In today’s entry, we’ll talk about how to create a “mashup.” If you’ve been one of the big techno, EDM, or hip–hop clubs you’re probably heard a mashup – this is when sections of two songs that were never intended to fit together are synced up and played simultaneously, often to humorous effect. In the example in my video above around 0:38, you can hear the beats and raps of Blacked Eyed Peas’ (I won’t even attempt to properly make a possessive out that… Peaszes?) “My Humps” combined with AC/DC’s classic “Shook Me All Night Long” guitar riffs.
If you’re still using Mixcraft 6 (or older) you really owe it to yourself to upgrade to Mixcraft 7. It includes tons of awesome new instruments, plug-ins, loops and features, and at $30, it’s super affordable. In today’s entry and video we’ll cover some of the highlights.
In this post we’ll discuss a super-neat new Mixcraft 7 feature we call “publishing.” The publishing feature lets you quickly render completed audio or video files and directly upload them to social media sites. In the past, once a song or video project was completed, you would render an audio or video file by choosing Mixcraft’s Mix Down To Audio File button. This creates an MP3 or WAV audio file, or in the case of video, a WMV or AVI file. You’d then direct your web browser to a social media site and follow the procedure for uploading.
SUPER IMPORTANT NOTE: Publishing direct to social media sites requires Mixcraft version 7.7. To make sure you have the newest version, click on Help>Check For Updates at the top of the screen.
In this entry we’ll talk about using compression and EQ to maximize vocal quality and punch.
Following our last installment, we’ll assume you’ve successfully recorded tracks with your vocalist. Now we’ll take the next step and edit the takes inside Mixcraft. In all likelihood, you’ve recorded more than one take of the performance, so we’ll need to go through them and edit the best parts into a single continuous performance.
Recording and mixing vocals is possibly the most important part of pop and rock music production, so it pays to get it right. In this entry, we’ll offer some tips on each component of the vocal chain.
By Mark Bliss
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.
By Mitchell Sigman
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.
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.
By Mitchell Sigman
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.”