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So you want to get something done in a hurry, eh?  Let's follow our favorite musician "Sound Warrior" (SW) through the paces of using Mixcraft ™.




Click to expand/contract Load in sounds or loops


SW starts Mixcraft and clicks the Library tab.  He selects the style 12-8 Blues and drags in Bass 16 Bars to the start of track 1.



Click to expand/contract Create loop


To add looping, SW moves his mouse to the right side of the sound until the cursor turns into the left-right re-size cursor cursor-resize-sound.  SW clicks and drags to the right to loop the sound.  Each loop is represented by a triangular tick so that he can visibly measure out 10 loops.  In this manner, SW loops both the bass and drums.



Click to expand/contract Records a Lead Synth Pad


SW hooks up his MIDI keyboard and creates a Virtual Instrument Track.  He finds a groovy synth lead and records himself.  In a few spots, he played the wrong note and so he simply goes to the Piano Roll Editor and moves the notes to the right spots!



Click to expand/contract Records Himself


SW writes down some quick lyrics about how square wheels just don't get you rolling.  He clicks the Arm button on track 3 and clicks the Rewind button in case the playback indicator is not at time 0.  He then clicks the record button and start belting out his Grammy winning performance.



Click to expand/contract Add effects


He decides to add some echo or delay to his vocals so that "yo cave lady" sounds more like "YO yo CAVE cave LADY lady".  He clicks on the FX button on track 3 and selects the effect "Delay" from the list.  In a sudden inspiration, he decides that the whole thing needs reverb so that it sounds like it's in a cave.  Now it sounds just right and 'cavey'.



Click to expand/contract Mix it down to MP3


Soundwarrior needs to mix it down to a single sound.  He clicks the Mix Down button followed by clicking MP3.  He selects a file name and clicks save.  Without hesitating he launches his email browser and starts composing a new message to his current #1 fan.  "Dear Mom, you've gotta check out this new cave mix I made!!!"



Click to expand/contract Burn it to CD


Sound Warrior is so happy with himself he decides to burn a spinning wheel (also known as a CD) so that he can play it at the next 'rock' concert.  He adds a few track CD markers so that he has tracks on his CD, and clicks the Burn button.  Minutes later, he prints a CD label with the optional Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker!




(Of course, SW has purchased all Acoustica software because he knows it is smart to support good software!)