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PREFERENCES‌

Preferences are options that are changed infrequently and allow you to customize how the software behaves. To open the Preferences, select File>Preferences from the Main Window menus, or click the gear button in the top toolbar. You can also access Preferences by pressing CTRL+ALT+P.

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SOUND DEVICE

Choose settings for sound devices.

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SETTINGS COMMON TO ALL SOUND DEVICES

Driver

Select Wave, ASIO, or WaveRT audio drivers. This setting affects other options on this page. The ASIO option will be unavailable if no ASIO drivers are found. (WaveRT mode is not available on Windows XP.)

Force Single CPU

This will force the sound engine to use a single CPU for mixing audio. This is only applicable to multiple-CPU machines, such as a dual-core or quad-core computer. Single-CPU computers will not offer this option. This option may offer better compatibility with older VST effects and virtual instruments.

Use High Priority Threads For Audio Engine

This will cause all audio mixing sound engine threads to mix at a high system priority. By default, Mixcraft uses high priority.

Default Settings

This button will reset the drivers and settings to defaults. This changes settings to the Wave driver to 44,100 Hz, stereo, 16-bit (8 buffers @ 16384 bytes).

Open Mixer...

This opens the Windows or ASIO mixer control panel, allowing you to change some settings. This typically applies when using ASIO driver mode.

CORE AUDIO/WAVE RT-SPECIFIC SETTINGS

Settings when WaveRT mode is selected. WaveRT stands for “Wave Real Time” and is the preferred driver. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest drivers for your sound device. Also, contact the sound device manufacturer to see if the drivers support WaveRT.

Note: WaveRT is not available when using Windows XP.)

Sample Rate

Choose a sample rate supported by the device. Higher sample rates provide better audio quality but require more hard disk space and CPU resources.

Bit Depth

Select the number of bits for one sample.

Latency

Adjust the latency in milliseconds. Lower settings result in better performance - you’ll hear less “slapback” delay when recording with software monitoring, and Virtual Instruments will be more responsive when played live. The downside

is that lower latency settings increase the potential for audio gapping or non- continuous audio (a.k.a. obnoxious crackling noises).

Exclusive Mode

For Windows 7 and above, you have the option of running Mixcraft in Exclusive Mode. This will take over exclusive control of the sound device and allow

super-low latency settings down to three milliseconds! (You’ll also be welcome at ritzy L.A. clubs and red carpet events.)

When using Exclusive Mode, other programs will not have access to the sound

It’s All About The Drivers

Always make sure that you’ve downloaded the latest audio drivers for your sound device or audio system. Not only are audio hardware makers constantly improving driver performance, audio issues are frequently solved with a simple driver update, so

head on over to the manufacturer's website to check for updates!

device and will need to be restarted after Mixcraft is either shut down or out of

Exclusive Mode.

ASIO-SPECIFIC PREFERENCES

These are the preference if ASIO mode is selected. ASIO is an alternative driver system that allows for lower latency and improved synchronization between playback and recording.

Default Input (Recording)

Choose the default audio interface physical input to record audio from. Make sure the device is on and plugged in, otherwise it may not show up.

Default Output (Playback)

Choose the default audio interface physical audio output. Make sure the device is on and plugged in, otherwise it may not show up.

ASIO Device

Choose the default ASIO Device to record from. ASIO only allows for one device at a time.

Open Mixer…

ASIO audio device drivers often have their own dedicated control panel hardware where audio settings are configured. The Open Mixer… button

opens the ASIO device mixer control panel and allows you to select latency and other advanced settings.

WAVE-SPECIFIC PREFERENCES

Preferences when Wave mode is selected in the Sound Device Preferences. We only recommend using Wave mode if nothing else is available. (Sorry Wave mode, no hard feelings, ok?)

Default Input (Recording)

Selects the default sound device from which to record audio. Make sure the device is on and plugged in, otherwise it may not show up.

Default Output (Playback)

Selects the sound device from which to play audio. Make sure the device is on and plugged in, otherwise it may not show up.

Sample Rate

Choose a sample rate for both recording and playback. The default CD-quality sample rate is 44.1 kHz. If your sound card (and hearing range!) supports it, Mixcraft supports sample rates up to 192 kHz.

Bit Depth

This is the number of bits per sample. 16-bit is the default for CD quality. Mixcraft supports bit depths up to 24-bit for ultra high quality. Only use 8-bit if you have no other option. (8-bit audio is very noisy)

Number Of Buffers

This is the number of audio buffers to pre-mix before starting playback. The number of buffers determines audio latency. More buffers result in higher latency. Fewer buffers result in lower latency but possible audio gapping.

Buffer Size

The size of the buffer also determines audio latency. Larger buffers result in higher latency. Smaller buffers result in lower latency but can cause audio gapping. Buffer settings may require some trial-and-error to achieve the best balance of latency vs. performance.

Open Mixer...

This button opens the Windows mixer, allowing configuration of inputs and recording levels for sound devices.

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GENERAL

LANGUAGE

Choose a language to view Mixcraft in. You’ll need to restart Mixcraft for newly selected languages to take effect.

PLAY EXPORTED FILES AFTER THEY'RE CREATED

After mixing to an audio file, this option launches the associated player and begins playback.

ASK ME PERIODICALLY TO CHECK FOR NEW SOFTWARE UPDATES

Allows Mixcraft to check online for new versions.

TEMPORARY FILES DIRECTORY

Choose a directory to store any temporary files used by Mixcraft, such as peak data, beat map data and other data Mixcraft temporarily stores while performing operations. Click Browse... to select a new directory.

DELETE TEMPORARY FILES

This deletes all temporary files and folders from the Temporary Files Directory above. This includes all .tmp, .isk, .beatmap .isk, and .ipk files used in Mixcraft.

EXTERNAL WAVE EDITOR

Selects an external wave editing application to launch when Edit In External Editor is used. Click Browse... to locate the the external audio editor application.

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DISPLAY

DRAW AUDIO AND MIDI DATA ON CLIPS

Determines whether or not the audio and MIDI data is displayed on the clips. Turning this off could speed up your computer.

DRAW NOTE TEXT ON PIANO ROLL NOTES

Displays the text note on a note for easier recognition. For example, if the note is an A, it will display an "A" on it.

CHANGE NOTE COLOR FOR PLAYING NOTES

This option makes it easier to see what notes are currently audibly playing.

ENABLE LOGGING FOR TROUBLESHOOTING

Logging can slow down some computers. However, this option should be left on for support troubleshooting. (and to create jobs in the Pacific Northwest…)

LIMIT DRAWING DURING PLAYBACK

Allows limiting the maximum frame rate Mixcraft draws the screen at in order to reduce CPU usage. By default, the screen will not draw more than 30 frames/second.

DISPLAY VOLUME AS:

Choose between Decibels or Percentage. This affects track volume sliders and editing of volume envelope points on clips.

DEFAULT AUDIO TRACK COLOR

Choose a default track color. (Default color is green.)

DEFAULT INSTRUMENT TRACK COLOR

Choose a default track color. (Default color is blue.)

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INTERFACE

AUTO-SCROLL DURING PLAYBACK

This makes the Main Clip Grid scroll to automatically follow playback indicator.

KEEP THE PLAYBACK INDICATOR CENTERED

If Auto-Scroll During Playback is checked, this keeps the playback indicator to be centered during playback. This auto-scrolls the project instead of moving the playback indicator.

SET PLAYBACK INDICATOR WHEN CLICKING INSIDE SOUND WORKSPACE

Places the Playhead at the click location. Also restarts playback from this location if the project is playing back.

AUTO-REWIND TO START POSITION WHEN PLAYBACK/RECORDING ENDS

After recording or playing, the Playhead rewinds to where it started prior to record or play.

MAKE CLIPS "STICKY" SO THAT THEY ARE HARDER TO MOVE

This helps to maintain the exact offset of notes or clips when dragging up or down. For example, if you are zoomed way out and move a clip to a different track, it may change the time offset ever so slightly causing the sound to go out of sync.

ZOOM MODE

This lets you customize zoom behavior.

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Last Left Click & Caret

The center point of zoom in and out is the most recent left-click in the in the Main Clip grid.

Mouse Cursor

The center point of zoom in and out is the current mouse position.

Caret

The center point of zoom in and out is the current caret position.

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MOUSE WHEEL

These settings affect how the mouse wheel controls zooming and scrolling. Choose combinations to custom configure the mouse wheel behavior.

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The default setting is:

Mouse wheel = Zoom

CTRL + Mouse wheel = Horizontal Scroll SHIFT + Mouse wheel = Vertical Scroll

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PROJECT

AUTHOR

The default author will be filled into each new project's author information.

COPYRIGHT

The default copyright information will be filled into each new project's copyright information.

CHANGE PROJECT TEMPO AND KEY TO MATCH FIRST SOUND

When adding loops or sounds with a known key or tempo, the software will change the master tempo and/or key so that it sounds good. For example, if a sound was normally at 68 bpm and you tried to play it at 120 bpm, it would sound terrible. Time stretching works best when the tempos are no more than 10 to 30% different. This option conveniently sets the tempo or key of the project to match the sound's tempo or key.

ASK TO CHANGE PROJECT TEMPO AND KEY ON FIRST SOUND

This option will cause the software to prompt you to see if you want to change the tempo or key for the Change Project Tempo And Key To Match First Sound option above.

CREATE BACKUP FILE WHENEVER PROJECT IS SAVED

Every time you save, Mixcraft creates a backup file located in the project folder in a sub folder called backup. MX7 backup file’s contain the date and time they are saved.

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RECORDING

DEFAULT PROJECT FOLDER

The default project folder is where recordings and other important files are placed. Click Browse... to choose a new default project folder location.

DELETE UNUSED RECORDINGS DURING SAVE OR ON EXIT

If this option is checked, Mixcraft delete any recordings made that are not currently on any tracks during a project save or when the exiting the software. If recordings appear to be disappearing from the recording folder, it may be because they weren’t part of the project. To prevent these recordings from being deleted, uncheck this.

AUDIO TRACK DEFAULT RECORDING MODE

Choose from Takes, Overdub, or Replace mode.

INSTRUMENT TRACK DEFAULT RECORDING MODE

Choose from Takes, Overdub, or Replace mode.

WHEN RECORDING INPUT IS USED ON MORE THAN ONE TRACK

This instructs the software on how to handle two different tracks set to use the same recording input.

The default is Do Not Allow Duplicate Recording Inputs. This routes the selected input to the newly armed track and disarms previously armed tracks.

Allow Duplicate Recording Inputs allows any number of tracks to be armed; it’s possible to accidentally record numerous independent tracks of the same thing, so be careful if this option is chosen.

RECORDING FORMAT

Choose from uncompressed WAV or compressed OGG. OGG saves disk space if audio quality does not have to be perfect. If OGG is selected, audio quality can be adjusted with a slider (lower quality = smaller file sizes, higher quality = larger file sizes).

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METRONOME

Clicking the Browse buttons allows customization of metronome sounds at the beginning of each measure and for individual beat clicks respectively. Default and user metronome sounds reside in the Program Files>Mixcraft folder.

METRONOME SOUND FILE (MEASURE)

The default measure tone is HighTone.wav. Click Browse to replace with a custom user sound.

METRONOME SOUND FILE (BEAT)

The default measure tone is LowTone.wav. Click Browse to replace with a custom user sound.

METRONOME VOLUME

Adjust the metronome volume to desired level with the horizontal slider.

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MIDI

Set MIDI preferences here.

DEFAULT MIDI INPUT DEVICE

If you have MIDI interfaces or MIDI keyboards, choose the interface that you'd like to play and record from. The default is All MIDI Devices.

"CHASE" UNFINISHED MIDI NOTES ON PLAYBACK AND LOOPING

MIDI is not actual sound, it’s a series of commands instructing the computer play (or shut off) notes. With that in mind, what happens if you initiate playback in the middle of a note? The Chase option tells Mixcraft to send a “note on” message even if the playback start point is after the beginning of a note. This might not be significant if the song contains quick, percussive sounds (like clavinet, or wood blocks), but if the song has very long sustained pads, it’s entirely likely that large musical elements will be missing if playback isn’t started in the correct location. Chase helps alleviate this possibility.

RELEASE HOLD / SUSTAIN PEDAL (CC64) WHEN CLIP ENDS

Like the Chase situation above, this is another potential MIDI problem you wouldn’t consider until it occurs. If a sustain pedal isn’t realized at the end of recording a

clip (or you trim the clip’s right edge so the sustain pedal off message no longer gets transmitted), it’s possibly to end up with notes that sustain forever. Release Hold/ Sustain Pedal (CC64) When Clip Ends automatically sends a CC64 (that’s the MIDI controller number for a sustain pedal) message of 0 to prevent possible “forever” notes.

RELEASE HOLD / SUSTAIN PEDAL (CC64) WHEN PLAYBACK ENDS

This performs the exact same function as Release Hold / Sustain Pedal (CC64) When Clip Ends described above, but does so when playback is stopped.

DEFAULT VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT

Choose an instrument to be the default instrument when creating a new Virtual Instrument Track.

REMOVE PROGRAM CHANGE MESSAGES FROM MIDI FILES

Embedded program changes in imported MIDI files (usually of the downloaded or purchased General MIDI file variety) can cause things to go haywire with undesired program changes. Remove Program Change Messages From MIDI Files strips the program changes.

DEFAULT MIDI SETTINGS

Reverts all settings on this page back to default settings.

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CONTROL SURFACES

As of the initial release of Mixcraft 7, natively supported Control Surfaces include the Novation Launchpad, Mackie Control (aka MCU, and previously, Logic Control) and compatibles, Frontier Design Group TranzPort, and Acoustica’s own Mixcraft Remote app for Android and iOS mobile devices.

Note: For more information on configuring Control Surfaces, see pg. 267, "Using Natively Supported Hardware Controllers".

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TYPE

For Mixcraft to recognize any of these devices, plug in the device (or in the case of Mixcraft Remote, makes sure your computer and mobile device are on the same wireless network), click <Add New> and select the appropriate device. If you’re using an older Emagic Logic Control, be sure to choose it (instead of Mackie Control) in the Type list, otherwise all functions won’t work correctly.

INPUT

Specifies the input for the Control Surface. If it’s a MIDI device, choose the appropriate MIDI interface. If it’s plugged into a USB port, choose the name of the Control Surface.

OUTPUT

This is specifies the MIDI or USB output for the device and is set just like the input setting. If it’s a MIDI device, choose the appropriate MIDI interface. If it’s plugged into a USB port, choose the name of the Control Surface.

Note: The Mixcraft Remote mobile app does not require any Input or Output settings.

LINK

Linking two or more control surfaces (e.g. Mackie control surfaces), will cause them to act as one large single control surface.

UP/DOWN ARROWS

If you’re using more than one of the same fader controller, these let you move devices up and down in the list. This effectively lets you change the fader order of cascaded units to align with their physical placement in your workspace.

X ICON

This deletes the currently selected Control Surface.

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CD BURNING

BURNING ENGINE

Choose between Primo or IMAPI. Primo is the default and recommended CD burning engine. It burns audio CD’s without gaps between tracks and supports CD-Text burning.

IMAPI is Windows default audio CD burning method. The drawback is that when burning more than one track, it inserts a two-second gap between tracks and automatically converts to WAV prior to burning.

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LIBRARY

These are the loop library settings.

LOOP LIBRARY DIRECTORY

The folder where the loop library is stored. When new loops are downloaded, they are saved in this directory. This folder is shared for all users on this computer.

If you're using Mixcraft in Administrator mode, you can change this folder location. To run Mixcraft in Administrator mode, browse to the Acoustica Mixcraft folder, right- click Mixcraft7.exe and choose Run As Administrator...

Type in a new folder path or click Browse to select a new folder.Schools or labs can set the folder to reside on a server in order to save space on individual workstations.

LOOP LIBRARY DOWNLOAD

Select a Loop Library download site from the drop-down.

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PLUG-INS

LOAD VST EFFECTS AND INSTRUMENTS (VST/VSTI)

Mixcraft will load VST effects and virtual instruments upon launch when this box is checked.

EDIT VST/VSTI FOLDERS

Click this button to add, edit, or delete folders Mixcraft scans to locate VST Plug-Ins.

RE-SCAN ALL VST PLUG-INS

Scans VST folders for new plug-ins. This is useful when installing new VST Plug- Ins. (And also helps thwart the dreaded "lookin' for plugs in all the wrong places" phenomena.)

AUTOMATICALLY ADD ALL INSTRUMENT OUTPUT TRACKS FOR VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS

This will add a child output channel track for each output channel in the VSTi. This is

only important for instrument plug-ins with multiple output channels. If this is off and the instrument has multiple output channels, this creates a single output track for the instrument.

ENABLE REWIRE HOSTING

Toggle this option to enable or disable ReWire hosting. You’ll need to restart Mixcraft to use newly added ReWire clients.

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