Editing Virtual Instrument Presets

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You can make your own virtual instrument presets by layering multiple synthesizers, editing presets, setting key range and more!  To create your own Virtual Instrument, click the Instrument button on a Virtual Instrument Track.


Choose Instrument button


This brings up the Instrument window.


Instrument dialog


hmtoggle_arrow1 Editing Your Own Preset


On the pop-up window, click the "Show Details..." button




This will extend the instrument window and show more details about the preset.


Instrument dialog details



To add a virtual instrument, click on "<Select Synth>" and then choose a synthesizer from the drop down list.


Selecting the MinimogueVA


After selecting an instrument, you can change the following parameters:





Select a preset or patch from the synthesizer


If the synthesizer has an interface, click the Edit button to bring it up for further customization.


Click on the volume column and type in a value from 1 to 200 %


Click on the pan column and type in a value from -100% to 100%


You can set the range of MIDI notes that this synthesizer responds to.  Click on it and select a range of notes from the pop-up keyboard.  The synthesizer will only play audio for notes in this range.


Type in a value to transpose notes for this synthesizer.  For example, if you set the transpose to 12 and you play a C4 on your MIDI keyboard, it will actually play a C5.


Type in a velocity range that this synthesizer will respond to. (1-127) See the MIDI primer for more information on velocity. Make sure to type in a dash so that the software understands what the range is.  For example, if you wanted it to respond to velocities from 120 to 127, you would type in '120 - 127'.


If the virtual instrument supports multiple output channels, click the "Config..." button to configure which output channels to use.


Once you have edited the values for this synthesizer, you will end up with something like this:




At this point, you can add more synthesizers and effects.  Choose an icon by clicking "Set Icon..." and you've made your own custom virtual instrument!


hmtoggle_arrow1 Editing A Virtual Instrument


Each virtual instrument has properties that can be changed.  Click the "Edit" button to edit all parameters or values for an instrument.


Effect Edit button


Each instrument has its own interface.  (This shows the Messiah.)




Each instrument interface will have the same controls on the top of the effect window which allow you to choose a new preset, save a preset or delete a preset.


Preset Drop Down

Choose a preset.  If the preset is factory default, it may have "[Sys]" at the start of the preset name.


Choose Preset




Active / Mute checkbox

Makes the instrument active or inactive.

Automation button

Brings up the automation mapping window.

Save Preset button

Saves a preset

Delete selected effect

Deletes the selected preset.

Load Preset File

Load VST Preset File. Some VST effect and instrument manufacturers will distribute additional banks of sounds, in the form of .fxb files.  These files replace your current presets with a new set of presets, given your effect or instrument a whole new range of sounds.


hmtoggle_arrow1 Save Preset...


You can save your preset for later use in other projects, as well.


Saving a preset


Type in a name and select a category.  You may create a brand new category by typing it in, if you wish.  Optionally, you can have the custom icon embedded in the preset file by clicking the "Embed Icon" check box.  When are satisfied, click "Save".


hmtoggle_arrow1 New Preset


Click this to create a blank preset.  If you have made changes to this preset, Mixcraft will ask you if you want to save your changes.


hmtoggle_arrow1 Preset File Location


Your preset files are located in your Mixcraft folder under a sub-folder called "InstPresets".


Preset files have a .instrument extension and can be traded and sent between computers and users.  (Please note that you will need the appropriate VSTi's and virtual synths installed so that they will work.)


Your custom presets will be saved under %appdata%\Acoustica\Mixcraft\InstPresets\


( %appdata%is a Window's shell variable that is expanded to something like C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\ )