As the regimen of writing continues with struggle, a new toy has milked my attention: Mixcraft. PC users looking for a viable, albeit even temporary substitute for the greatest music programming software, Garageband, which sadly is available (probably now and forever) only on Macs… and, for the brave and technically astute… Mac emulators on PCs. It’s almost an identical interface, comes with a downloadable sample library (though, with it being all user-submitted, it hardly compares to the size of the loop libraries of Garageband… but give them time!), sound effects that can be manipulated, and can directly save to wav, mp3 and wma formats without having to convert in external programs. Plus, it’s a fairly cheap package (under $75 with the option to download or purchase a hard copy). And, it doesn’t take up much harddrive space.
The cons: I do wish the notation of the loops could be changed as they can in Garageband (though you can create and import your own samples… and there’s plenty of external sites to draw from for those, depending on what you’re looking for), and I also wish that it were possible to apply different effects to individual instrument clips. And Vista users may arrive at trouble with the sound configuration, but then again… Vista users should be used to trouble with software compatibility by now.
And that’s my first product endorsement!