MixPad Audio Mixer

MixPad Audio Mixer

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  • Date Added:
    October 08, 2009
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  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

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 stars

    "Great concept, major bugs"

    June 15, 2014   |   By boknjokk

    Version: MixPad Masters Edition 3.56


    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.


    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!


    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.

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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version 2.20
    Version 2.20 is a bug fixing release.
    Publisher NCH Software
    Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
    Release Date October 08, 2009
    Date Added October 08, 2009
    Version 2.20
    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1009.06KB
    File Name mpsetup.exe
    Total Downloads 678,711
    Downloads Last Week 1,502
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 14-day trial
    Price $76

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