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MAIN WINDOW MENUS‌

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FILE MENU

NEW PROJECT (CTRL+N)

Creates a new project and shows the New Project Settings dialog.

OPEN PROJECT... (CTRL+O)

Opens or loads an existing project or template.

SAVE (CTRL+S)

Saves the current project

SAVE AS...

Saves the current project or mixes down to an audio file depending on Save as type format selection.

COPY PROJECT FILES TO...

Copies Project Files to a folder or a new ZIP file. This is useful for backing up projects (i.e. to CD), reorganizing project files, or collaboration with others.

MIX DOWN TO

Mixes the current project to an audio or video file format.

SAVE AS MIDI FILE...

Saves the MIDI data of the current project as a Type 1 Standard MIDI file.

BURN CD... (CTRL+B)

Burns an audio CD, compatible with any standard audio CD player.

LABEL CD...

This launches the optional Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker application for printing CD labels, etching a LightScribe disc, or printing on a direct-to-CD printer.

PRINT... (CTRL+P)

Prints the notation display, if currently selected.

PREFERENCES

Opens the Preferences dialog.

SET NEW PROJECT DEFAULTS

Opens the New Project Settings window.

MANAGE PLUG-INS…

Opens the Plug-In Management window.

RECENT PROJECTS

Displays the ten most recently loaded or saved projects for quick access. To load a recent project, click on it.

EXIT

This closes Mixcraft. Before exiting, it will prompt you to save unsaved changes.

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EDIT MENU

UNDO (CTRL+Z)

This will undo any action up to the point of the last save, load, or new project.

REDO (CTRL+Y)

This will redo any "undone" action.

CUT (CTRL+X)

This cuts or removes any currently selected audio, MIDI data, or video (or parts thereof). The cut operation also stores the cut sounds in the Clipboard for pasting if desired.

COPY (CTRL+C)

This copies audio, MIDI data, or video currently selected or in the selection rectangle to the Clipboard for pasting if desired.

PASTE (CTRL+V)

Pastes or inserts audio, MIDI data, or video currently stored in the Clipboard buffer at the caret location. If necessary, new tracks are created if the Clipboard buffer stored audio, MIDI data, or video spanning multiple tracks.

CROP (CTRL+Q)

The opposite of cut. Cropping something keeps what is selected and discard everything else on the selected clips.

DELETE (DELETE)

This will remove any sounds or parts of sounds that are currently selected or in the selection rectangle. Unlike, Cut, this will not store the deleted audio in the Clipboard.

SELECT ALL (CTRL+A)

This selects all clips in the project.

SPLIT (CTRL+T)

This splits selected clips at the current Caret location.

REMOVE SPACES BETWEEN CLIPS (CTRL+J)

Removing space between the clips eliminates gaps or silence between selected clips by moving the selected clips together.

MERGE TO NEW CLIPS (CTRL+W)

This merges the selected clips into a new clip. This functions on a per-track basis and does not combine clips from different tracks.

LINK

The Link submenu allows clips to be linked or unlinked. When clips are linked, they move together when dragging. Linked clip retain threir relative offset to each other. The submenu link options are:

Link Selected Clips

Unlink Selected Clips

Linked clips will have a button in the title bar. Click this button to unlink clips.

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INSERT SELECTED TIME

When a purple selection region is made in the Timeline or Main Clip grid, this function inserts additional time into the selected area. Any clips within the insert area are split and the right halves are advanced. Automation data is also moved to maintain the proper location.

REMOVE SELECTED TIME

When a purple selection region is made in the Timeline or Main Clip grid, this function deletes the time in the selected area. Any clips (or parts of clips) within the area are removed. Automation data in the selected area is also removed.

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MIX MENU

PLAY/STOP PLAYBACK ([SPACE BAR])

Starts and stops project playback at the Playback Indicator position.

PLAY FROM

Displays a menu allowing playback from project Markers.

REWIND TO START ([HOME])

Moves the Playhead to the beginning of the project. If the project is currently playing, the project starts playback from the beginning.

FAST FORWARD TO END ([END])

Moves the Playhead to the end of the project. If the project is playing audio, playback is stopped.

RECORD (CTRL+R)

Beings recording on any armed tracks.

SET MASTER VOLUME

Sets the master volume to an exact amount or from 20% to 200%.

MIDI RESET!

Sends a panic message to all virtual synthesizers and external synthesizers instructing them to stop playing any “stuck” notes. Use this if you can’t a sound to stop.

MIDI CONTROL SURFACE

Configures playback, recording, and other transport functions from a MIDI controller or device.

EDIT MASTER EFFECTS

Opens the Master Effects window. Use to apply and edit effects on the Main Mix two- track bus.

ADD REWIRE APPLICATION

Choose a ReWire application to control, if available.

ADD TEMPO/KEY CHANGE

Adds a marker at the current Playhead position and opens the Marker Edit window where a tempo, key, or time signature change may be added.

MARKERS

Opens a submenu to add, edit, or delete Markers.

TRANSPOSE KEY CHANGES

Opens a submenu with Up or Down options for global transposition of a project, including all Markers containing key changes.

METRONOME AND COUNT-IN SETTINGS (M, SHIFT+M)

Toggles the metronome on and off independently for playback and recording, and specifies the number of count-in measures prior to recording.

LOOP PLAYBACK MODE (L)

Loop playback of a selection or the entire project.

USE RECORDING TIMER

Sets the recording timer allowing recording to stop after a specified duration.

AUTOMATION RECORDING MODE

Selects the behavior of automation recording when using a control surface.

Overwrite Mode

Continuously writes the current fader or V-Pot position for the duration of recording, overwriting existing automation data as it records.

Touch Mode

When used with a control surface with touch-sensitive faders Touch Mode overwrites automation data only when the fader is being touched. When used with control surfaces with non touch-sensitive faders, recording of automation initiates only after Mixcraft detects a fader has been moved. From this point on, automation writing behaves the same as Overwrite Mode, overwriting as it goes until Mixcraft is stopped.

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TRACK MENU

ADD TRACK

Adds a new Audio Track (CTRL+G),Virtual Instrument Track (CTRL+E), Video Track, Send Track, SubMix Track or Output Bus Track to the end of the project.

INSERT TRACK

Inserts a new Audio Track (CTRL+G),Virtual Instrument Track (CTRL+E), Video Track, Send Track, SubMix Track or Output Bus Track before the currently selected track.

DELETE TRACK (CTRL+SHIFT+D)

This deletes the currently selected track.

SHOW MASTER TRACK

Click to show or hide the Master Track.

PROPERTIES

These submenus contain numerous track options.

Mute (CTRL+M)

Mutes or unmutes the selected track. A checkmark indicates that the track is muted.

Solo (CTRL+L)

Solos or un-solos the selected track. A checkmark indicates the track is soloed.

Set Volume

Sets the volume for the selected track to either an exact amount or from 20% to 200%.

Set Pan

Sets the pan position of the selected track. If the clip on the track is a stereo file, pan will act as a left/right balance control.

Track Color

Selects a color for the track and its clips.

Track Height

Opens a submenu for setting the selected track height to Small, Normal, or

Large.

Choose Image...

Opens the Track Image dialog allowing the use of custom track list images.

LANES

The Lanes submenu lets you add, delete, and mute clip lanes.

Add (ALT+L)

Add a new lane to the currently selected track.

Delete

Delete the currently selected lane and any clips on it.

Delete Empty Lanes (ALT+K)

This removes unused lanes from the currently selected track.

Mute All

Mutes all clips on the selected lane.

Unmute All

Unmutes all clips on the selected lane.

Select All

Select all clips on the selected lane.

ARM FOR RECORDING (CTRL+B)

Arms the selected track.

MONITOR

Allows you to hear audio as it records, including any effects on the recording track.

ARM RECORDING CHANNEL AND DEVICE

Selects the recording input source for an Audio Track, Virtual Instrument Track, or MIDI Track.

RECORDING MODE

Selects Overdub, Takes, or Replace mode for the currently selected track.

GUITAR TUNER

Activates the Guitar Tuner on the current track (Audio Tracks only).

FX...

Displays the Effect List for the selected track.

SHOW/HIDE AUTOMATION LANE

Shows or hides automation lane(s) for the selected track.

MIX TO NEW AUDIO TRACK

Mixes the selected track to a new audio track with current effects applied. The original track is retained and muted after the new audio track is created. This can be useful if effects are using excessive CPU resources or RAM and compromising performance.

DUPLICATE TRACK

This copies and pastes all clips and settings of the current track and and creates a new track beneath the selected track with the same clips and settings. Useful if you’d like to make serious edits but would like to maintain an “untouched” version.

FREEZE TRACK (CTRL+SHIFT+F)

Freezes the selected track. This is useful if the project is using too much CPU or RAM.

SELECT ALL CLIPS ON THIS TRACK (CTRL+SHIFT+A)

Selects all clips on the selected track.

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SOUND MENU

ADD SOUND FILE... (CTRL+H)

Use for adding audio, MIDI data, or videos to the current project. New files will be inserted at the current Caret location.

ADD INSTRUMENT CLIP

This will add a blank Virtual Instrument Clip on the closest Virtual Instrument Track. You can also Double-click a Virtual Instrument Track to create a blank Virtual Instrument Clip.

MIDI EDITING

These submenus contain numerous MIDI editing options including Quantize, Humanize, Transpose, Velocities, Offsets, Durations, Soloize, and Double.

(See "Virtual Instrument (MIDI) Clips" for full details on pg. 84.)

PROPERTIES

These submenus specify individual clip properties. See pg. 63, "Audio Clip Properties"

for full details.

Mute

Mutes or unmutes the selected clip.

Channels

Selects the active/audible channel for audio clips. (Audio clips only)

Phase

Selects the phase of the audio clip. (Audio clips only)

Normalize (CTRL+K)

This sets the volume of all selected sounds to the normalized level. Normalized level is based on the loudest peak. Reselect to deactivate normalization.

Lock

Locks or unlocks the selected clip(s) to prevent resizing, movement, or other modifications.

ENVELOPES

Submenu for Envelopes, a.k.a. Clip Automation.

Reset Envelope (CTRL+ALT+T)

Restores the current envelope to its default setting for all selected sounds.

Invert Envelope (CTRL+ALT+Y)

Inverts or flips the current envelope vertically for all selected sounds.

Fade Out

Displays pop-up menu with the following options: Fast, Medium, and Slow. Each option adds a fade-out of the current envelope type to all selected sounds. Note that the fade is applied to the selected area. If there is a selection rectangle, the fade only occurs in the selection rectangle

Fade In

Displays a pop-up menu with the following options: Fast, Medium, and Slow. Each option adds a fade-in of the current envelope type to all selected sounds. If there is a selection rectangle, the fade only occurs in the selection rectangle.

Boost

Displays a pop-up menu to boost all selected sounds by a set percentage for the current chosen envelope type. If there is a selection rectangle, the boost is applied only to the selected area.

Reduce

Displays a pop-up menu to reduce all selected sounds by a set percentage for the current chosen envelope type. If there is a selection rectangle, the reduction is applied only to the selected area.

LINK

The Link submenu allows clips to be linked or unlinked. When clips are linked, they move together when dragging. Linked clip retain their relative offset to each other. The submenu link options are:

Link Selected Clips

Unlink Selected Clips

Linked clips will have the button in the title bar. Click the button to unlink clips.

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SPLIT (CTRL+T)

This splits selected clips at the current Caret location.

REMOVE SPACES BETWEEN CLIPS (CTRL+J)

Removing space between the clips eliminates gaps or silence between selected clips by moving the selected clips together.

MERGE TO NEW CLIPS (CTRL+W)

This merges the selected clips into a new clip. This functions on a per-track basis and does not combine clips from different tracks.

REVERSE

This makes audio clips play backwards, which is almost always awesome.

ADD TO LIBRARY

Adds the audio clip to the sound library, for easy future use.

SET LOOP TO CROP

Sets the loop point on a clip to its current crop. (Audio clips only)

TRIM SILENCE (CTRL+I)

This removes any silence from left and right edges of clips. (Audio clips only)

EDIT IN EXTERNAL EDITOR...

Opens the sound or a copy of the sound in an external third-party sound editor.

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VIDEO MENU

ADD A VIDEO FILE...

Adds a video file to the project.

ADD STILL IMAGES...

Add image files to the video track. JPG, BMP, and PNG formats are supported.

ADD TEXT...

Adds text to the Text Video child track.

ADD SCROLLING TEXT...

Adds scrolling text to the Text Video child track.

ALIGN CLIPS...

Aligns image and video clips for creating slide shows or aligning them to the beat.

SET NON-CLIP BACKGROUND COLOR...

Sets the color of the background if no video or image clips are present.

SHOW/HIDE VIDEO WINDOW

Shows or hides the video playback window.

SET PREVIEW WINDOW SIZE

Selects standard video sizes for the Video Window.

LINK

The Link submenu allows clips to be linked or unlinked. When clips are linked, they move together when dragging. Linked clips retain their relative offset to each other. The submenu link options are:

Link Selected Clips

Unlink Selected Clips`

Linked clips will have a button in the title bar. Click this button to unlink clips.

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VIEW MENU

ALL TRACKS HEIGHT

Opens a submenu for setting the selected track height to Small, Normal, or Large.

TIMELINE MODE

Selects Beats or Timeline viewing mode.

SNAP TO GRID

Disable Snap or choose a snap setting for the Timeline in the pop-up submenu.

SHOW/HIDE DETAILS AREA

Shows or hides the most recently selected details tab. (Project, Sound, Mixer, or

Library)

MUSICAL TYPING

Opens the Musical Typing keyboard. This allows MIDI note input using a standard QWERTY computer keyboard.

PERFORMANCE PANEL

Toggles viewing and hiding of the Performance Panel.

ZOOM IN (+)

Zooms in to the project for a more detailed view.

ZOOM OUT (-)

Zooms out for a wider view.

ZOOM TO PROJECT (0)

Fits the entire project to the screen.

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HELP MENU

HELP FILE...

Opens the Help File. (the thing you're reading right now)

CHECK FOR UPDATE...

Checks the Internet for a newer or updated version of Mixcraft.

ENTER REGISTRATION CODE...

If unregistered, use this to enter your registration code.

BUY NOW!

Displays a window with instructions on purchasing and registering the software. (Unregistered versions only)

ABOUT MIXCRAFT...

Displays Mixcraft credits, copyrights, and thanks.

Mixcraft 7 Online Manual

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