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One of the highlights of the 2017 Manchester International Festival was a series of intimate live performances by New Order, who reinvented their stage show by introducing an entirely new set list and a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra!

Non-musicians can simply sequence the supplied audio loops, but a decent collection of software instruments comes supplied, too (including some new Chinese ones) as does multitrack recording functionality and a good selection of virtual guitar amps and stompboxes.

It feels like the i OS version of Garage Band might be getting more love from Apple than the desktop one just at the moment, but the Mac version is a great first DAW, and good enough to be quite a few people's only one.

FIND OUT MORE: Apple Garage Band Previously a Mac-only DAW, Digital Performer is now on Windows, too.

In fact, upon launching Waveform, apart from the tweaked colour scheme, you’ll be hard pushed to tell the difference between it and Tracktion 7.

It still centres on the single-screen interface that’s fundamental to its workflow, where contextual menus and panels give access to everything you need in a unified space, MIDI clips are edited directly on their host tracks, and a left-to-right ‘inline’ signal flow stands in for a dedicated mixer.

There were also five new effect plugins, and some significant workflow and feature enhancements.

The recently-released DP 9.5 takes things even further with the addition of advanced timestretching and pitchshifting features.

As such, its hardcore fanbase now includes a select number of in-the-know PC users.