Magix Music Studio 11 Deluxe

We reviewed the latest version of Magix's full-on music creation program a couple of months ago, but how's its little brother doing?

Some of its new features may be the same as those in Music Studio 11 Deluxe – such as the Task Assistant and the Mastering Suite – but this latest version of Music Maker remains a drag ’n’ drop sequencer in the eJay mould. However, it does enable you to record audio and MIDI, and also has a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

As you’d guess from its name, this is the 11th version of Music Maker, and it certainly feels like a fully-featured and mature application these days. It offers a standard array of effects, a selection of mixdown options and a library of fairly generic samples.

There’s also the SampleTank 2 player, a vocal tuner and the all-new Magix Harmony Agent. Of the new toys, the Auto Remix function is the most intriguing. It works by analysing the peaks of a song’s soundwave to discern the tempo (if this is inaccurate, there’s a Tap function so you can do it manually).

It then colour-codes the slices to show a rough structure and any differences between the original and remixed versions. From here, you select a style and decide how ‘remixed’ you want the song to be. At the end of this process, you’re left with what could technically be described as a remix, and there are plenty of variables to tinker with.

That said, randomly shuffling portions of a song isn’t very musical, and this feature ain’t gonna turn you into Jason Nevins.

The Magix formula?

It’d be easy to argue that Magix have over-egged the pudding by stuffing so much into Music Maker, but to use this as a criticism would be churlish. The sheer number of features you get for your £22 is impressive, and although this package is aimed at the entry-level market, it may interest more hardened musos who want to create the odd mash-up or need a cheap vocal tuner.

One to look at it if you’re starting out, then, but others may also decide that, at this price, Music Maker 11 Deluxe is worth a punt.

MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Simple layout. Easily accessible features. Comes with a music and photo manager. Impressively low price. Numerous export options.

Cons

Automated features not particularly musical. Uninspiring samples.

Verdict

Music Maker 11 is definitely worth checking out – we’d hand over our cash just for the Harmony Agent.

OS Requirements

Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP

Ram Required (MB)

128

Required Hard Disk Space (MB)

500

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