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IMPORTANT SOUND SETUP INFORMATION‌‌

When Mixcraft is first launched, it’s important to ensure that the audio latency is set optimally. Ideally, using a very low latency setting is best, as it results in little or no audible delay when playing virtual instruments or recording using software monitoring.

Your computer’s processor speed and amount of RAM, as well as your audio system or sound card all affect audio playback and recording performance. Optimally adjusting your sound device will be a balancing act between latency versus gapping or breaks in continuous sound. If you are recording audio using Mixcraft’s built-in monitoring or playing virtual instruments, you’ll need to adjust your latency response properly.

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CHOOSING AN AUDIO DRIVER TYPE

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1. Click File> Preferences...

2. Click on the Sound Device tab.

3. Wave RT was introduced in Windows Vista and is part of every newer version of Windows; this the default audio driver. If you have a slower computer, you may need to increase the latency setting.

4. If you’re using Windows 7 or 8, you may be able to click WaveRT Exclusive Mode. Depending on your computer’s speed and power, this mode will allow down to three milliseconds of latency. In this mode, other programs will lose audio capability when Mixcraft is running. You may need to restart other programs to get their audio back. WaveRT exclusive mode is the best way to use every last ounce of computing power.

5. If you don’t have WaveRT, the next best option is ASIO. If it’s grayed out, go to your sound device or sound card manufacturer’s website and install the latest drivers. Click on the ASIO Device flip menu and choose the sound device or sound card you wish to use. You can adjust the settings of the ASIO device by clicking “Open Mixer.” Each ASIO driver is implemented differently; consult the manual or help for your sound device in order to optimize the latency setting. Ensure that Default Output (Playback) is set to the correct device so you’ll hear audio properly.

6. If you don’t have Vista or an ASIO option enabled, select Wave. To reduce latency, decrease the Number Of Buffers and reduce the Buffer Size. The Latency field will update – this will entail a bit of trial and error as adjustments are made. Click OK, then check the quality of audio playback. A setting of 100 milliseconds or less is tolerable; lower settings of 20 milliseconds or less are preferred.

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QUICK GLANCE CHART

Type

Windows Version

Notes

WaveRT

Windows 7,8

The default option. Latency

and Vista

down to 20 milliseconds.

WaveRT EXCLUSIVE

Windows 7,8

Takes over the computer's

audio, but will work down to

three milliseconds of latency.

This option is available when

WaveRT is selected. Audio from

other programs and Windows

will not work at the same time

that you are in this mode.

ASIO

XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8

Best for playback and recording synchronization. Must have a supported ASIO driver for your sound device.

Wave

XP, Vista, Win 7,

Only use if absolutely necessary.

Win 8

You may notice that Mixcraft won’t allow you to drop the loop on a track with a little keyboard icon; that’s because these are MIDI tracks. Make sure to drag audio loops to audio tracks,

i.e. tracks with a little speaker icon. Mixcraft actually has a number of different track types optimized for

different purposes, but while we’re in “quick startville,” we’ll just concern ourselves with Audio Tracks, that play digitized audio, and MIDI Tracks, that play note on/off messages.

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COMPUTER SPEED CONSIDERATION

If you have a slower computer and experience audible breaks in audio recording or playback, you may need to increase the latency setting. Alternatively, you may need to purchase a higher performance sound card or audio system designed with music recording and playback in mind. Changing the latency will depend on what type of audio driver is being used. See the Choosing An Audio Driver Type section above for more information. Another effective speed enhancement is to defragment your hard drive, or purchase a new hard drive. (Old hard drives can get slow with age.)

Notice the CPU meter on the lower right corner of Mixcraft.

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This indicates the amount of CPU resources used by Mixcraft compared to the entire computer’s CPU usage.

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