I am using Mixcraft (Recording Studio) for about a month extensively, and there was no need (for me) to read any of the documentation. I used Mulab and Reaper before. Mulab is nice but has its limitations. Reaper is also nice, but it feels like there are too many whistles, and the plugins (js) UI turns me off.
Mixcraft has some awesome tools built in. For example, I love the compressors (try the TB bus compressor) and TB de-esser. There are also synths like Messiah, Journey, VB3 organ (my favorites), and more instruments.
The UI is fine to me (1920x1080), and the program works stable. I have 600 VST plugins, and all are working fine.
Some people claim that DAWs have each their sound (like one is warmer or brighter than the other one), but that is a myth. So I would choose a DAW according to price, stability, workflow, capabilities, etc.
Yes, it's a nice DAW, and I hope Mixcraft will do well in the coming years.
Best DAW out there!!! It gives me all the functionality I need to fully produce an entire song from scratch, while making it really easy for me to do so! All other DAWs out there are more expensive, seem insanely complicated, and they aren't any better than Mixcraft. After all, all you need to produce is a DAW that gets the job done the best way possible, but you'd also want it to be simple and efficient.
Mixcraft, keep up the good work, and hopefully we'll see the next Mixcraft 10 soon :).Read Review
Criminally underrated, .
Been using FL Studio for 10+ years, but wanted to switch to a more linear type DAW, and after testing Waveform, Studio One, Bitwig, Reaper and Acid Pro, i stumbled upon Mixcraft almost by mistake and decided to give it a try.
Ive paid $299 for FL Studio at the time, and recently paid $30 for Mixcraft during a promotion, and i havent touched FL Studio for almost 3 months and i probably gonna keep on using Mixcraft from now on as my only DAW.
So what's so special about it? It's easy to use, i found that I'm able to compose faster that i could in FL Studio, and it has some very nice features such as:
- instrument stacking on every channel (with note and velocity filters).
- global modulation system, .
- easiest side chaining and MIDI routing that I've ever seen.
- one knob compressor and saturation on every mixer track.
- very competent performance panel a-la Bitwig.
This is a great and full featured DAW, and fact that nowadays i rather use it than use FL Studio which i invested much more money in, speaks for itself.Read Review
The best DAW on the market out of all the ones you've been able to use. Whatever the nay-sayers say, Mixcraft is the most powerful DAW for the electronic musician, HipHop, Dance, any genre will sound incredibly analog coming out of this beast! I have compared sounds from the Master mixdown from FL Studio, Presonus S1, etc and none of them bring out the wonderful sound of MXC9, don't ask me why, try it yourself! Mixcraft 9 the God of all DAWS. I don't even want to think how beautiful the new version 10 will be.Read Review
The reason why I give this DAW only 2 stars is because of the dreadful definition, colors and scale of its interface. Its tools are good to use but I can't believe how they haven't improved the definition of the graphics considering the current 4K monitors. Compared to FL Studio for example, its graphics are wonderful and it is a pleasure to use and create in a DAW with a clean and colorful image. Mixcraft 10 should be released soon, a complete new color and design polish should be released this time, or Mixcraft will never have a chance to make it to the professional DAW market again. Listen to the users.Read Review
I have purchased Pianissimo over 10 years ago (for the price of $69, it is now listed for $19)
and used it in many projects, no problems whatsoever.
I use Pianissimo in combination with a M-Audio Keystation 88 ES and Renoise on the PC to produce music.
With options for sympathetic resonance modeling, reverbration, (key) hammer sounds, next to a built-in 3-bands equalizer.
Pianissimo has 256 voices of polyphony, enough for 88 keys, does not consume much CPU and is very stable.
Comes as stand-alone executable and VST2 (.dll) instrument.
Pianissimo is my favourite virtual grand piano. The sound has a very warm, rich character, which can be adjusted to suit your needs.Read Review
WELL OVER PRICED!
This VST looks good on the surface but it does have issues!
£70 is a lot for a piano VST plugin that has MAJOR PHASING ISSUES!
THIS SHOULD NOT BE USED DUE TO PHASING ISSUESRead Review
N.B. This is a very slighlty revised version of a review I posted on Amazon
Pianissimo sounds superb. It is a tie with TruePianos' Atlantis module for the the best sounding piano for a PC I've played -- this includes a number from respected names like Yamaha, Roland (Edirol), Sampletank, Native Instruments and Soundiron. It sounds incredibly natural and responsive and is relatively light on the CPU. It has a few good preset models, a very good adjustable reverb, other nice settings (velocity control, simluated pedals, sympathetic resonance and piano lid position) and a simple, intuitive interface. The standalone version (included in the box, along with the plug-in version) launches quickly and plays and records MIDI without fuss. If you simply want to play virtual piano, it is a 10/10 product. Lovely, lovely.
I am only giving it a mark of 4, however, due to what I only discovered post-purchase is actually a known bug -- it needs 250 mb of RAM (which in and of itself is not a big problem) which must be contiguous. What this means is that if you use it in a multitrack project where you use enough other virtual instruments, you can run into a problem where Pianissimo, once inserted, can't access enough contiguous RAM, and so won't load properly the next time you open the project.
Here's an example. Recently I created a project where piano was pivotal; I loaded in Pianissimo, then a number of other virtual instruments, so in the end I had worked out an arrangemnent for about 10 virtual instruments in all. I saved and closed it, and all was ok. When I reopened it, however, Pianissmo would not load -- an error message said to either reinstall the program or contact tech supoort. I did the latter. I was told to be sure Pianissimo was the first instrument loaded in the project. Well, I'd already done that; but anyway, I started the project again, loading it first again. I then added the other instruments, recreated the project, saved and closed it -- and the same problem occurred the next time I re-opened.
Turns out tech support had failed to share with me an important piece of information (which was actually tucked away on the company's own website; shame on me for not scouring it closely enough; shame on them for not mentioning it to me, and not making it more conspicuous to begin with) -- namely, that in such cases, Pianissimo needs to be the first instrument loaded EVERY TIME the project opens. The only way to do this is to open the last saved version, remove all other instruments, load in Pianissimo, then reload the other instruments, and then reapply any FX and routing configuration you've used. Every time! Even though my total RAM usage was only around 75%.
This should not happen -- I've been able to use other instruments when RAM usage was close to 95%. (I am using a Windows 7, 32 but Dell Vostro laptop, 4 GB RAM, Intel i5 2.52 ghz CPU.) Effectively having to recontruct the instrument structure and configuration from scratch every time I reopen a moderately complex project is a huge hassle and time drain. It also reveals inexcusably buggy software design. I have around 40 virtual instruments, some of which predate Pianissimo by a few years, and Pianissimo is the only one with this flaw.
So, if you want a virtual piano for projects which will include other RAM-using virtual instruments, to be on the safe side, look elsewhere, unless you are certain in advance that their RAM demands will be quite small, or unless you like setting up your projects over and over again.Read Review