Magix offers a range of recording studio software for users with varying needs. The Music Maker edition, Magix's free option, is a great software application for business owners needing to learn more about digital audio workstations, what they are capable of and how to use them.
Music Maker comes with a sound library, but the biggest advantage to this software is that you can easily add new sounds from Magix's online store. If you love Magix, it's easy to upgrade to the premium edition, which is only $59.99. For this reason, Magix earns our best pick as a budget-friendly recording studio software.
Music Maker is Magix's free edition, so you'll receive all the recording and editing power of Magix at no cost. If you're interested in adding more sounds or plug-ins, you can download them from the Magix store. Music Maker also syncs with other file types, including WAV, WMA, MIDI and OGG Vorbis.
In terms of plug-ins, there's no defined list of what types it supports. If you have an additional plug-in and you're not sure whether it's compatible with Music Maker, you can always download it and test it out. After all, it's a free service, so it's easy to test its compatibility at no overall cost.
For a free DAW, Music Maker mimics features of more expensive, defined recording studio software. It can do everything a paid DAW can do – edit, record and create audio. But its flexible pay model and free updates for a year separate it as an inexpensive option.
- Ease of Use. Magix offers a sleek and intuitive interface, especially for a free service. The program is designed to be highly visual but includes analog-style instruments for a good mix. Music Maker's intuitive design is what separates it from other free services.
- Sound library. For a free service, Music Maker houses a solid sound library. There are 425 sound and loops, three virtual instruments, eight effects, eight tracks and seven free sound pool downloads from Magix's library of over 2,000 sounds.
- Plug-ins and effects. Music Maker comes with eight different effects built in, and users can download more at the Magix store. It also integrates with some third-party plug-ins.
- Support. Music Maker is backed by Magix, a company with several other audio and video software products. There's an online community and knowledge base, and you can find video tutorials on YouTube. Despite being a free service, there is also phone support for Music Maker from noon to 4 p.m. CST on weekdays.
- They offer telephone support, but only during the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. CST.
- While the built-in store is a nice feature, the added costs may rack up if you're looking to do heavy-duty recording and producing.
- There's no definitive list on what type of plug-ins it integrates with.
- You may need to test different plug-ins or sounds to see if they integrate with Music Maker.
- Magix is currently only available for Windows users.
Music Maker is a great option for business owners looking to learn more about recording studio software. Its intuitive software and extensive sound library and store make it a great value for a free service. While there are some drawbacks in terms of support and plug-in compatibility, Music Maker is a well-built, easy-to-use program.