Classic software for easily making and editing music on your computer
Windows XP / Windows 8 / Windows 2000 / Windows Vista / Windows 7
MAGIX Software GmbH
MAGIX Music Maker is a piece of software designed to help users develop original music. It can be difficult to find the right piece of software for editing and creating music whether you're a professional looking to further your career and skill or an amateur simply getting a feel for the industry.
If you have any experience with music production, even if you're just a beginner, you've probably heard of many of the most prominent alternatives to MAGIX Music Maker. Those top-tier apps tend to come with top-tier prices, and even professional music producers tend to seek cheaper alternatives unless they're at the highest level of the industry. Producers at that level are few and far between, so MAGIX Music Maker is an excellent budget option for hobbyists or budding pros. This app can operate at nearly the same level as its premium competitors, and it does so without breaking the bank in the process.
The great thing about this software is that it's merely a free trial of the full version of the software, but this free version is designed to be fully functional on its own. Each tool in the software has been streamlined for optimal utility, which in turn boosts the quality of the entire suite. There are a few tools that only come with the paid version, but those tools are reserved for professionals who require more comprehensive functionality. Of course, you can upgrade to the paid version of the software at any time, and there may be instances where it will feel like upgrading is required if you want to get as much out of the software as possible.
There's no denying the power in this music creation software. One of the possible downsides of the software is that the layout appears a bit disorganized at first, but it doesn't take long to find the logic in the layout. If you have any experience with editing video, the experience will feel quite familiar.
The interface for the software is made from one basic workspace surrounded by the toolbars that hold all the most common functions. The workspace is populated by the audio tracks for the current song in a horizontal stack. To make a song, you must decide on the tracks you want to use as a base. Most users will start with a rhythmic base consisting of imported drum beats or pre-composed loops. There are a number of popular genres to choose, and more layers of sound can be added via the six included virtual instruments or your own connected physical instruments.
MAGIX Music Maker makes it easy to customize each included virtual instrument. You can alter the bass, pitch, feedback, size, and many other features of the digital instruments. If you're serious about producing your own music, MAGIX Music Maker is possibly the most cost-effective solution you'll find.
MAGIX Music Maker MX Production Suite is a complete production studio that allows you to record, edit and create professional music and audio tracks on your computer.
This suite includes a range of tools that any musician, producer, audio engineer or hobbyist can use to develop high quality music. As with any production suite, it includes a track editor where you can record and edit multiple MIDI tracks. A pattern recorder lets you record and loop background percussion with an extensive set of musical samples, including percussion, strings, bass, keyboards and sound effects. The lead synthesizer has a wide range of settings, and many other editing tools let you create just the sound you are looking for. Oscillators, filters, amps, mixers and LFOs are some of the tools that let you modify your recordings.
The program also allows you to record and edit directly onto a MIDI track from an external instrument or microphone. Drag-and-drop functionality lets you drag from explorer directly onto the screen, and Music Maker will import the track information automatically. With such a wide range of features and over 10,000 samples, there is not much to complain about.
Since the production suite is capable of professional-grade production, its interface and toolbox may be unfamiliar to those who have never worked with such a program. The learning curve may intimidate beginners, so it is best to have at least some knowledge of industry tools beforehand, or be willing to study up. However, musicians with a passion will be able to surmount this and even take home recordings and make them ready for broadcast.
Comprehensive package with everything necessary for professional production
Wide range of utilities and samples
Steep learning curve