Any holiday that’s an excuse to give thanks (not to mention, eat) is a worthy one, whether you’re an American or not. Photo ()CC) riptheskull/Dave.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday on this international site, but the basic ideal for which the day has come to stand – giving thanks – is a noble one. So we want to do three things here for CDM:

1. Ask you what for you’re thankful, musically speaking. It might be a synth, or a collaborator, or an album, or a song, or the metronome you’ve used since you started playing, or having more discipline practicing. It could be tech (you know the slant of this site), or not. I’ll be putting together the answers in a big, warm heap for us to share, like virtual pumpkin pie.

2. Meet CDM Notes. Like you need another mailing list, I know. This one will be different – it won’t just be an automated dump of headlines; it’ll actually be an email from me with personal notes on the week’s events in music and motion, and some exclusive tidbits not elsewhere. You don’t have to sign up for the mailing list, but this is a chance to do it if you like. And it’ll include some things to be thankful for.

3. You could win a copy of T-RackS 3 Deluxe. Whether you opt for the mailing list or not, you’ll be entered to win a copy of IK Multimedia’s latest release of their mixing and mastering suite. (I’m playing with it now; watch for a review soon.)

Enter now:


T-RackS is IK Multimedia’s flagship mastering and mixing suite, which since the beginning has had this fierce creature as its mascot. Photo (CC) Terence Faircloth, aka Atelier Teee, of Chicago’s “Sue.”

T-RackS 3 has a bunch of new stuff in it, too, so I expect we’ll make someone very happy. It’s basically a bundle of emulations of tube and digital models for mastering, with new mixing, metering, and models. (Mmmmm, alliteration.) The latest release adds new vintage and analog emulations and modeling tech, additional chaining options, extensive new metering, new oversampling, and both standalone and plug-in versions in all the formats. We’re giving you the Deluxe copy, so you get an extensive collection of tools. And if you lose, as I said, stay tuned for our full review once I’ve had sufficient time with it. (I’m calling in a couple of my mastering friends, since they have better ears than I do.)

Unlucky in these things? IK reminds us that they’re doing the one million installation giveaway; you can win up to $17,000 in toys and everyone gets to choose from one piece of free software.

1 Million Installation Celebration / giveaway / contest

… but of course, we hope you enter ours, too!

But on to being thankful – we look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Great.
    Peter, if you have the ability to edit the thank-you message, perhaps a link back to CDM would be useful, since as it is, you're left there high and dry.

    all the best,

  • Rex Rhino

    Kind of off topic, but:

    I have been considering purchasing T-Racks 3 for doing some simple mastering… i.e. not professional stuff, but just trying to make some tracks sound louder and better when I upload mp3s online.

    How easy is T-Racks 3 to use, and how useful are the presets? I know that I like the sound from the demos I heard, but I don't really have much mastering skills. Is it easy enough to pull up a preset (say, for house music, for example), do some minor tweaking, and be good to go? Also, is it a bit of overkill for that sort of thing ($400+ is a lot of money just to improve the sound of my MP3s a little bit)? Is there any cheaper alternative that provide what I am looking for?

  • @Rex,
    Stock Sound Forge($250), your ears, a good monitoring chain, and a well acoustically treated room.

    Don't use presets though… However, if your music production is highly standardized, and every mix comes out with the same EQ balance, and power, then you can make some presets of your own that work for your unique situation.

  • @Rex: $400 is the premium version; IK has some cheaper versions that should serve you just fine — and right now via the link above you can pick up their EQ for free.

    But Ryan is right, ears + setting up monitoring and your environment are a big part of it. What program are you using for production? What OS are you on, Mac or Windows?

  • Rex Rhino

    I do everything hardware… I record each track into my sampler, then re-sample the final mix into a .wav file and copy that to PC via USB. I do any final editing via Sound Forge Audio Studio 8 (the lite version, so it doesn't come with the free copy of iZotope Mastering Effects).

    I considered going with the newest full version of Soundforge and using iZotope, but I am really looking for simplicity over really fine control (iZotope looks way complicated).