I contacted Dave Kusek, firstname.lastname@example.org
, back in August of 2009. He originally wrote Trax for Passport Designs, which later became MasterTracks Pro. I was curious if there was a way for me to purchase the source code for Trax, without violating any laws he had with GVOX. He wrote back and only said "Sorry Mitch."
So, I am in a similar situation as the rest of you. So far, this has been my best solution:
I run a dual boot system. I use Ubuntu Linux for my everyday needs, which is great due to its stability and lack of virus concerns. I then use Windows XP for just MasterTracks Pro version 6.53 and Ableton Live version 8.0.10. I keep Windows XP off any networks to avoid any spyware or virus issues.
I have come to the conclusion that we cannot rely
on GVOX to give us a stable version of MasterTracks Pro. The reality is that even if they do a complete re-write of the code, they probably will not keep it up to date. For example, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X will continue to have service pack related updates. When this happens, third party software programs generally need a revision for complete compatibility. (The programmers at Ableton are very good about this.)
Thus, I decided to use MasterTracks Pro 6.53 (written by Passport Designs) on WIndows XP, service pack 2. I did not install any updates to Windows XP, but simply used the CD-ROM to install the operating system. I then un-installed various things, like Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, etc, in order to save hard drive space.
So, while I am very upset that GVOX cannot provide updates and support in a timely manner, I can at least rely on my copy from Passport Designs. I can take the MIDI files from MasterTracks Pro and import them into Ableton Live, or GarageBand on my iBook. This allows me to take advantage of the virtual instruments that these programs have.
Everyone here has a different setup scenario. I would suggest that if you have the ability to use an old Passport Designs version of MasterTracks Pro, go for it.
Lastly, to help you all cope with the frustrations of this situation, feel free to download my binaural nature recordings from my web site: http://www.mitchwalcott.com
Take care everyone,