Vernon Reid Chooses Mackie Tracktion for New Living Color Project

Guitarist Vernon Reid is working with his former group, Living Color, and is composing new material using his laptop and Mackie Tracktion music production software.
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Vernon Reid

Guitarist Vernon Reid is working with his former group, Living Color, and is composing new material using his laptop and Mackie Tracktion music production software.

“Tracktion’s really cool,” he remarks. “I’ve used lots of different programs, and all of them have a great list of features. But what’s interesting is that, as music software’s capabilities are advancing, their interfaces are becoming more and more complex. You can do a lot of things but it’s becoming more and more difficult to maneuver and find what you want. I try to spend time learning all the new features, but in the meantime I’ve got music I have to make. What I like about Tracktion is that it’s really immediate. Most other programs make me relearn my workflow with every major upgrade – that’s tough when you’ve gotten used to a certain way of working. With Tracktion, everything’s right there. And it’s got an extensive amount of help, so I never get bogged down having to stop and look things up. I can work on the music and not get caught up in the method.”

Reid is also a big fan of Tracktion’s extensive feature set. “The loop record mode is great for trying out ideas, and the bussing is quick and intuitive. And it’s great to be able to build a stack of instruments by just clicking and dragging them into the rack. And I love the fact that it’s got built-in Quicktime support. I literally scored an indie horror film with it, in conjunction with (Ableton) Live, thanks to the built-in ReWire support.”

To learn more about Mackie Tracktion, visit www.mackie.com.