Tracktion 5 (also known as T5), a powerful digital audio workstation with VST/AU plugin support, is now completely free to download and use on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Last year’s announcement that Tracktion 4 has become a freeware DAW was one of our most popular articles in 2015. It inspired me to create a round-up of the best free digital audio workstations, which is still one of our most read articles to date.
Well, the news got even better this year. Tracktion 5, a vastly improved and polished version of the software, has now gone freeware and can be download directly from the company’s website. This is the full, unlimited version of the software that was priced at $60 when it was released back in 2014. There are no feature restrictions or other limitations in the free version of T5. The full retail version of Tracktion 5 can now be installed and activated on your computer, completely free of charge.
And wow, it’s a great piece of software! Tracktion 4 never really clicked with me because its architecture and workflow were significantly different from what I was used to seeing in other DAWs. However, I spent several hours testing Tracktion 5 today and I can’t help but say that I like it a lot. Sure, it’s still quite different from most other DAWs on the market in terms of workflow, but it’s a good kind of different that I could see myself getting used to quite easily. Drag and drop controls are all over the place, making some potentially time consuming tasks a breeze. For example, loading plugins is as easy as dragging and dropping a plugin from the browser panel onto a track (with the option of placing it directly into any spot in the signal chain). It is also possible to save plugin chains for later use, which can be a significant time saver.
The user interface looks more modern and fresh than in Tracktion 4, with a brighter color scheme and fewer on-screen controls that are now far less distracting than in the earlier versions of the software. A handy tooltip pops up whenever you hover the cursor above a certain UI component for a couple of seconds, explaining the functionality and workflow of that particular panel or button (of course, tooltips can be switched off in the “Settings” panel).
Tracktion 5 comes pre-loaded with a nice selection of virtual effects, a simple (but useful enough) sampler instrument, as well as the ability to load third party VST and AU plugins (both virtual instruments and effects are supported). Needless to say, you can also record external audio sources with Tracktion 5 and edit the recorded clips much like in any other DAW on the market. You get unlimited audio tracks, unlimited MIDI tracks, full automation support, video sync capabilities, a basic time-stretch algorithm, audio comping, track freeze, and loads of other useful features.
To download and install you free copy of Tracktion 5, simply visit the product page linked below and hit the “Get Yours Now” button. Enter you email address, set a password for your user account (make sure to remember it) and then hit the download link. Once you’ve installed the application on your computer, launch it and enter your registered email address and password. Now restart the application and you’re good to go (the registration panel will keep popping up until you restart the software).
IMPORTANT: I can’t figure out a way to automatically download the 64-bit version of the software from Tracktion’s website. I had to edit the 32-bit link manually (edit the URL to say 64-bit instead of 32-bit) in order to download the correct version for my system.
T5 is available for free download via Tracktion (6.91 MB download size, EXE/DMG installer, standalone application for Windows, Mac & Linux).
I had download problems too. Go to “my account” (on home page choose from top right menu). When u r in there u will see “my downloads”. In that place are all sorts of versions for different OS. That worked for me
Good tip, thanks!
Tracktions website got redone at the time of the T7 release, and it sucks… really buggy. But I love Tracktion anyway…
Thats Great! Tracktion has been my go to DAW.
Also, T5 supports vst3 which was not supported by T4.
Wow, finally it is here, the “Full Featured Free DAW” that actually has all the necessary stuff.
Unlimited tracks and VSTs, multiple-takes loop recording, comping, automation, PDC (not perfect but…), step sequencers, video sync, works on multiple OSes, etc…
Even if you use Live, Bitwig or FL you can get this for the loop recording/comping.
Indeed, it does pretty much everything a regular DAW should be able to.
Great news, I can’t wait to try it out!
Seems like a very nice DAW. But il married to FL Studio so dont see me changing any time soon. Might use it for other tasks.
Keeps saying I dont have a valid license for this product? Windows 10 64 bit
Try to do an offline validation.
How do you do that?
I’ll definitely try this out. The workflow looks a lot better than Reaper’s…. I might even switch if I like it.
Does it have slide notes?
You can get the 64bit version if you order from marketplace.tracktion (and it’s still free)
Thanks for the tip!
This is big! This gives every one who has a dream or having the desire to show their creative side are able to do so without spending a dime. I will give this a try.
I had no problems with the download, but when I try to authorize, it gives a T601 error ‘An authorization error has occured’. Offline authorization doesn’t work as Tracktion 5 is not in the list of products I ordered.
Same with me.
Still the same situation. Whats goin’ on with them ?
Same s*** here.
Same. How is it “free” if we can’t turn off demo mode?
restart your pc and restart you copy of traktion 5, it worked for me!
BTW because of this you’re able to upgrade to t6/7 for 30 bucks :D
hi i have a quick question. can i use tracktion 5 free for comercial purposes? example: create and sell my songs or to use in a videogame.
thanks for your quick answer :D
Cheers, happy music making!
Kim Christopher Machado Neveson
Hi, rewire support in 64bits?