Acoustica’s alternative Windows DAW continues to evolve, with a new audio engine and some intriguing new features.
While the market for music production software has a well-established elite, there are many alternatives if personal preference or budget encourages you to look elsewhere. For Windows-based musicians, one such option is Acoustica’s Mixcraft. While its profile might not match that of a Cubase, Logic or Pro Tools, Mixcraft is also a well-established product and SOS has looked at the software on a number of occasions, most recently when I reviewed version 7 in March 2016. Although Mixcraft might not offer enough to persuade contented users of the top-end competition to jump ship, it is most certainly a very competent recording and mixing platform that provides a conventional and instantly familiar sequencer layout. The premium Pro Studio version also delivers an impressive collection of effect and instrument plug-ins, at a very modest price.
In terms of audio and MIDI recording, editing and mixing, Mixcraft’s core functionality remains intact in version 8. Given that these basic features have been described in previous reviews, feel free to dip into the SOS archive if you need to get up to speed, and I’ll focus here on the most significant changes and new additions. As before, there are three Mixcraft variants, although the simplest Home Studio version is less likely to be of interest to SOS readers. The other two versions feature all the same core recording features, and the main difference between the Mixcraft 8 Recording Studio and Pro Studio versions is that the latter...
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