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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mixtikl Tutorial 2: Using Loops

This is the second of two tutorials on Mixtikl. In this video, I show you how to make music with loops from your desktop using Mixtikl.

Here's a graphic illustrating all the ways to import and export audio with Mixtikl.  For more, see the video below.


  1. Thanks for this. I like your understated style :) Mixtickl has been puzzling me for a while, but this has motivated me to jump in and for that I'm grateful. Keep at it and be well.


  2. Johnny, thanks for the comments. Don't let Mixtikl intimidate you. You can definitely master this app with a little investment of time. I would love to hear what you come up with.

  3. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out a couple of things regarding loops measures and bpm. I could ideally make loops with a preset bpm and number of measures but I don't really know what that ideal should be .... like how long can a loop be? Sure appreciate your tutorials and would love more :)

  4. Marlene, I've been been able to import loops that were a couple minutes long. If there are limits on loop length, I couldn't find it documented on the net. Most loops found in collections are 1 or 2 measures long depending on the instruments and the music. Mixtikl will automatically suggest a bpm when you import a file but it will be wildly wrong with longer loops. So the key to importing longer loops is to know the bpm of the length and assign it properly instead of relying on Mixtikl to calculate. In regards to the right bpm to use If you are creating loops in another app like iKaossilator, remember loops will stretch + or - 10 bpm and still sound good. So the bpm you use will depend on the type of music you are creating. Rock loops are often at 100 bpm on loop collections for this reason. I usually record loops between 90 and 100 myself. I also recommend you use the bpm in the name of loops you create so you can always quickly tell the bpm when you are selecting from your library. Same advice applies for song key. If you are a jazzy cat that likes to record in Eb, documenting the key in the loop name will save you headache later. Hope this helps!

  5. Thank you so much ... yes this helps ... a lot! I'm currently delving into the trial version of Noatikl as a plugin in Ableton Live ... Wow ... it's amazing but I have so much to learn.

    Again ... thank you kindly