Features and Performance
So, what is new in Music Maker 16? The Magix website states, “The new sound package features new loops and samples from every musical genre, e.g. rock, pop, dance, hip hop, disco, house, techno, chillout, ambient, film music, minimal electro, and many more! Over 1,500 professional sounds provide the ideal basis for your sound experiments."
However, there are only 5 genres of sound loops included, (rock, hip hop, techno, house and chillout), and this did not seem enough to me, especially when some loops are variations of the same sound. While different genre loops can be combined in probably hundreds of different ways, I think that this software would have been a lot more attractive if it included a greater variety. After all, the loops are what the majority of users are going to be using as the basis for their compositions. The other genres from the quote above can only be included by using the midi editor and synthesizers, and this takes a significant step up in musical ability.
Yet, one thing that this software is not short of is mixers and sound effects. If the included sound loops are not quite what you are looking for, right click on one and select audio effects. Here you can add reverb, echo, distortion, warps, and any number of other effects to create a truly unique sound. There is also a MIDI editor, a drum and bass machine, an atmospheric sound machine, and other synthesizer effects you can use to add to your compositions. Files can be exported in a variety of formats so that you can use them in any number of applications. You could even make your own unique soundtrack to incorporate in other Magix titles like Xtreme Photostory on CD & DVD.
Magix Music Maker 16 also allows you the chance to record your own sounds. You can either sing, or play an instrument, into a microphone that is connected to your computer. The program will then save the recording in a format that can be used, mixed and edited as part of your composition.