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Project 1 - Loop Basics

We will be creating a loop-based song 12 measures long, while getting used to the basics of the program.
  1. Launch Mixcraft, select the middle option on the wizard.
  2. Under the Library tab at the botom of the screen, select a percussion-oriented loop.  
    • Audition the loop in the bottom part of the screen - click the small play button.
    • You are looking for loops that are 1,2, or 4 measures in length.
    • When you found the loop you want, click and drag to the first track of the project.
  3. If the loop is 1 or 2 measures in length, click the Loop Repeat button on the clip until it fills up the first 4 measures (stopping on m5).
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for measures 5-8 and 9-12.
    • The loop in 5-8 should be of contrasting quality to the first one.
    • The loop in 9-12 should be similar to the first one, but not the same.
  5. Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 for a bass sound - put this in the second track.
  6. Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 for a guitar sound - put this in track 3.
  7. Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 for another instrument - your choice - and put this in track 4.
  8. Select the mixer tab.     As you listen to the project:
    • Adjust the channel faders so that all instruments are equally present.  HINT: Set playback to "loop" as you do this.   
    • Adjust the pan control (L-R slider) so that each instrument is at a different position on your "stage".
    • Adjust the Hi, Mid, and Lo knobs which correspond to the equalizer for each track.  Make sure none of your tracks "peak" (the red light will go on).  
  9. MIx down your project.   File > Mix Down To < MP3.
  10. Save to the Student Files Directory.