Thursday, November 16, 2017

How can I search and organize my virtual instruments?

In an interview for an on-line article about multitrack recording software for musicians, I was asked about the features in my DAW that I most rely on for product presentations. When performing product demos in front of a live audience, I need to work quickly and efficiently. The updates to the Instrument browser in Mixcraft 8 help me tremendously both in a live setting and in studio. 


Here is an excerpt from the interview on how I use the new browser:


How to load a virtual instrument on a track


Step 1:  Click on the piano icon to open the instrument browser.
Step 2:  Click on "VSTi"
Step 3: Select instrument
Step 4:  If you find a “go to” instrument that you love and will use frequently, click on the star next to the instrument and it is deposited into your “Favorites” folder for easy access.


How to load an instrument preset on a track


Step 1:  Click on the piano icon to open the instrument browser.
Step 2:  Click on "All".
Step 3:  Type "Bass" in the search browser and the list is filtered out to include only instruments and presets that include the word "Bass".
Step 4:  Type “Synth” next to the word "Bass" and the list is further reduced.
Step 5:  Select the instrument preset you want to load.
Step 6:  If you find a "go to" instrument preset that you love and will use frequently, click on the the star next to the instrument preset and it is deposited into your "Favorites" folder for easy access.

How to open an instrument or preset on a track


To quickly open instruments, presets or effects on a track:

Step 1:  RIGHT click on the virtual instrument track's piano icon.







How to create a preset and new category



Step 1:  Click on the piano icon to open the instrument browser.
Step 2:  Click on the instrument "Acoustic Piano".
Step 3:  Click on "Show Details".










Step 4:  Click on <Select An Effect>, scroll down and select "Classic Reverb".
Step 5:  Click on "Save Preset".
Step 6:  Name new preset "Acoustic Piano + Classic Reverb", enter "New" for the category name and click "Save".







Whether at home recording or in a live setting, when you need to work efficiently in an organized fashion and need to access your virtual instruments, presets and effects quickly, I hope you will find this tutorial on how to use the instrument browser in Mixcraft 8 helpful.

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