Acoustica Mixcraft will help you add music to your video and animation. If you enjoy creating animations, if you want to create pitch, timing, and emotion, you have to include sound in your compositions. Sound really makes your composition come alive and adds a basic ingredient to moving from impressive dynamic imaging to storytelling.
I was nudged when I received a holiday discount on Red Giant's Trapcode Suite, an impressive collection of special effects, including lighting, horizon Included in the suite is an application called 'Sound Keys' that does pretty much what your intuition would tell you. It provides tools enabling you to map your animation keys to sounds pitch and volume. Quite cool.
There are many choices when adding sound to your animation but I've found Acoustica Mixcraft to be very easy to use, very friendly helping you blend sounds, very affordable, and it comes with a wide library of both instruments and special sounds such as traffic , laughter, wind blowing, jet taking off. In fact it's easy to get a bit lost in Mixcraft because it's an array of special sounds really does engage your imagination.
Mixcraft 5 has been out for a few months now and among the new features is the ability to embed a video with your musical timelines. You can clip these videos, cross fade and use Mixcraft as a compositing development tool. You now have the ability to link clips, treat them as one, move all to a different section or copy this blend to a different part of your composition, save this set of linked clips for an addition to your own library.
Mixcraft 5 has a module mixer that looks much like an analog mixer from real sound studio. You have individual track control, hi, mid, low equalizer, the ability to solo or mute as you develop your composition and even a panning control to allow your music to 'move' from across the arena.
Mixcraft has always had many special effects available, it continues to grow it's library but in version 5 the effects also have their own visual control panel much like the mixer. Once you define a track, clicking the 'fx' button brings up the special effect options. The panel presenting these options has an 'edit' button with each one. Say you choose 'classic reverb', for example, choosing the edit alongside will bring up the control panel with it's particular options such as reverberation, filters, damping, output level. Clearly there is much to experiment with and that is certainly the best approach.
Choosing from the library of loops, instruments, and special effects build the background you wish and then begin to experiment with the individual controls, the effects tunings and more detailed tools to fine tune your sound. There is a very thorough online reference that is well laid out, quite easy to search, and continues to grow with the product. Whether you think you are a musical artist or not, this application provides an exciting springboard to creating your own sound and learning much about the tools that professionals use.