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So you've just bought a Windows 8 laptop with a touchscreen and you're looking for an easy-to-use music production app that takes advantage of it. Music Creator 6 Touch might just be that app.
The software enables you to get truly hands-on with your software in several areas. You can scroll, swipe and pinch to zoom, trigger clips in the Matrix view, and move knobs and faders in the mixer.
That said, you don't have to use a touch device to get the most out of Music Creator 6 - all of its features can be accessed via the classic mouse and keyboard combo. Highlights include the Skylight user interface, which is lifted from Cakewalk's flagship Sonar application; a built-in step sequencer for easy drum beat creation; and the aforementioned Matrix view, which enables you to trigger your MIDI and audio loops on the fly.
You can expand your library of instruments and effects via VST plugins, and your projects can be opened in Sonar if you do decide to upgrade.
If you can live with the audio (32) and MIDI (128) track count limits (which, let's face it, you probably can), Music Creator 6 represents a great-value entry-point into the world of PC music-making.