Mixcraft 8 Review

Mixcraft, developed by Acoustica, is a multi-track recording application with a digital audio workstation (DAW) interface. It supports various advanced audio recording, editing, special effects and burning features.

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Our Verdict

Mixcraft is a stellar option for anyone wanting audio recording software with a DAW interface that’s packed with functionality and effects.

For

  • It includes over 7,800 loops, samples and sound effects for you to round out your recording with.

Against

  • The application needs more robust record, rip and burn features.
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Mixcraft’s homepage lets you easily view and edit all basic aspects of an audio file.

Mixcraft’s homepage lets you easily view and edit all basic aspects of an audio file.
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Mixcraft makes it easy for you to manage multiple parameters.

Mixcraft makes it easy for you to manage multiple parameters.
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You can choose from a variety of instruments and loops directly from Mixcraft’s interface.

You can choose from a variety of instruments and loops directly from Mixcraft’s interface.
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Mixcraft’s life performance panel offers flexible loop, mix and mashup creation with multiple layers and effects.

Mixcraft’s life performance panel offers flexible loop, mix and mashup creation with multiple layers and effects.
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Mixcraft also has a built-in video editor, helping you align professional-sounding edited audio files over a video.

Mixcraft also has a built-in video editor, helping you align professional-sounding edited audio files over a video.
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The integrated performance panel in Mixcraft lets you record live performances and create loops on the fly.

The integrated performance panel in Mixcraft lets you record live performances and create loops on the fly.
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Mixcraft employs native sidechaining, audio control and MIDI routing, helping you create solid-sounding professional effects for your mixes.

Mixcraft employs native sidechaining, audio control and MIDI routing, helping you create solid-sounding professional effects for your mixes.
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Mixcraft allows you to easily animate any number of parameters with its global automation recording feature.

Mixcraft allows you to easily animate any number of parameters with its global automation recording feature.
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Mixcraft is compatible with MIDI virtual instruments.

Mixcraft is compatible with MIDI virtual instruments.
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To help you create the perfect audio, Mixcraft gives you access to over 7,800 effects, loops and samples.

To help you create the perfect audio, Mixcraft gives you access to over 7,800 effects, loops and samples.
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Once you’ve finished creating a song, album, video or other project, Mixcraft can help you publish your work directly to social media if you want.

Once you’ve finished creating a song, album, video or other project, Mixcraft can help you publish your work directly to social media if you want.
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With virtual sampler instruments built into Mixcraft, you can create custom tracks, loops and mixes by working with effects, filters and pitch modulation.

With virtual sampler instruments built into Mixcraft, you can create custom tracks, loops and mixes by working with effects, filters and pitch modulation.
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Mixcraft offers a variety of effects and instruments that you can access for sequencing, oscillations and other custom effects.

Mixcraft offers a variety of effects and instruments that you can access for sequencing, oscillations and other custom effects.
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The ME80 is a synthesizer emulation plugin for Mixcraft.

The ME80 is a synthesizer emulation plugin for Mixcraft.
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This is a Minimoog emulation plugin for Mixcraft, with features like five-note polyphony, an arpeggiator, a 16-note step sequencer and fully programmable digital delay.

This is a Minimoog emulation plugin for Mixcraft, with features like five-note polyphony, an arpeggiator, a 16-note step sequencer and fully programmable digital delay.
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One of the best things about Mixcraft is the dozens of integrated effects and instruments it gives you to use within your audio recordings.

One of the best things about Mixcraft is the dozens of integrated effects and instruments it gives you to use within your audio recordings.
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Mixcraft comes with the G-Sonique Renegade Analog Monster instrument, which allows for modulation, delays, filters and oscillators.

Mixcraft comes with the G-Sonique Renegade Analog Monster instrument, which allows for modulation, delays, filters and oscillators.
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This is one of the many integrated effects panels included in Mixcraft that lets you affect bass compression, with a tube limiter and tube saturation effect.

This is one of the many integrated effects panels included in Mixcraft that lets you affect bass compression, with a tube limiter and tube saturation effect.
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This new sound engine enables boosted flexibility for sending or inserting tracks within Mixcraft.

This new sound engine enables boosted flexibility for sending or inserting tracks within Mixcraft.
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Mixcraft’s unlimited submix nesting means you can edit or apply filters to just a portion of tracks within an audio file instead of all of them.

Mixcraft’s unlimited submix nesting means you can edit or apply filters to just a portion of tracks within an audio file instead of all of them.

Mixcraft, developed by Acoustica, is a multi-track recording application with a digital audio workstation (DAW) interface. It supports various advanced audio recording, editing, special effects and burning features. It’s extremely versatile voice recording software and performed well overall in our tests. While the absence of voice-activated features is a major miss, its advanced recording functions like pitch correction, plug-in support, MIDI routing and native sidechaining make it a powerful tool. Nevertheless, Mixcraft is great audio recording software loaded with plenty of useful and essential tools and a sleek, modern interface.

During our testing, we found the software to be easy to use, with a pleasant, modern and colorful interface. Advanced users will enjoy perusing over 7,800 loops, samples and sound effects, as well as the arsenal of instruments, effects and samplers. Unlimited submix nesting makes it easy to make every level of your final audio file perfect. The integrated recording timer can be used to define the duration of a recording session, but it cannot be used for scheduling a future recording session.

If you want to record your voice, or other types of audio, Mixcraft supports a range of audio filters and special effects that you can apply to the file. You can equalize and amplify your audio, add in reverb or a fade, reduce background noise and remove pesky pops and clicks. In addition, you can trim or add a period of silence in your audio file. However, the software lacks the ability to convert a mono audio file into stereo, an ability all of the other programs in our comparison have. These audio filters and special effects, if applied properly to a voice recording, can drastically improve the quality of the final file and provide a host of additional file formats and split options.

Besides its proprietary format, Mixcraft supports MIDI files for opening and saving projects being worked on. In addition, files can be saved to WMA, OGG, MP3, FLAC and WAV formats. Auto conversion to WAV format when burning is supported too. However, the software is not compatible with AAC or M4A formats.

Mixcraft works on all recent versions of Windows, from XP forward. It won’t work on older versions, though, and there currently is not an option for Mac OS X or Linux. If you need audio recording software with more operating system compatibility, or simply want to spend less, check out Audacity.

Mixcraft comes bundled with a help file, which does a thorough job explaining the features and functionality of the program. There are several links throughout the help files, further aiding in its use. The website offers a downloadable PDF user manual. If you want other informational resources, check out the video tutorials, FAQs section and user forum, which are available on the company’s website. Should you need to contact a customer support representative, you can do so via email. However, there is no support by telephone or live chat.

An all-around voice recording program with plenty of extra features thrown in to handle any situation, Mixcraft is a delight to record and edit with. With its powerful yet easy-to-use interface and variety of support options, Mixcraft is an outstanding option for anyone looking for powerful and flexible voice recording software through a DAW interface.