A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I needed some proper software to record and create music. The only problem was that I owned a PC rather than an £800 Mac. That meant that I had to find a different piece of software that could provide what I needed. Now, I know most of you are probably saying, ‘There are loads of different programs you could use! You’re spoilt for choice.’ That is true; however lots of these pieces of software fall into two categories. The overly-simple ones allowing beginners to compose songs, and the overly complicated for expert musicians. I am neither of these and wanted something in between. After searching and search the web, I found some software by MAGIX called ‘Music Maker’ and decided to try it out.
MAGIX Music Maker is jam-packed with features ranging from recording yourself to high-quality mixing. The good thing is, that despite being packed with these options, it still looks neat and tidy with everything categorised into menus along the top of the screen making it extremely easy to find everything.
With over 3000 different loops, the ability to record your own music and compile up to 99 different tracks, there are an endless amount of different songs you can write. I really love how simple everything is, you just have to drag the track you want onto the composition screen and then resize it and adjust volume and pitch to your liking. I was amazed at how easy and simple it was!
The only slight downside is that there don’t seem to be as many tracks and loops as Apple’s product Garageband, but the ability to record your own music easily makes up for it.
Once I coupled this software up with my guitar to USB lead, my laptop turned into a powerful music compiler. The sound quality of all the tracks is amazing and I’m able to record my guitar, sing and create mixes within no time.
Here’s something I made in a couple of minutes to demonstrate what you can do. I recorded my guitar for some of it and used tracks for others parts.
Overall, I think MAGIX is the best piece of music making software available for Windows users who can’t or won’t buy a Mac. It’s easy to use, yet packed to the brim with features for recording and editing your music.
A very worthy 4 out of 5 stars.