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81. Music Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large
$159.99 $149.95
82. Sibelius Compass
$19.99 $18.45
83. DJ Mix Station (Ejay)
$75.59 list($49.99)
84. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum
$19.99 $18.45
85. Sound Collection 4 (Ejay)
$7.25 list($59.99)
86. ACID Music 3.0
87. PROPELLERHEAD Reason 3.0 Upgrade
$52.99 $29.88 list($79.99)
88. Record Producer Deluxe
$19.95
89. Mozart's Magic Flute The Music
$27.99 $24.95 list($29.99)
90. eMedia Guitar Songs 1 version
$33.95 list($39.99)
91. Music Write Songwriter Edition
$190.07 list($169.99)
92. Adobe Audition 1.5 Upgrade From
$27.91 list($39.99)
93. Music Studio DeLuxe 2004
94. NOTATION TECHNOLOGIES Play Music
$247.99 list($249.99)
95. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5
$51.99 $49.00 list($59.99)
96. Bass Method 1
$79.99 $69.99 list($89.99)
97. Band-in-a-Box 12
$69.99 $67.86
98. Adobe Audition 1.5 Upgrade
$49.99 $35.54 list($69.99)
99. M-Audio iDrum Virtual Drum Machine
$49.99 $44.84 list($59.99)
100. Interactive Keyboard

81. Music Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large Box)
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Asin: B0002DOXBM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MAGIX ENTERTAINMENT
Sales Rank: 1351
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Features

  • Live arranger and multitrack arranger and mixer, plus Song Maker tools for arranging a song with a click
  • New Robota analog drum machine, one-click looping, vocoder and vocal tuner
  • Features 96 tracks for music in stereo, video clips, MIDI, text and images
  • Add video fx for animated text blending, rolling credits, transitions and beat-controlled animation
  • Create your own musical emails, or Webpages with music embedded into them

82. Sibelius Compass
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B0001XDYSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 5855
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Features

  • Resources and activities to support composition classes
  • Designed for use by teachers and students
  • Use at the computer or create handouts and worksheets
  • Special IT activities that link to Sibelius or a sequencer
  • Hundreds of exercises; high school and college levels

83. DJ Mix Station (Ejay)
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0000DJ3EV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Sales Rank: 830
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Complete set of professional DJ tools -- from crossfaders to mixing boards
  • Import your own sample and sounds, to edit & mix -- create a completely new sound
  • Work with samplers to create your own sampled bit and loops -- mix them into your latest hits
  • Add scratching effects and do a little bit of freestyling, with the virtual turntables
  • No other external hardware needed

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars mix station
try to mix in my computer ... Read more


84. Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum Edition
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000899WB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 200
Average Customer Review: 2.13 out of 5 stars
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The arguable king of CD burning is back, and it's got a bag of new tricks. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 Platinum Edition takes you by the hand and leads you through all kinds of CD and DVD creation, from data backups and music compilations to photo slide shows and feature films. User friendly to the last, it comes with a massive manual weighing in at almost 400 pages. Unfortunately, however, beneath the shiny surface of this program hide a few snags.

Burning data and music compilation CDs is simple enough with a "drag to CD" function--you can literally drag files from Windows Explorer onto an icon that resizes in the lower right corner of the desktop. More complex burning and copying can be done through wizards or manually.

For DVD authoring, Roxio includes support for every DVD burning format out there. It allows you to create movies, photo slide shows and more. It interfaces directly with digital video recorders to capture footage to the PC's hard drive, from where you can then burn them to a DVD. You can rearrange parts of a movie, trim clips, add sound, and more. The interface is functional at best, though, and casual film directors will pine for a simpler, more graceful solution than this program can offer.

The PhotoSuite applet's interface is overly friendly and not nearly powerful enough. Adding photos from a networked PC was a painstakingly slow process. Worse, once we'd picked out a few dozen photos, we went to create a VCD slide show and were met with an error message that even baffled Roxio tech support.

Another caveat: Easy CD automatically checks for product updates, but it forces you to register the product in order to download them. This invasion of privacy aside, Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 does provide some easy and user friendly features at the cost of clunky interfaces and limited options for power users.--Joel Durham ... Read more

Reviews (187)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats Sonic and Nero hands down
I am very much into burning CD's and now DVD's with the help of Easy CD Creator 6. I have used many other burning software and have nothing but problems. Installing Nero 5 made me lose my drives and I was stuck in Tech Support hell......p. I also tried making VCD and DVD movies with Sonic My DVD and it was a very frustrating experience.

With Creator 6 I was able to capture my video easily, add the content to the DVD Builder layout and I created a DVD with menu's that played perfectly the first time I tried. I am telling you and hope you believe me when I say, this is the easiest CD and DVD burning application available hands down.

I also forgot to mention the MGI photo application that is now owned by Roxio is also bundled as well. The biggest improvement over Creator 4 and 5 is the Audio application Audio Central which lets you rip MP3's and edit the MP3 file and ID Tags which contain all the information of the file. It compares to the audio features of Microsofts media player.

I strongly recommend this suite of burning products to anyone that has a digital camera, video camera, dvd player, or wants to backup or create audio CD's. This application does it all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very user friendly...or with lack of support services
I have to agree, I am very disappointed with the software and services...don't like the idea of talking to a computer or calling long distance. My biggest problem is losing all audio files when video is copied to DVD. I paid 100 for a DVD of an occasion and when I went to copy with this software, I lost all the original audio tracks on the tape:-(...mine was also buddled with Plextor DVD-burner. I have to think twice before I buy another of these products as I now am shopping for something better to replace this software...I also have Pinnicle and with the rendering and failing to copy over to the DVD, it's just about as bad...customer service is better though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth it
All CD&DVD burners tend to be fairly expensive, as usually software is. Comparing this to Nero, Roxio is a sure buy. It is really easy (surprise, surprise) to use, and it looks good.

It is also powerful, in the sense that you can do almost anything with it. You can even cut your music, design menus for your movie DVDs and create your own covers for your CD cases.

It comes with a helpful handbook that helps you deciding on wich application to use (Audio central, Creator Classic etc.).

One thing it lacks is a wizard. Wizards are always nice to use and keep you self-confident that you woun't waste your DVD disk though it is quite hard even without the wizard.

I didn't have any writer probelms, and I am overall happy with the product, though I think that once you buy an expensive DVD burner one has to buy an expensive program as well, though this does make burning so much easier than playing with codes and files and windows. If your looking for an powerful burner, this is what you should buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money...
The best thing about this product is that I got it via eBAY for $15.00. I know now why it was so cheap. The module that I was really interested in, DVD creator, is a total disaster. It is hard to use, confusing, and does not produce repeatable results. Forget about getting help from Roxio. I tried using the email route. About 3 days after submitting a question, you get some form-letter jibberish back, unrelated to the question. I refuse to pay for long distance. I also refuse to buy any more Roxio products, at any price.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Stinker
I got this software with a terrific Plextar PX-708UP disk drive. Why they include ROXIO I will never understand. Lot's of problems. It doesn't work along with Redxpress Express Copyware 3. After using Redxpress once, the computer would recognize the DVD drive, but the ROXIO program wouldn't. The exact same thing happened with my two machines, both equipped with Windows XP. Don't buy it. Ive consistently found ROXIO products to be low rent. The pits. Go with Nero. ... Read more


85. Sound Collection 4 (Ejay)
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0000DJ3ES
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Sales Rank: 1953
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Features

  • Choose from 7,500 royalty-free sounds and loops in. wav format -- all created by top international producers
  • Select your sound -Trance, Hard Trance, Progressive House, Euro Dance, Chill, Hip Hop, Latin, Garage, Britpop or Alt-Rock
  • Use the Sound Browser 2.0 to find the perfect sample, and edit it visually to fit your songs
  • Warp sounds and create a new feel with the eJay RealStretch Time Stretcher
  • Fully compatible with all other music software

86. ACID Music 3.0
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005NZDF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sonic Foundry
Sales Rank: 701
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Express your musical creativity with ease and flexibility with ACID Music 3.0. ACID Music is a software solution for creating original, royalty-free music quickly and easily. Create music in a number of styles with its multigenre loop library containing more than 600 loops. Paint your music without messing with complicated sequencers, drum machines, or musical instruments. Enhance each individual track with effects that are sophisticated, yet simple to use. After you're finished with your tune, burn it to CD with ACID Music's Track-at-Once CD burning, export to MP3, or publish online to Acidplanet.com.

Create music using an easy-to-use pick, paint, and play-style interface. Pick the sounds you like and paint your music track by track. Use as many loops as your computer can handle. Once you're done, sit back and enjoy the groove. It's that easy--just dig in and get creative.

Hundreds of loops are available for your use. ACID Music includes a content CD containing more than 600 loops and dozens of projects from Sonic Foundry's Loops for ACID collection. This huge assortment will get you on your way to creating royalty-free music in minutes. Genres include: dance, hip-hop, techno, industrial, pop, rock, jazz, ambient, orchestral, and more. A number or studio effects are available to deliver maximum impact, including EQ, reverb, delay, flange, chorus, phaser, and more. ... Read more

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, and pretty powerful
Given that this is a stripped down version of some of Sonic Foundry's more powerful (and expensive) professional tools, Acid Music 3.0 is still a pleasant surprise. I had it set up on my computer within ten minutes, and with very little tutoring from the instruction guide, was able to browse to the music loop library, "paint" out loops on the multi-track display, modify loop characteristics like reverb and bass, and so forth. Obviously, Acid Music 3.0 doesn't easily stand alone. This software cannot generate its own unique loops, so I wound up having to find a MIDI program that would let me create original loops for making truly original music. But as a non-musician who hosts a radio program and is a bona fide electronic music fan, Acid Music 3.0 made it super easy to assemble my MIDI tracks into pretty good sounding pieces. I would recommend this program to anyone, musician or non-musician, interested in breaking into the world of digital computer music creation. It's been almost three months since my wife gave me my copy as a gift, and I've managed to put together many different kinds of pieces of music, using both original content and the great loops that come with the program. It's a lot of fun, and has me hungering to see what more I can do with the thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Suprise!
I discovered this software by accident, while window shopping, and I ended up buying it and taking it home. I was able to get it up and running pretty quickly, and was creating my own music right out of the box. Of course it takes some time, but this program makes it possible to make some pretty good music in your spare time. Add a mic to your computer,and you can pretty much turn your computer into a recording/editing studio, make your own music and burn it to CD. Sounic Foundry also makes it easy to publish your work to the web, by providing an online community of Acid music-makers who review and comment on one anothers' work. You can also listen to music published by other users. Even if you're just a musical legend in your own living room, this makes it easy and fun to become just that. Sound Forge also sells music loops on CD especially for Acid, but you can find lots of free loops on the web that also work. Sound Forge also provides weekly samples for free on their Acid Planet website.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the ACID Music series.
This one is definately the best out of all of the previous ACID Music programs. It has a ton of loops, a really cool looking skin, and much more options than in ACID 1.0 or 2.0. It comes with two CDs. One of them has the application on it with some loops and the other CD has nothing but loops and demo songs! It has over 1,600 unique loops! Definately a good buy for those who really liked any of the previous ACID Musics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for making original tunes quickly and easily.
This product, as well as other software developed by Sonic Foundry, is used in the gaming industry. It was even used to make the music in Summoner! I've been using this product for a while, and I have made tunes like THAT and saving them as MP3s, WAVs, and so forth. Heck, if I make a digital home video or something, I can rig it with music by adding the music in with ACID Music! Get this if you want to make games with tunes, show off to friends and make them say "Damn! You couldn't have made this!", or if you got other reasons to make some good music without needing to hire an orcastra (eat your heart out, John Williams)! ... Read more


87. PROPELLERHEAD Reason 3.0 Upgrade ( Windows/Macintosh )

Asin: B00093OLMG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Propellerhead
Sales Rank: 2060
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Features

  • Control almost anything in the rack with the Matrix Analog Pattern Sequencer - an analog sequencer with 32 steps per pattern, with free sizing of time signatures
  • Merge and split audio and CV signals easily with Spider Audio & Spider CV Mergers & Splitters
  • Advanced RV7000 Reverb lets you dial in your desired reverb sound in seconds, and saving it as your own preset
  • The all new Combinator builds elaborate chains of Reason units - instruments, effects, pattern sequencers, you name it - and save as patches
  • 512-band Digital Vocoder modulates in analog and digital, for a robotic voice or weird harmonics

88. Record Producer Deluxe
list price: $79.99
our price: $52.99
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Asin: B00008WMFQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 1843
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars My Review of Record Producer deluxe
I agree with much of what K. Wagner of Rosslyn VA wrote.

I use Digital Performer in the classroom. I noticed last year that Digital Orhestrator Pro, which preceded Record Producer Deluxe and by all accounts is the same program re-packaged, worked very much like the Digtal Performer software. I used it extensively and then decided to buy Record Producer when it was introduced. I upgraded to Deluxe when I realized I did not have all of the tools.

Record Producer Deluxe interfaces well with my equipment. No problems yet.

I have not used the FAQ page form Voyetra but I am getting close because of a nuance. I have noticed that Record Producer Deluxe arbitrarily changes my patches. For example, I assign patch 65 to an instrument but when it is saved and I load it again later, that patch may be (and usually is) changed to 64. The same goes if I assign 57, 58, 66 or 67. They all move. I have noticed that patch 68 stays in place. I don't know why this happens but it causes a sound problem when music is played back.

One other thing that I really don't like is that wave sounds are not called waves, but RPP files and can not be accessed or played like waves. There is some special set up that Voyetra has inserted that keeps you from using any of the sounds and effects that come with the program. Bummer.

The program may be hard to work with but I have not noticed as yet. I think that Digital Performer prepared me for it.

I like this program, especially the piano roll editing, and really wish that Voyetra would concentrate on improving it by maybe intergrating a form of Music Write with it, making it good for universal use, like reading and accepting all types of audio files, adding a little color to the track lines, grouping the sliders, and charging more for the good product that it is and can be. Just now, it is like a toy but very useful. It is a good place to jump off

4-0 out of 5 stars good product for the price
I bought this program to do midi sequencing and audio recording for guitar and voice. Overall I think it's a really good program for doing standard musical recording tasks on an intel-based system (on a Mac I'd expect more and pay more too). It's totally replaced my 4-track cassette recorder system since Record Producer also records midi. I'd used MOTU's FreeStyle and Digital Performer before (for college coursework), so I wanted something that would work kind of like these programs but didn't cost so much. Record Producer doesn't have the same slick setup for midi instruments that FreeStyle has - doesn't recognize my Alesis QS6.1 banks - but you can still access all the banks.

The program has a reasonably good interface for recording and overdubbing audio and midi tracks, and it's pretty easy to edit things as well. It's also very quick from startup time to recording your first track - very nice if you're in the heat of inspiration. The audio editing isn't perfect - could use some more work to give you finer control. You can edit midi data directly, and you can easily edit midi controllers and related parameters (volume, tempo, etc.). It lets you do punch in/out recording for midi and audio which I've found to be very useful. Does NOT let you edit in the musical score - you'd better go with Finale or something like that if you're looking for notation-oriented software.

I must admit I haven't tried many other sequencer programs for the PC. I just read reviews, looked at their specs, and decided on this one. I tried Jazz (a free program) and it's not bad, but not as full-featured and a bit more difficult to use.

I found the online help (mostly the FAQ from Voyetra's website) to be a lot more useful than the manual. The FAQ/online help answered all of my questions about step recording, audio recording latency (needed to set my onboard audio card to full duplex mode and updated my audio driver).

One important note though: a fast, modern processor (I'd guess at least a 2GHz Pentium/AMD) and a separate soundcard (probably any modern soundblaster thingy) would be really nice. Otherwise, you won't be able to record and playback lots of audio simultaneously (a problem I'm having with a 1GHz-equivalent AMD machine using the motherboard's sound chip (a K7SEM motherboard), though not too bad for me since I usually only record 2 tracks of audio and the rest is midi).

I sympathize with the earlier review - this program takes a fair bit of work to set up, and you have to play around a bit to get the right drivers, the right midi interface, etc. But once you do that, it's full-featured. I didn't have nearly as many problems as that reviewer did, so this is probably very hardware-dependent.

I do not recommend getting the cheaper version of Record Producer (the non-deluxe one) - it doesn't let you record your stuff to CDs and doesn't have all of the audio editing tools. The deluxe version just makes the music-making process a lot more fun.

If you've got a couple hundred dollars more, I'd suggest moving up to the more professional programs, or moving to a Mac (which is much better for doing anything audio and has much better software out for it). But this is a good intro program if you're not sure what you want yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Be wary of buying this product!!!
Be wary of buying this product. It is very difficult to use and even the simplest things seem to be a problem. When I use the software, the registration page seems to pop up even after I registered. I also had problems getting technical support help. There is no phone support, and the website and FAQ is severly lacking in any help. Save your money! ... Read more


89. Mozart's Magic Flute The Music Game

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Asin: B0000DIW0U
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Music Games International
Sales Rank: 938
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • PC musical game based on popular musical masterpiece and designed for children and adults of all ages.

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic educational game. Kept all my kids riveted!
This game was a last minute impulse buy for Christmas for my 6 year old son. Little did I know that it was to be the most popular gift out of all those I purchased all year! As a classical music fan, I am thrilled with the understanding of music that it has given my children. While the game is intended to be played by children, I would also recommend it for adults who want to train their ears to hear individual orchestral instruments or gain a better understanding of musical composition.

The product description promises musical jigsaw games, musical trivia, an instrument encylopaedia, and more, but it does not even come close to doing justice to the hours of fun this game has provided my kids. Even my four and two year old sons play with this game. I do recommend that you find or buy a cd of The Magic Flut or excerpts from it prior to introducing the game to your children as they won't be able to get enough of the music once they start playing it! My kids now listen to a cd of the Magic Flute every night before bed. I tried to replace it the other night with a traditional lullaby cd and was met with a collective hue and cry to "puhleeeeeeeeeze put back Mozart..."

A couple of neat items in the game...

1.) There is a game where a sound clip of Mozart's Magic Flute is played. The player then listens to other clips from various sections of the opera which have been sped up or slowed down and chooses the match for the original clip. This is fantastic for training the ear to recognize tempo and chord progression.

2.) There is a section where the children can read a child-friendly description of the libretto of the opera while they listen to the music.

3.) There is a game in the program that allows the children to "mute" certain instruments while a piece is playing so that they can hear how the instruments sound together or separate and what parts they play.

4.) There is also an instrument encyclopaedia which not only plays a sample of each instrument but also speaks the definition aloud for children who have not yet learned to read well.

5.) The narration in the program is NOT, I repeat, NOT smarmy, annoyingly brash, condescending, or overly peppy as are many children's programs. It is done very tastefully but still very engagingly.

This program should be at the top of your list of educational games to purchase for any kids you know or any adults who love classical music. I cannot wait for my other Music Games International items to arrive. I hope they keep producing more and more- and if someone from their company happens upon this review, I'd like to request that they do something with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony!!! ... Read more


90. eMedia Guitar Songs 1 version 2.0
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00005U5B0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 1135
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars This one's a winner. Check it out.
It was really cool how this CDROM was put together. Very user friendly & easy to install & run. You can hear the finished product, watch the guitar tabs to see how it is played with adjustable MIDI Music control to speed it up or slow it down. Mute the part you want to play & jam along with the band. Cool stuff! It also includes a brief history of the song & the artist, which is always interesting.

If I had had this type of instruction as a teen I probably wouldn't have sucked so bad as a musician. I would have been able to better keep up my interest & enthusiam because CDROMs like this provide continuous access & infinite patience in teaching the more difficult songs & unique styles. I always learned from friends who gave me 5 minutes, then walked.

Granted this CD includes a diverse, "something-for-everyone" approach adding classical & country tunes to rock & blues. For that I only gave it four stars & also because there is no clip of the musician actually playing the guitar on the Demo like Voyetra's "Teach Me Rock Guitar". But it must be conceded that Voyetra could only fit four songs on their CD while this one has 21 diverse tunes. eMedia website also provides good software support for these guitar series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product!
This CDROM has it all. Music, TAB, play along with either the MIDI version of the song OR the audio version. The audio versions have track muting capability so you can mute the vocal or the Guitar or Bass. The nicest feature is the animated fret board so you if you don't know a chord or aren't that familiar with playing lead in the 7th position: have no fear, this feature cuts right through all of that. This CDROM is formatted for Windows AND Mac: which makes ordering easier too! ... Read more


91. Music Write Songwriter Edition
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005JYC9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 2010
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

MusicWrite Songwriter Edition is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to compose and print professional-looking scores right away. Use your MIDIkeyboard or mouse to enter your music, then add lyrics, dynamics, ties,triplets, orchestral markings, and more. Play your piece back on yourcomputer or synthesizer and then print out the parts.

With MusicWrite Songwriter Edition, you can cut, copy, and paste music into your score just like a word processor. Play your music on a MIDI keyboardand see it transcribed into notation on your PC screen. Print your score,complete with your name, song title, copyright information, and more, inany Microsoft Windows font. Add chord names and guitar symbols. The loop function lets you try different ideas in real time by playing your song whilewhile you are editing and entering notes. Use the symbol palette to enter rests, clefs, chords, and more. Add up to two lines of lyrics. MusicWrite supports all of the common musical symbols, including triplets, ties, and orchestral markings. When finished, preview your score and hit print. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars gentalmen crooks
i neeed to get this so i can make some beats on my computer

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
This software is as difficult to use as Finale, yet with fewer features than any other composing software I've ever used. I've transitioned composing software before (Encore to Finale) so I knew it would take some time to get adjusted. But eventually I gave up-- it just wasn't worth it.

In addition to the clumsy, non-intuitive controls, the "Songwriter" version of the software has crippled features: Limits on number of staves and simultaneous midi tracks it will handle at once, limits on the number of measures per line (only 4!), and limits on MIDI editing features. I found there to be simply a general lack of customizeability throughout.

There are simply too many headaches for the end result. I almost got the impression that the people writing this software had never actually written music before, and will certianly not be trying the "Maestro" version of this software. Personally, I'm testing Sibelius 2, Finale, and Overture 3 at the moment and will choose one of them. Those choices are all significantly more expensive than "Music Write", however. For lower cost alternatives I would recommend "Score Writer 2" from Geniesoft or "Finale Allegro" from Coda Software. For the price I wasn't expecting terrific software from Voyetra, however I hoped for either ease of use or robust, musically oriented features and found neither.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good tool for Composing, Playing & Printing Your Music
For years and years I have used Passport's Encore package for creating and documenting music but after moving to Window XP, I could not get Encore's Text Editors to work and had to find another package.

At first I didn't care for the product because it was different. After a month of using the Music Write, I got use to using it and realized it was not bad.

The main drawback was only two lyric lines that I found annoying but I hit Voyetra Web-site and discovered another version "Maestro" that allowed up to four lyric lines plus a lot more options (and the music I had entered in the Songwriter Edition was compatible with the Maestro version.) Another small feature of the Maestro version is the comment editor, which I use to document aspects of music I create (e.g., what inspired me to create that particular of music.)

Features of the product:
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-Create musical scores on you PC
-Preview you score before you print
-Use the symbol palette to enter notes, rests, clefs, chords, and many more
-Supports all the common musical symbols (i.e., ties, triplets, and many more)
-Notate for all instruments
-Hear you music played by MIDI instruments
-Add chord names and guitar symbols
-Print your score to include your name, song title, copyright information and pick the fonts for each
-Output sheet music to a graphic file (e.g., BMP, JPEG), which can then be imported in MS Word or any other product that imports these types of graphic files

Cut, copy and paste music into you score just like a word processor

System Requirements:
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-Pentium 233MHz processor with MMX or better (Celeron 400 for Windows 2000/XP)
-32MB system RAM - 64MB recommended
-36MB hard disk space
-Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
-Quad speed or higher CD-ROM
-800x600 high color (16 bit) video display
-GM compatible 16 bit MIDI capable soundcard
-MIDI keyboard (optional)
-Printer
-Service Pack 1 or higher for Windows 2000 Professional

2-0 out of 5 stars Isn't as easy to use as it claims
When I purchased this software, I thought writing music would be as easy as selecting the notes and pasting them on the "page." It isn't. While I'm still learning the intricacies of the software, a good portion of the difficulties seems to be caused by deficiencies in the software itself.

It is more difficult than it should be to change things in the score, such as timing. This is the first music-writing program I've ever purchased, however, so I have nothing else with which to compare it. I should have read some online reviews before I purchased it--I probably would have passed on it.

Ideally, one should try out a software package before investing any money in it. That way you know exactly what you're getting.

1-0 out of 5 stars Uncontrollable Default Settings
This software has so many fixed default auto settings (many musically incorrect) that it is essentially unusable. It interferes with entering basic notation: accidentals are assigned and cannot be changed (!!!), and the same with ties, timing, number of bars per line (even though it will claim otherwise). I'm a professional engineer and a musician with a lot of MIDI and audio equipment interface, and this has got to be the worst software program I've ever seen. Don't be fooled into "upgrading" previous versions: they were so primitive that as late as 1996 they actually still used basic program language (.pbl) printer drivers. Try aother brand. Many professional musicians use Finale, which is pricey, but you get what you pay for. As for me, paper and pencil beats Music Write. ... Read more


92. Adobe Audition 1.5 Upgrade From Cool Edit Pro
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00021XJ6Y
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 5204
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Features

  • Professional audio editing environment
  • Audio mixing, editing, and effects processing capabilities
  • Complete audio studio; powerful audio effects and DSP tools
  • 5,000+ royalty-free music loops; audio restoration; pitch correction
  • Designed for audio and video professionals

93. Music Studio DeLuxe 2004
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000092P2W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1348
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A production suite that takes musical ideas from concept to final product
  • Compose and record music, control MIDI equipment, and burn CDs
  • Powerful, high-end audio tools and the latest in MIDI technology
  • Record, edit, mix, and remaster: make music without limits
  • Includes a CD-ROM, quick-start manual, electronic manual, and video tutorial

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, cheap software
I noticed that there are no reviews for this software, so here is one. This is an excellent package for the price. It does everything that a beginning musician would need and more. I am using it on windows xp, and have really had no problems at all. A bug that I noticed up front was that the tutorial song did not put out any sound, which made it more difficult to learn to use the software, but this was the only major bug that I have found (most likely just a freak thing). The software is not very difficult to use. It is a little confusing at first because the manual does not go very far in depth but the Magix web site has more information about things that the manual left out.

If you are looking for something in which all that you want to do is make playlists of MP3s, and non-original cds, this will do it, but you can get software that is cheaper that will work just as well. But, if you are looking to compose, record, and make your own cds, this is a very good place to start. ... Read more


94. NOTATION TECHNOLOGIES Play Music ( Windows )

Asin: B00007BGSE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Notation Technologies
Sales Rank: 3916
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Work with up to 24 staves per system, and 8 voices per staff
  • Piano, percussion & guitar tabs are readily available and easy to work with
  • Manual and automatic centering of staves
  • MIDI output to any external device
  • Format & print your sheet music for any printer

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun making music
I have been really having allot of fun with Play Music. I hope to get a keyboard to use with this for christamas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy music writer
Thsi program is very easy to use and is all I need to make my songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for a great price!
This is a great program and is well worth the money. I've written many original compositions with this software with no problems. I use the program to write and print my arraignments at church and it's more than paid for itself. Anyone who has the need for an easy to use and stable notation program should buy this program!
Happy Musician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun with Play Music
I really like this program. I am going to keep writing and printing my songs to be a real composer someday. I play my keyboard with this program and its like a recording studio. Thanks for all of the FUN.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bugs among the notes!
This is an easy to use program, but watch out for the bugs. The most serious problem is that if you save a score as a MIDI file, all the repeat & end signs that you may have put in the score disappear. There is another peculiar problem with the program: if you cut & paste notes, chords or dynamic signs too often, they either stop playing or keep playing at places on the score where you removed them from. The "manual" tells you to keep clicking on a little brush symbol to redraw the score, but that doesn't always solve the problem. One annoying feature of the program is that every time you play your score, the note palette closes. So, if you want to add a few notes, listen to the score & then add a few more notes, you have to keep opening the note palette. After a while this becomes tedious.

I suggest you spend your money on something better.

Frustrated Musician ... Read more


95. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5 Upgrade - Premier Pro 1.5, After Effects Pro 6.5, Audition 1.5, Encore DVD 1.5, Photoshop CS
list price: $249.99
our price: $247.99
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Asin: B00021XHVQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1091
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Features

  • Comprehensive toolset for Windows-based video production
  • Create stunning motion graphics and visual effects
  • Produce quality audio and author-interactive, multi-language DVDs
  • Deliver professional results for film, video, DVD, or the Web
  • Premiere Pro; Audition; Encore DVD; After Effects Pro; Photoshop CS

96. Bass Method 1
list price: $59.99
our price: $51.99
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Asin: B00005KK3A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 2085
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars No more beginner's books! ** WORKS WITH THE MAC! **
Forget beginner's books! Save your money and buy this program, the ability to play along with the computer while you watch the notes/chord progression alone is something that no book/ audio cd will ever match. The way the lessons are presented is excellent, giving visual types like me direct re-enforcement on what the lesson is all about by giving you follow-along examples, and most importantly encouraging you to improvise and experiment. I've been learning the bass on and off for a couple of years and while I can already play along with many songs and improvise a bit I have found even the most basic lessons in this program to be very useful. I'm really looking forward to the sight reading section of the course! Highly recommended! If #2 is ever issued I'll buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a CD-ROM for bass!
My friend really liked eMedia's guitar CD-ROM, so I got their Bass Method the second I saw it at Circuit City. The lessons were easy to follow and the videos had demonstrations for both the left and right hands. The coolest feature has to be the ability to remove the bass and jam with the band in great songs like Knockin' on Heaven's Door. I'm almost good enough to jam with my friend. ... Read more


97. Band-in-a-Box 12
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00009Z0I9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 637
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Features

  • New song styles, new navigation, edited patterns and other tools for better song control
  • Added fret displays for string instruments like mandolin, ukulele and banjo
  • New & improved piano, organ, guitar, brass sounds - new instruments & styles, plus updates on the previous styles
  • Live looping with the One More Time feature -tighter control over song loops during live performing. Extend the song, cut it short, skip to the chorus, by pressing a key
  • Improved harmony notation -- view each harmony on a separate track, or view & print a single harmony, and print out a chart for practice or publishing

98. Adobe Audition 1.5 Upgrade
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00021XISS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1764
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Features

  • Professional audio editing environment
  • Audio mixing, editing, and effects processing capabilities
  • Complete audio studio; powerful audio effects and DSP tools
  • 5,000+ royalty-free music loops; audio restoration; pitch correction
  • Designed for audio and video professionals

99. M-Audio iDrum Virtual Drum Machine Software
list price: $69.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0007D8R3W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: M-Audio
Sales Rank: 11129
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Product Description

iDrum adds the missing ingredient to your Mac-based home recording studioa fully programmable drum machine. Its just as easy to use as the hardware drum machines of yesteryear, but with all the flexibility of a software-based virtual instrument. Integrates seamlessly with GarageBand, Logic, Digital Performer and other applications that support AudioUnit plug-insor you can run it as a standalone application! ... Read more

Features

  • Exports patterns and songs as AIFF or MIDI files; 1-year warranty
  • Fully programmable virtual drum machine designed for Mac OS X 10.2
  • Includes hundreds of preprogrammed drum samples with preset sounds and patterns
  • Easy drum machine interface with wide array of filters, amp envelopes, and more
  • Integrates seamlessly with GarageBand, Live 4, Logic, and other AudioUnit hosts

100. Interactive Keyboard
list price: $59.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0001LV6VU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PlayPro
Sales Rank: 1953
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Features

  • Interactive Keyboard gives you all you need to know to play like a pro
  • Fully MIDI compatible
  • System Requirements -Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, Minimum Hardware -Pentium Processor, 16 MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM, 16-Bit Sound, 256 Color Display, 20 MB Hard Disk Space

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