Music Maker Jam
Making music could hardly be easier!
Magix Music Maker is a digital audio workstation (DAW) that provides an assortment of recording software tools for different user requirements. The DAW is available in two flavours: regular and premium. The “premium” version essentially offers two times of what the regular version provides. The music recording tool boasts a big loop library, drag-drop functionality, and clearly made virtual instruments.
The software can record external instruments. It can also be used for mixing and mastering music, courtesy the built-in mastering suite. The premium version comes with a huge library of sounds and loops (more than 6,000 loops) that encompass a myriad of genres too, including rock, funk, hip-hop, electronic, etc.
Music Maker comes in four separate editions: Basic, Plus, Live and Premium. The basic variant, as the name indicates, is ideal for absolute beginners. People who have fiddled with music-making software in the past and know how to navigate and work with the tool should find any of the other three variants ideal.
The user interface is quite simple, letting the composer position or draw prerecorded sound blocks or MIDI loops onto the grid, with the basic dynamics and basic channel effects on the left. There is also the option to bring up an even advanced mixing station.
The basic version is free; the other three versions are paid tools. The free edition, however, is no slouch and comes loaded with loops and sounds that should suffice to make music for demo tracks and online videos. The free tool should also help newbies get acquainted with DAW software, learn more about audio composition, audio recording and editing, etc.
Music Maker can be used by any individual who has basic computer skills. The free version was built to be the ideal platform for people to try the software and upgrade to the premium versions as per their requirements. In fact, the basic version also has an “easy mode” that comes with a less cluttered and intuitive interface.
The virtual instruments provided sound very much like real music instruments, which helps people who have never played with music instruments before get a feel for things. The instruments included are a grand piano, acoustic drum module, and an analogue synthesizer, to name a few. The virtual instruments can also be used for playing compositions made using the MIDI editor.
Magix Music Maker facilitates importing of audio files that can be incorporated into custom compositions. It also supports external video files by opening a dedicated video monitor that would play in full-screen mode. This feature is handy for people who feel the built-in loops and sound presets are not sufficient enough.
Music Maker offers a feature-packed editing tool. It has a 10-band equaliser, echo, reverb, compressor and flanger effects that come with multiple preset choices. Also included are a processor, master limiter, spectrum analyser, frequency tuner, channel mixer, effects previewer and infinite cue points.
The bundled loop/sound library is certainly a highlight. The sounds and loops boast high standards. It’s well-organised by instrument and genre, and the quality on offer is quite impressive too, especially considering the fact that the bundle is part of a consumer package.