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An Output Track lets you route audio to alternate devices and/or outputs.




If you have an audio device with multiple outputs, simply click on the output drop down of an output track and choose the output.


The Mixer view also allows you to adjust the routing of tracks to outputs. Go to the Mixer section for more information.


There are many ways that you can use Output Tracks to enhance your mix, or to take advantage of multiple outputs on your audio device.  Here are some ways to use Output Tracks:


hmtoggle_arrow1 Create output tracks for simplified mixing


In the image below, there are five output tracks created for Vocals, Drums, Bass, Guitars, and Keys.  All of the vocal tracks are routed to the Vocal Output Track.  All of the drum tracks are routed to the Drum Output Track.


This technique does not require any extra external hardware.  It is a convenient way to organize and mix sections of audio.


As a result, mixing becomes simplified, as there are only 5 sliders that need to be adjusted, and each Output Track can have EQ, effects, and automation applied as well.


Mixer view
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hmtoggle_arrow1 Create headphone mixes or monitor mixes


When recording or performing live, it's typical that each musician desires their own custom mix.  The keyboard player may want to hear the drums, keyboards, and some vocals, but might not be as interested in hearing the bass  guitars.  If you have a sound card with multiple outputs, you can create a custom headphone mix.


As shown in the image below, a Send track has been added for the Keyboard player's headphone mix.  That send track's output has been set to the Headphone Out 1 output track, which has been routed to a specific output on the audio device.  The Send knobs on each track are then used to create a custom monitor mix for the keyboard player, consisting of lots of drums and keyboards, some vocals, and very little bass and guitars.  The sound card's output can be sent to a monitor speaker or headphones.  With enough hardware outputs, each person in a band can have their own custom monitor mix.


Mixer view
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hmtoggle_arrow1 Use vintage hardware effects in your mix


Sometimes using classic hardware effects is the only way to get the perfect sound.  In the example shown below, a Send track has been created for a Space Echo hardware effect.  The send track has been routed to an Output Track, which has been routed to a specific output on the audio device.


Some of the vocals are being sent to the send track, which is then sent to the Output track.  The sound device's output is physically plugged into the input on the external Space Echo vintage hardware, so any audio sent to that send track will ultimately be routed to the Space Echo.


If you want, you can create another audio track, and arm it for a specific input on the audio device.  Then the Space Echo's output can be routed back into Mixcraft.  The Space Echo's output can then be recorded, or you can even activate monitoring on the audio track, so you can hear the Space Echo hardware's output along with the other sounds in your mix.


Mixer view
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