Creating Your Own Virtual Instrument
You can make your own virtual instrument presets by layering multiple synthesizers, editing presets, setting key range and more!

To create your own Virtual Instrument, click the Instrument button on a Virtual Instrument Track.



On the pop-up window, click the Show Details... button



This will extend the instrument window and show more details about the preset.



To add a virtual instrument, click on <Select Synth> and then choose a synthesizer from the drop down list.



After selecting an instrument, you can change the following parameters:
  • Preset - Select a preset or patch from the synthesizer
  • Edit - If the synthesizer has an interface, click the Edit button to bring it up for further customization.
  • Volume - Click on the volume column and type in a value from 1 to 200 %
  • Pan - Click on the pan column and type in a value from -100% to 100%
  • Range - You can set the range of MIDI notes that this synthesizer responds to.  Click on it and select a range of notes from the pop-up keyboard.  The synthesizer will only play audio for notes in this range.
  • Transpose - Type in a value to transpose notes for this synthesizer.  For example, if you set the transpose to 12 and you play a C4 on your MIDI keyboard, it will actually play a C5.
  • Velocity - Type in a velocity range that this synthesizer will respond to. (1-127) See the MIDI primer for more information on velocity. Make sure to type in a dash so that the software understands what the range is.  For example, if you wanted it to respond to velocities from 120 to 127, you would type in '120 - 127'.

    Once you have edited the values for this synthesizer, you will end up with something like this:



    At this point, you can add more synthesizers and effects.



    Choose an icon by clicking Set Icon... and you've made your own custom virtual instrument!

    Save Preset...
    You can save your preset for later use in other projects, as well.  



    Type in a name and select a category.  You may create a brand new category by typing it in, if you wish.  Optionally, you can have the custom icon embedded in the preset file by clicking the Embed Icon checkbox.  When are satisfied, click Save.

    New Preset
    Click this to create a blank preset.  If you have made changes to this preset, Mixcraft will ask you if you want to save your changes.

    Preset Files
    Your preset files are located in your Mixcraft 4 folder under a sub-folder called InstPresets.  Preset files have a .instrument extension and can be traded and sent between computers and users.  (Please note that you will need the appropriate VSTi's and virtual synths installed so that they will work.)