For me reliability is paramount and now Mixcraft is very reliable. The plugins that come with it are as good as the industry standard and you get lots of them. I have gone back to Mixcraft because I have not found another DAW that I like better. Other DAWs such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Presonus Studio One and Audition may work out their bugs but don't count on it. Go with what works. Mixcraft is now one of the few DAWs that work well.
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Mixcraft is a DAW. DAW means digital audio workstation. On the surface Mixcraft seems pretty good. It has a very user friendly GUI and the learing curve is not steep but that is where the good stuff ends. Mixcraft is as buggy as a roach motel. After several weeks of evaluating Mixcraft 6 and trying to deal with crashes, freezes, driver and latency issues what at first glance seems like an answer to the many shitty and hard to learn DAWS reveals itself as piece of poorly designed software with more issues tha your average fat girl drama queen.
Latency is that annoying thing that happens when you record on many DAWs. Here's an example. You have just recorded a drum track and now you are playing the bass track but as you are plucking the strings what you are hearing in your headphone is not in sync with the drums. That's latency and it sucks.
Acoustica, the company who sells Mixcraft would like you to believe that 40 - 80 millisecond is acceptable latency. It isn't. It gets sleazier. Mixcraft's marketing implies that Mixcraft will run seamlessly on nearly all computer and that's a lie.
With most computer when you fire up Mixcraft you will get this warning and sugesstion.
You can go to the Mixcraft forum for support and you will be told to download ASIO4ALL. It doesn't work. When you present a problem the geek droids will immediately blame your computer but if you do a Google or a Bing search you will find that you are not alone. Mixcraft latency issues are a problem for everyone unless maybe you are lucky enough to find the mystery soundcard or find the right USB inferface with the right drivers. Ask Mixcraft to what that sound card is ad you will get wrong answers and non answers.
Maybe if you are a computer geek you can get around the bugs in this shitware or maybe if you had enough time you could. Trial software may not reveal its flaws during the short trial but you can download a nice little free program called Run as Date from Cnet that will allow you to run trial software indefinately. I don't know if it is legal to do so but since RunAsDate is on CNET I'm guessing that it is. Is it moral? That's between you and your morals but as I see it when a company can make billions of work on a product that cost them less than $100K to develop all I can say is fuck those greedy cocksuckers. IMO software copyrights should expire are a few years or a certain number of downloads.
Acoustica will tell you to upgrade your sound card or by a very expensive USB interface that will cost you more than a stand alone digital multitracker like a Boss or a ZOOM multitacker that will double as a DAW controller.
Here is what Mixcraft users are saying about Acustica's bullshit suggestions.