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MixPad Audio Mixer

CNET 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.

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    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "love this software"

    April 13, 2011  |   By chitowncharlie

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    Best on the market i,Purchase the whole packet.Great for mixing,mashups,recording my voice and putting them with songs,acapella's with instrumental i;am making some funky CD'S

    Cons

    There's nothing to say here

    Summary

    Just play around with it get the free download from Cnet and then when you learn it buy it,when make your music ,then click Convert to audio file.But you much use thier CD buner

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product, easy to use"

    April 13, 2011  |   By nessGDL

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    Integration with other NCH suite programs, very advanced features

    Cons

    None that I caught

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  • 2.0 stars

    "bad program,download didn't work"

    November 30, 2010  |   By espuk

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    seemed good at the start

    Cons

    Paid for the extra download and it won't work,very disapointed !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "30% DISCOUNT COUPON found today"

    November 11, 2010  |   By mikaelaressi

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    Powerful application: really easy mixing. I have made a lot of great songs with it. This software is really the best in this category! Plus I found 30% discount on it:
    www.********.com/mixpad.htm

    Cons

    None negative.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best and most highly capable audio mixer ever."

    November 23, 2009  |   By glichman45

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    All details about this product are positive. I love the flanger and reverberation audio effect you can do with this. I have made several techno songs woth only the sound of my voice. With the awesome effects, I can make my voice sound like anything.

    Cons

    This product falls short in this area. Perfection is upon it.

    Summary

    All of the effects and different sound combinations I can make with this product are priceless. It is literally the best audio mixing product ever. Who could ask for more than a 100+ tracks at a time sound capability? Who could ask for a more wide range of sounds? Who could possibly create any complaint about this at all? It is flat out perfect, and I think this will make a great help to me and any others who try this great product. I myself am an iPhone Developer, and will be using the sounds made from this product for my iPhone Application. Good Luck to NCH Software!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Serious Flaws"

    October 27, 2009  |   By steve_dreyer

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    Lots of features

    Cons

    Tracks do not synchonize

    Summary

    I was hoping that this latest version would fix a fundamental flaw. If you record a second track, let's say singing a vocal track against the instrumental track you already recorded, the timing is off. I spent hours trying to make it work and nearly went stark raving mad before contacting the maker who responded by saying that they were 'working on' this problem. User board reveals that many others have had this problem. I am using Vista and hoping that maybe it will work better with Windows 7 but I haven't tested that yet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Awful Program"

    October 23, 2009  |   By djfemme

    Version: MixPad Audio Mixer 2.20

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this product. Or the other products that go along with it.

    Cons

    Too many producta that should be included in the interface. I have no sound now I have to fix all my normally running programs now. Also if you record music that does not work and ywhen I saved the file it scrambled and garbled my sound.

    Summary

    This product and there are 3 other programs that come with it - are not compatible with your basic music settings. Download and beware. You cannot save and the recordings are scrambled

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