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81. Blaze Audio RipEditBurn
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82. Apple Soundtrack Pro (Mac)
$31.95 list($39.95)
83. Alfred's Interactive Musician,
$99.99
84. GVOX Music Time Deluxe 3.5 Academic
$44.87 list($44.95)
85. Set of 3 Music Games, Windows
$39.00 list($49.95)
86. M-Audio ProSessions Vol.49 Dirty
$135.00 list($179.95)
87. Sonic Reality Sonic ReFill
$49.99 $49.88
88. Music Maker 10 Deluxe
$38.00
89. QRS Concert Series CD- - -Ecstatic
$85.00 list($99.95)
90. EastWest Drumkit From Hell 2 CD
$49.00
91. iDrum for GarageBand
$19.95
92. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Full
$299.99 list($385.00)
93. Edirol HQ-OR Orchestral Software
$179.99 list($250.00)
94. Edirol Super Quartet
$159.00
95. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2004 XL (
$115.00 list($149.95)
96. Midisaurus Bundle 1 to 4 - Mac/PC
$14.95
97. Pocketster
$161.49 $159.00 list($199.99)
98. eMedia Allegro 2005
$16.14 $16.12 list($19.99)
99. Music Write Starter Kit
$109.99 list($149.99)
100. Sibelius G7

81. Blaze Audio RipEditBurn
by Blaze Audio

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Asin: B0002FDI84
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Blaze Audio
Sales Rank: 4733
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Blaze Audio's award-winning RipEditBurn turns your PC into a digital audio powerhouse! It will rip CDs (including copy protected CDs by using our Analog Ripping Technology), edit wave and MP3 files, convert MP3 files to wave and wave files to MP3, and burn your own custom music CDs easily, quickly, and at a price that won't break your budget. With RipEditBurn you won't need two or even three separate programs for ripping, editing, and burning as you probably do now -- RipEditBurn is totally integrated and easy-to-use, shortening your learning curve and making it as easy as possible to manage and manipulate your music collection. And we've got great features too -- fade, equalization, volume normalization, special effects and more. Even if you've never burned a CD before, we're making it easy to learn. Now RipEditBurn has Vocal Reducer, which will reduce or even eliminate vocals from recorded music using sophisticated equalization and center channel removal technologies. ... Read more

Features

  • Record & Edit Audio & Music, Rip & Burn CDs
  • Convert tapes and records to CD - easy to use!
  • Analog ripping for copy protected CDs
  • WAV and MP3 Editor & Converter

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best rip and burn pogram on the market today
As a past Easy CD Creator and Nero user, I can unhesitating say that Blaze Audio is a far more flexible and easier to use program than the other two. It has everything you could possibly want in terms of editing tracks and the creators of Blaze Audio have put forth a lot of effort into making their program fully integrated, easy to use, and fully functional. Once I started using Blaze Audio and discovered what an awesome program it really is, I deinstalled both Easy CD Creator and Nero from my computer. I highly recommend Blaze Audio for anyone who wants professional results. ... Read more


82. Apple Soundtrack Pro (Mac)
by Apple Computer
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B0009319LM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 4832
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Product Description

Soundtrack Pro ... Read more

Features

  • Includes over 5,000 sound effect and music Apple Loops, a console-style mixer with control surface support, synchronized external video display support, AppleScript support, ambient noise print, audio time stretching, and multi-take recording.
  • Waveform Editor With Action-based Editing—Allows editors to reorder, suspend, and delete any audio edit or process at any time.
  • Intelligent Find-andFix—Lets editors quickly identify and repair common audio problems.
  • Professional Effect Plug-ins—Editors can expand their sonic and creative palettes with over 50 professional effects plug-ins.
  • Multitrack Editor and Mixer—Soundtrack Pro features a multitrack editor that allows you to build complete projects with hundreds of audio tracks.

83. Alfred's Interactive Musician, Student Version, Hybrid CD-ROM
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B0006FN1V4
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Sales Rank: 1767
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Product Description

Sharpen your ability to recognize pitches by ear, and by their location on the piano keyboard. Practice identifying single notes, intervals, melodies (customize for up to 10 notes long), scales, or chords. Improve the speed of your sight-reading. Improve the accuracy of how you play rhythms, and practice notating the rhythms you hear. Choose the instrument you want to hear, and customize rhythm, melody, or length options. All exercises technically can be played by using your computer keyboard or mouse, but some (especially sight-reading exercises) work much better if you connect a MIDI keyboard. REQUIREMENTS: Windows 98/ 2000/ ME/ NT/ XP *OR* Mac O.S. 9.x or higher, or O.S.X; Pentium II processor or higher (may run on Pentium) *OR* G3 processor or higher (may run on PowerPC 603); 64 MB RAM; 35 MB hard drive space; 640 x 480 (800 x 600 recommended) display, 16-bit *OR* Thousands of Colors; CD-ROM drive. ... Read more

Features

  • Educational music software, for ear training, rhythm practice, and sight-reading practice.
  • Work at your own pace through many levels of difficulty.
  • Drills are randomized so an exercise can be repeated many times without duplicating the material.
  • Track scores for unlimited users, import/export single records, and customize exercises.
  • Perfect for pianists, singers, and instrumentalists of all levels.

84. GVOX Music Time Deluxe 3.5 Academic Version Educator Version 3.5 for mac or Windows
by GVOX
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0002HLKOQ
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: GVOX
Sales Rank: 1523
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Product Description

MusicTime Deluxe is the easiest way to make music with your computer using your soundcard or MIDI instrument. Whether you are a beginner, hobbyist, or professional, MusicTime Deluxe gives you the power to create and print music with lyrics, text and guitar chords on up to 16 staves. The Easy Way to Write, Play, and Print Music! Educator Version 3.5 for Windows and Mac. For Educators Only. ... Read more

Features

  • Produce musical scores quickly and easily with MusicTime Deluxe's clear, intuitive user interface
  • Notate up to sixteen staves with up to eight instruments per staff
  • Prints beautiful sheet music on your printer
  • Enter music with your mouse or from your computer keyboard
  • Record your performance live using a MIDI keyboard for instant display of notation

85. Set of 3 Music Games, Windows Only CD-ROM (Includes Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons, & Mozart's Magic Flute)
list price: $44.95
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Asin: B0002VOYAO
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Sales Rank: 1545
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Product Description

Each game features colorful high-quality graphics and music recorded by a symphony (not a synthesizer). Solve twisted music puzzles, create exciting new melodies, match tunes from the famous musical works, learn fun facts about the composers and the history of the musical works, and learn from the animated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments. Find the correct solutions to collect golden keys and win the game in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Solve puzzles to release Alice from where she is trapped in the music clock in Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Experience a true adventure in music in Mozart's Magic Flute: the Queen of the Night has stolen the sun. Help young Mozart solve the music puzzles to collect items for his magic bag and break the spell. REQUIREMENTS: Windows 98 or higher; Pentium 360 MHz or higher; 64 MB RAM; 250 MB available hard disk space; CD-ROM drive and mouse. ... Read more

Features

  • Educational music software; for Windows only; ages 4 and up.
  • Learn about famous pieces of music while you play colorful, fun music games.
  • Especially good for learning about the sounds of different instruments.
  • High-quality recordings and colorful graphics make this a good value as well as fun to play.

86. M-Audio ProSessions Vol.49 Dirty South
by M-Audio
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B0009ETZC6
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: M-Audio
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Product Description

CB Productions gets down with Dirty South?a massively phat collection of dope beatz and hip-hop grooves. Producer/arranger David Burell (R. Kelly, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey) and arranger Guy Saintvil (R. Kelly, Kylie Minogue) have compiled a fresh variety of dirty south beats, loops, scratches, bass and lead lines, kicks, snares, keys, guitar samples and more. Like their other titles, this CD features completed dance tracks in a construction kit format ready to mix-and-match into endless dope combinations. Another absolute must for dance producers. ... Read more


87. Sonic Reality Sonic ReFill
by Sonic Reality
list price: $179.95
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Asin: B0002E288Q
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Sonic Reality
Sales Rank: 3944
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Product Description

massive 1.2 GB collection of inspiring Reason fuel ... Read more

Features

  • Subtractor: Over 200 patches for ReasonĂ¢s virtual analog synth including pulsating analog basses, vintage synth leads, polysynth pads, synthetic percussion and more! More great sounds for a classic Reason synth module!
  • Rex: Over 250 REX2 files for ReasonĂ¢s Dr
  • Rex player including beat styles of funk, rock, dance, hip-hop, country, Latin, World and more! A diverse collection of drum and percussion loops with full beats and construction elements
  • Open over 2,000 REX file beat slices to play inside NN19 or NNXT!

88. Music Maker 10 Deluxe
by Magix Entertainment
list price: $49.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0009MH5O8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 875
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Thousands of sounds, great effects and instruments, live recording, vocal pitch correction and Remix Maker make MAGIX music maker 10 deLuxe a universal music toolfor beginners and advanced musicians alike.

Includes:

  • MAGIX LiViD - Little Virtual Drummer
  • Ringtone generator
  • Two CDs of sound loops
  • Vintage Effect Suite PLUS: Chorus, Flanger, and Delay and ModFilter
  • MAGIX Task Assistant
  • New mixer functions
  • Enhanced remix automation
  • MAGIX Media Manager 2004 silver
  • Expanded MIDI editor
  • Optimized start and end marker handling
  • MAGIX Low Latency - Realtime live audio input24-bit
  • DVD support - Burn data DVDsBonus CD with sound loops
... Read more

Features

  • Use the Magix LiViD virtual drummer, for digital percussion with human performance qualities
  • New ringtone generator lets you export your own sounds to common cellular phone audio formats
  • Comes with 2 CDs featuring 3,000 new loops, samples, effect presets and video clips
  • Burn data to a DVD, archiving your entire sound library
  • Work with professional effects like Chorus, Flanger, Modulated Filter and Delay

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Big Improvement Over MM2005 Deluxe, But Still Not Perfect
I have been using Magix Music Maker since version 7, and have seen it progress in terms of stability and features. This version is the most capable and stable yet, although it is not without problems.

To summarize the functionality of this application, it is a clone of Sony's Acid program. It is a loop sequencer with which you can quickly put together loop-based musical compositions. Included is a set of loops of varying styles to get you off the ground quickly, as well as a series of virtual synthesizers to create your own sounds. For the price, you get a lot right out of the box.

Central to the program is the main sequencer, which is simply a specialized grid onto which you can drag and drop your loops and synthesizer tracks. There is the ability to individually manipulate track data by varying volume and adding fade in/out effects, as well as a rather extensive collection of special effects for creating 3D effects in your audio. There is also an integrated effects rack for tweaking and "fiddling" to get the sound just right.

The synthesizers that are included are varied in nature and include a beat box, a drum machine, a "virtual drummer", copper, silver, classical guitar, a grand piano, an ambient sound generator, and a couple of others. While these are all useful, I have found that one cannot generate the "right sound" in every situation. Particularly limited is the new "LiViD" synth (Little Virtual Drummer) which seems to be just a loop-based drum generator with prerecorded tracks that allows you to tweak the drum tracks in a few interesting ways.

While the built-in synthesizers may leave you wanting a little more, there is a VSTi host for integrating other synthesizers that are downloadable from the net to allow you a wider range of unique sounds. In MM2005D I had consistent problems with the VSTi host, but the problems seem to have been addressed in this new version. Adding a couple of external synths is easy and can give a big boost to the range of sounds you can create. I am glad this feature seems to have received some attention.

One of the strongest features of this package is, in my opinion, the mixer, which allows one to manipulate individual tracks, setting volumes and balance as desired, all in a central place. This fine tuning capability enables one to get the track arranged perfectly without needing to go after every individual loop in the arrangement.

In spite of the good things I have to say about this application, it still is flawed. I have had it crash on me a few times, grabbing the CPU and not letting go and not doing anything. The solution was to kill it in the task manager, which is a poor way to close an unruly application.

Also, as was true with the 2005 edition, the program only allows a limited number of mp3 creations before requiring an additional fee if you want to use this feature. To get around this, I save my compositions as WAV files and convert them using LAME (free DLL that can be downloaded from the internet), which is an effective and no-cost solution.

Overall, this is a good application and allows the user to have hours of creative fun, building music tracks. It is not a perfect solution, but for the price it is worth the investment if loop-based music creation is of interest to you. ... Read more


89. QRS Concert Series CD- - -Ecstatic For Elton
by QRS Music Technologies, Inc.
list price: $38.00
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Asin: B0002CWHQ6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: QRS Music Technologies, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4118
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Product Description

Your Song Dont Go Breakin My Heart Someone Saved My Life Tonight Sad Songs (Say So Much) Levon Crocodile Rock Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Rocket Man Honky Cat I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues Philadelphia Freedom Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word Sacrifice Blue Eyes Daniel ... Read more

Features

  • Piano With Background
  • Featuring: John Little
  • Left Channel Audio must be connected to QRS Pianomation Midi Player.

90. EastWest Drumkit From Hell 2 CD Sample Set
by EastWest
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B0002E3FO2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: EastWest
Sales Rank: 5112
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Product Description

Drumkit From Hell features Tomas Haake from Meshuggah on Ludwig and Sonor kits. CD-1 contains samples, and CD-2, "Loops From Hell", contains programmed loops. The sound of the drums is left gratifyingly natural with a degree of ring and ambience following each hit. This makes it easy to treat the sampler output as a set of conventionally recorded drum tracks for the application of gates or EQ. Each drum is multisampled with both left and right hand grip, from soft to hard hits. For example, the snare consists of 10 different hits from soft to hard with both left and right hand grip. In addition to that; 10 hard left hand hits, all with a slightly different approach + a variety of useful hits such as rolls & sidestick.All cymbals are also multisampled with different types of hits. Each sample has 2 different stereo samples, one is the drum itself (with all the other mics turned on) and the other one is the room/ambient mics. With this feature you're able to process the closely miked sounds and the ambient sounds seperately and create a wide variety of general drumsounds. Just Imagine the possibilities that'll bring to you! ... Read more

Features

  • Battery, HALion, DR-008, LM-4, Giga and EXS24 mappings
  • Over 1,000 individual WAV files
  • Audio section with demos plus a tour presentation
  • Preprogrammed MIDI examples you can import for use in any application
  • Presets of EQs and effects used in demos with mapping information and other useful stuff

91. iDrum for GarageBand
by Glaresoft

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Asin: B0006B031O
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Glaresoft
Sales Rank: 2197
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Product Description

iDrum turns any Macintosh computer running Mac OS 10.2 or later into a slamming beatbox ready to lay down your grooves, your way. From ambient downtempo to bangin' hip hop to frenetic drum and bass, iDrum has got your back (beat)iDrum comes with hundreds of dope drum samples arranged into hundreds of iDrum files, each with several preset patterns programmed by some of the best beatmeisters working today. But these beats are just the beginning -- since you can mix and match parts and samples between kits, and even load your own AIFF and WAV drum samples, the possibilities for beat creation are virtually endlessDon't feel like pushing buttons with your mouse? Prefer to bang on things instead? iDrum has you covered. Use record mode to tap out beats on an attached MIDI keyboard, or even using your Mac's computer keyboard! ... Read more

Features

  • Mac

92. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Full Version with 16 Game Areas, Windows Only CD-ROM
list price: $19.95
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Asin: B0006BEQQM
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Sales Rank: 1633
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Product Description

Features musical masterpieces combined with exquisite animation, hilarious narrative and poetry, and above all many hours of keen game thrills. Create exciting new melodies or match tunes right from the famous song of the Nutcracker by putting all the right instruments together. Also includes a fun biography of Tchaikovsky, the history of the Nutcracker ballet, and an animated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments. REQUIREMENTS: Windows 98 or higher; Pentium 360 MHz or higher; 64 MB RAM; 250 MB available hard disk space; CD-ROM drive and mouse. ... Read more

Features

  • Educational music software; for Windows only.
  • Learn about the story of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker while you play colorful, fun music games.
  • High-quality recordings and colorful graphics make this a good value as well as fun to play.

93. Edirol HQ-OR Orchestral Software Synth, Hybrid CD Win/Mac
by Edirol
list price: $385.00
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Asin: B0002GKUYI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Edirol
Sales Rank: 4588
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Product Description

The HQ Orchestral is a powerful soft synth that brings an entire orchestra to your fingertips.It offers superior sound reproduction. ... Read more

Features

  • Main Features:
  • Plug-In Software Synthesizers: DXi and VST Instruments (Win/Mac)
  • Premium acoustic sounds, focusing on Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Keyboards
  • Realistic articulations such as vibrato, tremolo, pizzicato, and spiccato
  • Up to 16-part and 128-voice polyphony

94. Edirol Super Quartet
by Edirol
list price: $250.00
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Asin: B0002E37DQ
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Edirol
Sales Rank: 1817
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Product Description

High-Quality Software Synthesizer for piano, guitar, bass, & drums. ... Read more

Features

  • High-Quality Software Synthesizer for piano, guitar, bass, & drums.

95. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2004 XL ( Windows PC )
by Cakewalk

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Asin: B0000AQRSJ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 4460
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

For the musician, project studio producer, or dance/remix artist whos looking for more value, Home Studio Version 2 XL provides all the capabilities of Home Studio Version 2, plus additional DirectX plug-ins, a DXi Sampler, and an additional CD of audio samples. ... Read more

Features

  • ReWire support integrates Home Studio 2004 with Project5, Reason & other ReWire synths
  • Supports multi-channel audio cards
  • Up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio resolution
  • Pattern brush and Drum Editing Grid
  • Pyro Express CD maker and WAV ripper

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't blame the software for nothing!
After reading this review, I thought I would like to ask that person:Does this software tend to give him a hard time when he record music?Or does he tends to toy around for nothing and yet complaining that the software didn't do well like that?Or is the computer hardware setup other than the Sound Blaster card are responsible for the problems that Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 XL is having?Before you ever complain, consider the main factors in which Cakewalk is dealing with: what type of computer you have (could be Popular name-brand or custom-built)?Are the chipset on the mothrboard stable enough to handle the audio and MIDI data flowing in and out of the computer via soundcard?What type of drivers you're using for your computer hardware?If that seemed to be the case, then I would suggest that you should make some minor upgrades for your computer that should be stable or make a new computer that is strictly for audio/MIDI recording!This means no installing unwanted application programs that's gonna mess up your work flow.If you know computers and how to build one, fine.If not, then you should buy a good computer that you can use for audio recording/MIDI sequencing.You could check out DAWBOX computers; they're really great at affordable prices.Go to their website at www.DAWBOX.com.As for Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 XL, from my experience, it is a very good program!It has plenty of good features including ReWire support.The only way to use this software, for starters, is that you need to read the manual (both hard copy and on-line) to get the most out of it and start experimenting!Also you need to setup the audio settings for your soundcard and the driver in Cakewalk Home Studio.Once you start using the program a little more, it'll be easier for you at the starting point in which you can record and make good music!You can't blame on this software or any other audio/MIDI software for nothing!!You don't know that this software IS good on others depending on their reference and their computer setup they have.As for me, I have Home Studio 2004 and the latest Home Studio Version Two among other Cakewalk programs in my software collection.This one is very good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this software.
I, like many others, have a SoundBlaster card. Cakewalk has numerous problems with SoundBlaster. It took me two hours to figure out how to just get some sound out of Cakewalk. I recorded a ten second vocal test but it wouldn't play back, nothing came out. Turns out there's some deeply embedded setting you have to change in the software that you can only figure out after hours of searching through online chat-rooms.

The metronome doesn't work through the speakers, it only comes out of the PC's internal speaker or MIDI. Being a musician I have no need for MIDI.

I'm a 16-year techie who happens to also be a musician. This is one of the worst pieces of software I have used in my entire adult life. If you're a musician who just wants to sit down, press record, play some music, stop, play it back, tweak it a little, add more tracks, etc....sounds simple right? Don't buy this software. You will be screaming at the top of your lungs for a whole day and then putting it on eBay in an attempt to try and recoup the $150 you just spent on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
First off, this is a great package. If you know all the details and you just want to know what someone who has actually used it thinks, I love it, and I recommend it completely. But everyone has different needs, so Home Studio XL isn't the perfect package for everyone.

If you're a total novice and you want to get started learning how to make music on your computer, Home Studio is a good, powerful, diverse package. On the other hand, you will probably look at all the stuff on the screen when you open it for the first time and be absolutely stumped about how to get it to play music. There are some tutorials in the manual and online help that will get you started. Even better, there's a full-featured downloadable demo from cakewalk.com (with save disabled) that will allow you to try before you buy. If you want to see what you're getting into before you spend your money, try the demo.

If you're trying to figure out what you can do in Home Studio, it does just about everything you're likely to need. Build music out of loops, record your own audio tracks, compose your own music, add effects to the tracks -- Home Studio does it. Both Home Studio and XL come with a good general-purpose software synthesizer (Virtual Sound Canvas) that can sound like a whole orchestra of good-quality instruments, and XL comes with the Dyad DXi sampler which allows you to play any sampled sounds in the SoundFont format. XL comes with a good starter library of SoundFonts, and there are literally thousands of SoundFonts available free on the internet. Home Studio also comes with a good library of effects -- reverb, chorus, EQ, delay, etc. -- and XL comes with some nice extras. For people who know their way around recording, the dynamics processing tools (compressor, limiter, etc.) will be really useful, and the SpectraFX channel processor allows you to add several different effects to a number of tracks (with individual settings for each track) without overloading your processor. The other nifty toy is the full version of AmpSim (the basic HomeStudio has AmpSim Lite), which allows you to process your tracks through the sound of an overdriven (or fuzzy, or other effects) ampilfier. If you want to toughen up your tracks, AmpSim is a very nice tool. Both versions of Home Studio also come with DreamStation, a good basic analog-style synth where you can adjust the controls to create a good variety of synthesized sounds. You can also buy a wide variety of third-party synths and FX to plug into Home Studio using DXi.

For me, the Dyad sampler alone justified the extra price, because I have a lot of SoundFonts, and I wanted to be able to create a more versatile array of sounds than a Sound Canvas can generate on its own -- custom drum kits, sounds of specific synthesizers, a different acoustic bass. Still, if the $50 is a deal-breaker, the basic Home Studio already comes with a terrific array of features. If you change your mind, you can always upgrade.

If you are mostly looking at other budget software, it's hard to go wrong with Home Studio. The looping features are at least as good as Acid, and they're as easy to use. And it has all of the other features that give it a lot more power and versatility than Acid. There's only two reasons I can think of to buy anything other than Home Studio: you're a student for whom even $100 is an impossible amount of money to spend, or you want something that has fewer features and an easier learning curve. If either of these is the case Plasma, Music Creator, or Guitar Tracks might get the job done, depending on what set of features you need. However, except for a couple of stray plug-ins, Home Studio has all the features of all of these programs put together, plus some more besides, so you may find yourself upgrading before long.

The one other caveat is that if you work primarily in guitar, I think Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro is a better choice. While the AmpSim effect is pretty nice for casual use, if you're doing serious guitar work, ReValver has a lot more power to give you the amp sound you're looking for. You can buy GT Pro and upgrade to the full version of Revalver (Cakewalk has a discount) for about the price of Home Studio XL, and that's probably going to work better for you. If you want the other features of Home Studio but also do guitar work, AmpSim isn't bad, but you may end up buying ReValver as an add-on.

One last category of people that I recommend Home Studio for is people who spent most of their money on an expensive pro-grade package and are looking for an affordable sequencer to use it with. For example, Home Studio is ideal to host Reaktor synthesizers (or any other high-end soft-synths) using DXi. It supports 96/24 audio, high-quality MIDI sequencing, control automation, and everything else you need to get the most out of a really nice softsynth. One warning: if you want to use VST-only synths or effects, you'll have to get a VST adapter (there's a free one with limited power, and several that you can purchase), since Home Studio doesn't support VST natively. Alternatively, if you bought an integrated softstudio like Reason or Project5, but you need a sequencer that can record its own audio and play it back alongside the softstudio tracks, Home Studio will integrate using ReWire and do the job perfectly. However, if you're integrating it with pro-grade packages, you may only want the basic version of Home Studio, because if you have effects and synths that cost you hundreds of dollars, the ones you get with the XL upgrade may not be all that useful. ... Read more


96. Midisaurus Bundle 1 to 4 - Mac/PC
by Town4Kids
list price: $149.95
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Asin: B0002NPR44
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Town4Kids
Sales Rank: 1997
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Product Description

MiDisaurus is the award winning multimedia music learning system designed for music beginners by music educators. With over 500 entertaining activities in Volumes 1-8, MiDisaurus provides a complete basic music curriculum for children ages 4-11. An edutainment approach holds the child's interest with colorful animation, fun-filled games, songs and activities.Midisaurus is designed to be user-friendly and extremely appealing to children. It uses pictures, in association with musical examples, to help the child relate graphics or animated sequences with sound.MiDisaurus develops real musical skills in music fundamentals, music theory, eartraining and an understanding of musical form and history. Students begin with simple concepts (Loud/Soft, Same/Different); continue to basic concepts; and then to more advanced concepts.MiDisaurus is designed for use with or without a MIDI keyboard; an interactive on-screen keyboard helps children work with concepts such as scales, intervals and chords. Use of a MIDI keyboard with your computer adds additional functionality to the program. ... Read more

Features

  • Mac

97. Pocketster
by SIMEDA GmbH
list price: $14.95
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Asin: B0002MRJM8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: SIMEDA GmbH
Sales Rank: 5210
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A Napster for your Pocket PC. Discover nearby users and share files with them. Connect your iPod and stream files to a nearby computer or another Pocketster user. ... Read more


98. eMedia Allegro 2005
by Emedia Corporation
list price: $199.99
our price: $161.49
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Asin: B0007R7E7I
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Emedia Corporation
Sales Rank: 5114
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99. Music Write Starter Kit
by Voyetra
list price: $19.99
our price: $16.14
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Asin: B00006I02H
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 4494
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Product Description

Perfect for students and beginning musiciansMusicWrite Starter Kit is a great way to learn how notes, rhythm and harmony work together to create music. Click on the music staff to add notes, and instantly hear what they sound like. Compose a few bars and hit "Play" to hear what you’ve just composed. Compose, print, play and learn music!

The easy way to create musicIncluded lessons give you the foundation you need to start composing music. Learn basic concepts quickly, even if you’re a complete novice, or brush up on your music knowledge if you already know how to play an instrument.When your compositions are ready, print them out as clean, professional-looking sheet music, complete with title and lyrics.
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100. Sibelius G7
by Sibelius Software Ltd.
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B000094FVC
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 3622
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Developed to provide an exciting new way for guitarists and songwriters to produce and convert guitar tablature, G7 delivers unparalleled ease-of-use and product features never available before in tab software, and is designed for use with PC or Mac platforms (including Mac OS X).G7 is the perfect tool for guitarists of any level to create tab faster and easier than ever before, add lyrics and chord symbols and instantly create lead sheets or Piano-Vocal-Guitar arrangements. G7 also enables guitarists to scan tab and instantly turn it into standard notation (sheet music) or scan standard notation and turn it into tab. G7 reads and saves ASCII tab and MIDI file formats so musicians can share music by email or on the internet. The intuitive virtual fretboard allows guitarists to enter tab by clicking on frets, and the fretboard displays fingerings as it plays back making it easy to learn new songs. In addition to being a tab authoring solution, G7 contains the G7 Guide, a complete information source for guitars, playing techniques and musical styles, with audio examples and useful musical illustrations to help players write and play better. The Guide provides a fully comprehensive tutorial and teaching materials for guitar teachers and all students of guitar. HighlightsGuitarists can enter tab via an interactive fretboard, mouse, keystrokes, playing live, or scanning;The interactive guitar fretboard provides a visual representation of how to play the musi... ... Read more

Features

  • This special set of lessons and exercises is designed by professional guitarists, to show you exactly what you need to know
  • Understand the basics by reading & playing along
  • Turn the guitar tabs you read & play into standard notation, for easier reading & transcribing
  • Fast creation of your own signature riffs
  • Create your own lead sheets and post your songs on the Internet

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
Being a teacher and bandleader, and new to computers, I needed an easy program to help me prepare lessons, and more importantly to make my originals readable on the job, usually in low light situations. Some of my tunes have twists and turns, and my handwriting isn't beautiful. My computer-savvy colleagues spoke highly of Sibelius and so I gave G7 a shot. It does the work I need simply, elegantly, and most importantly, I found it easy and fast to figure out. It certainly does a lot for the money, too. I'm very satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars Save Time, Effort and Money
I run a Master's Degree Program in Instructional Technology and am always impressed when a program can teach well. The animated fretboard in G7, and the ability to seamlessly go between standard notation and guitar tablature are superb. As a guitarist, I'm stunned by the number of uses I have already found for G7. It is also incredible for eliminating "grunt" work which guitarists, teachers and students have always had to go through. I almost feel guilty for having paid so little for it...almost. If you play the guitar and don't have G7, you are wasting time, effort and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent software for songwriters
This software is great.
The documentation is excellent and I was up and running really fast.You can input notes from a MIDI keyboard or MIDI Guitar, as well as clicking or typing the notes in (using a,b,c,d,e,f,g!).
You can add lyrics, chord symbols and chord diagrams, and there's a guitar guide with it to help you learn even more.FABULOUS!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very poor functionality
This software is a MAJOR disapointment.I've tried for 4 hours (learning curve) to build a simple lead sheet and I can't get past 16 bars.This software is full of bugs.I tried to add lyrics but when I came to a half note at the start of a measure that was tied to a note from the previous measure the lyrics jumped to the following measure, skipping 4 eighth notes, making it useless.You have no flexiblity in the lengths of measures. They seem to take on a life of their own. Not only do they become either too long or too short, the page jumps all over the screen when trying to stretch or shrink the measure.

I didn't find this software to be hard to use, only the buggiest software package I ever owned (hope to get a return).The functionality just isn't there. The manual and help are weak. The manual and help say one thing but the program does another. I can't continue to fight with the package and try to figure out why something does not work the way the manual says it should.

This was just a couple of things I found bad, believe me there were more.

I believe that this software was written for a Mac, based on the manual and user interface.Maybe it works for Macs but if you have a pc, forget it.

1-0 out of 5 stars this does not live up to the hype
I purchased this product one week ago,,, after several hours
a day and talking to there support i find this program not anywhere
near intuitive, the reviewer that said it has a tall learning curve was not kidding,
i think he was being nice! this program doesnt do what it claims
(it doesnt play all guitar symbols i even have email from them stating that)
it is very difficult to even put a bend on tab and get it to sound right.
the scanning software does not work at all (if it doesnt crash it doesnt even get 20% of the song right)
I am going back to guitar pro it cost half as much and is so much easier. ... Read more


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