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MixPad Free Music Mixer and Studio Recorder

By NCH Software Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of MixPad Free Music Mixer and Studio Recorder

  • Record audio, mix music, vocal, and audio tracks to create professional recordings
  • Last updated on 04/19/22
  • There have been 4 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Android, iOS, Mac

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 9, 2014

NCH's MixPad Free is a studio-quality music mixing app that integrates with a variety of audio tools that, like this version of MixPad, are free for non-commercial use. It differs from the usual mixing software in that it doesn't try to look like a studio console but rather uses an easy-to-understand, drag-and-drop layout that takes its visual cues from Explorer and Office. It rips and edits audio clips, samples tracks, changes pitch, adds effects like beats and reverb, and supports low-latency recordings for best audio quality.

While installing and setting up MixPad, we took advantage of downloading some of the extra tools, such as WavePad Sound Editor and Express CD Ripper. These can be managed from the NCH Suite at the far right of MixPad's Ribbon-style toolbar. At the bottom is an integrated media player; to the left, an optional task panel. MixPad displays tracks in a stacked series of little media players -- an ingenious arrangement that let us configure, edit, and play each track individually without getting mixed up by the usual mixing console's army of knobs and buttons. Each track also displays its own spectral graph.

Every music mixing tool has its own methods, yet they're all based on multitrack recording technology, which records or samples bits of music on individual tracks and gradually mixes them down into two or more tracks for playback. It's easier than it seems: Start with a bass track, for example, and then add keyboards, and so on. We've tried a lot of mixing and recording tools, both free and paid. MixPad Free may not look like other mixing tools, but it can go beat for beat with the best of them.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.18

Bug Fixes

General

Release April 19, 2022
Date Added April 19, 2022
Version 9.18

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 11, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 165,363
Downloads Last Week 47
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Developer's Description

MixPad Free Music Mixer and Recorder is a free Music Mixer and Recording program designed for easy audio production. Simply drag and drop your audio clips onto the timeline then mix music, vocal and audio tracks, adjust the volume, pan, fade and more with it as your digital mixing desk. It also allows you to create remixes, mashups, soundtracks and more for free.