Arming A Track For Recording
Arming a track simply means that you are preparing it for recording.  When you arm a track, you are instructing the software that you want to record on that track.  

To arm a track, click the Arm button on a track header.

Once a track is armed, it will highlight in red. 

Choosing Recording Input 

Audio Tracks

You can record from multiple sound cards and different inputs at the same time.  Some specialty sound devices allow you to record on multiple inputs at a time.  Typical sound cards usually only have one stereo input with one source. 

On the track header, click the little arrow on the Arm button.

This brings up a list of sound devices, followed by inputs.  In the following example, it shows one device.  (Conexant HD Audio).


For those that wish to record a mono signal, click the sound device followed by clicking Left or Right depending on where you've plugged in your device.

Virtual Instrument Tracks

You can record multiple tracks of virtual instruments at the same time.  By default, Mixcraft will listen to all MIDI channels (Any Channel) for each track.  However, if you click the little arrow on the Arm button    you will be able to choose the MIDI channel that the track listens to.  

For example, if you have two keyboards and want to record each keyboard on a different track, try the following.  Set keyboard 1 to send on MIDI channel 1 and set keyboard 2 to send on MIDI channel 2.  Now click the Arm button on track 1 and select Channel 1.  Choose Channel 2 for track 2.   You are ready to record.    

Alternatively, you could split your MIDI keyboard into two sections.  You could make the first section or range of notes go to MIDI channel 1 and the second range of notes go to MIDI channel 2.  This would have the same effect as two keyboards.  You will need to consult the manual for your MIDI keyboard to see if this is possible, though.

Choosing A Recording Source (Audio Tracks only)
When you are using the Wave driver system (the default), and you are using a standard Window's sound card, you will also have the choice of choosing which mixer source to record from.  Typical choices are microphone, wave out mix, line in and auxiliary.  Click the arm arrow, select your sound device and then choose Stereo Source

You can alternatively choose a recording source by going to your Window's mixer and choosing a source.  Hint: Click the Window's Start button followed by choosing Run..  Type in sndvol32 -r and adjust your source control.

Setting A Recording Level (Audio Tracks only)
In Wave mode, you can set the recording level of the armed track.  When you arm a track, the volume slider turns into a red recording level adjuster.  This is not an option in ASIO mode due to the way that ASIO drivers work.  However, if it is a typical sound card, you can adjust the recording level by opening the Window's audio mixer, by clicking the Window's Start button followed by choosing Run..  Type in sndvol32 -r and adjust your source control recording levels.

After disarming the track, the slider restores to its original setting.

Setting Recording Level On Vista With WaveRT (Audio Tracks only)
If you are using Window's Vista and are using the WaveRT drivers, right click on the speaker icon on the lower right area of your desktop.  (The speaker icon should be to the left of the time display).  Right click on the speaker icon and click on Recording Devices.  Select the recording device that you wish to record and then click Properties.    Click on Levels from the pop up window.  Move the slider to the appropriate level.  You can keep this window open and try a test recording in Mixcraft.  Adjust as necessary.

Recording Multiple Tracks At A Time (Audio Tracks only)
You can arm multiple tracks at the same time if your sound device supports it.  In this way, you can record an entire band in real time, with each recording on its own separate track.  Just keep in mind that you will need to use the arm chooser button as described in the above section to choose the correct input for each track.  

Tip: You can set up a project with the correct inputs and armed tracks for your band and then save it as a project template.  The next time you record your band, simply load the template and everything will be ready to record!

Monitor Your Input (Audio Tracks only)
You can hear yourself with effects by turning monitoring on.  More on monitoring.

Recording Problems?
Recordings Are Not In Sync
Recordings Are Drifting Or Getting Out Of Sync Over Time