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post Jul 7 2014, 08:10 PM
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So I finally got my Focusrite, Scarlett 2i2 . Really straight forward and simple for the most part and it comes with Abelton live lite. I ended up buying Mixcraft 6 just seems really simple to use whereas Ableton 9 Lite seems really complicated. Does anybody else use Mixcraft 6??


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post Jul 8 2014, 12:08 AM
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I"ve not heard of mixcraft before. I've heard of ableton but it seems most popular among Electronic Dance folks. Not to say other folks don't use it, they do smile.gif But the bulk seem to be electronic folks and techno and such.

As has been mentioned, I'd be one to suggest REAPER as it's a free download and is cross platform. So grab a copy of reaper if for not other reason than to be able to open other peoples projects. It's the great uniting bit of software smile.gif







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So I finally got my Focusrite, Scarlett 2i2 . Really straight forward and simple for the most part and it comes with Abelton live lite. I ended up buying Mixcraft 6 just seems really simple to use whereas Ableton 9 Lite seems really complicated. Does anybody else use Mixcraft 6??


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post Jul 8 2014, 04:18 AM
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I've never heard about Mixcraft but I've just checked their site and it seems to be a very powerful audio production software. Honestly, most of the multitrack software are very similar, so you will be able to get similar results with Reaper, Sonar, Nuendo, Cubase, Pro Tools and Mixcraft.
The important thing is to choose the one that you feel more comfortable/friendly to use, learn the basics behind audio recording, mixing and mastering. Learn how to equalize an instrument, how compressor work and all that stuff and you will be able to record good quality songs.

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post Jul 8 2014, 09:05 AM
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Thanks for the feedback guys, was using reaper but looked up Daws on the internet and read really good things about Mixcraft and was only 75.00. There is a pro version 400 dollars. Still a few things I don't understand yet like VSts I get it but I don't, And I can throw my video on top of the track as well. Random question here What does clipping mean ???


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QUOTE (Hajduk @ Jul 8 2014, 08:05 AM) *
Thanks for the feedback guys, was using reaper but looked up Daws on the internet and read really good things about Mixcraft and was only 75.00. There is a pro version 400 dollars. Still a few things I don't understand yet like VSts I get it but I don't, And I can throw my video on top of the track as well. Random question here What does clipping mean ???


VSTs - are virtual software effects/processors that you can add to your DAW's tracks i.e. EQs, reverbs, compressors, limiters and so on.
VSTIs - are virtual software instruments - software synths, drums and so on. Most DAWs come with a bundle of VSTs and some also include a few free VSTIs.

Clipping means that the signal has exceeded the maximum level - 0 dBFS on a daw - and has resulted in a clipped wave form that may be digitally distorted. If you clip and render the track then it is pretty much screwed as i is extremely difficult to remove/reduce at mastering. You generally should avoid clipping unless you are deliberately doing it as an effect or occassionally in mastering to achieve desired level.

You should aim to achieve appropriate levels at mixing such that each individual track peaks no higher than @-12dBFS and the stereo/main channell peaks around -6dBFS. If you do this your digital gainstaging will be better, there will be much less unwanted noise, indivdual tracks will more likely have appropriate dynamics and you will much less likely to clip. If it doesn't sound loud enough with these levels then turn your monitors up a bit.


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Yeah if you learn one the only difference to others is pretty much just menu differences and bundles like vst/vsti's. These differences get important when one is recording regularly so its best to stick with mixcraft, learn it really good and then if any complaints check ou other DAW.

I checked the site and think you bought the best version for the money smile.gif there are many freeware alternatives to payware vst's these days so if any sort of fx needed let us know smile.gif


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QUOTE (Mertay @ Jul 8 2014, 11:29 AM) *
Yeah if you learn one the only difference to others is pretty much just menu differences and bundles like vst/vsti's. These differences get important when one is recording regularly so its best to stick with mixcraft, learn it really good and then if any complaints check ou other DAW.

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I'd agree with Mertay that the vast majority of mixing daws, which is the majority of daws, are very smilar and only really differ in minor layout and some bundled extras. For mixing daws the important thing is to get used to and learn the workflow. If you really can't get on with the workflow then look at changing to one that's more intuitive for you but don't just change for the sake of change. (There can be and sometimes are technical difference that can affect audio/performance quality but arguably not so much that a home/project studio is likely to notice much, if any, difference.)

There are however more signficant differences between mixing daws and those aimed more at post production and mastering. The latter two though cost significantly more than a mixing daw, target the professional market and the presumption here is that the user largely already knows what they're doing.


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post Jul 9 2014, 07:09 AM
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Thanks again. Really liking Mixcraft so far, really easy to use smile.gif Just realized that the Focusrite has a gain knob that turns orange than red when it starts to clip.


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QUOTE (Hajduk @ Jul 9 2014, 06:09 AM) *
Thanks again. Really liking Mixcraft so far, really easy to use smile.gif Just realized that the Focusrite has a gain knob that turns orange than red when it starts to clip.


Don't just rely on meters to tell you that you've clipped - do the digital gainstage properly. Far too often the meters are not set up appropriately and/or are too 'course' so by the time the meter has turned red you've may already have clipped for a while.


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I used it a few years back, one of the earlier versions. I quite liked it. Since then I've used quite a few other DAWs because they had certain features or VST/i's included.
Mixcraft is a great program to learn on for sure, especially for the price!
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QUOTE (Hajduk @ Jul 9 2014, 03:09 AM) *
Thanks again. Really liking Mixcraft so far, really easy to use smile.gif Just realized that the Focusrite has a gain knob that turns orange than red when it starts to clip.



Great to know it! What are you planning to record? Some REC takes maybe? Original music?


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