Obviously we can not teach you in a few pages (and even in many) how to create a piece that will come in Hit Parade or sfonderà in clubs: for what is necessary talent, dedication, and also a nice little ‘luck.
MAGIX Music Maker 2014 offers you everything you need to create your own songs
With today’s software, however, is surprisingly easy to create in minutes a piece of music we like and with a sound that has little to envy to that of professionals. Do you want your friends to dance to the sound of music made by you? We show you how it’s done. To do this we chose the software Magix Music Maker , (more information at www.magix.com ). Another software that is based on similar principles is Sonic Foundry’s Acid , a very popular and available in several versions, on which we may return in the future.
For one thing, if you have not already done so, install the program. To do so, insert the CD-ROM in the drive main (the one on the red background, the two blacks instead contain examples of sampling). In case the installation process does not start by itself, open Windows Explorer settings, select the drive of your CD-ROM drive and double-click the file mworld.exe. This will open the screen that you see in the picture. Click on “Install” and follow the instructions (which are in Italian). Just keep clicking on “Next” to complete the installation. The only real choice you need to make is whether or not to install the necessary for viewing the video, which makes the program much more voluminous. The choice is yours (in this article in any case we will not use).
After installing the program, you can get it started. At startup, a small screen allows us to choose between three different levels of volume (choose once and for all what fits your system, so you do not have to adjust every time you open Music Maker ) and four different configurations: 4, 8, 16 and 32 runs. Choosing a low number of runs we can save system resources when not plan to create an arrangement too complicated. For this Step by step we chose an 8-track arrangement. We now have before us the main screen of Magix Music Maker. The horizontal bands represent the “tracks” on which we can arrange the elements that will make up our arrangement. The process is simple: in the left column there are two windows that allow us to go look for the file, in a similar way to that used from any Windows program. To create our music, we will have to go “fishing” with the mouse of sound objects from these windows by clicking on them, dragging them with the mouse on the track by holding down the button and release it when you reach your destination.
Clicking on an object we can hear the sound, which allows us to make a sensible choice.
To create our piece,
convenient to begin by choosing a sampling sound, which will be the basis of our arrangement. To this then add other elements. The two CD-ROMs that make up the library Music Maker contain a large number of samples in WAV format, broken down by categories and of the right size. We are not, however, limited to this library. We can take WAV files from other sources and can even be used as a basis for our arrangement the tracks of an audio CD, or tracks in MP3 or MIDI.
These materials can be used in the same manner as the other, choosing the window and dragging on the slopes; but you must then wait a few seconds, because in order to use Music Maker must first convert them (automatically) in WAV format. If we decide to use similar materials “extemporaneous” to build our arrangement, you may need to “cut” in order to use only a part. In general, the samples can be manipulated in many ways. We reserve the right to deal with the issue of the handling of samples in a Step by Step future. For this example we chose from the CD to Music Maker sampling of a bass line (bass_a3.wav).
We placed all ‘ beginning of the first two tracks (notice that occupies two tracks because the sample is in stereo), but we could place it at any point. Let us pause a moment and make the point a few things you need to know to properly use Music Maker. To move within our arrangement there are two scroll bars on the sides of the screen, a horizontal and a vertical.
With that we can move horizontally back and forth, with the vertical can slide slopes upwards and downwards. Next to each of the two bars we can see the symbol of a magnifying glass with the “+” and “-“, which acts as a zoom: click on the “+” image is coming and we see more detail by clicking on “-” the picture goes away and we do an overview of our arrangement. Next to each track there are two buttons, “Mute” and “Solo”. By clicking “Mute” will cancel the audio track name, while clicking “Only” will cancel the audio of all the others.
These functions are useful when the elements of the arrangement become numerous and are no longer able to distinguish good from each other. Another very important detail is the window of transport, visible in the figure. A small window superimposed on the screen, we can move to any position and we need to listen to what you’ve created. The symbology is identical to that of a CD player or tape recorder: the green arrow is equivalent to “Play,” the dark square “Stop”. The red circle is used to record (but we will not use); the higher buttons with the arrows are used to fast forward and rewind, and to move to the beginning or end of the song. A key novel is the one with the two arrows in a circle, that allows us to listen to the song infinity (or the part of the track selected). In this regard, in the top of the screen you’ll see two colored squares, a green with the letter “S”, and a red one with the letter “E”. Are the indicators start (“Start”) and the end (“End”) of the song.
When we insert elements, are automatically moved to accommodate the new material. It may still be useful to manually move them, if we want to listen to only one section of the song and ignore the rest for now. Another thing that appears on the window of transport is the speed of the song, as measured in BPM, that is, in beats (metronome) per minute. This speed is changed automatically when you insert a sample into the arrangement in order to fit in, but you may want to change to get the special effects “out of time”. Back to our sample, we had almost forgotten. We can listen to it by clicking on it or by pressing the Play button.
Nice, but we would need a bass line continues, and not just a joke. Easy: just get closer with the mouse at the right end of the object, wait until the pointer changes the appearance of two horizontal arrows and “pull” to the right. Said and done: the sample will grow at will, creating a “loop”, ie a repetition of its contents will sound.
This simple procedure applies to all objects that can enter into the arrangement.
It’s not over: the objects in Music Maker also feature three “handles”, that is, the gray squares that you see in the picture. Grabbing the “handles” mouse pointer and moving, we can easily create other changes. The center handle is used to turn the volume down (lowering addition to sampling is that there are other items that you can add to our arrangement. Clicking on the “Synth” above the selection window, we can access the electronic drums (beatbox.syn) and the synthesizer (silver. syn.) These items can be inserted and manipulated in the same way as the samples. When we insert them, however, it opens a window that allows us to program the sound content. mail The battery is fairly intuitive to program: each square on the grid is a shot of a percussion instrument. clicking on an empty square with the mouse it is filled, clicking a solid block it off. opening, the drum machine already contains a pre-programmed rhythm, you can enjoy to change to practice your. You can set a pace of 1, 2 or 4 beats (the selection is made with the buttons next to “Bars”). If the “Autodraw” is “On”, the shots included in a bar will also be inserted in successive lines; in this way, it is easy to create a rhythm that is repeated with slight variations on all the jokes.
You can vary the sounds very easily: with the drop down menu “Drumkit” you can select various “batteries” composed by different instruments, some sounding very electronic, which will take at your own pace an entirely new look. If the batteries provided with Music Maker does not satisfy you, you can build a custom; the names of the instruments are shown at the left of each track of the battery; “Dragging” a sampling from the windows right on the box to the left of the name of a tool, we can slide it into place. The button “Options” then we will provide a command “Save Drumkit” to save our custom battery and re-used later. There are also many other options to change the sound (for example, the knobs of the effects on the right), so that a whole would not be enough to describe the whole process step by step.
Have fun playing, many famous sounds were obtained by manipulating the tools in case! The synthesizer is programmed in the same way the battery, with one important difference: by changing the height of the handle does not change the instrument, but change the note (the notes are displayed to the Anglo-Saxon notation: C = C, D = Re, etc. .). Also, since both can emit high-pitched sounds that sounds from the bottom, the squares are not all the same color, but change depending on the height of the sound (each change of color represents a growth of an octave).
Clicking repeatedly on the box, you can change his color (and pitch) or make it disappear. Also remember that the synthesizer emits a single note at a time: unlike electronic drums, you can not have two small squares in the same column!
Under the grid of the synthesizer there are two other file boxes. A square on the row labeled “Accent” will cause the note above has a larger volume than the others. A square on the row labeled “Slide” instead will cause the note above to connect to the next; if the squares are the same height, we get a sustained note; if they are at different heights (two different notes), we get an effect of “glide” from one note to the other
. Placing the elements that we have described on the slopes and taking a few minutes to the programming of each, in no time you can get something that looks like a piece of already complete, with bass, drums and all other sounds. The only limits are those of your imagination and your musical ear (in the figure we see what could be the beginning of your song: Turning down after four bars enters the battery, and after four more gradually enter the synthesizer).
The possibility of Magix Music Maker does not end here but certainly, once started, can certainly many discover yourself by following the guide or by trial and error. Have fun!
Supported Operating Systems
For Microsoft Windows XP | Vista | 7 | 8
All MAGIX programs are developed with user-friendliness in mind so that the functions are executable even on less powerful computers.
Processor: 2 GHz
RAM: 1 GB (2 GB recommended)
Graphics Card : graphics card with a screen resolution of internal min. 1024 x 768
Sound Card: Internal
Internet access: to activate the software you need an Internet connection
Import and export formats supported:
Audio: WAV, MP3, OGG Vorbis, WMA, QuickTime, MIDI, FLAC, CD-A
Picture: BMP, JPG
Video: AVI, MXV, WMV