Monitoring / Hear Yourself

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"Oh, how I love to hear myself louder!" - Some overjoyed musician.

 

arm-track

 

Some sound devices include a feature that allows you to hear what you are recording.  Many devices (such as USB microphones), though, do not allow you to hear what you are recording.  And other times, you may wish to monitor your live performance through Mixcraft's effects - for example, guitar players wishing to play live through Mixcraft's guitar amp simulators.

 

To hear or 'live monitor' a track, click the arm button followed by clicking the speaker icon.

 

Monitor button

 

We recommend that you use headphones in order to avoid feedback when recording with a microphone.

 

One caveat to this is that you must set your sound card to mix with a low latency, otherwise it will sound like an echo chamber and the sound could be delayed by seconds.  You can go into the preferences and try ASIO mode, if available.  The down side to reducing your buffers and buffer size is that you may hear gaps in the audio, depending on your sound card and computer speed. Learn more about setting up your sound device in the Important Sound Setup topic.

 

Hearing Effects In Real Time

If you add effects, you will also hear the effects on a track if monitoring is on.  The effects are not recorded and you can change them or remove them later, without affecting the recording.