Mixing Down & Mastering

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When you are finished making your song or video, you can mix it down to a final audio or video file.  Or you can burn an audio CD, complete with tracks

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Burn Audio CD

 

To burn an audio CD, click the "Burn CD" icon on the toolbar.  Alternatively, click on the "File" menu followed by clicking "Burn CD..." (CTRL+B).

 

Toolbar burn cd button

 

Insert a blank CD and click the "Start Burn" button to burn a CD.

 

Burn Audio CD window

 

The options on this screen are described below.

 

Writer

Select a CD writer if you have more than one CD writer in your computer.

 

Speed

Choose a CD writing speed.  In some cases, burning at a slower speed may improve the success rate of burning and may be more compatible in some older CD players.  If you have a CD writer with Burn Proof type protection, you can burn at maximum speed without worrying about a burn failure.

 

Test Mode

In this mode, the CD writer will not turn its laser on for writing and will go through the process of transferring the data to CD.  If you are having problems burning a CD, go to our troubleshooting area.  This allows you to see if your computer can send data to the CD writer at the desired speed.

 

Convert To WAV First

This will convert the mix to one or more WAV files on your hard drive.  CD quality WAV files use up around 8 MB for every audio minute that you are burning.  Therefore, a 74 minute mix will take up around 650 MB or hard drive space.  The advantage to converting to WAV first is that it may help the success rate of burns for some older CD recorders, especially if your CD writer does not have Burn Proof.

 

Create CD-TEXT

Some CD writers support CD-TEXT.  If your CD writer supports CD-TEXT, you should be able to check the CD-TEXT box to burn CD-TEXT.  When you burn CD-TEXT, the software adds text to each CD track so that when you play the CD on a CD player that *supports* CD-TEXT, you can see the titles and names of each track.  Usually, Sony CD players support CD-TEXT.

 

You can type in a CD-TEXT title for the CD's title.  Track names will be derived from CD track markers.

 

Burn As One Track

This option essentially skips any CD track markers in the project and burns the whole project as one track.  If your burner is only supported in IMAPI mode this is a good option for a seamless mix because IMAPI mode will always put a two second gap between tracks.  (The main drawback is that you can't seek to a specific track in the CD player.)

 

Burn All Or Selection

Choose "Burn All" to burn up to 80 minutes of audio, depending on the capacity of your blank CD.

Choose "Burn Selection" to burn the current selection of audio.  This can be useful if your mix goes beyond 74 or 80 minutes and you want to burn the extended sections.  (Note that it simply uses the selected area to define a time range to burn.)

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Mix Down To Audio File

 

Mix down your project to one of the following audio file types: MP3, WAV, WMA or OGG.

 

toolbar-render  Click the Mix Down button on the toolbar or select "Mix Down" from the "File" menu, followed by selecting the format you'd like to mix down to.  Alternatively, you can choose "Save As..." from the "File" menu and then click the "Save as type" drop down control to select the desired format.

 

Once you are viewing the "Save Your Mix" window with the correct format, you have the following extra options and details

 

Render to MP3 options

 

Format Details

This shows the current format details such as bit rate and channels.  Click "Edit Details..." to change the format details for the current format.  A window will pop up and allow you to change the bit rate, channels and other options.

 

Estimated Size

This shows the approximate size of the mix down in Megabytes (MB).

 

Create A New File For Each CD Marker

If you've added CD markers to your project, this will cause the mix down to create multiple files, one for each CD marker it encounters.

 

Use Marker Titles

If you've chosen to "Create A New File For Each CD Marker", this option will use the titles in the marker for the name of the file and the tag.

 

Use File/Tag Information

Click this option if you want the audio file(s) to be tagged with the project's author information and CD track names (if set).  Click "Tag Info..." to edit the project's author information.

 

Use Selection

If you've made a selection, you have the option of just mixing down the audio in the time range of the selection.

 

Mix Each Track To A Separate File

This is an option to allow you to mix down each track separately.  File names will be appended with the track # and name of each track.  This is convenient if you must load your project into some other program.  (Note: Using other programs besides Mixcraft may be harder than you'd like.)

 

hmtoggle_arrow1 Mix Down To Video

 

If your project contains video, you can mix down to a new video.  Mixcraft supports mixing down to AVI and WMV formats.

 

To mix down your video to an AVI or WMV, select the "File" menu followed by clicking "Mix Down To" followed by clicking either "AVI" or "WMA".

 

Choose the File menu > Mix Down To > AVI

> WMV

 

To change the format of the new video, click "Edit Details..." on the Mix down dialog.  Learn more about saving video in the video section.

 

Choose a folder, type in a name and click "Save".  After mixing down, your default video player will be launched and will start playing your video.