In an interview for an on-line article about multitrack recording software for musicians, I was asked about how to use and import an MP3 file to record a song. Earlier this year, my friend Angel Robinson of Deluxe Promotions brought in Young A to the studio. Using Mixcraft 8 exclusively from start to finish, we were able to import the MP3, sync, record vocals, add tracks, mix and publish his song "All I ever knew". Coming up to the Cape from Brockton, Young A gave us an MP3 file on a flash drive. Once the MP3 file was imported, we let Young A do his thing. After the recording sessions, we let Mixcraft 8 take over.
Here is an excerpt from the interview on how to import and record to an MP3:
How to import an MP3 file in Mixcraft 8:
Step 1: Click on "Sound" in the menu bar. Drop down and click on "Add Sound File".
Step 2: Select folder where MP3 file is located.
Step 3: Select and click on MP3 file to load into project.
How to sync a Mixcraft 8 project file to an MP3:
Step 1: Click on the Metronome icon in the Transport Controls.
Step 2: Select "Playback" in the Metronome settings pop-up dialog box.
Step 3: Press "Play".
Step 4: In the tempo display window, adjust the tempo until the click is synced to the MP3.
Create vocal sub-mix, record, add tracks and effects:
Step 2: Select Vocal Submix track. Click on "+Track". Select "Insert Audio Track".
Step 3: Click on the "+Track". Select "Insert Virtual Instrument Track".
Step 4: Click on FX button. Select Effect and Preset. Right click on FX button to open Effect.
After recording, editing and mixing the vocal and instrument tracks, we used Mixcraft 8 Publishing features (see how to publish in Mixcraft 8) to upload to SoundCloud. Check out Young A's "All I ever knew" (please note; song contains EXPLICIT LYRICS AND CONTENT). If you would like to take a closer look at Mixcraft 8, please visit www.acoustica.com for more details or to download a free trial.