Mixcraft University    •   Tutorials by Craig Anderton


Recording Audio Tracks

Find out how to arm tracks for recording, select inputs, how default inputs work, set tempo, enable the metronome, tune up, and start recording.


Recording Modes and Lanes

Mixcraft has three recording modes - Takes, Overdub, and Replace - each of which is useful in particular recording situations. This video shows typical uses for each mode, as well as tips on how to get the most out of each mode by taking advantage of Mixcraft's "lane"-based track architecture.


Punch and Loop Recording

This builds on other Mixcraft University videos by showing how punch and loop recording extends the flexibility of the Takes, Overdub, and Replace recording modes. There's even a bonus section on how to build up a pattern (as you do with hardware "looper" effects from companies like DigiTech,. Boss, Pigtronix, and Korg) by using loop recording in overdub mode.


Using Loops

This builds on other Mixcraft University videos by showing how punch and loop recording extends the flexibility of the Takes, Overdub, and Replace recording modes. There's even a bonus section on how to build up a pattern (as you do with hardware "looper" effects from companies like DigiTech,. Boss, Pigtronix, and Korg) by using loop recording in overdub mode.


Virtual Instrument Tracks

Find out how to use virtual instruments to full advantage in Mixcraft 6, including how to find and insert instrument sounds, create splits and layers in a single track or multiple tracks, use "Musical Typing" as a "soundcheck" when auditioning instruments or for creating music on a laptop, how to hook up MIDI controllers, loading instruments from other companies, and more.

Using Effects 07:45

Using Effects

Find out about the three different places to insert effects, using send effects, effect chains, saving custom effect settings, and more.

MIDI Editing with Virtual Instruments 07:10

MIDI Editing with Virtual Instruments

Find out how to use and edit MIDI in Mixcraft 6, including transposing, quantizing, velocity editing, using drum maps, what "snapping to the grid" is all about,and more.

Mixing 07:19


Find out the difference between Track Mixing and the Mixer View, how to use Submix Bus tracks, how Output Bus tracks can simplify mixing, getting the most of the dedicated mixer, and more.

Control Surfaces (Part 1) 05:48

Control Surfaces (Part 1)

Find out how you can control essential Mixcraft functions like play, stop, control master volume, enable loop, and many more from an external hardware control surface. This video also shows how you can obtain this kind of convenient, hands-on operation with anything from an old drum machine you have sitting around to a modern, dedicated control surface.

Part 2 shows how to use hands-on control with effects and virtual instruments running within Mixcraft.

Control Surfaces (Part 2) 06:46

Control Surfaces (Part 2)

This second video on control surfaces covers hands-on control for virtual instrument and effects parameters. Want to control something like a virtual instrument's filter with a keyboard's mod wheel or other hardware control? This video shows you how. For information on controlling Mixcraft functions like transport control, arm recording, adjust master volume, and more

Automation 08:00


Add variations and excitement to your mixes - find out how to automate changes in clips, tracks, effects, virtual instruments, and more

Mini Tips by the Acoustica Staff


Using an External Audio Editor with Mixcraft

This tutorial will show you how to use audio editors such as Audacity in conjunction with Mixcraft.


Using Effects on Only Part of a Track

This tutorial will show you three different ways to apply effects to specific sections of a track using Mixcraft 6.


How To Remove Noise From Your Recordings

With Mixcraft's built-in noise reduction tool, you can greatly reduce or remove unwanted background noises from your recordings, easily!


Installing Third Party VST Effects For Use With Mixcraft

How to install and use third party effects and virtual instruments with Mixcraft and Mixcraft Pro Studio.


Inserting and Removing Time in Mixcraft 6

New in Mixcraft 6: it's easy to add or remove sections of time in your Mixcraft project.


Jon Lord Organ Tone

In memory of Deep Purple's organ player, Jon Lord, who passed away on July 16th, 2012. Here's a quick look at how Jon Lord got his signature Hammond B-3 organ tone, and how we can easily emulate that tone in Mixcraft 6.


Plugins Overview and Demo

A look at the plugins exclusive to Mixcraft Pro Studio 6, comparing the new Acoustica Pro Studio Reverb to the standard Classic Reverb and much, much more.


Using Acoustica Studio Drums

Chris Collins shows you how to use the Acoustica Studio Drums virtual instrument included with Mixcraft 6.


Switching Audio Drivers

When recording your audio or virtual instrument tracks within Mixcraft, there are many reasons you might need to switch between the wave, asio and wavert audio drivers within Mixcraft 6 preferences. This video discusses reasons for switching between drivers and also how it can be done very easily by using the sound device preferences within the software.

Beat Sync Images 6:51

Beat Sync Images

Need an easy way to beat sync your video and still images to any audio or song? In this tutorial we'll show you how to add still images and video to create a great, beat sync'd slide show for posting on youtube or anywhere else you would like to use it.

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica Flanger 03:42

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica Flanger

Many people tend to confuse flange effects with chorus effects, thinking that the two are almost identical. This is not the case and in this video I'll explain the basic differences between the two and also show you some cool things you can do with the Acoustica Flanger plugin.

Mixing 02:25

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica Distortion

The Acoustica Distortion effect is a great plugin for use with bass guitar, vocals and other instruments or sounds. Used with vocals it can create that popular megaphone effect you hear on many professional recordings. Used with a bass guitar or keyboard it can help smooth out the overall sound of the instrument.

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica EQ 06:44

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica EQ

The Acoustica EQ is a 10 band graphic equalizer which is included with Mixcraft 6 (all variations). Equalizers can be used to manipulate audio frequencies on guitar, bass, drums, vocal, keyboard or any other recorded or existing audio.

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica Reverb 09:03

Mixcraft Effects - Acoustica Reverb

The Acoustica Reverb plugin comes with all variations of Mixcraft and has proven to be one the best, easiest to use tools for smoothing out your mix. Reverberation is one of the keys for a great and professional mix when used on just about any instrument, vocal or imported sound. This video will explain how to use the Acoustica Reverb plugin with guitar, drums, vocals and even on your master track.

Mixcraft - How To Import Your Own Loops 07:31

Mixcraft - How To Import Your Own Loops

Mixcraft 6 comes with more than 6000 loops! Still, many people wish to import their own collections into the loop library, and with Mixcraft 6 this is now possible!. This short video tip will show you how to import wave, mp3, wma, aiff, ogg and even add recorded sounds to the loop library right from the Mixcraft interface.

Mixcraft - How To Create Your Own Karaoke Videos 07:30

Mixcraft - How To Create Your Own Karaoke Videos

Use Mixcraft to create a karaoke video, really? Yes! It's easy to create custom karaoke videos with Mixcraft. Add images, video, text, and best of all, use the built in "VocalZap" plugin to remove vocals from just about any existing audio file, in a very unique way. Mix your video down to avi or wmv and start singing!

Mixcraft - Track Types Overview 04:38

Mixcraft - Track Types Overview

Giving you a quick overview of each track type that exists within Acoustica Mixcraft 6, such as send tracks, sub-mix tracks, master track, audio tracks, output buses, virtual instrument tracks, video and video text tracks. This video does not give an in depth look at each track type, but rather a short description and basic usage of each type.

Mixcraft - How to Make a Dubstep Bass 12:29

Mixcraft - How to Make a Dubstep Bass

A tutorial on how to create a dubstep bass using the synth "Messiah" included with Mixcraft 6. Download a free 14 day trial of Mixcraft 6 here: http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft

Optimize Your Computer For Use With Mixcraft 05:35

Optimize Your Computer For Use With Mixcraft

Recording and editing sound and video is demanding on your computers processor and memory. You'll need to close all other running applications, including applications which run in the Windows system tray, before using Mixcraft. This will free up the maximum amount of processing power so you can avoid experiencing glitches, pops and synchronization issues.

Mixcraft 6 Mini-Tip - SubMix Tracks 05:54

Mixcraft 6 Mini-Tip - SubMix Tracks

Mixcraft 6 allows you to use SubMix tracks within any project for tasks such as cleaning up the project interface, applying effects to multiple tracks at once, using automation, routing, panning and volume for multiple child tracks, from a single track control.

Using A Parametric Equalizer 07:43

Using A Parametric Equalizer

How to use a parametric equalizer to quickly get recorded audio tracks to sound their best. Using the TB Parametric Equalizer, Eric VanLandingham shows his technique on getting vocal tracks to sit better in the mix, and also using the parametric on the master track to enhance the entire final mix.

Mixcraft 6 Mini-Tip - Recording Rock Guitar 03:25

Mixcraft 6 Mini-Tip - Recording Rock Guitar

Product specialist Mitchell Sigman explains how to record rock guitar using Mixcraft 6's Shred amp simulator.

Getting The Optimal Waveform 03:36

Getting The Optimal Waveform

Learn how to avoid distortion, hiss and noisy recordings with this simple tip on getting the perfect waveform. No matter if you are recording acoustic guitar directly into a mixing board, or running directly from your keyboard or effects pedal, the technique is the same.