Tested by Kent Carmical Guitar Tracks Pro 3 ($209 retail/$149 street) rocks the world of guitar players and singer/songwriters alike by taking the best aspects of digital-audio workstations and loop-based groove software, and simplifying the recording and editing processes. Guitar Tracks Pro (Windows only) lets you record and play back up to 32 audio tracks, and to make the program an even sweeter deal for 6-string recordists, Cakewalk throws in some excellent amp models and guitar-specific effects. Guitar Tracks makes throwing together backing tracks a breeze. Cakewalk supplies several hundred MB of instrument and drum loops in Sonic Foundry’s Acid format, which allows audio clips of different keys and tempo to play together perfectly.
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