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Important Sound Setup Information

When you first start Mixcraft, make sure that the audio latency is set properly.  All sound devices and sound cards are not created equal and some have better performance than others.  In addition, your computer's speed will make a difference in audio performance.  Adjusting your sound device's performance will be a balancing act between latency versus gapping or breaks in continuous sound.  


If you are recording audio with Mixcraft's built in monitoring or playing virtual instruments, you will definitely need to adjust your latency response properly.


Choosing An Audio Driver Type

1. Select "Preferences" from the "File" menu. 


2. Click on the "Sound Device" tab.


3. The default sound device mode is " Core Audio (WaveRT)".  If you have a slower computer, you may need to adjust the latency to a higher value.  (1000 milliseconds = 1 second.) Increasing the latency setting causes a longer delay in the time it takes to hear the sound, but it can smooth it out if the sound is stuttering or skipping.


4. The next option is "ASIO".  If available, click "ASIO". Not all soundcards or audio interfaces provide an ASIO driver.  If it is grayed out, go to your sound device or sound card manufacturer's website and install the latest drivers. If your sound device doesn't offer an ASIO driver, you can try the generic ASIO4All driver. Click on the "ASIO Device" and choose the sound device or sound card you wish to use.   You can adjust the settings of the ASIO device by clicking "Open Mixer".  Each ASIO driver is implemented differently and so you will have to consult the manual or help for your sound device in order to adjust the latency response. In many cases, this involves increasing one or two buffer settings  Make sure that the "Default Output (Playback)" is set to the correct device so that you will hear audio properly. 


5. If you don't have Vista or an ASIO option enabled, you have to use the last option "Wave".  Click the "Wave" radio button.  To reduce latency, decrease the "Number Of Buffers" and reduce the "Buffer Size".  As you adjust these fields, the "Latency" field will update.  You will have to make adjustments, click "OK" and play some audio.  100 milliseconds or less is tolerable.  20 milliseconds or less is preferred.  Wave mode is not recommended, unless the other two modes don't work for you.


Computer Speed Consideration

If you have a slower computer, you may need to adjust your latency to be longer in order to avoid gapping or breaks in the audio.  If you are hearing breaks in the audio, you will need increase your latency.  Alternatively, you may need to purchase a higher performance sound device or sound card designed with music recording and playback in mind.  Changing the latency will depend on what type of audio driver you are using.  See the section above on "Choosing An Audio Driver Type" for more information.  Another good speed enhancement is to de-fragment your hard drive.


Shutting Down Unnecessary Software

When using Mixcraft, shut down unnecessary programs such as email, instant messaging, and your web browser.  Each additional program uses your computer's memory and CPU, and, in many cases, it will cause performance to suffer in Mixcraft.  Check the Window's task manager to see what programs are using a lot of memory or CPU usage.  With recent versions of Windows, you can bring up the task manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete. 


Get The Latest Drivers

Always make sure to have the latest drivers for your sound device in order to get the best performance and quality in your recordings!  Visit the website for your sound device or sound card to install the latest drivers.  (Even if you just purchased the device, it is very likely that the included drivers are out of date already.)

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