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 Mixcraft Recording Studio by Acoustica, Inc. is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins and VST 3 Plugins.
Mixcraft Recording Studio
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Product Mixcraft Recording Studio
Developer Acoustica, Inc.
Price (MSRP)
$89.00
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Instruments
  
Can Host
Effects
  
UtilityStand-alone utility / application
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
8.1 build 413
 
- Released
System Requirements
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,8 or 10 (32 or 64-bit). 2GB RAM - 1.8 GHz Dual Core CPU (Quad Core recommended). Sound card, USB or Firewire sound device.
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AVI, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, sfz, SoundFont, WAV, WMA, WMV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number

Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio is a powerful music production and multi-track recording workstation with over thousands of music loops and dozens of audio effects and virtual instruments. Record audio, arrange loops, remix tracks, score and edit video, and mix and master tracks to create polished, professional compositions. Create radio-ready mixes with an extensive suite of mastering tools. Take to the stage with automatically synced, non-stop audio and MIDI grooves and real-time recording with Mixcraft's Performance Panel.

With unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, audio and MIDI editing, notation, step and piano-roll editing, 15 virtual instruments 28 effects, a library of over 7,800 professionally produced loops and samples, video editing, mixing, CD burning, MP3 encoder, one-click publishing, and a sleek modern interface, Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio turns your computer into a fully-stocked professional music production center, live or in studio.

Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio features a vast array of virtual instruments, including classic synthesizers and keyboards, orchestral instruments, drums, samples, and more, covering just about any music genre imaginable. Mixcraft's outstanding professional effects enable creative sound manipulation as well as pro-level mastering.

Build beats and sounds with the easy-to-use Omni and Alpha Samplers. Create wall-shaking bass lines with MiniMogueVA. Lay down ultra-realistic beats with Acoustica Studio Drums. Recreate classic tonewheel organs with VB-3 Organ, or wheeze it up with Combo Organ Model F and Combo Organ Model V. Explore adventurous new soundscapes with Journeys and Renegade virtual synths. Master tracks like a pro with new effects including the DTC-1 Compressor, EU ProMixEQ-10A, or broaden your sonic horizons with ORB7000 Octave Reverb.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By quilys
April 2, 2017

Los Angeles, California 4/2/2017.

I run Cubase Elements 8 on my computer along with Mixcraft Pro Studio 7. I cannot BELIEVE how much more intuitive the Mixcraft software is. I spent 4 hours taking lessons on Cubase and I'm just getting my first tracks laid down. I was able to figure out the Mixcraft Pro software in less than an hour and cannot get over how powerful and simple it is to use. I come from the old 4-track cassette tape crowd and worked my way up to a Tascam 8-track digital recorder to record music on my Kurzweil/Yamaha/Roland synthesizer rig. The last time I owned midi/DAW software was back when I was running a 486 computer and a SoundBlaster Live card. I recently replaced my almost 15-year old laptop with a new top-of-the-line Windows 10 gaming computer and using my Yamaha mixer as a DAC and a USB 4-channel MIDI box, am getting remarkable results with the Mixcraft software. The built-in effects generators and Virtual Instruments selection are WAY more than you should be getting at this price point.

Most of the sounds I'm using right now are coming off my synths, since I've had them for a long time and own a lot of sound software. However, the MIDI options Mixcraft affords me opens up my sound options quite a bit, especially when it comes to equalization and compression.

It's a fun piece of software, and you can create music using soundclips right out of the box if all you want to do is lay a background music track to a Youtube video. I would absolutely recommend this software for a home user and will confirm that it runs perfect on a new Windows 10 computer.

UPDATE (December 7, 2016): Mixcraft just announced that they will be releasing Pro Studio 8 in a few weeks. Don't buy this version unless you want to buy and download it directly from their website, which includes a free upgrade to version 8 when it's released. Version 7 is about to become obsolete.

UPDATE 2 (January 27, 2017): Mixcraft has released Pro Studio 8. Instead of getting a free upgrade for Version 7, which I only purchased in November, 2016, I was invited to "upgrade" to Pro Studio 8 for $40. I wasn't happy about it (seems like they were a bit misleading about the free upgrades for Version 7 users) but I went ahead and did it anyway. Between Versions 7 and 8, I think 7 is a better package. I've been having plugin issues with Version 8 that don't happen in 7, particularly with Waves Audio plugins. The bugs need to be worked out of Mixcraft Pro Studio 8 before I'm going to be enthusiastic about its fairly minimal improvements over Version 7.

There aren't many DAW's like this one on the market. I'm very pleased with its performance, and I would highly recommend it to any musician, whether they are operating on a budget or not.

In terms of quality software this has been on par with "Reaper" for stability but way more fun use with instant gratification just minutes away if you have some experience with this kind of software.

Compare to Sonic Foundry ACID or Fruity Loops, for loop features. Compare to Samplitude, Pro Tools (lite versions), Sonar, Cockos Federation Reaper (great but heavily technical and unintuitive) for multitrack approach, Mixing methodology, Sub-mixing etc.

GOOD THINGS
-All in One Composer, Looper, Multitrack package
-Very Stable.

- Under my Intel i7 based on Windows 7 Pro, 48 tracks w Fx all over, Ominsphere + Falcon + Dune 2 + several Sylenth1, and my system is around 54%, amazing performance !!!!!
-Large Included downloadable instrument library of all popular music genres.

- A breeze to use, compose and mix, BEST DAW !! for that money.
-Familiar, but really user friendly where it counts
-Create music on your PC even without fancy grown-up recording hardware or physical instrumentation.

-An the most important thing... • The sound is kick ass

ANNOYANCES
- Keyboard arrow-key support for micro adjustment of numerous filtering options such as plug ins, or the mixer features. Instead, uses a lot of rotary knob types of controls adjustable by mouse only - MIDI control to a physical mixer avoids this inconvenience.

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original flipper
original flipper
3 April 2017 at 11:00am

Hi.

I agree that Mix craft is a pretty intuitive program to use - the mixer EQ could be a bit more flexibile beyond the 3 bands covered.

Anyways - nice review, a change from the 1 line 'this is great software' reviews that often pop up here.

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