Magix Music Maker
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Full user review
"Best audio/video program for the rest of us"
Don't play an instrument? No problem. With Music Maker, you can create a symphonic sound track on your grandkid's birthday video. This program is excellent, and once you change it from "Easy Display" mode to "Expert Display" mode, you can actually find the things you need to make great music.
Don't get me wrong, even a professional music could use MM to produce great music. It's powerful, especially for the price. Download the free trial, but remember, you get a lot more add-ons and functions when you register it.
Any powerful software program has a frustrating learning curve. Music Maker MX is a bit intimidating when you first open it, but hang in there and use the available user forums for help.
Installation - ease & subsequent installs with download manager
Goya burnR is a free CD/DVD burner program.
Easy to install new sound pools
Ability to import a movie and put music to it
Program falls between MEP and Samplitude Sound Studio
* MEP edits movies, but not so good for recording songs (good for simple voice overs, not complex mixes)
* Sound Studio, great for recording music live and supports sound pools, but no video editing (has more of a professional recording layout, more control on each track).
* To get the functionality of Music Maker, you would have to purchase both MEP and Samplitude Sound Studio.
PC must be as powerful as you can afford. Get 3 Gigs of RAM, absolutely. A lot of people have problems because their Windows PC has 1 GB of RAM. Any audio/video processing program needs RAM (as much as you can reasonably install) and get a graphics adapter (1 GM RAM version). This will also allow you to go to dual-monitors, which makes working with MM even more enjoyable.
If you can't sing or play an instrument, but want to make great music, Music Maker is for you!