Magix Music Maker MX

6/24/2012 9:35:09 AM

There are few music production softwares dedicated for home users nowadays, yet Steinberg Sequel 3 (Shopper 289) made it and raised the higher barrier for the standard. The latest product of Magix can be in comparison with that in feature terms. It has 64 tracks with 8 effect slots on each track, along with 8 virtual instruments which is a warmly-welcomed improvement point compared with 48 tracks of Sequel with 3 effects for each track and 3 virtual instruments.

Description: Magix Music Maker MX

However, quality is much more important than quantity. There is a new analogue synth named Lead Synthesizer, but its controls and sounds bring no surprise at all as its name. Besides, it is equipped with a new feature called Loop Designer. It reminds me of LoopMash, which is already packed with Cubase.

Drum Engige has a normal approach to the electronic drum sounds. They are the combination of its previous versions, including LiViD, which offers the auto-accompanied drum performances along with Vita, with its impressive and large orchestral as well as pop instrument library.

However, after all, though the number of Sequel’s instruments is obviously less than, they take advantages of their quality. They benefit from a library of MIDI phrases; therefore, users can use them immediately in case they doesn’t have a MIDI keyboard on their own.

Music Maker currently supports VST plug-ins in order to diversify the built-in effects and virtual instruments. Two out of 8 effect slots per channel absolutely can be used for VST effects while the rest are plugged firmly into the signal chain. Nevertheless, while Sequel can only use VST3 plug-ins, of which there are seldom met, Music Maker can also works with VST2 plug-ins, and ò which there are thousands of plug-ins.

Description: Magix Music Maker MX

The built-in loop library is another impressive point. It isn’t large but well-organized according to genre and kind of instruments as well as abnormally high quality towards a consumer software package. We are familiar with mediocre sound library which can be completely abandoned by people rich in experience, but library of Music Maker MX is represented and recorded in high standard. Above all, the harmonic samples are recorded at 7 pitches; it is not only pitch-switched but re-performed so that they can be used to make chore sequences together.

Unfortunately, these features are down in value due to neglect of details in the interface. Editing was completely fastidious, along with chaotic snap-to-grid feature seldom does as our expectation. Several of pop-up windows have to be closed before other sections of the interface can be accessed; we even couldn’t click Stop button. Simple tasks such as recording track, setting the start time, previewing loop in a specific point of time or changing editing tools require more clicks than usual.

And the most ominous issue, regardless long experience of Magix with the music production softwares, it seemed to struggle with sound card settings. As soon as our click on record button, a pop-up box appeared along with a lengthy, complicated message about the dangers of not using  ASIO drivers – as well as those of using them. While we followed the advice and chose ASIO driver, the result was frequent clicks along with a tremendous lack of synchronization, with the existence of audio recordings half a second later after the time we performed them. Returning with non-ASIO driver and click record button let the message displayed “Cannot close Waveform Device for recording! The specified device handle is invalid”. To our extreme surprise, recordings kept going, but it is absolutely not what we expected before expressing our heart into the microphone.

During testing with sound card setting, we often witnessed the sample rate of the recording changed mysteriously; therefore, it led to the pitch-switching in the whole track. Making a music production software to work smoothly without a musician’s sound card – or even with sound card – is not a piece of cake at all, but this system demanded an “internal built-in sound card”. Magix needs to face with its challenge rather than let the users fix these problems by themselves by using inelegant control, especially what makes us distract from our creative process.

Description: Magix Music Maker MX 18.0 Multilanguage Screenshots

Magix Music Maker MX 18.0 Multilanguage Screenshots


Comments: Music Maker has several features for powerful music creating, but its interface strongly decreases its value.

Music production software: Require Windows XP/Vista/7, 2GHz processor, 1GB RAM (2GB recommended), 4.5GB disk capacity.


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