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.