 worth of room and gear and the experience of a full-time mastering engineer. Get real…

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    While I agree on it being a good idea to have a professional master your work, it doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be in a studio with $100,000 worth of gear.
    It’s the experience you want, someone who understands what kind of sound you want, and what works for your music.

  • Bling

    I’m certainly exaggerating when I say $100,000 and it is definitely more the person than the gear that makes it happen. My point is the guys that I trust don’t use plug-ins. They use hardware and I hear the difference. Once you hear the difference, it is hard to ignore the fact that real mastering equipment (Weiss, Manley, Prism, etc) sounds better and is the choice of most mastering engineers out there. If I don’t see mastering gear on a “Mastering Studio” website, that is a clear indicator that this person sort of dabbles in mastering or he/she offers it as a secondary service. I would only want to work with someone who does mastering only and does it every day.

  • ANuz

    can i have an authorization cde plzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • http://rekkerd.org ronnie

    @Anuz, you can when you buy the software.
    If you can’t afford it you can either save up some money and get it later, or look around for some cheaper/free plug-ins. There’s a lot you can get without paying a dime.

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