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ACOUSTICA Mixcra_ 8 Pro Studio

Watch out Apple, Steinberg, Ableton et al, there’s a whole bunch of low-cost, high-spec DAWs snapping at your heels. Andy Jones tests the latest Mixcraft…
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As we have seen in recent issues of MusicTech, the world of DAW music production is hotting up, with producers getting more features for far less outlay than ever before. Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Apple Logic, Reason and Avid Pro Tools are still popular but, by god, there are an increasing number of feature-packed and equally versatile options moving in on their turf. Most recently, we looked at Tracktion Waveform, a fantastically neat DAW that pretty much does everything you could need on any machine, and there are plenty more contenders from the likes of Bitwig, PreSonus and this – the latest update to Mixcraft from Acoustica.

We last looked at Mixcraft a couple of years ago, so it’s high time that we gave it another in-depth look. This is a PC-only DAW but, on the face of it, it comes with a staggering featureset that not only includes a list of pro features, but also bundles $1,250 worth of extras. And with this top-end Pro Studio version selling for just $179, it already seems like the DAW deal of the century.

Key features

56 effects

21 instruments

Unlimited audio tracks

Music notation, step and piano-roll editors

Over 7,500 loops and samples

Natively integrated Melodyne

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Making music is an expensive pursuit. From monitors to microphones, DAWs and plug-ins: before you know it, just getting your creative space in order has made a serious dent in your bank account. But it really doesn’t have to be this way. In Andy Jones’ in-depth cover feature this month, he dives head-first into this ocean of free software, highlighting the best of the best and detailing how to use it effectively to build a track – for free! Elsewhere this issue, we’ve got the first in a new A-Z series, detailing some of the oft-used, key terms that you’ll likely hear and need to understand in the music-making world. Alongside all this, we’ve got our usual range of reviews, tutorials, tips and a complete guide to the vast high-tech world of controllers. We’ve also, very excitingly, teamed up with the best studio in the world with this issue’s free Abbey Road calendar. We hope you enjoy the issue.
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