There are two main ways to hook up recording hardware to your computer.
Analog Mixer With Sound Card
The outputs of an analog mixer can routed to a sound card’s stereo inputs. (This may require specific audio cables and/or adapters.) Once a mixer is plugged into the sound card, microphones and other audio inputs are plugged into the analog mixer.
Firewire or USB audio interfaces designed for music production are the best choice, as they are designed to handle high-quality recording and playback of multiple audio channels. Many audio interfaces include high-quality mic preamps and instrument inputs. Some also include MIDI input and output.
CHOOSING AN AUDIO DRIVER
The audio driver is the “go-between” software that allows audio hardware to communicate with Mixcraft. Mixcraft supports three types of audio drivers:
If you are playing virtual instruments or want to live monitor, you’ll need to use a low latency setting along with audio hardware and a computer that are up to the task. ASIO drivers usually offer the best performance, followed by WaveRT. If no other drivers are supported, choose Wave.
Learn more about setting up audio drivers in "Important Sound Setup Information", pg. 6.
Arming a track simply means you’re preparing it for recording. At this time, you’ll want to make sure the correct audio hardware input is selected and recording level is optimally set. Don’t worry, it’s easy!
To arm a track, click its Arm button; the button will turn red letting you know that the magic is about to happen. You can also arm the current track with the key shortcut
Note: If you’re using Core Audio/Wave RT or Wave audio drivers, the track volume fader will turn red as shown in the picture above. If you’re using the ASIO audio driver, the track volume fader will disappear. This is normal, and we’ll explain why a little later.
CHOOSING RECORDING INPUT
Mixcraft allows recording from multiple sound cards and different inputs simultaneously. Many audio interfaces allow recording of multiple inputs simultaneously.
To select the hardware audio device input for recording, click the selector arrow on the right side of the Arm button. You’ll see a list of all available inputs from your audio device(s).
Select the device, followed by the input that you’d like to arm for recording.
If you’re recording a mono signal, click the sound device followed by Left or Right depending on where you’ve plugged into your device. If you’re recording in stereo with left and right inputs, select Stereo. Pay close attention to this setting, because it’s easy to unnecessarily record mono input sources (e.g., lead vocals, bass guitar, etc.) as a stereo file if you’ve set this incorrectly. It won’t hurt anything, but you’ll unnecessarily use twice as much hard drive space.
After selecting the input, send some audio through the input to verify that the correct input was chosen. You should see the meters moving on-screen in the recording track.
SETTING THE RECORD INPUT LEVEL
When a track is armed, the volume slider turns into a red recording level adjuster. Move the slider to adjust the recording input level. If peaks send the meter into the red,