I don’t like listening to music when I sleep. I prefer not to learn how to ignore music.
How Important is a Reliable Audio Workbench? (and a few suggestions)
Duh, very important. But there’s a problem … what to choose?
I decided to go with Acoustica Mixcraft. In its industry, it’s relatively cheap, but also incredibly powerful and has a great workflow. It’s also incredibly stable, in terms of messing around for hours-on-end. I’ve encountered issues with some other programs that miserably failed, from me just adjusting VSTs. alas, headaches.
Mind you, Mixcraft sometimes does it have its share of fatal crashes and having to restart it, but usually a full clean exit settles the chaos.
I was using Adobe Audition, prior to Mixcraft and Mixcraft prior to Audition. There are some things from Audition that I’d like to be slipped into Mixcraft, such as automatic loop extending by drag-extending the clip - THIS is a great feature of Audition.
But… I’m going to focus on some suggestions for Mixcraft.
Auto Note Correction
You may think this is not a big deal, but when you get to the bottom of the hardware at-hand, you’re going to notice many differences in timing. One of them is going to cause a delay. It may “sound” right, but in-fact, on the MIDI Editor it’s not. Digging deeper into hardware limitations, you may want a real-time kernel. Dealing with Windows, this is tedious and the majority of the time, if you’re not going to be performing live, you’re probably not going to need it.
A computer with an Intel Core2Duo may become stressed after so many tracks have been layered (roughly 5 to 7), thus causing a lengthier delay. As where a computer with some Quadcore may shrug it off.
There, now you’re having to go back to the previously laid track and correct some occasional notes, because they’re slightly off. That doesn’t mean it’s all the hardware’s fault, it could also be you. So an auto correction feature would be ideal!
Master Input/Output or Dual
I think this has become a pet-peeve with recording software - the lack of master i/o!
Or at least the ability to dual outputs or inputs. Of course, of course, I could use an Output directly to an external mixer, then split whatever I wanted/needed. thought considering Mixcraft’s inexpensive approach, one may not have a mixer to start off with.
Okay, I just finished talking about the advantage of Mixcraft being inexpensive, but it seems to me that Acoustica has seamlessly mastered their skills into creating one kick-ass program, so why would they not be able to pull this off?
I’ve searched the web endlessly for a decent vocoder and the only solution (worthwhile) is to purchase a hardware vocoder.
In the end, I could simply record my voice, then modify it with the a mixture of effects.
other than the above, I’ve come to really like Mixcraft. It’s a lot easier to use than Fruity Loops.
Checkout the tracks I’ve created, here.
The Dubish track.
Just a snippet, however I think the final will have some more to it. I’m not sure, but as usual, wanted everyone to hear it :)
Cover art by kombuchahead
Here is the full/purchase: http://tyclifford.bandcamp.com/track/dubish
Recently, I’ve been getting into producing some music.
For that I thought I should purchase some musical equipment.
Both great pieces.
(and the Logitech K750)
I also left some reviews for them.
Arrived before the estimated delivery time (although it was fulfilled by Amazon) and in great condition.
Considering this is a low-budget device, it exceeds low-budget performance. The software that comes with the device is not that impressive. The Korg Kontrol could be more in-depth, but it still serves the basic purpose. Plus, there are several other pieces of software or if you have a particular DAW that can utilise the nanoPAD2.
The USB cord is not that long, although I didn’t expect it to be and that can be fixed by simply purchasing another one.
This device leads me to invest in more nano series.
I was not expecting this synth to be as good as it is. The pressure for the keys are excellent.
The arpeggiator is a little difficult to work with. The tap function to set the temp is an annoyance. It’s best if you use the LPK25 Editor to adjust the tempo directly.
Back to the pressure, it allows you to put much expression into your music. I use this in-combination with the Korg nanoPAD2 via the Touch Scale.
Overall impressions are high.
Just a snippet.
Something simple and quick, from a very good program :)
Melodies and bass.
I want to add more to this, just no time! - Wanted to publish a little bit of it, however.
If you’d like to download the song or can’t play it, for some reason: http://ubuntuone.com/74a3y0O1eAvjNKRjQ8RAAO