Effects Included In Mixcraft

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There are several effects included by default with Mixcraft and are detailed below.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Acoustica Chorus

 

Acoustica Chorus

 

Chorus effects are used to thicken up a sound, such as a vocal or guitar recording.  This effect is often used to give the impression that there is more than one instrument or vocalist performing the same part.  The effect introduces tiny variations in pitch, as well as small amount of delay, into the original audio to give the effect of multiple audio sources performing at once.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Acoustica Compressor

 

Acoustica Compressor

 

Compressor effects are used to reduce the difference in volume between quiet sounds and loud sounds in a recording.  This effect is often used on vocals and drums, where some portions of the sound are very quiet, and other portions are very loud.  By reducing the difference in volume of the quiet and loud parts of a recording, you can then make the recording as loud as desired, and the quiet portions will sound louder than they did without the compressor effect.

 

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Acoustica Delay

 

Delay effects are often the simplest and most musically useful effects.  Quiet simply, they take incoming audio, wait a certain amount of time, and play the audio back, sometimes at a lower volume.  This creates an echo effect. The Feedback parameter allows you to send some of the delayed audio back into the delay effect, so it will play again after the delay period.  This can be used to create a long series of echoes.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Acoustica Distortion

 

Acoustica Distortion

 

The Acoustica Distortion effect is used to add audio distortion to a recording, similar to that used on electric guitars.  This effect can range from subtle grit to extreme destruction of the original audio.  Note that adding distortion can severely affect the volume of the recording.  Also note that a little distortion goes a long way!  You may want to experiment with very low settings to see how the audio is affected, and increase the settings as you see fit.

 

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Acoustica EQ

 

The Acoustica EQ effect is a 10 band graphic equalizer with gain control.  The equalizer allows you to boost or reduce the audio frequencies that make up the sound of your recording.  If, for example, your recording sounds tinny, you can boost the bass frequencies.  If your recording sounds too 'bright', you might want to reduce some of the high frequencies in the recording.  The Output Gain control is used to raise or lower the volume of the recording after the EQ is processed.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Acoustica Flanger

 

Acoustica Flanger

 

The Acoustica Flange effect is similar in nature to the Acoustica Chorus effect, and features the same controls.  Unlike chorus effects, which are used to subtlety thicken up a sound in natural-sounding ways, flange effects are more dramatic, and are used to create audio that sounds unusual and unnatural.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Acoustica Reverb

 

Acoustica Reverb

 

Reverb effects, like delay effects, are some of the most useful effects in music.  They are used to recreate the subtle echoes and reverberation of a natural room.  For example, most people know that they sound better when they sing in the shower.  This is because your voice bounces off the walls of the shower, and these echoes serve to improve the sound that you hear.  Likewise, a single violin or piano playing in a large church or auditorium takes on new life, when the last note bounces around the room and fades away long after the musician has ceased playing the instrument.  The Acoustica Reverb effect can be used to recreate the ambiance of many different environments, ranging from small  spaces to exceptionally large chambers.  The High Frequency Damping control allows you to set the amount that the reflected audio's high frequencies are muted.  Carpeted rooms, for example, will absorb most of the high frequencies, but large empty houses with marble floors sound extremely bright and 'echoey' in comparison because the high frequencies are not dampened.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Broadcast Multiband Compressor

 

Broadcast Multiband Compressor

 

This powerful weapon in the "loudness wars" helps you boost your music's volume so that it sounds louder than ever.  It can also lower louder audio parts with downward compression to make the mix more dynamically balanced.  It does this by breaking your audio up into separate frequency bands, and then compressing those individual bands to make them louder or quieter.  For example, if your sound has very loud bass but quiet treble, the volume of the treble frequencies can be compressed and raised without affecting the bass frequencies.  This tool is essential for creating loud, dynamically balanced, professional mixes for dance, electronica, pop, and other genres that push the volume envelope.

 

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Classic Auto-Filter

 

This extremely powerful effect can be used to produce filtering effects which change over time.  For example, you can create a low-pass filter effect such that the sound will be bright, then fade to a dull sound over the course of a second, then fade back to a bright sound over the next second, with this cycle repeating throughout your use of the effect.  The LFO Sync function allows you to synchronize the timing of these changes with the tempo of your recording.  Instead of setting a static time, such as 1 second, you can set the number of beats or fractional beats used to complete a cycle as the current tempo.  So with each beat, for example, the effect can complete a cycle, or you can set the effect to wait 4 beats (i.e. one measure) to complete an effect cycle.  This effect practically demands you experiment with it to learn all of the powerful things it can do!

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic Chorus

 

Classic Chorus

 

This effect is similar to the Acoustica Chorus effect, with some additional features and a unique sound.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic Compressor

 

Classic Compressor

 

This effect is similar to the Acoustica Chorus effect, with some additional features and a unique sound.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic Delay

 

Classic Delay

 

This effect allows you to create echo and delay effects, just like the Acoustica Delay effect.  However, this effect goes much further, with several outstanding features.  Most exciting is the Sync feature, which allows you to sync the delay amount to the tempo of your song.  Instead of setting a static time for each delay, such as 1 second, you can set the number of beats or fractional beats before the delayed sound is played.  In this way, you can have sounds delay every eighth note, every quarter note, every measure, and more!  Synced delay effects are extremely useful in music.  A delay effect with some feedback, with one quarter note delay, can turn a simple percussion parts into a huge-sounding orchestration, with all echoed sounds occurring on the beat and at the correct tempo.  You can also use the Classic Delay effect to recreate the sound of analog delay effects and tape delay effects from the 70s.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic EQ

 

Classic EQ

 

Similar to the Acoustica EQ effect, the Classic EQ effect gives you individual control over the left and right channel of your recording.  This can be used, for example, to create interesting stereo effects, where one speaker emphasizes different frequencies than the other speaker.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic Flanger

 

Classic Flanger

 

This effect is similar to the Acoustica Flanger effect, with some additional features and a unique sound.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic Master Limiter

 

Classic Master Limiter

 

Similar to the Acoustica Compressor in function, the Classic Master Limiter is designed to be used as a Project level ("Master") effect.  This effect will take your finished recording and make it sound louder and more consistent overall.  With most modern forms of music, it is often desirable that the final 'mastered' version of the song be as consistently loud as possible, to capture people's attention on CD and over the radio.

 

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Classic Phaser

 

This classic effect causes portions of the audio to go in-and-out of phase, causing musically interesting results.  It's a popular effect for guitar and synthesizer sounds, as it can add animation, depth, and character to these tones.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Classic Reverb

 

Classic Reverb

 

This effect is similar to the Acoustica Reverb effect, with some additional features and a unique sound.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 EZQ Equalizer

 

EZQ Equalizer

 

There's no easier way to EQ your tracks than with EZQ!  Rather than thinking about your music in terms of frequency bands and sliders, EZQ lets you choose between making your tracks darker, brighter, warmer, or tinnier, or anywhere in between.  Just grab the dot and move it anywhere in the 2D display until you nail the sound you're looking for.

 

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Pitch Correction

 

GSnap is a state-of-the-art pitch correction plug-in that is ideal for smoothing out your vocal performances, or for turning your voice into a pitch-perfect robot.  You can limit the pitch choices to a particular key or set of notes, and you can control the speed and amount of pitch correction applied to your audio.  Auto pitch tuning is used in many genres of modern popular music and can turn a decent vocal into a terrific performance.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 GTune Guitar Tuner

 

Guitar Tuner

 

Plug this effect into a track that's armed for recording with a guitar with Monitoring turned on, and GTune will work as a real-time guitar tuner.  Make sure your guitar is in perfect tune before you start recording and avoid losing that perfect performance.  Works great for tuning other monophonic instruments like flutes, violins, and synthesizers!  This effect does not alter the audio in any way.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Pultronic Tube EQ

 

Tube EQ

 

The Pultronic Tube EQ by G-Sonique is a detailed recreation of the classic vintage vacuum tube-based equalizer found in top studios throughout the world. Warm up your tracks or add a completely new character to your sound with the Pultronic Tube EQ's array of tube models and killer presets.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Shred Amp Simulator

 

Shred Amp Simulator

 

The Shred Amp Simulator by AcmeBarGig, a complete guitar amp and cabinet suite containing 5 classic amp heads, 17 cabinet models, and 6 powerful effects.  Shred faithfully models classic British and American tube heads, and adds powerful room modeling technology.  From crisp cleans to roaring leads, Shred gives you instant access to $20,000 worth of classic guitar gear.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Voxengo Amp Simulator

 

Voxengo Amp Simulator

 

This is another guitar amplifier emulator, allowing you to process your guitar or voice to sound like it is going through a variety of amps.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Voxengo Spectrum Analyzer

 

Voxengo Spectrum Analyzer

 

This is a unique effect that does not actually process or change the audio and, instead, allows you to view the frequency spectrum of the audio.  This is great for learning about audio frequencies and for helping you to analyze your final mix.  You will need to click the "Edit" button on the effect chain list in order to make use of this effect.

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 VocalZap

 

VocalZap

 

Reduce or remove vocals.  Results will vary depending on the recording.  The optimal vocals are centered and do not have reverb or other processing on them.