TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

For audio editing software to be truly superior, it has to do far more than just sample and combine sounds. It should have extensive tools to remix and remaster songs, an easy-to-use interface, file-format flexibility and studio-quality recording. MAGIX Music Maker 2013 takes home our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award because it puts all this power at your fingertips – and then goes above and beyond.

More than 3,000 searchable sounds and loops are included, – including a wealth of virtual musical instruments with impeccable sound quality – and recording new sounds is straightforward. No composer will be at a shortage for options. And the scores of tools for editing these sounds are powerful and fairly intuitive.

Overall, the editing tools are relatively intuitive controls, but there is no easy or beginning mode, which may make the learning curve steeper for beginners. MAGIX Music Maker 2013 offers an invaluable sound search feature and a realistic drum set and string ensemble, among other improvements. And the moment your first piece is complete, MAGIX Music Maker makes it easy to upload to multiple social networking sites.

Audio Editing
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MAGIX Music Maker allows you to create your own music in almost every genre by dragging and dropping thousands of sound clips into the arranger window. These sounds simulate instruments such as drums, bass, guitars, electric pianos, string instruments and percussion instruments. With each of these sounds, you can make detailed adjustments to create authentic instrument sounds. For instance, you can control the volume, brightness, lid angle, color, room amount and room damping for your piano sounds. You can work with a maximum of 99 simultaneous tracks, making truly elegant mixes possible.

This software has a MIDI editor. You can record your own instruments and vocals and import them into the audio editing software. Once you import your music, you can adjust the aspects of the sound clips. This includes adjusting the tempo with a metronome, note velocity and more.

Some of the features this audio editing software includes are cue points, a format converter, a frequency tuner, labels and markers, an audio mixer, signal analysis tools and the ability to edit multiple tracks at the same time. MAGIX Music Maker lets you split, mix, swap and combine your left and right audio channels, increase or decrease the volume of specific frequencies, and speed up or slow down the audio playback speed. Another feature we appreciate is the ability to preview the changes you've made to the audio object before you save them.

Filters/Effects
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The huge number of tools this audio editing software offers makes it difficult to bring adequate attention to the majority of them. You can add a number of filters to your audio projects, including a band pass, band stop, high pass, low pass, high shelf pass, high shelf stop, noise reduction, pop/click, smoother, notch and a silence reducer.

The filters are very reliable and allow you to add just the right sound. In terms of audio effects, MAGIX Music Maker can harmonize discordant sounds, fade in and out, add reverb, resample, stretch, trim, change pitch and add a feedback, echo and time warp effect. Although it doesn't include every possible effect, it has just about everything you need to create any sound.

Recording/Burning
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This audio editor from MAGIX can import and record from a variety of audio sources and file formats, including sound cards, MIDI recordings, line in and audio CDs. For publication, it can record to CDs and easily export sound files to portable devices such as an iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Creative Zen and more.

You can also publish your projects directly on Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud and the MAGIX online album. You can also email your arrangement or upload it to MAGIX PhotoStory on DVD MX Deluxe, where you can use it as background music. For both importing and exporting, Music Maker is compatible with most frequently used audio file formats, including MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AIFF and MP4.

Ease of Use
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Music Maker audio editing software has an extremely attractive interface that has a professional feel to it. You are even able to move windows around to suit your preference and style. The layout of the features doesn't stray too far from the traditional mixing and mastering format that's common to most physical soundboards. Even with the large number of tools and sound clips, this audio editing software has a simplicity and presentation that many audio editing applications lack. You can drag and adjust sound clips, fade-in and fade-out curves, and the volume of each component from the main field.

When you click on the sound clip, Music Maker gives you options to adjust the distortion, filter, time processor, compressor, reverb, delay and band equalizer. You can also add effects to your music. If you decide you don't like your changes, you can reset a section or cancel all the changes.

Keep in mind that this application has many features that allow you to get into the details of your music. All of these tools working in combination with one another make this type of software complex by nature. If you're not familiar with audio editing, it'll probably take you some time to learn how to use all the features.

It took us some time to figure out how to add effects to specific sections of a track. It's also a bit tricky to select a specific piece of track. However, we referenced the help section in Music Maker to figure out how to accomplish these tasks.

Help/Support
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MAGIX Music Maker has a user guide that includes a search feature. If you are not sure what a feature is on the main view of the application, you can select the tool called Context Help Mouse Mode. This puts a little question mark next to your cursor. Whatever you click on brings up the user guide with the section of the guide that can answer your questions. It doesn't go to the specific feature though, which would have been a little more helpful.

The software also has tutorials, a knowledgebase and user forums. The online MAGIX knowledgebase offers free music samples, online albums and a podcasting service. The product website provides you with contact information for MAGIX customer support and technical support teams. The representatives we spoke to regarding the product were helpful and efficient.

MAGIX Music Maker Summary:
9.9/10

MAGIX Music Maker is a fun application to use. With it, you can record your own music and then adjust it and combine it with cool sounds. You can also take pre-existing song elements, and even full songs, and adjust and mix them. The interface is intuitive and has a professional feel. The complex feature set will make this software intimidating for beginning users, but that is the price for being able to do so much. If you're looking for the best audio editing software on the market at this price point, you won't be disappointed with MAGIX Music Maker.

 
 
 

MAGIX Music Maker 2013

Pros
MAGIX Music Maker has extensive audio editing tools, many effects and more than 3,500 sounds and loops, all accessible through a well-designed interface.

Cons
It can take some time to learn how to use all the tools this software offers, which may be a challenge for beginners.

The Verdict
: 9.88/10

Even if you only know the basics, you can do some really fun stuff with this software. It's not just for beginners, though. The tutorials, intuitive interface and user guide can help you become an expert so you can create all kinds of masterpieces.