Acoustica Mixcraft 10 Review


Mixcraft is an impressive digital audio workstation, MIDI sequencer and non-linear video arranger from Acoustica that has revolutionized music production on Windows since 2004 through its blend of convenience and star features.

Version 10.5 provides a revamped and intuitive user interface, designed to be familiar to existing fans while making learning new content simple for newcomers. Multiple single-key keyboard shortcuts may be assigned; there is even an easy start-up set preconfigured.


Mixcraft provides an amazing solution for recording guitars, vocals, or any other form of audio source imaginable. Thanks to its comprehensive set of audio channels and enhancements, you can adjust level and intensity levels as well as add in reverb or blur effects, reduce foundation commotion while eliminating pops and snaps and much more!

Recording in Mixcraft is straightforward and effortless. Once your audio hardware is connected and the instrument you are recording armed (click arm button on track to prepare), start your recording by either pressing Record in the main window or key shortcut [CTRL+B].

Once you’ve started a new project, the main screen opens up into an array of dark latticed tracks and clips which enable you to record multiple audio, MIDI, or video sources at once. Track lists, basic mixer controls, and Performance Clip view – providing Ableton-style live performance triggers – also appear on the left side of the main screen.

With just a few clicks in the Mixer view, it’s possible to switch audio channels, invert the phase of any track, set it as mono and adjust its stereo width. Furthermore, our improved top-of-mixer track meter never scrolls out of view so you can keep an eye on every detail of your mix.

Acoustica has made subtle tweaks to Mixcraft over the years, and Version 10.5 marks an improvement in overall workflow. New menus and streamlined piano roll, automation and plug-in manager views complement new project templates and track icon updates to make arranging sounds on the Timeline simpler than ever.


Mixcraft allows users to work with audio, video and still images. Educators can demonstrate how to add music or text to slideshows and video clips, crossfade images and create transitions, crossfade pictures between clips or crossfade them seamlessly across formats – including MP4. Mixcraft also supports various file types including MP4.

Acoustica made significant changes to its interface in version 10.5, to great success; though too many Windows XP-style drop-down menus still remain. A scalable redesign offers more color options for tracks and clips while making drag automation simpler without disturbing views. A piano roll and automation view make creating and editing curves simpler, although being able to see all curves simultaneously across tracks would be advantageous. New project templates provide students with a headstart when recording or composing tracks in different genres.

Vocal mixes in Mixcraft can be improved through various techniques, including equalization and compression. For optimal results, select a quiet recording environment with precise microphone placement; furthermore harmonic enhancement may create an intimate and warm sound by amplifying certain frequencies while not overdoing this process or else it will result in harsh vocals.

Mixcraft makes mixing simple with its intuitive controls and track list view, which displays each clip and its associated parameters. Furthermore, Mixcraft boasts an extensive library of virtual instruments emulating classic synthesizers like Minimoogs Roland Jupiter 8s Yamaha CS80s TB303s plus acoustic and electric pianos as well as routing tracks to buses for easier project navigation. A new track icon view also makes navigation through complex projects much simpler.


Mixcraft was initially released as an audio workstation, music loop recording program, MIDI sequencer, VSTi support host and non-linear video arranger. Acoustica have added features in Mixcraft version 10 that make it even more user-friendly; such as assigning single key commands to custom hotkey keyboard shortcuts using group assignment functionality; all groups of assignments can also be saved and recalled, making switching between computers or setups simple; additionally new controller script API allows Mixcraft to work seamlessly with any MIDI-based control surface device or surface device.

The software supports a comprehensive selection of third-party plugins, with support for industry standard VST 3.0 and MP4 formats. Furthermore, its new sound engine offers advanced audio/MIDI routing features, native sidechaining support, as well as an innovative audio control feature enabling audio signals to control instrument or effect parameter settings.

Track Regions, another new feature, allow audio clips and their automation data to be selected, moved, copied and pasted together as one unit – making complex arrangements simpler while simplifying editing of clips containing large amounts of automation data. This makes editing these clips much more straightforward.

One of the stand-out lessons from this update is a collaborative project for English/writing and music classes. This lesson introduces students to writing their own lyrics or poetry and setting it to music using Mixcraft loops. A popular song structure serves as an illustration for this process of songwriting; students may then experiment with variations during future creative efforts. Furthermore, Mixcraft provides useful tutorials on loop-based composition as well as chord progression usage within their music composition process.


Mixcraft’s editing features enable you to cut, crop and crossfade audio and video clips as well as add titles and scrolling text. Furthermore, the software provides background music for films and slideshows; you can even adjust its volume accordingly.

Create an effective soundtrack for a film or slideshow requires the application of proper editing techniques to craft an inoffensive track that flows smoothly. A well-placed “crash” sound, for example, can heighten emotional impact of scenes depicting plates being broken on the ground in a film shot. Mixcraft provides easy sound effect management so users can drag-and-drop sound effects wherever necessary onto tracks as needed.

This program contains a wide selection of virtual instruments and effects, from realistic acoustic instrumentations emulations, impressive samplers, classic synthesizers, electric pianos and authentic copies thereof through to ToneBoosters reverbs, blowers channels equalizers equalizers etc. You can easily record or reorder virtual instruments to produce layer performances synchronized with the score.

Acoustica has continuously refined their interface over time, and their most recent offering features an intuitive yet familiar design for existing fans but easy for beginners to pick up quickly. Their new scalable interface is optimized for various screen sizes and monitor resolutions with pin pop-up menus open for multiple changes at once as well as customizable color options for tracks and clips.

Mixcraft is an advanced digital audio workstation with an advanced and lightning-fast sound engine, offering comprehensive support for VST3 plug-ins and MP4 video files. In addition, Mixcraft features MIDI and audio routing as well as native sidechaining as well as the innovative capability of having instrument’s sounds control its own effect parameters.


Mixcraft DAW offers simple video editing features such as stacking and editing videos, making crossfades, advances and score clasps. In addition, advanced MIDI editing options such as fixed submixes, yield tracks, local sidechaining and progressed MIDI direction are supported as well.

Version 8 features an innovative Kastelheimer Veldberg XD instrument with its own distinctive look and sound, ideal for producing minimal techno to hard-edged industrial productions. Furthermore, VST3 support has been expanded, increasing automation capability as well as routing functions for plug-ins.

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