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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby ppayne » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:55 am

Hi

I'm totally happy with MC and I only could repeat my opinion after using Logic, Magix, Steinberg: Mixcraft is the best of them in usability and performance :D

Here are my suggestions that would be useful for common use:

1. Give us more built-in MIDI signal transformation possibilities (for example: velocity min/max/transformation curves etc, same for aftertouch and modulation wheels) to bring different controllers close to specific used VST Instruments on a track in playability. I'm using VeloScaler at the moment on each track, but this feels more or less like a workaround for doing this. This could be a unique selling point for mixcraft when a hammond or piano VST is also playable like the real one on each controller.

2. Make the UI only a bit more modern as other users says. But please do not lose the good MC usability. Some simple modifikation ideas with great effects could be: a) remove the gradients or glass effects to make it more flat designed, b) remove the really old school wood bars from the mixer and simply replace it with a carbon pattern or something like this, c) make the dialog for choosing Instruments a bit more attractive in font sizes and colors. This dialog is high frequently used and looks currently a bit like a linux commandline editor.

3. Better sounding VST effects would be nice (reverb, delay etc.) and a bit more interessting UI for this built-in effects.

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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby bigaquarium » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:57 pm

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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Ian Craig » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:33 pm

I just noticed when looking for gain staging plugins (so as not to have to do so much manual adjustment in iZotope RX), just to check which ones I already had, I got side-tracked into gain plugins, such as JST's Gain Reduction Deluxe. Some people, making videos on youtube, seem to think all DAWs have Gain plugins to control levels on each track. Mixcraft doesn't (unless I've missed it). Maybe time it should in version 9 when it comes out. Just a thought :)
To understand the advantages of this one, just watch this short video through to hear how useful it can be :D
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Mark Bliss » Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:33 pm

Yes to to the suggestion of track input gain trim. If thats what you mean.
Though there are many workarounds if needed, it would be nice if there was some native method. (Beyond the existing clip gain anyway... Which is pretty clunky IMO)

FWIW- Blue Cats gain suite is handy. As are several offerings from Hornet. All either free or very inexpensive. There are others as well if preferred. I like combining a meter with gain control. Handy!

JST's Gain Reduction however isnt really a gain staging tool specifically- though I can see how the name could possibly confuse.
It is a dynamic compressor designed for heavy compression, aimed primarily at use on vocals in "heavy" music. It does have an interesting "purpose designed" nature to it.
But like many plug-ins, it does have input/output level controls that assist in gain staging, if that what you mean.
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Ian Craig » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:51 am

Mark Bliss wrote:Yes to to the suggestion of track input gain trim. If thats what you mean.
Though there are many workarounds if needed, it would be nice if there was some native method. (Beyond the existing clip gain anyway... Which is pretty clunky IMO)

FWIW- Blue Cats gain suite is handy. As are several offerings from Hornet. All either free or very inexpensive. There are others as well if preferred. I like combining a meter with gain control. Handy!

JST's Gain Reduction however isnt really a gain staging tool specifically- though I can see how the name could possibly confuse.
It is a dynamic compressor designed for heavy compression, aimed primarily at use on vocals in "heavy" music. It does have an interesting "purpose designed" nature to it.
But like many plug-ins, it does have input/output level controls that assist in gain staging, if that what you mean.


:lol: Hi Mark,
yes, I meant I was looking for something to do gain staging when I came across that which obviously isn't but is class though :D
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby GovernmentMule » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 am

Ian Craig wrote: :lol: Hi Mark,
yes, I meant I was looking for something to do gain staging when I came across that which obviously isn't but is class though :D


It's on sale for 18.99 here:

https://blowout.jrrshop.com/jst-gain-reduction-deluxe

Regular 59.00

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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Mark Bliss » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:07 am

well alrighty!

Just FYI, the probable reason that plug in is currently offered at deep discount is that they are currently offering/pushing an updated/superseded/upgraded version 2 that offers more features and flexibility.

Repeat after me.... "No matter how cool it looks, I don't need another plug-in....." :lol:
What I need is to practice and learn more about some of what I already have in my collection! 8)

*I say this as I am eyeballing two current freebies..... Hypocrite. :roll:
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby jlouvar » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:22 am

What I need is to practice and learn more about some of what I already have in my collection!


Bingo... That’s what I’m doing, as I still have much to still learn.
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Rolling Estonian » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:10 am

Mark Bliss wrote:Repeat after me.... "No matter how cool it looks, I don't need another plug-in....." :lol:
What I need is to practice and learn more about some of what I already have in my collection! 8


Blasphemy! Heretic!!!!!! Filling these young, impressionable minds with such lunacy! Get a hold of yourself man!!!!!! ;)

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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Acoustica Greg » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:32 am

Moved off-topic Cherry Audio conversation over here.
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Mark Bliss » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:39 am

Thanks Greg. 8)
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby mixyguy2 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:33 pm

ppayne wrote:2. Make the UI only a bit more modern as other users says. But please do not lose the good MC usability. Some simple modifikation ideas with great effects could be: a) remove the gradients or glass effects to make it more flat designed,

eh. I guess this is the going trend but not a fan of that flat, boring, Valhalla look. A more 3Dish feel makes it feel like it jumps out at you more, more of a "tactile" feel if you know what I mean.

b) remove the really old school wood bars from the mixer and simply replace it with a carbon pattern or something like this,

phlhlhlhlbbbt. I like the wood grain. I'm sick of everything being this drab, boring gray muck on nearly all DAWs now. Maybe make it so you can click it on or off (or have diff "skins" some with it some not)?

c) make the dialog for choosing Instruments a bit more attractive in font sizes and colors. This dialog is high frequently used and looks currently a bit like a linux commandline editor.
That I could go with, though it's way down the list of desired changes.

3. Better sounding VST effects would be nice (reverb, delay etc.) and a bit more interessting UI for this built-in effects.
You're crazy. :wink: One of the things I like about MC is that their built-in VSTs are IMO very good.

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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby jossomjod » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:56 pm

You know how you can automate literally any knob in any synth or effekt?
And how the more advanced synths have matrices where you can set up an envelope, LFO, or step sequencer to adjust knobs and settings automatically?

Imagine if you had a matrix in mixcraft where you could set up an envelope, LFO, or step sequencer to manipulate ANY knob in ANY synth or effect the same way automation does.
This would make even the most basic synth or effect much more powerful.

Also, right clicking to eraze notes in the piano roll would be nice.

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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby jlouvar » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:31 pm

jossomjod wrote:You know how you can automate literally any knob in any synth or effekt?
And how the more advanced synths have matrices where you can set up an envelope, LFO, or step sequencer to adjust knobs and settings automatically?

Imagine if you had a matrix in mixcraft where you could set up an envelope, LFO, or step sequencer to manipulate ANY knob in ANY synth or effect the same way automation does.
This would make even the most basic synth or effect much more powerful.

Also, right clicking to eraze notes in the piano roll would be nice.


Hello and welcome to the Mixcraft forum.

On the same note... You might find Voltage Nucleus from Cherry Audio fun and interesting and right now it's also FREE too.

Check it out: http://www.anthonyshomestudio.com/2019/
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Re: Mixcraft Suggestions!

Postby Acoustica Greg » Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:48 pm

jossomjod wrote:You know how you can automate literally any knob in any synth or effekt?
And how the more advanced synths have matrices where you can set up an envelope, LFO, or step sequencer to adjust knobs and settings automatically?

Imagine if you had a matrix in mixcraft where you could set up an envelope, LFO, or step sequencer to manipulate ANY knob in ANY synth or effect the same way automation does.
This would make even the most basic synth or effect much more powerful.

Also, right clicking to eraze notes in the piano roll would be nice.


Hi,

You should check out Mixcraft 8's Audio Control feature. You can use audio from any track to control any plugin parameter. It's a powerful feature that most people aren't paying attention to.

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