Podium

Podium is a modern digital audio workstation (DAW) for Windows. It supports recording and editing of audio and MIDI, and hosts VST instrument and effect plugins.

Podium Demo 3.2.4

Released: March 17, 2014. File size: 18 MB.

The demo version has the following restrictions: Message boxes will occasionally appear with demo reminders. Audio output will drop temporarily every 60 seconds. Import and export of preset files are disabled.

The zip file contains separate installers for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.

Download Demo

If you are a license owner you can download Podium from your account downloads page.

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Browse the Podium documentation online. The Podium installer includes a PDF version of the guide.

Podium Guide

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Screenshots

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Videos

Visit the Podium forums for support and discussion about the future development.

Community

Podium – License

Single-User Software License
US$50
Includes free upgrade period
Includes a licensed full version of the Tone2 Warmverb multi-fx VST plugin (value US$65)
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Prices include any applicable tax or VAT
Purchase

Podium – Renewal

1 to 3 year upgrade period
US$35/ 1 year period
US$60/ 2 year period
US$75/ 3 year period
Available only to license owners
Purchase from your account page
Renew at any time you like
20% discount on early renewal
Prices include any applicable tax or VAT

Feature overview

  • Each project can contain an unlimited number of arrangements.
  • Arrangements can share sequences and sounds in the project, making it easy to create alternative mixes of a song.
  • Sequences and sounds can be pasted on tracks as phantom copies, so that editing the sequence affects all phantom copies.
  • Library preset objects can be stored in the project as an alternative to maintaining a separate collection of plugin preset and bank files.

  • Layout your workspace in a single window or use multiple windows to utilize multiple monitors.
  • Arrange windows in screensets and switch screen with key shortcuts.
  • Editor layouts can be extensively customized using editor profile dialogs.
  • Alternative editor profiles can be created and selected with key shortcuts.
  • Sequence and sound editors can be embedded in the arrangement editor.
  • Use key shortcuts to hide and show the track inspector, mixer and embedded editors to maximize your workspace.
  • Use color scheme files or the color setup dialog to change the general appearance of the Podium UI.

  • Tracks are organized in a hierarchic tree structure defining both the visual layout and how audio, MIDI and parameter automation is routed.
  • The mixer shows the hierarchic track tree as vertical strips with easy access to mixer controls and precision metering.
  • Group tracks can be configured for sub-mixing.
  • Advanced track setups can be copied as templates for new tracks.
  • Audio processing can be configured to either 32 or 64-bit floating point.
  • Multicore and multiprocessor support to maximize performance of plugins.
  • Automatic delay compensation for plugins and external hardware.
  • ‘Gapless’ performance, meaning edit actions do not interrupt playback.

  • Record any number of MIDI and audio inputs simultaneously.
  • Edit recorded MIDI note sequences with piano-roll or drum map editors.
  • Edit automation curves by drawing bar, line and spline point events.
  • Parameter tracks in the mixer has sliders for quick editing of automation.
  • Parameter objects can be dragged onto the track timeline to create parameter events that has dials for setting values.
  • Record MIDI SysEx as raw data events or as parameter automation.
  • Loop recording of audio input tracks.
  • Customizable fade-in/out curves on sound events and automatic crossfades.
  • Beat slicing.

  • Bounce tracks allows capturing the track audio output and switch between playback of the bounced audio or the child tracks in the bounce group.
  • Insert bounce tracks anywhere in the hierarchic track tree.
  • Bouncing can be done both by realtime recording and offline rendering.
  • The audio events recorded on a bounce track can be moved around like normal sound events.
  • Bounced plugins can be unloaded from memory to further save system resources.

  • VST 2.4 support including 64-bit double precision processing.
  • Unlimited instances supporting multiple IO, multitimbrality and side-chaining.
  • MIDI and audio routing of an insert plugin can be handled on a single track.
  • Podium comes bundled with zPEQ, zReverb and zPitch which are the first in a series of plugins being developed by Zynewave.
  • zPEQ is a 6 band parametric EQ.
  • zReverb is an algorithmic reverb with stereo source positioning.
  • The zPlugin editors are integrated in the Podium UI.

  • MIDI and audio routing of an external device can be handled on a single track.
  • Automatic delay compensation of MIDI and audio latencies.
  • Hardware devices and plugins can be routed interchangeably in the track hierarchy.
  • Bounce recording allows using a single hardware device on multiple tracks.

  • Create up to 100 mixer bus instances.
  • Send and return mappings can be placed freely in the track hierarchy.
  • A mixer bus return can be assigned on multiple tracks.
  • A mixer bus can feed into other mixer busses.
  • Any latency added by a mixer bus return processing will not affect realtime monitoring of tracks that are not sending to the mixer bus.

  • Wave/AIFF files with up to 32 channels incl. standard surround sound setups.
  • Support for the RF64 wave file format used with files larger than 4GB.
  • Each track can route up to 32 channels through plugins and mixer busses.
  • Edit all or selected channels with the integrated sound editor.
  • Mixer bus mappings allow mono and stereo sounds to be mixed into any channels of a multi-channel arrangement.

Purchasing

If you are a first-time customer you will create your personal Zynewave account as the first step on the purchase checkout page. When you log in to your account you will have access to all your Podium downloads and you will be able to comment on the blog and post on the forums.

Zynewave uses PayPal to handle secure online payments. It is not required that you have a PayPal account. You can pay directly with credit-card on the PayPal website. Once your payment has been verified you will receive an email with download links.

Zynewave does not offer discounts on license purchases. You can get a discount on upgrade renewals if you are a license owner, and if you purchase before your current upgrade period expires.

You will need multiple Podium software licenses if you are purchasing on behalf of more than one user. To purchase multiple licenses please contact Zynewave with your request.

Zynewave does not allow you to sell or transfer your Podium license. This restriction allows Zynewave to eliminate the time and cost of handling license transfers. It helps to maintain the low Podium purchase price, and also allows Zynewave to devote time better spent on the continued development of Podium.

Podium releases uses the standard major.minor.revision version numbering system. Each major and minor release incrementally adds new features. Each revision release contains optimizations and bug-fixes. During your upgrade period you get access to all upgrades, including major version upgrades.

If you let the upgrade period expire you still keep your Podium license and you can continue to use the Podium releases you downloaded during your upgrade period. You can at any time in the future purchase an upgrade renewal.

All Zynewave software releases are announced on the blog. You can subscribe to the blog to get email notifications. To get notified about beta versions and future updates you can subscribe to the Preview announcement topic in the Future forum.

Installation

These are the minimum PC specifications required for running Podium:

  • 800 MHz CPU 512 MB system memory
  • Graphics card with 32 MB memory
  • Minimum display resolution of 1024×600
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Sound card with ASIO or MME driver (ASIO recommended)

Zynewave recommends that you try the Podium demo on your PC and make sure that everything is working. There is always a risk that different hardware configurations can cause unexpected problems. Zynewave does not offer a refund of your purchase if you find that Podium does not work on your PC.

No software activation is required to install and use Podium. Different types of copy-protection are today widely used in the software industry. Copy-protection systems are however a nuisance to everyone except those that use illegal cracked software. Zynewave has chosen not to implement any copy-protection in Podium.

The downloaded zip file contains the Podium x86 and Podium x64 installers. Copy the desired installer to the PC where you want to use Podium, and run the installer there.

When you run the installer, any existing installation of an older Podium x86 or x64 version will automatically be removed. The Podium.ini setup file will not be removed, so your Podium setup customizations are not affected. Podium x86 and Podium x64 can be installed side by side.

The installer is a standard Windows Installer package. The installer does not use any form of copy-protection. Once Podium is installed it does not require further authorization.

Third party downloads

To get the best audio performance in Podium you should use an ASIO driver for your sound card. If your sound card does not come with an ASIO driver, or if you experience problems with the ASIO driver, Zynewave recommends that you try the free ASIO4ALL generic driver:

ASIO4ALL website

Podium is available in builds for both x86 and x64 Windows platforms. Each Podium build supports VST plugins made for the same platform. jBridge is a tool that wraps VST plugin files, allowing you to for example use x86 VST plugins in Podium x64. Podium detects if jBridge is installed on your PC, and utilizes it to scan and load VST plugins:

jBridge website

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