Any Mixcraft users here? What's wrong with it? ;)

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KVRAF
8800 posts since 4 Jan, 2017 from Warsaw, Poland

Post Fri May 14, 2021 7:32 am

https://youtu.be/EDPMGQqPHd8

The question came to me when I checked their website and - on paper, at least - it seems like a pretty complete, well-featured DAW with:
  • powerful MIDI & audio editing, incl. (basic) Melodyne integration
  • side-by-side clip launcher, like Bitwig (or Logic)
  • rudimentary modulation system
  • comprehensive suite of instruments & FX
  • complex routing
  • big mixer, similar to Harrison's or Reason's
  • video editing

And all of that is $150 for the flagship version and $75 for the 'lite' one :o

But I barely hear about it.

Why is that? Is it the GUI from the '90s? :shrug:
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KVRian
732 posts since 22 Feb, 2014

Post Fri May 14, 2021 8:14 am

The GUI actually got a decent update for v9, but yeah, it's still rather dated and basic looking compared to other DAWs.

I've seen it referred to as GarageBand for Windows, so that probably has something to do with the low profile around here. It's kind of like a moped -- fun to ride, but nobody wants to be seen on one.

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KVRian
1345 posts since 14 Apr, 2016 from Germany

Post Fri May 14, 2021 9:14 am

Mixcraft is excellent. It's more like Logic for PC not GarageBand imo. The whole package is great. I have it too (upgrade price to pro was very cheap). It's a complete DAW especially since 9 (the 64bit version even can load your old precious 32bit plugins!). The included 3rd party plugins are great. I have Cubase and the Conroller for it but if not i would stick with Mixcraft for sure.
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KVRAF
2440 posts since 18 May, 2002 from up on Cripple Creek (CO)

Post Fri May 14, 2021 10:01 am

I hadn't heard much about it either, but this post made me look. It does look pretty cool, and I like that the only limitation on the "lite" version seems to be extra goodies, not track count or anything. I'm comfortable where I am, but if I was looking, this would definitely be on the list.
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KVRian
516 posts since 30 Apr, 2018

Post Fri May 14, 2021 10:44 am

Got the cheaper version from the forum for $15. It’s really fun! It has a guitat tuner on each track, great for guitarists. The browser connects directly to freesound.org so you have unlimited free samples, basically.

It doesn’t have a way to make the tracks taller/shorter using the mousewheel, which annoys me.

KVRAF
2494 posts since 14 Sep, 2003 from Essex

Post Fri May 14, 2021 1:58 pm

Hi

I can't think of anything seriously wrong with Mixcraft after a couple of years of regular use.

Granted I have not created BIG projects on it so I can't vouch for that aspect, but for a dozen or so midi tracks with associated synths, a host of FX and automation - it seems fine.

The main reason I use it is that it is relatively lightweight, uncluttered and isn't trying to do so many other things that the competition seems to be doing.

Coming from XT I really prefer a (relatively) minimalistic sequencer and this and 'MuLab' are about all that is available, at least in my searching.

GUI... I just accept that it isn't the most attractive thing in the world - I would like to 'see' a major revamp, but as someone has already stated this has just happened so I don't expect it to be changed again any time soon.

I know that visuals make a massive difference to people and me included, but I (just about) manage to accept that the ease of use and focused feature set work for me to the point where I accept a limited visual delight!

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KVRAF
2759 posts since 22 May, 2017

Post Fri May 14, 2021 2:11 pm

telecharge wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 8:14 am
It's kind of like a moped -- fun to ride, but nobody wants to be seen on one.
:hihi: Perfect analogy.

KVRAF
28415 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Fri May 14, 2021 2:26 pm

Somehow soothing that there's DAW's which go under the radar. Imagine there were 20 or 30 others from which you'd have to choose. ;)
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KVRAF
1613 posts since 16 Jan, 2013 from USA

Post Fri May 14, 2021 2:50 pm

Nothing wrong with Mixcraft and a lot right. Wish the interface scaled though...

KVRist
132 posts since 4 Nov, 2013 from Germany

Post Fri May 14, 2021 8:20 pm

Mixcraft is a very cool DAW , i have this since version 7 and did some tracks with it. Nice mix of Ableton Live and Cubase Elements or something and for all those people who want to work with a DAW thats easy to work with. I love that little play/loop button on each clip in the arrangement by the way, so useful :)

KVRAF
3201 posts since 3 Oct, 2013 from Budapest

Post Sat May 15, 2021 12:26 am

jonljacobi wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 2:50 pm
Nothing wrong with Mixcraft and a lot right. Wish the interface scaled though...
Hi,

Mixcraft 10 (in early stages of development) should have vastly improved scaling.

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KVRAF
2257 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Sat May 15, 2021 1:33 am

Tried it before few times, but always found something off for my taste, thing with this smaller players is they have potential, but they need longer time to get there, you just don't get into something on that premise, what happens you write bunch of feature request's and realize you are just better off using something else, than get frustrated until any of those see the light of day.

EDIT:

So downloaded again to give it a shot, project took too much to load and than first thing put me off, default mouse scroll action is zooming, to actually scroll you need to press Shift, that's kind of stuff that will alienate some folks that used any DAW before...

KVRAF
1613 posts since 16 Jan, 2013 from USA

Post Sat May 15, 2021 6:54 am

That’s kind of picky, but it’s a wider convention than just DAWs that zooming by default rather than scrolling flaunts. Not following convention and forcing people to go against habit does tend to irritate.

KVRist
159 posts since 9 Jun, 2018

Post Sat May 15, 2021 11:08 am

Passing Bye wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 1:33 am
So downloaded again to give it a shot, project took too much to load and than first thing put me off, default mouse scroll action is zooming, to actually scroll you need to press Shift, that's kind of stuff that will alienate some folks that used any DAW before...
You can change how scrolling works in File -> Preferences -> Mouse Wheel

KVRAF
2257 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Sat May 15, 2021 12:14 pm

rageix wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 11:08 am
Passing Bye wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 1:33 am
So downloaded again to give it a shot, project took too much to load and than first thing put me off, default mouse scroll action is zooming, to actually scroll you need to press Shift, that's kind of stuff that will alienate some folks that used any DAW before...
You can change how scrolling works in File -> Preferences -> Mouse Wheel
Thanks, I was looking for Key Commands or Shortcuts option in Preferences :lol:

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