MixPad Audio Mixer

MixPad Audio Mixer

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 26 votes
See all user reviews

Quick Specs

Version:
2.20
File Size:
985.56KB
Date Added:
October 08, 2009
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $76.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
670,706
Downloads Last Week:
1,342
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

MixPad Audio Mixer from NCH Software is a digital multitrack mixing suite that is easy to use yet capable of producing professional-quality mixes. It can mix and process more than 100 tracks at once in most audio formats, and it can also extract audio from video files as well as rip CDs. It works as a standalone app but integrates seamlessly with NCH's other media production and editing tools via the Toolbox utility.

Media-player-like buttons and time indicators give MixPad's interface a familiar feel. The main window displays each track horizontally, each with its own control console. The setup options basically involve selecting a recording device and output folder, while the Audio options included sample rate and other specifications. Selecting the optional Clip Manager on the View menu opened a right-hand panel displaying open clips. Since each track can hold multiple clips, and MixPad can manage dozens of tracks, this is a handy feature, and you can toggle it closed when you don't need it. We clicked Load Clip, browsed to a selection of tunes ripped from a CD, and loaded two, one clip each in the first two of the five default tracks. MixPad quickly scanned each clip and displayed its audio spectrum and title in the selected track and its data in the Clip Manager. Clicking the Play button started both clips playing at once, though we could also start either clip playing at a specific time. The extensive zoom and expand controls let us view entire audio clips or individual passages in tiny fractions, while the Pan slider shifted the sound of the particular track from the right channel to the left. Pressing the Fx button called up a dialog that we could use to string together a chain of effects to apply in sequence. We were also able to change tracks' playback speed to synchronize pitch. With just some brief and aimless fiddling, we were able to turn a sonic mish-mash into an improvised mash-up that didn't sound half bad. With some effort and direction, a Top 40 hit would surely emerge.

MixPad replaces the table-sized mixing panels and multitrack recorders that only pro studios could afford not so long ago. But MixPad does more than make it easy to mix and record high-quality audio productions, though; it makes it fun, too.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of MixPad Audio Mixer 2.2. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    3.6

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

    Results 1-1 of 1

  • 2 stars

    "Great concept, major bugs"

    June 15, 2014   |   By boknjokk

    Version: MixPad Masters Edition 3.56

    Pros

    The concept behind this program is great. I use it everytime I am writing music or mixing. You have great control over ever aspect of your project. Lots of options to customize it to your liking.

    Cons

    Program has a tendency to wipe out all the content of your project. So if you are working on something for three months and go to open it, the tracks will be there, but the actual audio data has been deleted. Forever. I guess the good news is that it shows you what clips you used, so you can go spending time searching for all that lost data! Fun!

    Summary

    When MixPad works, it works great! Just don't loose yourself in the confidence that your projects will be saved. You would think that if you paid for software, it would work and work correctly. I joined the NCH forums to see if loosing data was a thing, and it is! This "bug" has been around for at least a few years. Isn't this someone's job to fix this? Guess they don't have skilled folks in Australia to figure it out. It's a crap shoot and I am not sure if I would recommend it to anybody.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • Results 1-1 of 1

Add Your Review

Quickly sign in with: or Login or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for MixPad Audio Mixer
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Previous Versions:

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for MixPad Audio Mixer

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK