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41. Screenblast Sound Forge
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42. Cakewalk Kinetic
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43. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio
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44. Sibelius Compass
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45. DJ Mix Station (Ejay)
$19.99 $18.45
46. Sound Collection 4 (Ejay)
47. PROPELLERHEAD Reason 3.0 Upgrade
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48. Record Producer Deluxe
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49. Adobe Audition 1.5 Upgrade From
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50. Music Studio DeLuxe 2004
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51. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5
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52. Adobe Audition 1.5 Upgrade
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53. Audio Cleaning Lab 2004
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54. Image Line Fruity Loops 3.0
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55. PRIME ENTERTAINMENT Mixman LoopStudio
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56. Band-in-a-Box Pro Version 11 (Mac)
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57. Cakewalk Pyro 2004
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58. Toast with Jam
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60. Screenblast ACID 4.0

41. Screenblast Sound Forge
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0001IQPZU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sales Rank: 821
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Features

  • A fast way to turn your PC into a digital production studio
  • Record from CD, microphone, LP, cassette, or musical instrument
  • Edit recordings with a wide range of tools and effects
  • Liven up presentations, recordings, and music
  • 30+ digital audio effects and processes; over 1001 sound effects

42. Cakewalk Kinetic
list price: $119.99
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B00027EQEC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 3367
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Features

  • Duplicates the sounds and tones of the leading Roland groove boxes and synthesizers -the MC 101, 606, 808 and 909
  • Work with hundreds of professionally-recorded patterns and loops, through a fun intuitive interface
  • Access a powerful Pattern Editor and 64 voice polyphonic synthesizer (PSYN) for creating original music or modifying existing song patterns
  • Tweak your sound with the powerful set of studio effects tools
  • Connect Kinetic to other recording programs like Music Creator, Home Studio, or SONAR to expand your capabilities

43. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002I75A8
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 2986
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Features

  • Features internal 32 bit floating point mixing, up to 96kHz stereo
  • High-precision mastering and special effects filters -reverb, compressor, procedural equalizer, distortion, phaser, flanger, bass boost and more
  • Full-featured sequencer lets you create songs in pieces and weld those song pieces together into a full composition
  • Work with a wide range of effects for your added instruments -reverb, phaser, flanger and more
  • Route the mixer tracks in new ways to create complex mixing chains

44. 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

45. 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


46. 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

47. 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

48. 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


49. 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

50. 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


51. 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

52. 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

53. Audio Cleaning Lab 2004
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B000092P2X
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 905
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Restore music from LPs, cassettes & MP3's and burn them onto CD. Create crystal-clear music from your vinyl, cassettes, CD or Internet MP3s quickly and automatically withMAGIX audio cleaning lab 2004.

Quickly & Easily:

  • Clean LPs
  • Restore Tapes
  • Convert Digital Music
  • Burn it all to CDs
... Read more

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy way to convert your cassette tapes to CD's
I have been using the Audio Cleaning Lab 2004 for about a month and I am very pleased with the product.I have converted over 30 tapes so far and have had no problems.The program is actually fun to work with.I like the way it automatically stops a recording when it detects a long pause.This is nice because I like to have it record when I am doing something else.

I am not a serious audiophile so I only use a few of the programs abilities.I use and like the wizard that cleans up the sound on old phonograph records.

I can't believe that this program sells for about $10.It is one of the very best pieces of software that I own.

Highly recommended!!


3-0 out of 5 stars i need help i am a beginner
I do not have a clue as to what I am doing and don't have a clue as to how to get started. But I have stuble up on making a mpg into a wave but I dont know how I did it I just was clicking and messing around with the software and and went back to my music and it was there. Please help me. It would help people like me if there was a step by step illustration on what steps to take to get the job done I know it will be wonerful when I figure it out. Someone please email me and help me sign the dummy
Jan1823@aol.com

Thank you very very much

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I purchased this product to capture my LP collection.I am extremely satisfied with the results.It has everything I need to make excellent captures.

I would give it 5 stars, but there are some shortcomings, all of which are annoying, not imparing.

1. No MP3 encoder included.For the price, it should include an MP3 encoder.This is not a big problem for me, since I capture to .WAV files for direct burning to a CD.Converting to MP3 and back to .WAV would just introduce more distortion, and when I want to go to .MP3 I just use the free Music Match Jukebox 8.2, which includes a MP3 encoder and has an easy batch file conversion menu.

2. The manual, and help file, are poor - almost like they were written in German and poorly translated :)

3. The noise reduction wizards come up with solutions I find objectionable - too much music discarded and not enough noise. This is minor, since I use the wizard, then tweek the settings for my own preferences.

BUT, for 39.95, I think it does an excellent job.

4-0 out of 5 stars cassette ---> CD
I use this with Panasonic RQ-A220 cassette/recorder to convert my taped records/cassettes to CD.So far, it has worked very well.

The only complaint I have (or perhaps don't know how to do) is when I name the tracks, then burn to CD, the track names do not show - just track 01, 02, etc.

NOTE:When using the Tool, Import Text audio tracks from CD feature of Click 'N Design Pro software that came with CD Stomper, the track names appeared - so the Audio Cleaning Lab 2004 software does write the track names to the CD.

I'm not an audiophile - I know I cannot fine tune the old recordings - so I let the software do it.

The main purpose of buying the software was to be able to convert cassettes to CD - and the software program does this very well.Compared to what I would have had to pay to repurchase the cassettes as CDs, along with about fifty that are no longer available - the program is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Software to Convert LP's and Cassettes to Digital
I have tried several software programs to make digital copies of my old LP's and cassettes.Very frustrating, until I stumbled on this one.It is AWESOME and AMAZING!You can visually edit the wave files which is a feature that no one else had.That is very helpful for dropping in CD track markers, taking out live applause, etc.After you have converted all your old LP's and cassettes, there are still more fun things you can do with this software, like record streaming audio. ... Read more


54. Image Line Fruity Loops 3.0
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00009X6XE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 837
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • FL Studio is a full-featured sequencer perfectly suited for creation of complex songs and realistic drum loops, with 32 bit internal mixing and advanced MIDI support.
  • FL Studio is a pattern based sequencer
  • Internal 32 bit floating point mixing, up to 96kHz stereo
  • Supports DirectSound and ASIO enabled sound cards for audio output
  • Open architecture allowing third-party instruments

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Fruity Loops
The program is probably OK, but registration, updating, and customer service is a nightmare. Customer service, if they respond at all, can take days upon days by e-mail. Ahead should take a lesson Nero. That update process is a breeze.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good s***
good polished, good interferance, falls down on complexity and vraiety and don't get frustrated if you hear the same tone in three diffrent category with a slight diffrence in cut or boost!

5-0 out of 5 stars Three thumbs up
Fruity Loops has been a long time fave of CleverJoe's. This superb software has evolved over the last few years from a 'cool and quirky' drum machine and electronica pattern generator into a monolithic musician's tool. Fruity Loops is very easy to use so you won't get bogged down in the software. Allowing creativity to flow freely is something that Fruity Loops has always been good at.

Fruity Loops can be used on its own as a complete package, or in combination with a digital recording program like Cakewalk, Cubase, etc. Complex songs and sweet drum loops can be created with a few clicks, and the resulting song or loop can be exported to a WAV or MP3 file, and MIDI can be exported to a standard MIDI file.

Although FL can be used as a complete, stand-alone package, it's also easy to use with other music software including Cakewalk, Cubase, etc. I use Fruity Loops to create the drum track beds for songs I'm working on, then export the tracks as WAV files. The WAV files are then imported into Cakewalk Pro Audio, which is my main digital recorder. Apparently FP can also be synched to external sequencers but I find it very easy to simply export the file as a WAV or mp3 and then import it into another program.

There are a wide range of pro quality effects at your disposal including reverb, phaser, flanger etc. Complex mixing chains can be created with ease. It's loads of fun to just screw around and try different combinations of effects. You can get pretty freaky, which of course is one of the joys of Fruity Loops.

For years, Fruity Loops has long been known and loved as a 'secret gem' within the electronica musician community. Today FP has become much more widely known, and the improved features of this version are truly a dream. The most complete virtual studio currently available, you will be creating wav, mp3 or midi songs or loops only minutes after launching it.

For the record, although another user mentioned that he had trouble registering his product for the lifetime upgrade, I didn't have any trouble at all. I found customer service to be second to none, and the legions of musicians who swear by Fruity Loops are a testament to FP's success.

This software should definitely be included in your arsenal of music software. CleverJoe gives it three big thumbs up!

3-0 out of 5 stars Fruity Loops 3 and FL Studio
Re: Fruity Loops 3 and FL Studio.
The registration process for the boxed version is a nightmare. Customer service is nonexistant. I have written several e-mails regarding confirmation of my paid 'lifetime upgrade' and nothing.
I would not buy a Fruity product again. ... Read more


55. PRIME ENTERTAINMENT Mixman LoopStudio ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0007RA6N2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Prime Entertainment
Sales Rank: 65030
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Features

  • Make your own sample, add overdub tracks and rap or sing over it
  • Features five new studios for remixing, editing, FX, recording, and more
  • Zero-X TrackCreator software makes it easy to isolate sounds and save them for later use
  • Track Maker explodes tracks into individual sounds
  • Precision editing for loops and. wav files

56. Band-in-a-Box Pro Version 11 (Mac)
list price: $89.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00008NJEN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 2976
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Features

  • Write your own guitar solos on the Computer fretboard
  • Use chord progressions in four styles -Pop, Jazz, Country, or Folk
  • Live Harmonies lets you hear the harmony as it goes with the chord progression
  • Digital Audio Recording lets you hear your new creation
  • Use the built-in sequencer to record your melodies

57. Cakewalk Pyro 2004
list price: $57.99
our price: $36.99
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Asin: B0000DK36I
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 1060
Average Customer Review: 2.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Record, organize, and enjoy digital music; includes free NEATO CD label software
  • Rip and burn music CDs to/from MP3, WMA, WAV
  • Backup CDs with easy disc copying; archive data files on CD
  • Transfer and restore LPs and tapes to CD
  • Maximize, clean, and enhance audio with pro FX

Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs over the previous version of Pyro
As a regular Cakewalk software user (I use Sonar for my home recording projects) I always had high hopes I could integrate my music programs into one seamless package from Cakewalk.

That was why I initially bought Pyro 2003. I immediately preferred it over CD Creator. When the new verison of Pyro came out, I picked it up anticipating a newer and better program.

I was pleased to some extent. Here are the ups and down of Pyro 2004 compared to Pyro 2003.

UPS
Better on-screen interface; more info is packed on the screen
More streamlining in audio capture (rip, folder, and mic recording all accessible from the same sidebar menu)
Improved MP3 decoding (as always, Pyro gives you the most options for bit rates with MP3s)
More audio effects applied to sound files in the editing process.

DOWNS
Slower burning of audio discs for some reason (Pyro 2004 takes a long time to prepare a CD but then takes a considerably less amount of time burning tracks)

Difficulty when interfacing it with an older Creative Sound Card (I solved this problem by upgrading to Audigy 2, something I was going to do anyway)

THE SAME
Awesome realtime viewing of your waveform data, cuts, zooming and crossfades

The most reliable software I've found for burning discs without errors

Transfer of data to portables (though I don't have a portable so I haven't used this feature

PROBLEMS I HAD AND TIPS

Some plugins don't seem to automatically install correctly haven't learned how to fix this.

Don't use Pyro 2003 and 2004 on the same computer. One required DirectX 8 and one requires DirectX 9. I had problems trying to fully use both programs.

Be sure to have the updated drivers for your audio card and all Windows updates. My biggest problem was with MP3 encoding. It sometimes worked and didn't. At that time I had a sound card that was 3 years old with downloaded drivers. Upgrading to a newer card (Audigy 2 ZS Platinum) seems to have fixed this problem.

That's it. I hope this review helps some who are now or soon will be users of this program. Happy burning!

4-0 out of 5 stars Extra Features not found in other CD audio software
The Cakewalk Pyro 2004 offers the usual CD copying, mp3, WMA and wav ripping, data cd creation, playback, file organizing, ID3 tags, CDDB lookup. However it offers a boatload of useful features not found elsewhere. You can record line-in from the microphone, as well as hook up your stereo. Then clean up hiss, cracks and pops, as well as add Reverb, Delay, Chorus, & other effects with Plasma FXPad. You can work with a waveform, tweak the sound effects, graphically edit crossfades, volume, start & end times, and playback segments until you get it just right before burning to an audio CD. Additionally, you can encode entire mix playlist to one continuous MP3/WAV/WMA, or split audio files graphically into multiple tracks.

You can also selectively rip tracks from a CD by preselecting them before ripping. You can easily arrange playlists and then burn them into audio or mp3, wma CDs.

The best feature for me is the ability to record anything playing through your sound card including streaming audio. This is not fully explained in the documentation, but the instructions at their website explain how to set this up. You can either record live, or you can set a schedule timed to start at a particular time, for a particular duration, or end-time. This beats running the output from one computer's line-out into your line-in. You can convert this WAV file to MP3 or WMA, with a choice of quality for MP3 files.

The strongest feature set is the extensive audio editing, enhancement, cleanup, crossfades, and volume leveling controls. This is not found in the other comparable programs. The jukebox feature does not compare to other programs, and is basically consists of playback of playlists. The user interface is not too intuitive, so expect to spend some time with the documentation or to go to the website and newsgroup. For example, to convert audio format, you need to select the files, and then hit a "More" button at the top of the pane. There is no "right-mouse-click" as you might expect. However all in all, I'm highly satisfied with this program for the audio capabilities not found elsewhere.

1-0 out of 5 stars DOA
I bought this program three days ago, 7/12/2004. I just bought a brand new computer with XP, and a CDRW Drive, and a DVDRW drive came standard with the computer. PYRO 2004 keeps telling me my computer has no rewritable drives installed, so I go to the cakewalk website to download the new drivers list so it will recognize at least one of my drives, and still no sucess. The only way to get support for this product is through E-Mail. Three days and I'm still waiting. I will never buy a cakewalk product again. They use to be good with music programs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do you want to be a beta tester?
I am running XP; I bought Pyro 2004 to replace Roxio because I liked the idea of an integrated package. However, there were problems from the start.
In "Record an Audio File" mode, Pyro unpredictably shut down when I hit stop play on an mp3, or when I tried to display an mp3 in the lower panel. In some cases it generated an error message.
I contacted product support; this is what they told me to do:

1. You'll need to uninstall Pyro 2004 or MediaWorks. Remove all
shortcuts also.

2. Click the Windows Start button and select Run. At the prompt type
REGEDIT and click OK.

3. Backup your Registry before making edits - you do this by clicking
the Registry menu, Export Registry File.

4. Now delete the following Registry keys
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music
Software\"MediaWorks"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Cakewalk Music
Software\"MediaWorks"

If you have "Pyro 2004" instead of "MediaWorks" delete that folder
instead.

5. To ensure that other programs are not interfering with the
operation of MW or Pyro, do the following.

* turn off auto-insert notification for all of your CD drives (click
Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Device Manager)In XP, put a CD
in and select "Take No Action" and put a check where it says "Always
Take this Action."
In Win 98/ME/XP, choose Start | Run and type MSCONFIG. Click OK, then
click on the Startup tab at the upper right of the window that opens.
Uncheck all items listed, click OK, then restart your computer. You
can always recheck those items again at a later time. In Win 2000,
click Ctrl+Alt+Del and manually End Task on the items you don't need
running. Restart

6. If you have Adaptec Direct CD, Napster or Roxio's GoBack, make sure
you uninstall or disable them temporarily. Also temporarily uninstall
any other burning software on your machine. Now reinstall Cakewalk.

Other mp3 burners do not need this much nursing; Roxio and Xing work perfectly out of the box.
I'll probably have to go through this procedure, since I won't get my money back. If I'd known then what I know now...

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely powerful, mostly easy to use
Pyro does an incredible number of things really well. It took me a little while to figure out a few of the interface features, but after I sorted it out, it was really easy to use, as well. You can rip CDs to MP3, burn CDs, play music, record and edit audio files, and even interface with a portable MP3 player. I ran this under XP and I personally didn't have any trouble with bugs in this software, so I can't corroborate the problems some previous reviewers had at all. Perhaps the version I got had bug fixes already applied.

The interface is organized into tabs, and the start page gets you started with links to common tasks. It launches you into the appropriate tab of the interface with a little help bar that tells you what to do next. That part works pretty well. The issue I had with the interface is that switching amongst different tasks within the sam etab involves using some little icons. It took me a while to notice these icons, and there wasn't a manual to point this out. This meant that the first several times I used Pyro, I kept having to go back to the start screen to do anything different, and it meant that I didn't know about some of the views built into the system. For example, I initially thought that Pyro had the most broken interface ever for listening to an MP3 playlist, because the only view I could find was the waveform view, which organizes tracks left-to-right as waveforms that you can apply effects to. Needless to say, that's not exactly the most intuitive way to listen to a playlist of songs. After I decciphered the interface, it turned out that there was also a straightforward list view, and it was really easy to switch between the two.

As a CD burner, Pyro is very effective. It's easy to build simple playlists (once I found the list view!), but you can also build more elaborate DJ mixes in the waveform view. Even if you don't want to do all that, you can still use useful features like adjusting the audio levels to make sure all your tracks have roughly the same loudness. Personally, I make DJ mixes using Traktor by Native Instruments, which is a powerful tool for live DJing. The problem is that by making one long file of the whole mix, there aren't any track breaks. So the track split feature of Pyro is one of the most useful to me. I can insert track break points, and either burn the resulting mix as a series of tracks, or even save the individual tracks as files (WAV, MP3, or WMA) if I want. Pyro can also make straightforward Data CDs, by building a list of files and folders you want to burn.

As a CD ripper, Pyro uses an adjustable, high-quality MP3 filter, so you can get extremely high quality results (or smaller files, if you prefer). It also can rip to WAV or WMA, though I haven't tried this. It was easy to use, and grabbed CD info from CDDB, as you would expect. My only complaint in ripping CDs was that it didn't let me set the filenames like I wanted to. By default it used the track name as the name of the file, and there was an option to prepend the track number. But there wasn't an option to include the artist name or album name in the filename, which is a little annoying.

I haven't tried to use Pyro with a portable MP3 player. The program includes a link to a webpage that shows which players are compatible with it. If you're interested, here's the page: http://www.cakewalk.com/Owners/Pyro2004/Portables/ . The basic transfer interface appears to be straightforward.

Pyro doesn't burn DVDs, so if you need this feature, this isn't your program. However, Cakewalk does make a program called MediaWorks, which appears to work just like Pyro, but with additional features for burning DVDs. I haven't used MediaWorks, so I can't comment on it.

Pyro works perfectly well as a playlist-based audio file player, though there's nothing really special about it. As far as I can tell, it doesn't maintain its own music file database like some of the jukebox programs, so you just use the file browser pane to drag files from their directory into the playlist. Personally, I would recommend Winamp for music playback (and it's free), but there's nothing wrong with Pyro if you want to use it for that. On the other hand, it's a fairly handy recording program. It gives you basic level meters so you can set your recording level (in the Windows volume control), and it drops the recorded project right into the audio editor pane when it's done, so you can split tracks, readjust levels, add effects, etc. One nice thing is that it uses standard DirectX effects, so if you have other audio programs that come with DirectX effects (such as other Cakewalk programs), you can use all of those effects in Pyro, as well.

It took me a little bit of work to get up to speed with Pyro, but now that I have figured it out, I really like it, and I recommend it for most tasks. I've used previous versions of CD Creator Deluxe (though not the current version), and I think Pyro is a much more polished (and more reliable) program. It does everything I need it to, but it's very streamlined for all the things it does. ... Read more


58. Toast with Jam
list price: $199.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063EOZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 4621
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Toast with Jam is a tasty software package indeed. Bundled with extras,at least three of which might be sold as standalone applications, Toast Platinum5.1 is the standard CD-burning tool for the Mac. Its Aqua-enhanced interfacemakes it the perfect companion for Mac OS X, and it works smoothly with OS 8.6and OS 9.

Toast Titanium's design is reminiscent of a funky '50s diner jukebox. The windowis resizable, with simple buttons specifying the type of CD you wish to burn.Pop a blank CD-R into your drive, drag your files into the window, hit that big,red glowing record button in the corner, and you're cooking. Toast supports allmajor CD formats, including MP3, Mac/ISO hybrid, and Video CD (playable on manyDVD players).

If the above were all there was to this package, we'd be satisfied and ready fora nap. But included here are Jam and Peak LE VST 3.0 (from Bias Inc.), for thosewho really want to tweak the data on their audio CDs, and Magic Mouse Discus,which lets you design great-looking labels.

Jam lets you create smoothly blended transitions between tracks with thecross-fade editor, and mark up to 49 index points within a track. The programsupports 16- or 24-bit Sound Designer II, AIFF, WAV, or MP3 files, making itextremely versatile. When you're finished tweaking, Jam creates a disk image forToast to burn.

Although it is easy and convenient to burn files directly from Toast, you willhave more control over audio files if you work first from Jam and then exportthe disk image to Toast. Even if you don't plan on creating any cross-fades orindex points, you can still listen to your entire disc and make volumeadjustments, as Jam gives direct control over the final gain for each track.This feature is very flexible. Clicking on the gain amount in the track detailbrings up a slider that lets you boost up to +12 dB or lower to -96 dB. You canalso adjust left and right channels independently of each other.

Peak LE VST 3.0 is a trimmed-down version of the Peak software from Bias Inc.,and it's a very cool and powerful tool. Peak is launched directly from Jam or onits own, and supports a dizzying array of file types, including many notsupported by Jam or Toast. These can, of course, be converted to aToast-friendly type. Although some features in this light version are disabled,you can still manipulate your audio in a number of ways, such as changing gain,normalizing, and adding DSP effects like Reverse and Invert. You can also createregions that Jam will import as tracks.

If you own a Mac and do a lot of CD burning, you want Toast with Jam. It's anextremely good value, and it's very fun to use. Best of all, taking fulladvantage of the features and extras in this package will lend your CDs asolidly professional quality. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Jam sold on False Pretenses:beware!
The primary feature distinguishing Jam from Toast or from any of the other vanilla disk burners is its long-standing ability to meld professional split-stereo files into the track list, i.e. a left and right pair of mono files with .L and .R suffixes. This is the main reason that Jam existed, since it otherwise duplicates practically all the features of Toast. Roxio prominently advertises this feature, and provides directions for implementing it in their documentation. It simply does not work. I now see from a previous message posted here and dated last March that this is not an isolated incident. It is clear that for at least 9 months after this gentleman's review was posted that Roxio has not corrected the problem, nor corrected their claims for the product, nor have they posted any warnings on their site indicating that this key feature is not yet implemented. Instead they lead customers into purchasing the software on the basis of this feature, with total disregard for the responsibility to provide the actual product they advertise. This is called lying.
If it were a matter of a shipment that got out with a small problem that contradicted the manual that would be understandable. But to forgo amending their advertising or website or online manual going on close to a year now is unconscionable. Parlaying misinformation for that long is clearly negligent and deceptive practice.
I would recommend against buying this product, sheerly on principle. There are alternatives that do exactly what it does equally well, and these people don't deserve to be rewarded for bad behaviour. Unfortunately there is no other product that provides this missing feature, at least not in an OS-X compatible version.

1-0 out of 5 stars NO STARS FOR (BURNT) TOAST WITH JAM
BACKGROUND: I am a professional guitarist/composer (and an attorney). My various efforts have received favorable reviews from THE NEW YORK TIMES (among many other diverse sources).

I made the grave mistake of buying TOAST WITH JAM for mastering because Roxio touts it (on the box) as "Professional Audio CD Mastering" for the MAC. (I read somewhere that it is an äward winning program.)

FACTS: JAM FAILED TO PERFORM THE MOST BASIC FUNCTION OF SUCCESSFULLY PLACING A PROTOOLS LE SPLIT STEREO FILE IN THE TRACK LIST. I attempted to open up a ProTools LE split stereo file ready to be burned -- no tweaking necessary. It opened the left/right files up as two separate mono files in sequence contrary to the explicit directions on p. 19 of the JAM 5 manual. It would not combine the files to produce a stereo track as the manual said it would. Sighing, I closed the program.

ROXIO's RESPONCE: I immediately emailed Roxio; Roxio "help" said that this was a "KNOWN ISSUE" requiring an upload to correct the defect. Problem is they don't have one available for my problem ....but....they said that they're working on it.

The program is useless for my purposes.

Richard Rabatin

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy as 1, 2, 3!!!!!
This product is almost universally compatible!! The window is resizable, with simple buttons specifying the type of CD you wish to burn. Click audio, data, copy, or other, and the button turns blue. Pop a blank CD-R into your drive, drag your files into the window, hit that big red glowing record button in the corner, and you're cooking. What a simple way to burn CD's.... even off your PC!

5-0 out of 5 stars Toast with Jam
With good reason, Roxio's Toast is probably the best selling CD and DVD Macintosh burning software in the world. Roxio has always been miles ahead of their competition and it looks like they just raised the bar again. Their latest release, Toast with Jam, adds even more functionality to their already powerful product.

Toast Titanium already featured the ability to burn photo, video, music and data to CD and DVD. The new version includes pro audio features that will allow users to edit, arrange, and burn a gold master CD of their recorded music. Also music lovers will find an updated, more flexible cross-fade tool using a graphical waveform interface, a dithering feature that corrects for distortion, which can occur during audio file conversion, and new support for audio files with resolutions up to 24 bits. A robust online help system is new to the product as well.

And when it couldn't get any better, Toast with Jam also includes a version of the popular audio program Peak LE from BIAS. Audio professionals and music lovers will find Toast with Jam an absolute must have. Plus it has a cute name.

Toast with Jam is built for Mac® OS X and also supports Mac® OS 9 users. ... Read more


59. Internet Radio Recorder
list price: $39.99
our price: $39.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062VOV6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Fogware Publishing
Sales Rank: 2712
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Features

  • Playback of internet radios in MP3, OGG, or any other format commonly used Records internet radio shows
  • Separates the received stream into individual songs automatically
  • Names the individual songs automatically
  • Belated recording of the currently playing song
  • Comes with a broad selection of internet radios

60. Screenblast ACID 4.0
list price: $69.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000A0VG9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3750
Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Massive price drop
Two of the other reviews of Screenblast Acid 4.0 compare this $60 program to the Professional version at around $250. Both of them say that the Professional version is better. And this is surprising because???? Acid, even when it came from Sonic Foundry, had the same business model as game consoles. Basically, sell the software for cheap and make the real money on selling loops. There is no difference now that Sony's in the picture. As for comparisons between Pro 2.0 and Screenblast 4.0, the fact that you can now get almost the same functionality for $60 as you used to get for $250 should be something to celebrate, not condemn.

There are a few problems with the program. First, I'd love to be able to edit the MIDI file from within the program. Oh well. MIDI sequencers are pretty cheap, and most people who buy this program can't play an instrument.

Second, the effects aren't as comprehensive as you get on the $250 version. I guess that's why I saved almost $200.

And one hint to add. Acidplanet.com is a website that you can use host songs for free. They also have available for FREE DOWNLOAD an "Eight-Pack" of loops. Every week eight new loops. (Yes, I know that it's also marketing. But there's no such thing as a free lunch.) They also have a couple of loop packages available for under $40 at any given time.

Enjoy.

1-0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for...
this software sucks! first when you get it the samples are so freakin' cheesy and when you want cool loops you have to get on Sony's website and buy them seperately (what a rip off!)
Buy the other Acid pro thats 250 bucks ITS SEMI COOL.
SONY YOU CHEAP RIP OFF!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good with Windows XP, but not with ME
Initially I bought this to run with Windows XP and Windows Me since they are both listed as being supported by Amazon. But, after speaking with Sony tech support I have found that Acid 4.0 is not fully functional with Windows ME. When you run this on a Windows ME system, you can not Render a project to a MP3 file. This is becuase there are no supported templates for MP3 for Acid 4.0 with Windows ME. Also, it locks up my system periodically when I try to do live recordings. But, with Windows XP it works fine. And, if you have a Sony VAIO system that came preinstalled with the Deluxe versions of Acid and SoundForge, be advised that the base Acid 4.0 and SoundForge 1.1 do not have the same capabilities. You will have to update Acid 4.0 and SoundForge so you can perform the same tasks as the pre installed software on your Sony VAIO. However, I do like the multi-track editor.

1-0 out of 5 stars poor
your web address can't be found. i have took acid4.0 back two time and it still dosn't work. i tryed to get my money back but best buy said it is copywrited.so thanks for the trouble!!!!

this has got to be one of worst product that sony
ever put there name on.so thanks for taking my
money!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars A Step Backwards, for the Price
I owned Acid 2.0 a few years back and had loads of fun making music and re-mixing. A couple years passed, I lost the Installation CD's, and my wife graciously bought me Screenblast Acid 4.0. Well, it looks and works just like Acid 2.0, except the included loops are all cheesy, already slapped-together garbage, and there are much fewer of them.

Sure, you can get more loops via the Screenblast.com web site, but it's $39.95 per year to subscribe. And all the Acid Loop Libraries? Now that Sony owns them, they're $50 EACH!!! Almost the cost of the software itself to own just one library!

If you need more loops (and you WILL), find web sites like AcidFanatic.com, where these libraries are still reasonably priced, or just find free loops elsewhere.

VERY disappointed in this product. You'd think that two revisions and a major media outlet would improve this great product, but Sony has just turned this into a cash cow for their music loops. It's like giving you a car for free, but it runs on "Special" gas that costs $10 a gallon... ... Read more


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