As a brand, MAGIX is famous for putting out music creation software that can be messed about with by beginners (for a laugh, this writer tried to make a electro-rap-rock crossover track to help the review, and it sucked) as well as those more advanced musicians. If you’ve always dreamed of making your own sounds, but have no freakin’ idea where to start, or don’t have access to a massive drum kit or expensive guitar, there are more than 1,500 loops and samples to choose from here. Well fit.
Anyone who has used previous versions of Music Maker will be aware of how the software can work for them – and contrary to what many people might think, it’s not that complex to deal with (I was a first-time user, and my brain isn’t fried).
What’s cool is that rather than the software needing you to start off with nothing when it comes to starting the actual creative process, as a user, you are gifted a number of building blocks indicating different instruments (with the accompaniment of a fairly simple introductory tutorial and easy-to-manage difficulty modes [with more options available as your progress]). These blocks, made up of different parts (guitar, synth and vocals for example) and genres (including rock, hip-hop and techno) can be pushed together, dragged and dropped – the whole process really does have a sort of Tetris vibe but on-screen it looks similar to many standard editing software programs for film and music.
The software will give you an option of working with real instruments (proper working musicians rejoice…), or plugging in a microphone to record vocal tracks. Used as a personal studio in this way, you can trust in MAGIX to make and use samples played on your own instruments, or produce diverse instrumental tracks and add special effects and samples.
What is nice as well, is the incorporation of an online sound archive where you’ll get to grab on to an additional 2,000 sounds, (it’s all in the intro vid, so don’t panic). The program also includes lead synth that can be used to create decent melodies, but the additional effects and filter can be utilised to knock up all manner of interesting, weird and (hopefully) wonderful sonic concoctions. There’s also the ever-useful drum machine (goths rejoice…) on hand to help create a mildly infectious back-beat.
This edition of MAGIX includes a Soundcloud component that can be used to make your music creations available online through social networks if you’re feeling brave (and no, my work will not be inflicted upon the universe ever, or at least until I get very drunk). You can store your material in a secure space and edit them from any computer with a web connection. In addition, you can also share data between other MAGIX applications.
If you’re serious about creating and recording your own songs and tracks to a listenable standard, then MAGIX Music Maker is a pretty good place to begin. Good luck.
The MAGIX Music Maker MX software is available now for £59.99.
For more information visit: http://www.magix.com/gb/music-maker