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Acoustica premiere new Mixcraft 8 production software

New DAW features Melodyne integration and ability to control plug-in parameters with audio

Acoustica have announced Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio and Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio, the latest updates to their multi-track recording and music production software. The new versions feature integrated Melodyne pitch-correction technology, effects sidechaining, Audio Control, a sound engine overhaul and UI enhancements. 

The standard edition, Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio ($89), is aimed squarely at home and project studios packing unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, seamless video editing, and a Performance Panel for real-time live loop triggering. New effects include the EU ProMixEQ-10A Equalizer, DTC-1 Compressor, and ORB7000 Octave Reverb. Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio provides a total of 15 virtual instruments, including two samplers, 28 pro-quality effects, and over 7800 loops, samples, and sound effects, plus integrated access to hundreds of thousands of additional sounds from freesound.org.

The company’s new flagship DAW is Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio ($179) which offers many additional enhancements, such as seamless integration of Melodyne Essentials, Celemony’s renowned pitch-correction technology. New instruments include Kastelheimer Veldberg XD, a sharp, edgy synthesizer, and a new eight-output version of Mixcraft’s exclusive Omni Sampler pad-based sampler. New effects include the tape VTD-42 Psychedelic Delay, which elevates classic tape delay sounds to new heights, say makers. Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio features a total of 57 effects and 22 virtual instruments, including professional mastering plug-ins and instruments by iZotope, Celemony, ToneBoosters, Studio Devil, Applied Acoustics, BeatRig, QuikQuak, G-Sonique, 123 Creative, and more. 

Among the new features and enhancements in Mixcraft 8 is the innovative new Audio Control system, allowing easy control of effect and instrument parameters via audio from other tracks within a project. Offering unlimited parameter control potential, this next-generation sidechaining technology enables instruments to pulse along with a beat, filters to growl as a bass line intensifies, and reverbs to swell in size as vocals crescendo. 

In addition, Mixcraft 8 now features live recording directly to the Performance Panel, VST3 plug-in support, MP4 video file support, support for sidechaining VSTs, global automation recording, MIDI clock/sync transmission, an integrated file browser, an improved UI with dark and light themes, and more. The new Mix Down to Stems feature simplifies moving mixes between studios, and the fully-customizable mixer offers many improvements, including instant effects access and multiple send knobs. These new updates, combined with Mixcraft’s professional video-editing capabilities, live performance mode, and one-click publishing of music and videos directly to social media sites (including YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Vimeo, and Tumblr) gives Mixcraft 8 an edge over many other DAW on the market today. For only $179 for the top-tier version, it may well be worth checking out. 

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