Are you looking for a Windows alternative to Apple's respected GarageBand? Acoustica's Mixcraft 6 is the answer.
Mixcraft by Acoustica is a multitrack recording studio with effects, featuring Reverb, Delay/Echo, EQ, Compression, Flanger and Chorus, as well as resonant filters and a powerful loop editor. For more of a visual see youtube videos below. Mixcraft is your music production dream come true, instantly turning your computer into a fully stocked professional recording studio. The high performance 32 bit sound engine that also works on newer 64 bit computers, supports broadcast quality WAV files and will even import compressed MP3s & WMA files.
Use it to record your own music, your band or even a remix for that dance recital. We live in a fantastic age when it comes to home recording in that all you really only need is a
computer and a good multitrack recording program like Mixcraft to create an amazing professional sound! Then when you are finished with your mix you publish it to the internet or even a social site like facebook as an
MP3, WMA or RealAudio file, or if you prefer you can render it to burn it with an CD burner. You can find CD burners and other music software at iMusicSoftware.com.
This software has hundreds of professional quality drum sounds and patterns built in, including rock, shuffle, blues, R&B, rap, hip hop, dance, jazz and electronica.
Mixcraft 6 comes with 20 high quality effects, including the Pultronic Tube EQ, which mimics the classic tube equalizer found in professional studios throughout the world, and the Guitar - Shred Amp Simulator, a complete suite of 5 classic amp heads, 17 cabinet models, and 6 powerful effects.
And that's not all, Mixcraft also includes over 6000 music loops, sound effects, and music bed tracks that can be easily drag and dropped into your project. Combine drum, bass, and guitar loops with synth, organ, pianos, vocals, orchestral and percussion loops to create your own custom arrangement. Just set the tempo and key of your choice, and the loops will automatically adjust. Mixcraft also supports Acid and Garage Band loops too!
Mixcraft 6 allows you to record and mix like the best producers and DJs in the business at just a fraction of the price of something like pro tools. It is designed to be fast and 'user manual agnostic'.
allowing you to focus on your creativity and not on technical details! Many users have found that they rarely need to use the help file. Cut, paste, edit and shape your
sounds the way you want! Use built in effects like reverb, flanger or EQ or install a variety of DirectX or VST effects to add tremelo, distortion,
chorus or even remove the vocals from a song! This flexible software can be used in many ways, from recording your first solo album, remixing a
song mash-up, pod-casting, editing commercials or even making a production for your daughter's dance or gymnastic recital! No band? Perhaps you're a DJ and need the perfect mix. With Mixcraft, you can mix sounds, music and embellish it with your voice. You can even export your
mix to MP3, WMA, OGG or WAV, or simply burn it on a CD!
Load and edit video files with ease. Easily cross-fade from one video clip to another. Remix the audio, add a soundtrack, and effortlessly render your video project to popular formats for creating your own DVDs or uploading to YouTube and other popular internet video sites.
Mixcraft 6 offers 11 powerful virtual instruments ranging from modelled vintage synthesizers to high-quality sampled acoustic instruments, and an inspiring collection of studio-quality acoustic and electric drums. This of course includes the Acoustica Instruments General MIDI sample library, Acoustica Expanded Instruments sample library, Lounge Lizard Session vintage electric piano, VB3 tonewheel organ, MiniMogueVA monophonic analog synthesizer, Messiah polyphonic analog synthesizer, Alien303 Bass Synthesizer, and Impulse polyphonic analog synthesizer.
What's New in Mixcraft 6?
There are so many new features in Mixcraft 6 that it's impossible to list them all. With that said, here are some of the highlights:
Video and Text Editing
Improved video interface including still image importing, automatable effects and scrollable text titles.
Mixcraft 6's powerful Mixer Interface provides a convenient and familiar interface for mixing a project. Complete with easy access to volume, pan, mute, and solo controls, as well as effects and instrument dialogs, our Mixer Interface also includes a 3-band EQ on every track, so you can get every instrument fitting perfectly into the mix.
Hosts ReWire applications.
Support for VSTs with unlimited outputs.
Output busses for grouping tracks to a single output bus (with support for multiple hardware outputs).
New MIDI processing tools including more flexible quantize, humanize, transposition, velocity scaling and more.
MIDI control surface support for transport controls, effect controls, and instrument controls.
Route MIDI track data to audio effects (such as vocoder and pitch correction effects like autotune).
Punch In/Punch Out recording.
Loop recording with multiple takes.
Loop library improvements including search, import loop files and loop CDs into the loop library.
Over 6000 audio loops and sound effects!
Professional Autotune - Get that T-Pane Effect
Lanes feature allows you to stack multiple clips on a single track.
Submix tracks for grouping tracks to a single submix.
Piano Roll interface has been substantially improved since Mixcraft 5.
Notation improvements including support for triplets.
Built-in guitar tuner on every audio track.
Save and load complete effect chains, with many excellent effect chain presets included.
This track showcases the ME80 virtual synthesizer, in the style of Vangelis's epic 1982 Blade Runner soundtrack, which featured the Yamaha CS80 extensively. All sounds and effects were produced entirely in Mixcraft Pro Studio 5 - Buy Mixcraft Pro Studio 6 (Download)
Memory by Chris Collins
This track explores the fantastic synth sounds and powerful arpeggiator of the MemoryMoon virtual synthesizer, as well as the sparkling piano sounds of Pianissimo. All sounds and effects were produced entirely in Mixcraft Pro Studio 5. - Purchase Mixcraft Pro Studio 6 (Download)
Clear, colorful, and intelligently designed interface to streamline your work.
Powerful, professional features include ReWire hosting, multi-take loop recording, time stretching and pitch shifting, support for unlimited hardware inputs and outputs, support for multi-channel VSTis, and much more.
Mixcraft can record as many tracks simultaneously as the computer and audio hardware can handle.
Built in Autotune program
Custom loop library includes thousands of royalty-free sounds in dozens of musical styles. (Works with Acid(tm) and Apple Garage Band(tm) loops.)
Record multiple MIDI and audio tracks simultaneously.
Arrange and score video files, adding music, sound effects, and voice-overs with ease.
Includes over 3000 professionally produced music loops and sound effects in dozens of popular styles.
Includes 22 high quality effects, ranging from studio standards such as reverb, chorus and EQ, to high-end guitar amp simulators, vintage tube EQs, and more
Record and create an unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks
Beat matching and key changes happen on the fly just like they do in GarageBand.
Pitch shift sounds from -24 to +12 semitones!.
Automatically detects beat locations, keys and tempos of imported songs
Score your own videos.
Piano roll and notation view to edit MIDI.
Every sound clip features noise reduction technology. Mixcraft 6 will automatically find and analyze a section of noise, and you can reduce the noise level or eliminate it entirely.
Support for DirectX & VST effects, including plug-in delay compensation
Adjust loop points to visual beat marks.
Link audio, MIDI, and video clips together so they'll select and move as a group.
Create precise, custom loops extracted from existing songs.
Musical Typing Keyboard lets you play and record Mixcraft 6's virtual instruments without the use of a MIDI keyboard. Use your computer's typing keyboard to play notes and chords. Control pitch bend, modulation, and velocity. Sustain notes with a simple press of the Shift key. You can even transpose by octaves and semitones.
Mixcraft's improved seamless looping mode lets you smoothly loop sections of your project with no audio gapping.
The new Mix To New Audio Track (aka Bouncing) feature allows you to mix down an Audio Track or Virtual Instrument Track, complete with all effects and automation, to a new audio track. This is a great one-click method to save CPU or “lock in” the edits and effects that have been applied to a track.
Color coded CPU meter on the status bar helps you keep track of your computer's processing power at all times.
Includes a General MIDI library, Hammond B-3(tm) emulator, MiniMoog(tm) emulator, Lounge Lizard (Rhodes and Wurlitzer emulation), Messiah (Jupiter 5 emulation), and the Alien 303 bass synth.
Create mega presets that layer and split multiple virtual synthesizers and effects.
Mixcraft 6 has no limitations on the number of tracks or effects
Mixcraft 6 supports full undo and redo, so if you make a mistake, just undo it!
Support for WaveRT low latency audio on Windows Vista
Effects Galore! In addition to the 18 bundled effects, Mixcraft supports VST and DirectX effects.
Clear, colorful, and intelligently designed interface to streamline your work.
Record multiple tracks simultaneously.
MIDI Piano RollEditor: Edit your MIDI recordings with your mouse.
Trim, resize and fix notes and controller information!
Virtual Instruments!: Choose from hundreds of presets and patches made up
of virtual instruments that model the sounds of classic synthesizers or General MIDI pianos, trumpets, or strings.
Visually time stretch sounds with FlexAudio.
Includes 16 ultra-high quality effects. .
True multi-track recording, automatic remixing with tempo detection
Support for Acid and Garage Band loops
Unlimited tracks depending on your computer's processing power!
Pan, volume, solo and mute on each track.
Cutting edge 32 bit sound engine for maximum sonic quality! (Mixcraft does work on 64 bit computer systems as well)
Full support for 24 bit recording and playback!
Read and write high quality audio, including broadcast quality 24 &
32 bit WAV files up to 192 kHz.
Import compressed MP3, WMA, OGG and WAV files!
Time stretch any file from 25% to 400% without affecting the pitch!
No chipmunks! Pitch shift sounds from -24 to +12 semitones!
7 Powerful Built In Effects including
Reverb – Simulate environments
Delay – Create multiple echo effects
EQ – Boost bass, treble, mid-range, 10 band EQ
Compression – Boost dynamics to sound louder
Flanger – Create a whooshing effect
Chorus – Double up your vocals
Distortion - Give it some grunge!
Support for VST & DirectX effects - Download and install 3rd party effects such as Vocal Removers, Vocal Isolaters, De-essers, Delay, Echo,
Distortion, Overdrive, Amplifier simulators, Compressors, Limiters, EQ, Exciters, Enhancers, Filters, Gates, Imaging, Panning, Lo Fi effects,
Mastering plugins, Modulaters, Flangers, Chorus, Tremelo, Noise Removal, Restoration, Pitch Shifters, Reverb, Ring Modulators, Spectral Processors,
Tuners and Vocoders. More on DirectX and VST Effects...
Shape your sounds with low pass and high pass resonant filter automation. Great for DJs!
Automatic recording timer to make it easier to record LPs and cassettes.
Track marker wizard - split your LP and cassette recordings automatically into separate tracks!
Automatic drag and drop cross-fading!
Easy looping tools – Create loops out of sections of other sounds or songs. All loops automatically beat match for effortless song creation!
And they are royalty free!!
Render to Realaudio, MP3, WMA, OGG and WAV, including broadcast WAV files at high sample rates and bit depths. (Includes 24 and 32 bit sounds and
sample rates up to 192kHz
Create your own ringtones, assuming your phone supports MP3s.
Create custom MP3s and then 'podcast' them in your pod cast software.
Burn your own CD's with just one click!
With Mixcraft, you can record your guitar, voice, or even your band. And with Beatcraft, you don't have to record anything. It's a virtual drum machine in a box. Quickly and easily program in your beats and export them into Mixcraft. No longer do you need an old four track recorder or a full fledged recording studio. You can now record it all within the comfort of your computer and with professional results!!
Shareware Trial Period:
Unlike most software trials where you are limited in what you can do (such as save your work). Mixcraft 6 is fully featured for 14 days. After 14 days, you can use it to do everything except mix down or burn CDs. You should be warned however about looking for cracks and keygens for Mixcraft. Not only do they rarely ever work, but by frequenting sites that offer an illegal crack you are running a high risk of getting a virus or malware. Also note that any crack that you find that does work, it is only for a very limited time before they are found out and blocked usually at the worst possible time in a project. Also why run the risk of being permanently banned from using the software? In the end it's better to download the trial or purchase from a reputable site like Stagepass.
Hammond B-3 is a trademark of Hammond-Suzuki, Inc. MiniMoog is a trademark of Moog Music, Inc. Garage Band is a trademark of Apple, Inc. ACID is a trademark of Sony, Inc.
Mixcraft Review - "Amazing software, I have been using it since version 2... I stopped using it for a while and used Cubase and few other programs but you guys won me back after version 3, I stuck around and man am I glad I did! Version 5 is just incredible, the automated effects controls allow me to use a simple pitch shifter to do automatic pitch shifting with a simple VST pitch shifter... easily fixing flats and sharps in vocals smoothly!!
Also, I showed this software to a pro... Jesse Sprinkle, he works for Solid State Records, Tooth & Nail Records and Amani Records as well as a few others. He runs a professional studio and his brother Aaron has produced Underoaths albums as well as several others. He was impressed by the software and even more impressed by the price. Mixcraft is certainly no toy!
Can't wait to see what's next."
Mixcraft has got to be the most user friendly Mixing software in the world. I'm a musician and have the ability to orchestrate; Mixcraft has given me the ability to express that. There is nothing more frustrating than having having the ability to create what is inside your Heart, soul and mind yet because I am not well versed in the mixing software world I constanly was confronted with problems. I always wondered why the music software companies were blind to that..Mixcraft, I thank you for opening your eyes and seeing our needs...I have tried many, many software in the market place. On a scale of 10, I give you 100... Again thank you so much... "
My name is Mike Wilkerson, one of the host of 2GuysTalking.Com, an online podcasting network, and I wanted to thank the creators of Mixcraft for something my partner Brian and I could simply not do without. We currently create 2 podcasts a week, 2GuysTalking: 24, a humorous podcast effort reviewing the hit Fox show, "24", which has received the accolades of not only the actors, but the behind-the-scenes production staff and continues to be a great base for all things "24". Our second podcast is "The LunchTimeGab" which offers a taste of witty personal information stories, our viewpoints on headline news and politics, and the opportunity for fans to chime in on their viewpoints. Mixcraft has offered us a variety of tools that make the compiling of our shows, and even the elements that make up the show straightforward, quick, and more with what is the most easy to use interface in recording software. Again, our thanks to the makers of Mixcraft for their continued efforts in helping us to make a series of great show available for everyone.
- Mike Wilkerson & Brian Sirimaturos 2GuysTalking Productions A Podcast Network Talk Show Hosts http://www.2guystalking.com http://www.lunchtimegab.com
"Hello, I wrote you this afternoon with regard to your product Mixcraft 4. I was told that I could download it at no charge and have complete
use of it for seven days. Well, thanks a lot for giving me my first taste of "recording crack"! I see how this goes down...........The
first hits free and then......... your hooked! - GREAT PRODUCT! I can't say enough good things about it. I used it for several hours today
and I have a complete song done and ready for a vocal! - I just spent $599.00 on a digital recorder with Cd burner..........all for nothing.
That things going on sale over at eBay.........Keep this Mixcraft our little secret until I get the recorder sold................Okay?
You have a hundred million dollar product here ;-)"
"I have been using Mixcraft on and off for about two years. It is much better and easier to use than Sonar. I emailed about a year ago to ask about
the addition of MIDI, and now I can do it all in this one program! Thanks Acoustica!!!!!"
"I was looking for a Windows equivalent to Garage Band and was directed to this page through web searches. I purchased version 4 of Mixcraft and am
very pleased with the product. I must point out that I am a completed neophyte and am just learning the keyboard. However, I found your product
extremely intuitive and started enjoying the experience minutes after it was installed...thanks again"
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
"Mixcraft 4 is such a great solid DAW. I've had the chance to play around with those really expensive DAWs, and Mixcraft 4 is as good as they are,
and at a WAY better price. As a beta tester for version 4, I never found a bug. Believe me, I tried. I hope I get a chance to beta test other
Acoustica's programs, because it was a pleasure to test something so stable and at the beta stages.
To the programmers, keep up the amazing work."
Toronto, Ontario - Canada
I like it a lot. Finally something on the PC that is as good as Garage Band!! I hate paying for software but
this was a good buy for me. Very much cheaper then any of the gear I would have needed to do the same with a UI that is easy to use.
I haven't needed any manual. I just started it up and starting using it. Very nice."
"Quite possibly one of the best simple recording programs out there. Perfect for home studios!!! I use it in my home studio and it gives me fast and
great results with no harm done to my wallet! I'm a student at Citrus college getting into the Recording Program, and I can't work many
hours to put into a huge Pro Tools or sonar setup!!! Besides it only took me an hour to figure everything out on Mixcraft with
ABSOLUTELY no pre experience on ANY recording program! Its even compatible with the industry standard drum sampler "Drumagog"
which makes it even better!!! If you're starting out or want to record on a small budget, Mixcraft will certainly take you far! DON'T BUY
INTO THE PRO TOOLS HYPE!!! Its just a name!PLUS with Mixcraft you wont need $2000 of equipment JUST to play around! Hell, I started with
a PC mic from target and it worked out fine! The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!"
"I am a professional pianist/keyboardist of over 29 years.
Mixcraft is awesome. I wanted software that was of great quality, and very easy to use. I have tried Cakewalk Sonar Producer Edition 5, and 6, but
their software got in the way of the creative process by being to complicated. Mixcraft has all the others beat for being able to lay down tracks
quickly and easily with just the right editing tools to make a professional recording. Keep it up Mixcraft, ROCK ON!"
"I have been using Goldwave for a couple years and I always avoided the big guys since they were so complicated but, Goldwave was just toooo simple.
It didn't do much at all so I called my son (the musician) and he got me to download Mixcraft. I have had it for thirty minutes as a demo, I haven't
read a manual or done anything but poke around. I have almost 7 days left on the demo and I can't wait to send you money! I keep tripping into new
things that I wish were in my previous software. This is amazing! I don't know if you are a small or large company but you have done a heck of a job.
I can't wait to read the manual."
"I have used Mixcraft and Beatcraft in hundreds of lessons over the past few months. First off, I have had no down time or funky/unexplained crashes
since I initially set it up. That reliability is SO important! As a Music Instructor at Streetwise Music in Indian Trail NC, I find the included 'Jam Tracks'
alone have added value to my work. I can load a jam track, plug my student into another track and we ROCK! At the end of the lesson, they can load their
recorded MP3 onto a CD or a memory stick and judge their progress for themselves. I have had several of my students download the trial and just rave about
the product whenever we are in a lesson...in fact, I just looked, and some of my students are on your MySpace page! Thank you for making such an awesome
and reliable solution for a busy music instructor and an easy to use, inexpensive program for anyone who would like to experience computer recording.
Best Regards, Jim Hickey." Jim Hickey
Charlotte/Indian Trail, NC
"I have been looking for a tool like this all my adult life. I'm not a very good musician but with patience I can make something useful with Mixcraft...
and that gives me confidence.
I'm using it for song creation. I have everything I need there to make something usable. I'm also using it to record live gigs for our church's bands.
It's just great for that too. (I'm using a Phonic Helix Board 24II)
I appears to me that Acoustica are doing the thing that all good software developers do. They are paying very close attention to what people want.
It shows in the interface, the features, the ease of use and the stability of the programme.
Mixcraft 4 is so much better for me than other offerings that it has unfortunately dragged me back to using a PC instead of my Mac. I only wish Garageband
was this good and this complete!"
Geoff Hurst Perth, Western Australia
"What makes Mixcraft 4 as good as any other recording software on the market today, is the addition of Midi instruments and other new features.
What makes Mixcraft 4 better than any other recording software on the market today, is it's price!
Like Mixcraft 3 it is simple to use, and loaded with studio FX. Only now, you get to chose from 100's of midi instruments with 1,000's of sounds,
including Virtual Instruments like guitars, percussion, orchestra, horns, Monophonic synth (MiniMogue), Polyphonic synth (Impulse), VB3 'Hammond' organ...
Where was this software in the 90's when I was spending over $20,000 dollars on my studio?
Being a media producer and a singer/songwriter, Mixcraft 4 has pretty much eliminated my need for other multi-track recording devices. Mixcraft
4 will allow me to reduce my production costs in half. I blow the dust of my old gear whenever someone comes by for a tour of the studio. Find out
for yourself by trying their 7 day, fully functional trail. By the end of the week you will be producing and recording like a pro."
Jon Lovagi President Outrider Promotions
"Mixcraft is simply the best multi-track recording, editing, processing and mastering software! Its ease of use compared to the 'Industry Standardware'
blows me away every time I use it to compose, perform, record or just jam. With all the available samples, loops and plug-ins at your fingers,
it makes it easy for even the beginning musician to blossom a little bit faster than the rest!"
Kevin Toler, San Diego
"I have already used Mixcraft for years and it was so easy that I could crank out recording while drinking a cup of coffee. I used to be scared of
recording til I tried Mixcraft. After downloading Mixcraft 3 I was amazed! How much easier can it get than this? Everything is clearly labeled, and
it's so easy to choose effects that happen to be fantastic sounding! I was also floored by how nice the new interface is. I love the new 'high end' look
that Mixcraft sports! Mixcraft, you guys are the best, and some day, if I record a hit, I'm going to publicly thank Acoustica. By the way, for right now,
Thank you, Mixcraft!"
Will Hanbury, Jr.
"Mixcraft is a great piece of software; the best you'll ever get for the price, and probably better than a lot of more expensive "professional" programs.
I'm basically a one girl band; singing, guitars, piano...so I needed software that could overlay several recordings. I stumbled upon Mixcraft and I love it, all
I need now is Beatcraft to put the finishing touches to my recordings. Mixcraft is powerful but simple to use, gives you good effects options and once
again...it's cheap! If I'm ever famous for my music it's down to you."
Upgrade To Mixcraft 6!
If you are upgrading from MP3 Audio Mixer, Mixcraft 1 to 5, Musician's Bundle, Insanity Pack, Nerd Bundle, Power Pack, Power Pack Pro, or Acoustica Gold Bundle,
you will get a different upgrade cost depending on what you purchased.
(Your Mixcraft 6 purchase includes a serial codes for Mixcraft 2,3,4 and 5).
You'll need to look up
your previous registration / purchase. Go to the
Acoustica site (click here) which will take you to the shopping cart. Look in the top left for Acoustica > Product Catalog > Shopping Cart and click Acoustica.
Look for the upgrade page for Mixcraft 6. You will need to enter in
your original purchase email address.
After entering in your
email and clicking the look up button, you will receive an email
with an upgrade link and coupon near the bottom of the email.
it does not automatically find your registration, submit
a manual lost code request and ask for an upgrade discount for
you get the upgrade link and/or the coupon, purchase version 6. You will see the discount on the 3rd buy screen.
will receive an order email with your new version 6.0 registration ID and
4 or 5 and click the "Help" menu followed by clicking "Enter
Registration Code..." Type in your
new registration ID in step 3 and your registration code in step 4!
(Your registration ID will usually be your email address)