How to Get Rid of Metronome Delay in Mixcraft

by Mrs. Gunn

Basically, this tutorial teaches you how to change the sound for the metronome within Mixcraft DAW.

How to Get Rid of Metronome Delay in Mixcraft
Often, when you record MIDI into the computer and you have the metronome on, you have a situation where the sound is recorded behind the beat. This is different from the latency you hear with the keyboard. You can fix keyboard latency by lowering the buffer size and lowering the sample rate. What I’m talking about here is when you have very little latency, but your music is still behind the beat – consistently. What is happening, at least in Mixcraft, is that it takes too long for the computer to process the metronome sound. For instance, let’s say that the metronome sound is 25 megabytes. Well, it might take the computer a tenth of a second to process the 25 megabyte sound. As a result, you hear the “tick” a tenth of a second later. Therefore, even if you are playing exactly with the metronome, all of your music will be recorded a tenth of a second behind the actual real time. This tutorial teaches you how to convert the original metronome sound from a WAV to an MP3 file so that it cuts down on the amount of time the computer takes to process the metronome sound.


A visualization of the harmonics present in a sine wave vs. piano tone

by Mrs. Gunn

I recently started the Coursera “Intro to Music Production” course and was required to create a tutorial of some sort as a class assignment. I decided to create a tutorial on yet another visualization of the harmonics present in different instruments. I did have some computer issues, unfortunately, where the sound was sampled poorly, but I hope the demonstration was still effective. Thanks for watching!

Here it is:


How to become a producer

by Mrs. Gunn

Reblogged from The Music Think Tank at:

This article was written by: Emerson Maningo, of

Three Steps to Becoming a Music Producer

A common misconception of a record producer is someone who has the money to finance expensive recording projects. While some producers are really the one that finances the project, this is only the tip of an iceberg in knowing the detailed job of the record producer. If you like to become a producer, the three steps outlined below is a big help. Let’s get started.

Step1.) Become a music expert of a specific genre

Producers are classified according to their expert genre. You decide which genre you like to become an expert with. For example, if you are already a rock musician and plan to handle a producer role; then you would most likely select rock music since you have extensive background how rock recordings should sound and how it should be performed or recorded.

Or if you are not an artist; then select your most favourite genre. For example, you have a lot of country recordings in your playlists and you always listen to country music. You can easily become a country music producer because of your background in that genre.

As an expert, you should be able to examine how professional recordings in your genre would sound. You should be able to know which musical instruments are commonly used, the effects level on their instruments (e.g. you know that distortion effect level in country music is not the same as used in punk , alternative or even metal genre); the vocal styles, drum sound, etc.

Step2.) Know what sounds good to your ears and transform ordinary song to become “hits”.

A producer is someone that when presented with a very rough demo or even a cassette recording of the song (from the songwriter); can think of the best ways how to transform that song to become a marketable hit. The producer should have the “vision” of how this ordinary song would sound like when professionally recorded. In the producer’s head, there is already a plan on how the song would be arranged, what type of instrumentations is required, how the guitar solo would be done, how the vocals should be performed, etc.

You should think of this in advance, before going to the recording studio. Thus the second requirement is that you have the talent to determine the hit song potential of a certain song. This is very important so that you won’t be wasting time producing songs that really don’t sell. Producers are hired because of this expertise. Some singer/songwriters or recording labels are seeking help from producers to help them think what could be the best songs to be included in the album project.

Producers would then review the demo songs presented by the artist and then advice a strategy on how those songs would be recorded and produced. As a producer, you would examine the song in detail. And even suggest rewriting the songs if you find some weak portions on them. In many cases, some producers can even co-write with the main songwriter and get song writing credits out of this collaboration.

Step3.) Knows how to assemble and handle a music production team

A producer is not alone in the production of a hit single or an album project. As a producer, you should know the vital team members in the project and act as an overall project manager. You oversee the performance of your team and you push them to give out their best performances. Below are the most important team members of a producer:

a.) The songwriter or music publisher– producer communicates with the songwriter often for new projects and for song writing collaboration. The objective is to make the song as commercially feasible as possible for release.

b.) The artist – the producer needs to coach and communicate the artist and motivate them to perform at their best in the recording studio.

c.) Recording engineers – sometimes the recording producer is not an expert technical engineer inside the recording studio. And you are not required to have this expertise. It is why producers sought help with an expert recording engineer to help you record the tracks for the project.

For example say a producer is looking for a specific drum sound to be attained during the recording of drums; the producer should then contact a recording engineer and ask to record those drums in the studio to produce the desired sound.

Or if a producer is looking for a specific sound to get out of the acoustic guitar; the recording engineer can suggest a number of ways on how to record the guitar to get that desired sound. The producer should always have the last words whether to accept or reject the take in the studio.

d.) Mixing engineer– after all recordings are made in the studio, the tracks would now be mixed. Again a producer did not need to have these skills; instead a mixing engineer would be hired. The producer has the ideas what the mix should sound like. The mixing engineer would then transform this idea to actual mixing settings to sculpt to the desired sound.

e.) Mastering engineer– A mix is not yet ready for professional release. A producer wants the mix to be professionally mastered so that it would compete with the released songs in the market which are both loud and big.

How to Get started? First, find an artist that you want to produce. Help the artist create some professionally sounding records by having the artist songs recorded in the studio. Research who will be the engineers that would like to become part of the project. And then start executing the project based on the above steps.

About the Author:

Emerson Maningo is a record producer and music publisher of independent music specializing in country and rock music. He is also writes tips and tutorials on music production/music publishing published in his blog: Audio Recording.

Reader Comments (3)

ridiculous article… u can not just become one… u have to be born w a natural talent… there is no formula to be a record producer..

February 15 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Wow! So all it takes to become a country music “expert” is to have some country songs in iTunes??? You make it sound so easy!

I agree with the anonymous comment in that a “formula” won’t guarantee success as a record producer. I believe in order to be successful, you have to have an “ear” for music, and most of the time, that “ear” cannot be taught. You either have “it” or you don’t. Also, the best candidates for record producers are those that have a passion for MUSIC, in general. Yes, they could have a favorite genre…but just because they have some country songs in an iPod does mean that’s where they are guaranteed to become a pro.

There are some good points in the article. But the duties of a MANAGER might be a better fit.

February 15 | Unregistered CommenterEdgar Allen Floe®

I think I got the author’s idea. Sometimes being a producer is about gathering the right people to each step. In this case an executive producer. It may sound simplist to professionals but it is very clarifying to beginners.


How Pink Floyd made “Money”

by Mrs. Gunn

I love how they show you the tracks with/without the effects (delay, reverb, and more).

Thanks to Bobby Owsinski’s Blog for introducing this to me.



How to get that “Radio Voice”

by Mrs. Gunn

A nice example of how to use a combination of compressor/limiter/gate to get that “radio voice”


How to remove vocals from almost any song

by Mrs. Gunn

Click here for tutorial (if it doesn’t work at school, I’ll retype it up)

How to remove vocals from any song using audacity:

How to remove vocals from any song using GarageBand:


Cables and Mics

by Mrs. Gunn

Sweetwaters overview of mics:



Comparison of Yeti vs. Blue vs. AT2020 mic:

Comparison of above mics for the micing of a guitar

Song recorded with the Samson Go Mic:


What is the difference between audio interfaces, MIDI adapters, and mixers?

by Mrs. Gunn

Audio Interfaces, MIDI Adapters, and Mixers
by: jazztothebone

Audio Interface Examples

ProTools MBox Mini

M-Audio Mobile Pre

Tascam US-100

Alesis IO2 Express

Examples of USB Mics that have the audio interface integrated with the microphone.

Samson Go-Mic (there is a headphone jack on this mic)

Audio Technica AT2020 USB Condenser Mic


Behringer 1202 FX

Yamaha MG 102 C


Harmonics and Waveform – Part 2

by Mrs. Gunn

Youtube Video – Introduction to the concept of Harmonics

Click below to hear the fundamental and first 8 harmonics of the A note.

 Harmonics Track
When a string vibrates, as on a piano, it actually vibrates in many different places.

Below is a picture of all the different vibrations on a bowed string. Each different frequency is heard as a harmonic. If you press lightly on a node while strumming or plucking the string, you will hear the harmonic instead of the fundamental (actually, the harmonic became the fundamental, that’s why you hear it instead of the original fundamental). This is how guitarists tune their guitars with harmonics. It’s easier to hear if it’s in tune because the notes are higher in pitch.


The fundamental and all its harmonics are also called the “overtone series” and are notated as follows:

When you play that lowest C, you are actually hearing all those other notes as well. Additionally, because of a combination of physics and musical insight,  instruments are designed to play the first seven or eight harmonics with one fingering.


Different waveforms are created by adding and subtracting certain harmonics.
The sine wave is a pure sound and emphasizes the fundamental.  The square wave emphasizes odd numbered harmonics. The triangle waveform emphasizes very few specific odd numbered harmonics. The sawtooth wave emphasizes all the harmonics.

Click below to hear examples of each of these types of waves:
Sine, Square, Triangle, Sawtooth

Another synth principal is the envelope of the sound. The start, middle, and stop of the sound is what makes it sound different over time. This envelope is called:

Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release

an example of an ADSR Envelope. This could be a very stilted piano sound.

Now all these videos on Teachertube…

Introduction to Harmonics

Tuning Fork and Piano

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Piano Harmonics

Bowing across the string in slow motion

Introduction to Sound Waves (1950s video)


Harmonics and Waveform – Part 1

by Mrs. Gunn

What Really happens to a cymbal when you hit it…

How to tune a guitar with natural harmonics

Piano String Harmonics and Chords

and just for fun… breaking the sound barrier…