Important Sound Setup Information

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When you first start Mixcraft, you should make sure that the audio latency response is set up properly.  All sound devices and sound cards are not created equal and some have better performance than others.  In addition, your computer's speed will make a difference in audio performance.  Adjusting your sound device will be a balancing act between latency versus gapping or breaks in continuous sound.

 

If you are recording audio with Mixcraft's built in monitoring or playing virtual instruments, you will definitely need to adjust your latency response properly.

 

Click to expand/collapse Choosing An Audio Driver Type

 

Sound Device settings

 

1. Click "File" menu > "Preferences..."

2. Click on the "Sound Device" tab.

3. For Vista and Windows 7 users, the default choice is "WaveRT".  If you have a slower computer, you may need to adjust the latency to a higher value.

4. If you have Windows 7, you may be able to click WaveRT "Exclusive Mode".  This mode will allow you to go down to three millisecond of latency, depending on your computer's speed and power.  In this mode, other programs will lose audio capability while you run Mixcraft.  You may need to restart the other programs to get their audio back.  WaveRT exclusive mode is advantageous for those seeking to use every last ounce of power out of their computer.

5. If you don't have WaveRT, the next best option is "ASIO".  If available, click "ASIO".  If it is grayed out, go to your sound device or sound card manufacturer's website and install the latest drivers. Click on the "ASIO Device" and choose the sound device or sound card you wish to use.   You can adjust the settings of the ASIO device by clicking "Open Mixer".  Each ASIO driver is implemented differently and so you will have to consult the manual or help for your sound device in order to adjust the latency response.  Make sure that the "Default Output (Playback)" is set to the correct device so that you will hear audio properly.

6. If you don't have Vista or an ASIO option enabled, you have to use the last option "Wave".  Click the "Wave" radio button.  To reduce latency, decrease the "Number Of Buffers" and reduce the "Buffer Size".  As you adjust these fields, the "Latency" field will update.  You will have to make adjustments, click "OK" and play some audio.  100 milliseconds or less is tolerable.  20 milliseconds or less is preferred.

 

Quick Glance Chart

 

Type

Windows Version

Notes

WaveRT

Windows 7 & Vista

The default option.  Latency down to 20 milliseconds.

WaveRT EXCLUSIVE

Windows 7

Takes over your computer's audio, but will work down to three milliseconds of latency.  This option is available when WaveRT is selected.  Audio from other programs and Windows will not work at the same time that you are in this mode.

ASIO

XP, Vista & Win 7

The best for playback and recording synchronization.  Must have a supported ASIO driver for your sound device.

WAVE

XP, Vista & Win 7

Only use this if absolutely necessary.

 

 

Click to expand/contract Computer Speed Consideration

 

If you have a slower computer, you may need to adjust your latency to be longer in order to avoid gapping or breaks in the audio.  If you are hearing breaks in the audio, you will need increase your latency.  Alternatively, you may need to purchase a higher performance sound device or sound card designed with music recording and playback in mind.  Changing the latency will depend on what type of audio driver you are using.  See the section above on "Choosing An Audio Driver Type" for more information.  Another good speed enhancement is to de-fragment your hard drive or get a new hard drive.  ( Old hard drives get slow with age. )

 

Notice the CPU meter on the lower right hand corner of Mixcraft.

 

cpu-meter

 

This will report how much CPU Mixcraft is using compared to the entire computer's CPU usage.

 

Click to expand/contract Shutting Down Unnecessary Software

 

When using Mixcraft, shut down unnecessary programs such as email, instant messaging, and your web browser.  Each additional program uses your computer's memory and CPU, and, in many cases, it will cause performance to suffer in Mixcraft.  Check the Window's task manager to see what programs are using a lot of memory or CPU usage.  On XP and Vista, you can bring up the task manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+Delete.  If you can remember to reactivate your anti-virus software, shut down your anti-virus software while using Mixcraft.

DO NOT FORGET TO TURN YOUR ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE BACK ON!

 

Notice the CPU meter on the lower right hand corner of Mixcraft.  

 

cpu-meter

 

This will report how much CPU Mixcraft is using compared to the entire computer's CPU usage.

 

Click to expand/contract Get The Latest Drivers

 

Always make sure to have the latest drivers for your sound device in order to get the best performance and quality in your recordings!  Visit the website for your sound device or sound card to install the latest drivers.  (Even if you just purchased the device, it is very likely that the included drivers are out of date already.)