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Music Maker ($30 free promocode for the In-App Store) Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Music Maker ($30 free promocode for the In-App Store)

Produce music the easy way.
$30 EXPIRED
User rating: 62 (82%) 14 (18%) 86 comments

Music Maker ($30 free promocode for the In-App Store) was available as a giveaway on April 13, 2017!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.95
free today
A hot key program launcher, a scheduler and a task reminder.

Magix Software grants $30 free promocode for the In-App Store to every user!
The Coupon Code is valid from April 13 until May 31 in the Music Maker In-App-Store

With Music Maker, making your own music has never been simpler. Produce your own songs easily on your PC using the mouse and keyboard. Feel good tracks will be pumping through your speakers in just a few simple clicks! Customize your version of Music Maker with exclusive loop packages, new effects presets and cool software instruments. Add them easily and directly within the program via the Store.

Key Features:

  • 425 sounds & loops
  • 1 Soundpool
  • 3 software instruments
  • 8 tracks
  • 8 effects

System Requirements:

Windows 7 /8 /10; Processor: 2 GHz ; RAM: 2 GB; Graphics card: Onboard, min. resolution 1280 x 768 ; Sound card: Onboard

Publisher:

MAGIX Software GmbH

Homepage:

http://www.magix.com/us/music-maker-editions/

File Size:

682 MB

Price:

$30

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#35

I did this and it felt like a total scam. I used the $30voucher on a $9.99 item.. I didn't get to use the other $20.01 on anything else as the voucher was "Used" Feel ripped off as i got this voucher with a bundle i paid for.

If they stated that you can only buy 1 item at a time and you don't get to use the rest of the credit on anything else, i may have have bought something else.

When looking to contact MAGIX to discuss this the only option i have is to call them on the other side of the world. Which would be fine if i lived in the same country and used a landline phone. But i like many people who aren't in their 60s don't use landline anymore. So i'm not going to waste more time and money on a call.

Reply   |   Comment by DEoP  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

How to redeem the promo?

Reply   |   Comment by crystal  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

I went to store on right corner,
I selected my soundpool and clicked purchase
I was able to create Magix account
Now I cant see where to Redeem coupon,
please help

Reply   |   Comment by muho  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

muho, i don't think the creator of this software or is interested in sharing this information with us.

Reply   |   Comment by Ck  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

muho,

If I recall correctly, once you have created your account, you need to logoff, and go back to the original small window, where you have to enter your email and the password you used to create your account. After login, you are supposed to click Purchase button. A new window pops up, and here at the bottom at the Redeem field enter the coupon code, and continue.

As I mentioned, this is to the best of my recollection.

I wish you good luck. Please post back if you succeeded.

Cheers,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Installed, followed directions in the Read Me, created Magix account. There is no option to "Redeem Coupon" under MY ACCOUNT: user data, my products, info service, product registration, create activation code, or my contracts. There is no option in the Help or Store tab or any other tab in the program to "Redeem Coupon." How is this done? Also, there is no Tech Support how does one get an answer?

Reply   |   Comment by Ck  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#31

Hi

Any one please help me out to activate the product.

I have installed this product and created MAGIX Account, but I don't know where to apply the coupon code to activate the product.

Reply   |   Comment by Sam Joseph Godman J  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sam Joseph Godman J, the coupon-code is for Soundpools and instruments, which you can find in the store (shop) in the program itself. This version of Music Maker is Freeware and need not to activated.

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#30

plz add more deeper base sounds lil more tracks . more tech tracks . but man i been wanting this program for a long time thank so very much i dg my self on my laptop and will love to make my own music thank you so much if you like to hear what i do plz find me on mixcloud.com/DJGIMIK again thank you so very much .. btw i do this for fun and i hope i can be better at my mixing with your program also i am disabled and this makes me feel normal again THANK YOU :) wow so awsum ty :D

Reply   |   Comment by william a sierra jr  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#29

It says that are an udate for medialpool crasch is that update involed in giveaway offer or will I lose the program if I install the update?

Reply   |   Comment by ComputerMan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#28

it stopped downloading after 70% saying the file was not found on server

Reply   |   Comment by prashant kumar  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#27

Somehow fixed the "The file format of ... cannot be read by MAGIX Music Maker" error. Turns out the purchased sound loops only work when you are logged into the store through the program! God only knows why.

But as it turns out, the program is basically unusable. As I add loops on to the end of the timeline, 90% of the time the program does NOT recognize that the loop has been added, and plays about 1/2 second of the new piece then jumps back to the beginning. If you play around with the "red moving line" a lot, eventually you can get it to recognize the new extent of the timeline and have it play the whole thing. But it's unbelievably frustrating not to be able to build a song by adding pieces without having to deal with this annoying bug.

Plus, the "red moving line" seems to have a mind of its own. It appears you can place it at a starting point mid-song and start playing from there, but --- sometimes it will come back to that spot when the end is reached, and sometimes it will go back to the very beginning. Sometimes it disappears completely.

Also - there are ONLY EIGHT TRACKS! At least if there are more, I haven't figured out how to make the program add them. I deleted #8, and was able to add it back with "Add Track". But I couldn't add any more than that. That makes it IMPOSSIBLE to do any kind of sound layering by repeating, for example, the same short vocal loop offset in time across two or three tracks, and still have sufficient tracks left to create a rich sounding song.

But no matter - when I did that as an experiment, and had eight tracks occupied at once, the sound produced was full of clicks, pops and stutters, the hallmark of a piece of software which is not handling Windows sound correctly. This probably explains why it was limited to eight tracks.

Running this on i3 dual-core 3.7Mhz machine with 8GB ram, Windows 10.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Rob, you say "Turns out the purchased sound loops only work when you are logged into the store through the program! God only knows why."

I'd deduce it's a DRM thing, so you can only use content YOU bought under the account you are using. Otherwise you could have created several accounts and redeemed the free $30 coupon many times and loaded all the different accounts purchasses into the same installation and practically stolen hundreds of $ worth of content. Or users could share purchassed content and avoid having to buy it all themselves.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Rob, Also the free edition of the program is what was "given" away today and one of its limitations is 8 tracks, there are paid for editions with various increasing spec's if you look at their website you'll find if you select the various listed editions you will see the spec's

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Despite the indifference over the specs of this free edition I got curious if this truely was NOT vista SP2 compatible like the system requirements and their website says and initially with the embedded installer as configured it does indeed refuse to install under Vista SP2 demanding Windows 7 or above to proceed... but... that's not the end of the story! because the installer is not wrapped in the GAOTD wrapper we can extract the contents into a new folder and FIX that restrictive setting! Where the contents are extracted into a folder called "setup", navigate to setup\product\mm25_SetupInfo.ini

open the ini file in say notepad.exe and scroll down to the line:

WinVersionMin=6.1

and edit it to read:

WinVersionMin=6.0

and save it back to same location.

Now if you run the executable mm25_setup.exe in the same folder it will allow you to install the product under Windows Vista SP2!

When install is complete it will offer to run music maker on closing the installer and the program starts up, you may need to configure the ASIO driver to use the proper sound output device, I did as it tried to use the HDMI digital output despite no HDMI display device being plugged in... but so far it seems to work under Vista SP2 fine!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

TK, I was offered an update to 25.0.0.24 for the program and accepted it and let it download and install the update and it installed under Vista SP2 just fine!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#25

Program crashed after 15 minutes, send error report box came up, pretty lousy.

Reply   |   Comment by AussieCowboy  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

Installed on my desktop and my laptop. Never did run on desktop. It freezes on Initializing program layout. Rebooted, uninstalled, reinstalled twice.... Still freezing on Music Maker screen that refuses to go away.
Ran on laptop one time, Played demos. Tried to load in a midi. Loaded but no sound. Now keeps getting error and will not continue...
NOT VERY HAPPY.
Oh yes... loaded directly from their website......

Reply   |   Comment by bozeke143  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

bozeke143, Tried REINSTALLING AGAIN... New ERROR.
Insufficient privileges to access the\AudioEffects directory. I am the only Administrator. I even ran the setup as Admin...
Running Win7 64-bit. Does ANYONE have a clue why this will not work???

Reply   |   Comment by bozeke143  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Will not install on win 10 system. Error message says:

"The installation of Music Maker requires one of the following versions of Windows or a newer version:

Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10"

I am running Win 10 Home Premium 64 bit.

Tried reboot but same problem. Did not try redownload as I have a 4Mb/sec DSL feed and it is a 35 minute download.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Silvan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

i have no sound.. sound works for everything else on the computer except this program??

Reply   |   Comment by April Susan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#21

One of the biggest problems I get from clients, ( I do IT repair and troubleshooting), is that clients who had older devices, at one time were able to record the sound emanating from the device's speakers. This was due in part because devices at one time had sound cards that were able to record, from streaming services like Pandora, I Heart, and many local radio stations around the world. This is another factor where music pirating came in, and many companies created hardware/software that would not allow the user to record streaming services.
So this too can be an issue with not hearing playbacks after recorded.

Reply   |   Comment by Kenneth Smith  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

although it is a big file, i like this type of s/w.
i go for it after viewing the video.
from dl to run it on my system, no issue.
there are many stuffs, i need time to figure out.
thanks.

win10 x64 user.

Reply   |   Comment by donald  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#19

Thanks for this Great Give Away!

Reply   |   Comment by Gil  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#18

Seems to have installed okay, the coupon purchase went smoothly, but I get no audio through the program. Something is supposedly playing, but I don't hear anything. And an online search and search of the help files hasn't yet revealed any real troubleshooting documentation, mostly tutorials. Helpfile crashed. I am sure this is a simple settings issue (my speakers working fine elsewhere). Can someone please help me sort this out? There is one post I found in their forum, but it appears to be for another version or something.

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Brandi Jasmine, NM Found it in the settings ;-) ... click on the gear button (settings), then Audio/Midi, then under Audio Playback click "Advanced" to find your speaker options. A little counter-intuitive, I'd do away with the "Advanced" button and put the speaker options in the drop-down box.

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Well the samples play, but when I go to create my own music from the soundpool I downloaded, I get an error message saying "The file format of path\filename.mxcogg cannot be read by Music Maker. Please make sure that the drive is not full or write-protected." Checking online, the fix seems to be running as administrator. Which didn't fix this problem, but at least the keyboard works now. It recognizes my existing loop library and the loops it came with, but not the downloaded loops from the Store.

If anyone has a fix for this, please let me know.

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Brandi Jasmine,
thanks for yr tips.
luckily i saw this comment.
it did help me a lot.
i not need spending lots of time to figure out.

Reply   |   Comment by donald  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Brandi Jasmine,

Try logging in to the store with your account, through the software itself, not the website. I had the same problem and that fixed it for me.

Click on "Store" in the upper-right corner, then click on the Gear icon, then click on "Log in to store".

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Brandi Jasmine, tried that no luck

Reply   |   Comment by April Susan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Rob,

Thanks for the suggestion, that worked! Much appreciated.

Brandi

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

April Susan,

Did you try what Rob suggested? Sorry, the thread is getting a little confusing for me.

Brandi

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

Indicators are all moving
But there is no sound! And what should I do?
What could be the reason?

Reply   |   Comment by Valery  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Valery, same issue!!

Reply   |   Comment by April Susan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

He asking a serial key.. !!
I dont have serial key.
Can u give me serial key.??

Reply   |   Comment by krish racer  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

krish racer, You must have clicked the upgrade button because the current offer is a free program. There is no serial to input. if you are looking for the coupon code that is in the readme. If you used the GOTD install no serial key questions should be present.

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I am asked for a registration as well

Reply   |   Comment by Elizabeth  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#15

Bought "No Time" soundpool with coupon. Try to load one of the sounds. Program displays error message:

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The file format of D:\ProgramData\MAGIX\Common\Soundpools\Shop\Rock Pop - No Time\Bass\Bergen Bass A 6.mxcOGG cannot be read by MAGIX Music Maker.

Please make sure that the drive is not full or write-protected.
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The drive is NOT write-protected or full.

I changed this from the default location when installing the problem. Is that causing the problem?

Can the program be re-installed with the default locations, retaining the ability to re-install the **purchased software**???

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sorry - when installing the PROGRAM

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Rob,

I'm having the same problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Rob, '
I have the same issue now. WTF. installed, choose a soundpool, purchased and all.

Reply   |   Comment by April Susan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Brandi Jasmine, idk what to do and I have no sound?

Reply   |   Comment by April Susan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Brandi Jasmine,

See above, I stumbled upon the solution :)

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

April Susan,

See comment #18 for possible solutions to the issues you're having.

Are you sure you logged into the "Store" using the actual desktop application?

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

be nice if the coupon code didn't return an error. ("Please make sure you have entered the correct coupon code. ") I have tried several ways (through the program, online...etc), all return the same message. Since this is the free version you can download from the website, then the give away is the $30.00 promo code, and, since that isn't working, then this isn't much more than another ad.

Reply   |   Comment by Singh  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#13

What a superb GAOTD!

First, lets be upfront with regards to the biggest drawback concerning todays giveaway: it is a 680MB download. For me, on an 80Mbit fibre connection its not so bad (a couple of minutes), but I can see that anyone on a slow DSL connection this is an issue.

Once downloaded, unzip the software. Two files, the installer and a readme with the installations instructions, which are simple enough; double click on setup.exe and follow the on-screen prompts. Choose default or custom installation. Custom allows you to specify the installation directory, and directories for the software to store soundbanks, project files, etc. Very handy if you want the core program on your C: drive, for example, and sound files, project files, etc, stored elsewhere. In my case, I had the software installed into the usual C:\Program Files, and everything else on a different physical drive.

It doesn't appear to use the GAOTD wrapper - thankfully, as this has historically caused problems for many users, me included, on an irregular basis.

The program ran fine on my machine (Intel i3770K, 32GB RAM, Win 7 64bit). It opens on its own screen, using the full width of my desktop (dual monitors, 5120x1440), and on startup loaded the supplied example 'song' (? music? sequence? riff? I'm not a musician! Let's stick with 'song'). The supplied multi-track song is a great demonstration of the software: simple instrumental loops, including drums, bass, strings, and a vocal track showcase how easy it is to arrange groups of sounds to produce a song.

Easy, of course, if you have an ear for music. A few minutes of playing and I had very easily created a car-crash of a song of horrendous proportions. But I had fun doing so!

I did encounter one initial problem; no sound. Music Maker uses ASIO low-latency audio, installing the ASIO driver and defaulting to outputting it's audio to the ASIO device. I hadn't delved into the manual (and still haven't) to configure this to map to my speakers, so was getting no audio. A gear icon on the top menu bar opens the Configuration menu, Audio/MIDI tab has options for Audio playback, setting this to Direct Sound resulted in sound!

Looking at the interface, the program has a very simple menu layout on the top menu bar; new project, open project, save project and config icons, then standard menu items for File, Edit, Effects, View, Share, and Help. Each of these has just a few drop-down menu options, leading to a simple, clean, and slick interface. The menu tools cover what needs to be done, and rather than try to describe them, it's simpler to say that MM is like a text editor, but for music: cut, copy, duplicate, paste, insert for single objects (samples), ranges, or entire tracks. Change pitch, tempo, volume. There are some audio effects such as a 10-band equalizer, compressor, echo, reverb. And an interesting menu item called "Video Effects", which I haven't yet tried...

The Configuration menu, briefly touched on, has 4 tabs covering
General Options - how the Arranger works; project auto-save every x minutes; program UI options (dim the interface, hide/show news, text size); hints on/off; Medial Pool options

Import - sample previews; auto-stretch samples to match bpm; working with Remix Agent; pitch control of wav file; midi editing options; import formats (extensive!), VSTi synthesizers, MIDI files; preview of files (including audio, video, images, and 'soft' files)

Audio/MIDI - primary sound drive and advanced options (from 8bit mono at 11.025Khz to 16-bit stereo at 44.1KHz), support for pitch control, playback rate, sync, volume, L/R volume); audio driver selection (wave, direct sound, ASIO, WASAPI); audio buffer size; MIDI configuration and control; and options such as wave file size, undo size, MIDI keyboard

Folders - the locations of folders chosen by custom or default installation, in case you want to re-configure later.

Quick, clean, intuitive, and above all slick and easy-to-use.

Instruments, and loops, are controlled via a panel on the right hand side of the screen. Instruments are grouped by category, such as bass, drums, keys, strings, etc. Click on a category, and the sampled sounds for each are shown in a panel below. Clicking on an entry plays it. Drag a sample from here onto the multi-track screen drops it into your song. This really is drag-and-drop song creation, a visual music composer. Once on the track, samples can be edited, e.g. pitch changed, stretched, shortened, etc. Its actually so easy to use, it's a challenge to describe!

The real skill is of course, having a musical ear to drag, drop, arrange in a way that produces something pleasing at the end! But even if you are not a musician or a composer, this is simply endless hours of fun!

Finally, at the bottom of the screen is an on-screen keyboard. Guess what, clicking on a key produces a sound. Useful for keyboard composition. The sound produced depends on what sample is loaded.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of todays GAOTD is the $30 coupon. Instructions are included in the readme, but essentially clicking on the Store button loads the various extra soundbanks on offer. Excellent, one doesn't have to leave the software to purchase extra soundbanks. And there are lots of them. Lots and lots! The average price is $14.99 per bank, with some collections available for $34.99 - excellent value, as they consist of 5 standard packs.

The range of banks on offers is huge, including 80s (3 different banks), dubstep, R'n'B, pop, 'metal', techno, house, latin, just to name a few music categories, and atmospheric banks such as sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, 'forbidden', e.g. 'mood' tracks suitable for films. Each may be previewed, albeit with an - unobtrusive - audio watermark. I spent an hour just exploring and listening to these very high-quality samples. I'm spoiled for choice here!

All in all, I've only touched the surface of the software. It does what it says on the tin, and does it very very well. Hugely recommended. This is another fantastic GAOTD, so thanks to the team at GAOTD for securing it, and MAGIX for making it available, especially the $30 store credit.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Lewis  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Alan Lewis, Thank you for a very concise and well-written review. The detail you go into provides the reader with insight that goes light years beyond the typical comments such as "cool" and/or "I can't get it to work." I don't mean to berate other commenters, but rather to praise your command of the language and communications skills. Well done, sir!

Reply   |   Comment by Don Hill  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Don, um thank-you for your kind words

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Lewis  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Without VST plugins and only 1 sound pool, 3 software instruments and 8 effects this always FREE edition is not worth the trouble downloading and installing plus the $30 voucher teaser does not tempt as it is likely that once installed we will probably find that items are $39.99 or some value that makes it impossible to redeem the entire $30 voucher without spending real cash! Of course we cannot know until we install it to gain access to the in-app ONLY store!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

TK, the store features samplesbanks (pools?) at $14.99, and collections (5 samplebanks, or pools) for $34.99, so you can buy two packs with the $30 credit.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Lewis  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, Soundpools cost 20, instruments cost 30, assumptions are the mother of all fek ups

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK,

I found some packs under $30 but I can't get them to work with the program :-\

Reply   |   Comment by Brandi Jasmine  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mavadelo, so i was right if one bought a soundpool at $20 then with only $10 credit remaining one cannot buy anything else without paying real currency! what a "fek up" as you put it!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Mavadelo, why you post here often wrong things! The User are not blind!

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Alan Lewis, you can buy only one with this code.

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

LOL $30 credit but my app store is priced in £'s, whats the exchange rate :)

Reply   |   Comment by steve  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

steve, I don't know the prices shown to you but
Soundpools $19,99
Instruments $29,99

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mavadelo, that is not correct most of this soundpools cost more than $19,99. I have seen some soundpools which have cost €49,99 ($ 53,00) Lots of them costs €29,99 ($32,00) and only few soundpools cost €19,99 ($21,00)!

Reply   |   Comment by nibo1978  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#10

If you don't associate the brand name Magix with higher quality software, Magix has for some time been buying up select media-related software companies, in some cases folding the software into a Magix branded product line, e.g. Music Maker, other times keeping the name, e.g. Vegas & Samplitude. This allows [allowed] them to leapfrog their own development efforts, if you had experience with or remember their in-house music & video apps from the early 1/2 of the 2000s, which was generally more-or-less entry level stuff.

I **think** the idea behind Music Maker is similar to the marketing behind several other media apps, e.g. Hitfilm, attracting the novice with free or very low cost software, then letting them expand as their skills & interest grow. Music Maker [like Hitfilm] lets you purchase add-on capabilities, whereas brands like Presonus give away one version, hoping you'll later buy a more capable, and expensive product that still uses everything you've learned.

Music Maker itself will let you do pro level work, and while you can do editing etc., it's forte is making [creating] new music -- for editing the Magix app of choice would be one of the Sound Forge versions.

Music Maker lets you work with loops... I think the easiest way to explain how this works is to Google something like "creating music with loops" [w/out quotes], which brings up lots of articles & tutorials. It's quite common, even on stage, and used with quite a few hits. And Music Maker lets you use MIDI instruments.

Starting at probably around $50 & going [Way] up in price from there, a MIDI keyboard lets you tell the software what note you're playing, how -- features that mimic the expressiveness of a fine piano are available on more expensive keyboards, & that's very generally why some are more expensive than others. Music Maker *Plays* those notes using one of their software instruments -- think synthesizer with many controls to tailor the sound. The result can be anything from drums to something like a Moog synthesizer to a piano or organ to maybe a trumpet or guitar. Finer instruments like this use actual recordings of the real instrument.

You can buy things like loops & instruments in the Music Maker store [in app], or you can use VST plug-ins, though those come with a catch [that Magix should fix IMHO]. At least the free version of Music Maker requires you to put your VST plug-ins in one of the program's sub-folders, which is not standard practice -- normally you have one VST folder registered in or with Windows, so all apps that can use them find them & will, with better apps letting you add additional VST folders. The VST plug-ins that you buy in app are also a special format -- you can't use them in other brands of audio software. [You could probably use the loop packages you buy, but I never tried this.]

Music Maker itself will take some learning, but so will other brands of software with similar capabilities. If you want easier, check out the Acid apps that Magix bought from Sony along with Vegas. They focus on using loops.

One comment talks about recording... just recording audio is actually quite simple, and Music Maker can handle it, but it's not the software's forte. If you start really getting into recording vocals you'll probably want to use something else, at least for your vocal tracks. And apps like Acid would probably be better, or at least more flexible, if you wanted to record your own loops, easily letting you set or alter things like BPM. [Artists have used everything from rusted car door hinges to toilets flushing -- really any sort of sound you can thing of.]

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#9

Downloaded, installed and I'm going to have fun with some electro house tunes :D . Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Ola  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#8

Just restarted my computer and got a popup advertisement in the system tray. This is a deal breaker for me. Can this be turned off?

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#7

I installed the program, and the Music Maker logo started up, and so did the program, but the Music Maker logo did not and will not disappear. It has a message on the bottom left that says "updating program layout". After 15 minutes it said there is an update, so I updated it (after creating an account). I opened it up and the Music Maker logo is still on top and won't go away. I REINSTALLED the entire program, but with the same results. With some difficulty I was still able to creat an account. How do I make the Music Maker logo disappear and allow me to work with the program?

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Cassaro  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Alan Cassaro, I had same issue. I tried a few things and nothing helped. Then I tried right clicking the shortcut and then held mouse over More then clicked run as administrator and it worked finally. Hope that helps you too

Reply   |   Comment by larry myers  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

larry myers, Thanks. I finally got it to disappear, and I was able to at least play the demo after I set it on my soundcard instead of the default. I don't have a clue as to how to create a project, but I'll try doing that after I read some of the instructions. Thanks for your input.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Cassaro  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

I don't wanna download this 700MB chunk. Can anyone give examples what's available for $30 from the in-app store?

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

M. H., There are lots of extra soundloops and extra instruments

Reply   |   Comment by steve  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

M. H., Why downvote an honest question is beyond me.
As far as I can see you have 2 options. You can either buy a soundpool package a $19,99 containing different loops and such or buy a new instrument like a bass guitar (with options like reverb, gain etc) for $29,99

Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

M. H.,

Extra sample banks. These are high-quality sample banks, each fitting a particular genre, such as music (dub, rnb, metal, pop, 80's, and more), film (sci-fi, fantasy, horror), mood, and so on. Its worth the download just to play and listen to the sound bank examples.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan Lewis  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#5

There is a comprehensive manual (256 pages in pdf format) which does help.
Clear-out the garage & insulate Granny's floor!
You will acquire a nice pale colour, once you start using this impressive FREE program. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Grandpappy  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#4

Big download, sort of. Almost 700 MB, but it moved at a good speed.

Easy install & activation on Win 8.

This is a fun tool, reminds me a bit of apple's GarageBand in it's functionality. It's been about 6 or 7 years since I had a mac though and that may no longer be true.

Nice thing from the read me "The Coupon Code is valid from April 13 until May 31" - a rare approach and one I like!

I'm looking forward to making HORRIBLE music with this :) (only horrible because of my talent level - not because the software has flaws!).

Reply   |   Comment by Noah Body  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#3

FREE for everyone.

The free Music Maker full version
425 sounds & loops
1 Soundpool
3 software instruments
8 tracks
8 effects

What ISN'T usually free is the $30 free promocode for the 'In-App' Store

Reply   |   Comment by Terry E  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Terry E, and in 512 languages.

Reply   |   Comment by Adrian  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#2

Looking at the Homepage, the version featured here (425 sounds etc) is free for everybody. So in what way is it a special GAoD offer?

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

tomcat, $30 free promocode for the In-App Store

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#1

Can this program, or any version of it, be used for live looping? I mean like recording loops live in performance and working with them?

Reply   |   Comment by PortablesFan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

PortablesFan,

This is from the product website:

"Simply connect a microphone, guitar or USB keyboard and you're ready to import your live music and record in studio quality with the lowest possible latency."

Reply   |   Comment by steve  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

steve,
Thank you for your answer. However, "live looping" is kind of like a specialized version of live recording/playback, in that it takes even more particular features. Examples might include Loopy HD on iOS, LoopStack on Android, or (the very expensive) Ableton Live on PC. I was wondering if this Magix software has the features to be used in place of one of those prprograms, a question which would probably take either the company or someone who's specifically tried to do this to answer.

Reply   |   Comment by PortablesFan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

(sorry for autocorrect errors...)

Reply   |   Comment by PortablesFan  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

steve, I think what PortablesMan wanted to know is whether this software could be used to record a loop and then immediately play it back to provide a backing track during live performances. Personally, I would recommend pre-recording the loop prior to the performance and the call it up during the live performance. That's assuming you don't want to loop improvisations made during the performance. This software MAY be able to do this, but it would require becoming proficient in using the software to avoid disruption of the continuity of the performance when going from "record" to "playback" mode.

Reply   |   Comment by Don Hill  –  8 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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