We will be creating a loop-based song 12 measures long, while getting used to the basics of the program.
- Launch Mixcraft, select the middle option on the wizard.
- Under the Library tab at the botom of the screen, select a percussion-oriented loop.
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).Repeat steps 2 & 3 for measures 5-8 and 9-12.
- 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.
Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 for a bass sound - put this in the second track.Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 for a guitar sound - put this in track 3.Repeat steps 2,3, and 4 for another instrument - your choice - and put this in track 4.Select the mixer tab. As you listen to the project:
- 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.
MIx down your project. File > Mix Down To < MP3.Save to the Student Files Directory.
- 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).