Archives: Mixcraft

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Off The Beaten Path

By Mark Bliss

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Hi everyone! My name is Mark Bliss, and I’m honored to be the guest blogger for this installment of Zeros & Ones!

When I began exploring DAW music production, my primary motivation was to learn how to create drum and backing tracks to jam to. My search for drum tracks that sounded more realistic than drums machines led me to Acoustica Beatcraft, and later to Mixcraft. I learned there were more ways to create drum tracks than I had imagined. While things can quickly become complex, there are fairly simple ways to achieve great sounding drum tracks.

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Stack ‘n’ Split!

By Mitchell Sigman

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One of Mixcraft’s unique features is that it allows easy stacking of multiple virtual instruments on a single track. This lets you easily create the elaborate layered and/or split sounds usually associated with the “multi” or “combi” modes seen on workstation keyboards.

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If you’ve clicked on the “Library” tab in Mixcraft, I’m sure you’ve noticed that even the entry–level Mixcraft Home Studio edition includes over 2000 loops and effects. Used “as-is,” you can easily create anything from basic rhythm sections to entire songs. But many users may not realize that with some crafty cutting, slicing, and tuning tricks, the loop library possesses infinite potential for unique, creative, and sometimes really out there manipulation.

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Basics of Recording: What Is An EQ?

By Mitchell Sigman

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In our “Basics of Recording” blog entries we’ll discuss the building blocks of creating pro recordings. We hope to help folks newer to music production, but hopefully we’ll provide some insights for experienced users too. In this installment we’ll talk about equalizers, usually shortened to simply “EQ.”

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Ever wonder how to get huge, lush-sounding backing vocals? I used to think the secret was simply being a stellar vocal talent, but fortunately, that’s not the case. The real secret is mainly just stacking a lot of tracks for a smooth, “homogeneous” sound. And as you’ll see, you don’t even have to be a great singer.

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Keyboard-o-rama!

By Mitchell Sigman

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The flu-bonic plague has unintentionally extended my Christmas/New Year’s hiatus, but I’m back. If you’ve been following the blog, I’ve been breaking down the tracks of my song “Intermission”, handily attached above. Today we’ll discuss the keyboard parts and how they were tweaked at the mix stage.

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Recording Four- and Six-String Electric Twangers

By Mitchell Sigman

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Last week in the Zero and Ones blog, I broke down the tracking and mixing of the drums in my cheerful little ditty “Intermission”. In this post I’ll go over the how (and what I used) to track the bass and guitar parts.

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