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.
MixPad is multitrack recording and mixing software designed for professional audio production. Mix an unlimited number of music, vocal and audio tracks with support for more formats than any other mixer. Mix to mp3, burn to CD or upload your audio. Add audio effects including EQ, compression, reverb.
MixPad Audio Mixing features include: Mix an unlimited number of audio, music and voice tracks. Add audio effects including EQ, compression, reverb. Very low latency for sample accurate recording. Record single tracks or multiple tracks simultaneously. Supports a range of audio formats including wav, mp3, vox, gsm. Export at all popular bit depths up to 32 bits floating point audio. Includes a royalty-free sound effect and music library. VST plugin support for added studio effects and instruments. Integrate with other NCH audio software for a complete sound studio on you computer. Intuitive graphical interface with drag and drop functionality.
Super easy to use. Some of these sorts of programs are just so difficult to learn. It only took me an hour or two and I'd already recorded a basic song with mixpad.
It has solid VST support so all my plugins work as expected and the MIDI editing and recording features are great. It also has a bunch of really good built in effects.
A couple of minor things here and there, but mostly cosmetic or not that important.
I highly recommend this to anyone starting out in music production looking for an alternative to some of the high end (with high prices) products available. The only thing that can stop you from creating a top notch project with mixpad is your own musical ability!
Usually when i find a glitch, i realize it is mostly the hardware i am using. If you ever have issues with the program try updating your equipment.
Super Efficient. It's an extremely easy program to grasp. I knew nothing of mixing programs and never went to school to learn any of it. Now, with mix pad i can easily record the music I am constantly playing in bands and do it without the studio cost but with the studio quality. I would definitely recommend this program to others.
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.
Better to go with Acoustica's Mixcraft for professional features, logical controls AND the strong programming.
This company is all about getting their software on your computer. Have a pre-sales question??? You may not ask a question about its capabilities... I installed this on a second hard drive and saw a series of programs that were not sound/driver-releated. No music software should be trying to hijack your web browser!
The business model is more for ransomware, not for music production.
This is a company that blocks you out of even looking at their forums without your personal information.
Take a hint, these guys aren't worth an effort when there are very highly-rated (by music industry professionals) softare programs for sub $80US. I was looking for a speed solution, something that would handle high quality VST plug-ins... Don't look here.
1 Speeding up a clip will automatically speed up everything in the file.
2 There is no option for creating a new file in the File menu. I have to keep closing the program and re-open it.
3 The Undo option will not undo effects that were put in.
4 When I right click on the program pinned on my task bar and click on the file that I was working on previously, it just adds a clip from that file to my current one that I have open. It doesn't open that file in a freshly new window.
I do love the way the editor looks and is easy to understand, and that's why I tried it out, but it needs much work I'm sorry to say. It is still enjoyable however.
Affordable, sensibly simple in concept. Does the job well... if you can spare the time to work around persistent glitches.
Crashed in a very simple track mix, on a good iMac. Not for the first time either. Message came up saying 'file was made on an older version of Mixpad. It can be recovered but will only play on newer versions' In other words - I'm stuffed. My mix has gone. No recovery. And I'm fed up with being expected to pay for nearly every bug fix that comes out. The level-setting handles go unstable if you have more than four tracks up and you have to click your mouse around the screen to settle them. It's been like this through several versions ever since Mixpad's pc days. And why is it so clunky to do a minor edit or EQ? You have to buy the separate Wavepad for that.
Updated on Jun 9, 2012
Glad to add that a new customer support guy at NCH did sort my problem with the older version of Mixpad crashing. Encouraging. I would like to add two stars for that, but probably the Cnet system won't let me!
I found that the mixer was simple to use yet did a multitude of tasks that I needed one with step by step help available. I also downloaded the Switch Sound File Converter and the WavePad Sound Editor, again they're both realllllly easy to navigate
I didn't find any 'cons' althought I've only worked on them for 2 projects, about 8hrs
The program crashed right in the middle of a very intense project and i lost ALL of my work. no auto recovery feature. The controls are a pain in the you-know-what. when you try to click and drag it arbitrarily jumps to another part of the page. WTF.
The lock button is in a bad spot, so when you try to move your audio around, you end up locking the clip and are unable to move it around. When you make a selection, you can't just click of of the selection to deselect, you have to hit CTRL-D or go through the toolbar on the top. This program is a total pain in the A.