When comparing Acoustica Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio vs Ardour, the Slant community recommends Ardour for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Ardour is ranked 10th while Acoustica Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio is ranked 11th.
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Pro Good for emulating real instruments
This DAW comes with the Acoustica Instruments collection, which is packed full of realistic sounding MIDI instruments like organs, pianos, drums, and orchestral instruments.
Pro High capacity tracks
Each track can receive an unlimited number of VST, aux, and audio inputs.
Pro Great value for the price
Pro Good for mastering projects
The Mixcraft Pro Studio DAW comes with a dedicated mastering section, complete with proprietary mastering tools and the iZotope Mastering Essentials plugin.
Pro Video editing
The Mixcraft DAW supports basic drag and drop video editing.
Pro New performance panel is good for live applications
Pro Easiest DAW
Put simply it is the easiest DAW to use by far. Most users pick it up in a couple of hours.
Pro Long time Calkwalk user here I checked out Mixcraft 8 and within minutes scrapped Sonar.
Pro Clean linear interface
Pro Open source
Ardour is open source, so it can be downloaded and modified without restriction.
Pro Compatible with Linux, Windows 7/8.1/19 and OS X
Pro Free version with minimal limitations
Unlike some other DAW's which often limit saving, exporting, or advanced features, Ardour permits you to try all the features for free, with the only limitation being ten minutes of project length maximum.
Con More expensive than standard version
The Pro version of the Mixcraft DAW comes with more plugins, but many of these plugins can allegedly be download from other sources for free.
Con Comes with unnecessary software
The Mixcraft DAW comes with a video maker which comes across as unnecessary for an audio editor. While some see this as free software, others don't see the point, as it won't come close to the quality of true video editing software.
Con No support for VST plugins for OS X
Plugins can be used on OS X only if they are downloaded in AU format, which is supported.
Con Not user friendly
Ardour is very difficult to install and use.
Con Missing compatibility
Ardour isn't compatible with Windows.