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Music Maker LIVE 2016 

Another very mature product, as computers continue to get more powerful processors things that took a while to process can now be done almost instantly. Here is a good example you can manipulate your files easily and quickly and improve them effortlessly.

Magix Music Maker Live 2016
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There are three versions of the latest edition of Magix Music Maker software the main difference between them is the number of instruments they come with.

In the simplest terms this is electronic music creation software but as with all such software the simple part is putting the music down, the hard part is having the ear to know what is say an annoying earworm or perhaps just very occasionally a true classic composed piece.

Perhaps the ‘best of all’ is split into two first all the ability is in the basic software and while you can purchase extras such as a small keyboard for reasonable prices you really only need the PC or notebook to get started. I mentioned two ‘best of all’ the other is there is a 30 day free trial to try before you buy to see if you have the imagination and ability to create.

I choose the middle version Music Maker Live 2016. It comes on a DVD with just over 7GB of information and files. Also in the box your 32 number serial number and a small 32 page eight language Installation Guide.

I installed it on a reasonably up to date Windows 8.1 machine. At various points during the 27 minute install I thought the machine had locked up as there was no movement on the progress bar but on other occasions it moves very quickly so maybe have lunch while it’s working. Even with the standard install and no extras it takes 9.3 GB of hard disc space.

If you have no optical drive then it can be downloaded (you still need the box for the serial number) and perhaps a night’s sleep while its downloading and installing as 7GB of files would take a long time to download on my connection.

While the basic screen layout is for 16 tracks this version can have unlimited tracks. You get the same 2000 sounds and loops as with the basic version (£25 cheaper) but the basic version does not have Live Pad Mode which features 30 live sets built in.

A lot of the cost of any such software is the virtual instruments such as those found in a modern keyboard and while most would want a keyboard to sound like a piano it can sound like many other instruments even a set of tubular bells. Here the basic version has 11 virtual instruments, the version I have has 15 virtual instruments and the top level has 17 virtual instruments. The last even has a concert guitar.

While I am a great music fan my musical knowledge is very limited but I was able to produce listenable output very quickly the beauty for me was the ease of use and as stated not needing any great amount of space for things like an external keyboard or a drum kit.

Assuming you are not on a metered internet connection why not download a trial (30 day) version to see if it does it for you.

The Magix Music Maker Live 2016 is available from the first link below for £69.99 with free delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013WESJ8U?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

http://www.magix.com/gb/music-maker/   

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