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A look at the latest music creation software on the market

PCR’s guide to music creation software

Music creation is no longer for the elite. Go forth, learn the tools of the music trade and make beats in your bedroom with this selection of software.

MAGIX MUSIC MAKER 2013 PREMIUM
SRP: £89.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: With MAGIX Music Maker 2013 Premium you can dive even deeper into the world of music production. Get off to a great start with additional instruments, high-quality studio effects while more than 6000 professionally produced sounds and loops from a range of musical genres provide everything you need to make great songs. Simply combine loops and play around to produce cool new tracks.

ADOBE AUDITION CS6
SRP: tbc
DISTRIBUTOR: Computer 2000
THEY SAY: Adobe Audition CS6 software offers high-performance, intuitive tools for audio editing, mixing, restoration, and effects. Powerful new features such as real-time clip stretching, automatic speech alignment, and control surface support help you deliver projects faster than ever.

SONAR X2
SRP: Essential £79, Studio £169, Producer £385
DISTRIBUTOR: Roland UK
THEY SAY: From getting a great tone to releasing the final mix, today’s musicians must master every element of the music production process. SONAR X2 is there every step of the way and takes each element to the next level of power and usability. And thanks to the revolutionary Skylight user interface, SONAR X2 lets you move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again.

SONY SOUND FORGE AUDIO STUDIO 10
SRP: £44.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 has everything you need to record, edit, and process music and sound. Repair and restore audio, apply broadcast-quality effects, prepare files for upload, and convert formats with lightning speed. You can even create your own karaoke tracks with the Vocal Eraser tool.

EJAY HIP HOP & TECHNO/DANCE & HOUSE DOUBLE PACKS
SRP: £10.20
DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Multimedia
THEY SAY: Let your music creativity flow with 5,000 royalty- free dance and club samples to choose from. Features include a polyphonic synthesizer, drum computer, chord and bass generator and 3D VJ Box to create cutting-edge music and videos. Drag and drop simplicity makes eJay so intuitive and easy to use that anybody and everybody will enjoy creating their own tracks in a matter of minutes.

MAGIX MUSIC MAKER 2013
SRP: £59.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: With the audio building-block principle, useful tutorial videos and endless options, you can easily create your own songs and share them with friends. With over 3,000 loops, MAGIX Music Maker 2013 has everything necessary to make real hit singles just like the ones on the radio. The huge selection of loops and sounds are professionally produced by top musicians from around the world and include a wide variety of genres like Hip Hop, Rock Pop, Tech House, Chillout, Eurodance or Electric Jazz.

MUSIC CREATOR 6
SRP: £45
DISTRIBUTOR: Roland UK
THE SAY: Music Creator 6 turns your computer into your own personal recording studio and includes everything you need to create, edit, and mix professional recordings. Whether it’s a cover of your favorite tune or an original composition, turn a simple idea into a finished song with Music Creator’s powerful suite of tools, loops, instruments, and effects. And when you’re ready to share your music with the world, you can burn a CD or use SoundCloud to post your music on Facebook and Twitter.

INTERACTIVE PIANO WORKSHOP
SRP: £30.62
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Equivalent to a two year piano playing course; complete with ten progressive chapters of learning, 50 original pieces, work tips, scores and videos, this workshop is your complete piano learning tool. Learn all the basics, including intervals, alterations, tones, rhythms, scales and many more. Play and listen to catchy melodies from the beginning to aid progressive learning through the combination of visual and audio support.

TEACHING-YOU GUITAR/KEYBOARD
SRP: £10.20 each
DISTRIBUTOR: Focus Multimedia
THEY SAY: Focus Multimedia’s Teaching-you range of educational and self-development software has music titles for everyone. The range includes all kinds of musical instruments including guitar and keyboard. Covering all aspects of learning music, including chords, tunes, hand positions, technique, music reading and much more.

MAGIX SOUNDPOOL DVD COLLECTION 19
SRP: £29.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: MAGIX Soundpool DVD Collection 19 is a library of over 6,000 professionally-produced sounds and loops from a variety of genres including Chillout, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop and Techno. The gigantic archive has over 6GB of audio and offers you perfect sounds and amazing effects for your music productions. Whether creating podcasts and video background music or expanding your music software, Soundpool is the perfect addition to any studio environment.

INTERACTIVE GUITAR WORKSHOP
SRP: £30.62
DISTRIBUTOR: Avanquest
THEY SAY: Organised learning workshops, exercises and interactive techniques. Learn to play like the Pro’s, Bob Marley, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and many more. Chose between two learning approaches: Guided or Independent progression. Glossary on all theoretical concepts provided to enable a clear learning approach.

SONY ACID MUSIC STUDIO 9
SRP: £44.99
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Sony ACID Music Studio 9 gives you the freedom and flexibility to interact with music creation tools at the skill level that’s right for you – no experience necessary. The software’s loops take the guesswork out of making great tracks, and the MIDI and effects tools open the door to the world of professional music production.

CONTACTS
AVANQUEST: 01480 496666
COMPUTER 2000: 01782 483710
FOCUS MULTIMEDIA: 01889 570156
GEM DISTRIBUTION: 01279 822822
ROLAND UK: 01279 702701

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