Appendix 2: Backing up Mixcraft Projects and Data

RegistrationMixcraft Main Window ReferenceLoading and Saving ProjectsMixcraft Audio Signal FlowMIDI BasicsMixing Down to Audio and Video FilesRendering VideosBurning Audio CDsMarkersUsing Virtual InstrumentsPlug-In ManagerRewireSeparate Music Into StemsUsing Natively Supported Hardware ControllersUsing Generic MIDI Controllers and Control SurfacesThe Mixcraft 10 Controller Script APIMusical Typing Keyboard (MTK)PreferencesMain Window MenusHotkeysCursorsTroubleshootingGlossaryAppendix 1: Using Melodyne for Basic Vocal TuningAppendix 2: Backing up Mixcraft Projects and DataAppendix 3: Nifty Uses for Output Bus TracksAppendix 4: Transmitting MIDI Clock/Sync to External DevicesAppendix 5: Creative Commons License TermsAppendix 6: Natively Supported Hardware ControllersAppendix 7: Copyrights and Trademarks


Since things are known to occasionally go horribly awry in the land of computer hard drive storage, it’s prudent to back up Mixcraft projects and their associated data. Here we’ll detail how to archive projects.


By default, Mixcraft projects save to the My Documents\Mixcraft Projects directory, however, you can choose different folders anytime a project is saved. See the Saving A Project (page 166) for more details.


Mixcraft stores a variety of data in C:\users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\ Acoustica\Mixcraft, and we recommend backing up this entire folder regularly. Here’s a breakdown of the data Mixcraft stores here:

AppData\Roaming\Acoustica\Mixcraft\collections v2: plug-in collections and assorted other plug-in customizations, such as custom plug-in names and which plug-ins are set to be disabled or run in safe mode

AppData\Roaming\Acoustica\Mixcraft\favorites: instrument preset and VSTi preset favorites

AppData\Roaming\Acoustica\Mixcraft\FX: user-created VST presets

AppData\Roaming\Acoustica\MixcraftIcons: user-created instrument preset icons

AppData\Roaming\Acoustica\Mixcraft\InstPresets: user-created instrument presets

If you’re copying a Mixcraft setup to a new computer and you copy collections, favorites, or other presets that use non-Acoustica plug-ins, you’ll have to install those plug-ins on the new computer. Mixcraft identifies plug-ins via VST unique IDs rather than install folders, so they don’t have to be installed in the same folders as your current computer. That said, you’ll need to go to Preferences/Plug-ins to tell Mixcraft which folders to search in order to properly locate VST and VSTi plug-ins.


Mixcraft stores downloaded library loops here, and though you can always download them again, there’s a variety of other data here that you’ll want to back up:

ProgramData\Acoustica\Mixcraft\auto-mapping: user-created MIDI mapping presets

ProgramData\Acoustica\Mixcraft\MetaPresets7: Acoustica preset and user-created effect chains stored here

ProgramData\Acoustica\Mixcraft\UserLibrarySounds: user-imported library loops and audio files. Note that if you didn’t check the Copy Sounds To Library Folder box when the audio files were originally imported, the audio files will be in their original folders and not in UserLibrarySounds. If you’re copying a Mixcraft setup to a new machine, you’ll need to manually copy those files to the same folder locations on the new computer (or reimport them).