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Cakewalk Music Creator 5

by Cakewalk
Windows Vista / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Technical Details

  • No matter what you want to record guitars, keyboards, vocals, CD samples,
  • Or any other sound source Music Creator makes it easy to install and start recording.
  • Music Creator comes with high-quality, cutting-edge instrument sounds that can be easily integrated in your projects.
  • DropZone drag-n-drop sampler is perfect for creating remixes or for building the perfect hook for your song.
  • It includes real instrument sounds, drums, vocals, REX-format loops, and more.
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

Make your creative dreams a reality and achieve

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very powerful for the price... Aug. 31 2010
I am a guitar teacher and have tried some other similar software like magix music maker, Finale etc..., and found cakewalk music creator5 to be far ahead in features for this price ranges. I use it to create midi songs, record audio multi-track, and even display/edit/print notation/tab. It has GREAT softsynths that comes with it along with studio drums. What more can you ask?
There is however a learning curve especially for midi, but then again all midi software have learning curves! You need to understand abit of midi basics first(if you want to do midi work).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hay
I have helped my daughter record some fun songs with the software but I am struggling with finding out how to really tap into the potential of the software. It would be really cool if software came with instructions that were easier to intrepret. I need to find someone who really knows how to use this software and watch them over their shoulder.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product June 4 2009
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I have bought this product and I am very satisfyed with it. As a musician this software is very usefull. Very easy to understand also. Good choice.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Music Creator is user hostile Dec 29 2009
By TK - Published on Amazon.com
The people at Cakewalk indicate that you'll spend more time making music than struggling with the software its not at all true. It takes about 16 hours of work to learn enough about this to use it to make music. The company relies on the generosity of the people on the forums as their documentation and help files. The documentation and help files that ship with the product are inadequate and often inaccurate. To do something as simple as open a midi file, add an audio file, record your audio and export the mix to a mp3 or other audio format is mind boggling complicated and the help does not help. Oh and by the way they don't ship the product with an MP3 codec you have to get your own or buy it. Also they don't allow you to upgrade from music creator 4 to 5 which sucks because the new features in 5 versus 4 are not worth the roughly $40. Having said how hard this is to use and how often you do something the same way twice and get 2 different results you can get a decent recording after you invest the 16 hours of learning and struggling. Hats off to the people who post great help on the forum. Cakewalk should be ashamed of themselves for letting a group of users' who bought the product to serve as the Cakewalk volunteer support staff, this is practically criminal.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Complicated June 5 2010
By David Ausman - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this product because it was supposed to be easy to learn how to set up mini home studio. I cannot even begin to describe how difficult it was just to get it to record from my midi keyboard. It took about one week to learn that. I never could figure out how to add drums. It took days to figure out how to play back what I recorded. There were so many weird settings to make.

The help desk consists of a woman who works out of her home somewhere in Canada and has a screaming baby in the background. She is the sole support staff for this product.

The product is utterly confusing. The help files are useless. It made me so angry that I almost wanted to jump off my balcony. Do not buy this product if you value your sanity. It is categorically the worst piece of software I have ever purchased. And I am being nice.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful little package! May 24 2009
By Joseph Ritter - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! Lots of instruments, samples and midi clips to cut and paste in. Audio and midi setups we're a bit challenging but their website has lots of help particularly their forums. Once everything was setup though it was a dream to use.
I've been using it for about 4 weeks now:
Everything has a different look compared to 4.0 version which I used extensively. But I like the new look a lot. The plug-in instruments still take up an audio track even though you're using midi to play them. I don't have a problem with just 32 tracks of audio. The video track was annoying until I figured out how too turn it off. (It's one of the little icons that's easy to overlook.)

I found it to be a powerful tool for a very low investment. I'm a one man band and I'm always trying to capture and flesh out some new song idea or rework an old song with a different style. And this let's me do just that!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to install correctly, but very capable software Aug. 5 2009
By Petross - Published on Amazon.com
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I am amazed at this program, especially considering the price. For newbies it is perfect. You'll be up and running in no time (barring installation challenges such as I had). This is amazingly powerful software, and the quality of the instrument sounds is superb.

I use it in video production to augment production music which often is just about right but needs the little extra oomph that a bed of strings or an appropriately placed cymbal hit can provide. I researched a lot of software and even tried out a couple of well-known programs--with great disappointment. I'm not interested in a steep learning curve for what I need recording software to do, and Music Creator is the only application I found which allowed my to accomplish my purposes almost immediately--not to mention inexpensively.

I subtract a star because I had to agonize a bit to get the program to install correctly on my computer and locate all the plug-ins. Once that struggle was over I was off to the races--and having lots of fun considering all the future possibilities. This is a great tool to add to my toolbox.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have an earlier version that did not install March 21 2010
By listen440hz - Published on Amazon.com
To be clear and fair, I have an earlier version of Cakewalk Music Creator (2003) that did not install -- similar experience to the others that have posted here. Like others, I was lured-in by the affordable price. I also experienced difficulty isolating customer support. About me: I'm an IT Software Test professional who chases down & resolves software bugs for a living, with almost 20 years PC experience to include troubleshooting, repair, upgrade, with some building and programming, too. Not to boast, but to let you know I am not some newb who can't cope with PCs. :-)

I came to the reviews section cuz I still need some music software and figured, you know, it's affordable and the issues should have ironed out by now, ya? But, instead, I found a wealth of horror stories that enabled me to steer clear, save another $40 ...and what... helped me realize that maybe springing for some other product for $100.00+ mite actually equate to money saved, in this instance.

I'm grateful to Amazon.com ( a great company, indeed ) for the customer reviews service...goldmine here.
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