- Platform: Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Music Creator 2003
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With Music Creator 2003 you can simply connect any instrument to your PC and record audio and MIDI tracks using instruments, vocals, or audio loops. You can also write music for CDs, sheet music, home videos, and the Internet. Music Creator 2003 includes Pyro Express CD Maker and WAV Ripper, Virtual Sound Canvas DXi soft synth, Dreamstation DXi soft synth, and an ACID audio loop library.
Music Creator is designed to let you concentrate on making music, and not bog you down with confusing software. No matter what you want to record--guitars, keyboards, vocals, CD samples, or any other sound source--Music Creator makes it easy. Record your own tracks, or click and drag to create music with loops from the included Cakewalk loops library.
Intuitive point-and-click tools make it a snap to quickly edit, arrange, and mix your music with professional-sounding effects and great synth sounds. When you're done, share your music with family and friends: burn it on CD with the included Pyro Express CD Maker, print out sheet music, or create MP3s or Windows Media files to distribute your music on the Internet.
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My computer is a top of the line Dell Preformance PC and I have never had problems with any of my configurations. That said, the first problem began with an issue with DirectX Version 9. The program is set up to use with DirectX 8.1 which, as you may or may not know, is not compatible with Windows XP. I have DirectX 9 installed (which is designed especially for XP and a much better version). At any rate, I kept getting error messages everytime I loaded the install program, and it would tell me that the program was installing and would restart, but would never actually install. So I tried to call customer service and that was a joke, some ill-thought hours from 10am-3pm EST or therebout. So I tried the website and found a patch. Note that at this point, I haven't even seen the program interface yet and I've already had to download a patch.
Finally I got the program up and running only to find that now I can play music and sound on all of my applications, but Music Creator 2003 won't play any sound at all. I checked the troubleshooting guide in both the manual and the help files and the only thing it came back with was 'check your speaker connections and restart your computer' and 'your sound card is not properly installed, please remove the card and try to re-install the device driver'. So I'm currently at a standstill because I can't even get through to technical support due to the awkward hours.
I gave this product 2 stars because I hate to not give it any, with such good reviews it must be good (once you get it functioning properly I mean). Honestly, I expected much more, especially for being a byproduct of Sonar also by Cakewalk, which is truly and amazing program although it costs near the $300 mark for the full registered version.
HOWEVER, if you log in under a non-privileged account, Music Creator dies with a message about "unable to create Staff view music font." Then, rather than exiting, the program hangs with its initial splash screen displayed. It just sits there, frozen, until you kill it with the Task Manager. (Very lame...)
From this behavior, I have to assume that no one at Cake Walk ever tested this software under a non-privileged account. (I probably shouldn't be surprized by this, given that no one ever tested it with DirectX 9.0 either...)
Of course, one workaround is simply to run the program from Admin all the time, but this is a TERRIBLE security risk. Admin-enabled accounts should be used ONLY for system maintenance -- NEVER for day-to-day work. (Unless of course, you really like giving viruses the run of your machine.)
In my case, I think the correct workaround for this problem is to return the software and get a refund...
I am forced to rate it as one star when it actualy earns a minus one.
If you want to record your LP's and cassettes into your computer and play them on it or put them on a CD, FORGET this "stuff"!
Buy a stand-alone CD recorder!
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