Welcome to Mixcraft 6!
Composing using musical loops and more!
Congratulations! You are one of the first class to use music technology by utilizing Mixcraft software for PC's at Kershaw School! We will start with a general overview about this software. Please go to the MIXCRAFT PAGE and we will read the introductory materials together. We will then view the MIXCRAFT BASICS MOVIE.
Mrs. Manion will show some more general previews of MIXCRAFT 6. Bear in mind that this is brand new software and you may view many tutorials that are for previous versions. We will start simply and learn together! Use your earbuds and follow the class rules. Participation counts.
PART 1: Goal: To audition sounds in Mixcraft.
You will start working individually to "auditon" sounds from the MIXCRAFT 6 Library. (There are over 6000 loops!) You will be given an audition WORKSHEET. Write down your favorite sounds and where to find them. You should start by choosing a genre or style. Then audition drum beats. Choose several you like that could work together in a composition. Then find bass lines to go with it. Write them down. They will be saved to a real folder to be used in the next class. HAVE FUN!
PART 2: Goal: To get a very basic idea of how loops are put into tracks.
Experiment individually and try to figure out how to push some loops into tracks in the Mixcraft timeline. Use your earbuds or headsets.
Save to a Mixcraft folder in your Student folder.
PART 3: Goal: To learn how to assemble a beginning, middle, and ending phrase within boundaries presented. (12 measures)
By now you realize that it's hard to know where to start- because Mixcraft can do so much! You need some "training wheels" to learn how to ride this bike! You will be assigned a partner. Partnering works well so that you can bounce ideas off each other. Help each other. Do not worry if you have differing musical ideas or tastes- it's all good! (YOU WILL GO BACK TO INDIVIDUAL COMPOSITION LATER ON!)
Remember: we are learning how to work the program right now, not create our best composition. In fact, everything we are doing is experimental. So be patient!
Watch and listen to the demo your teacher presents. Then work with your partner on "Beginning-Middle-End" using the worksheet. Create a drum track first. Add other tracks as instructed.
Put your name on your paper and check off each step as it is completed. Name your file so that it is identifiable to your group. Save to at least one student Mixcraft folder. Then SAVE AGAIN to the STUDENT SHARED FOLDER as instructed in Technology Class.
PART 4: Continue with "Beginning- Middle- End" by creating another composition, this time 24 measures total.
EXTENSION: ROCK SONG FORM Check out this LINK to the Vick Firth page talking about Rock Song form (from a drummer's perspective!) We will analyse some rock songs that we find in MUSIC ALIVE and then apply what we learn to creating our own!