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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:52 am 
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For the past few months I have been using trial versions of various music software, and out of all of them I have finally made the decision that Mixcraft is the best to go for for value for money and features.

I used to use fruityloops a lot when I was younger, but I want something feature rich (but not too rich), certainly cheaper and more simple now. Mixcraft seems that it will suit my needs after trying:
Reaper,
Magix,
Acid MS 10, a free version that came with my video editing software,
Cuebase LE7 (not elements 7), that came with my Zoom R8,
Cakewalk (again a watered down version), that came with my studio condenser mic.

With Mixcraft 7 just around the corner, possibly by the end of the year, beginning of next by the looks of thing's, I'm not sure weather to grab 6 now or wait and get 7 when it's out so I wont have to pay a silly amount to upgrade to the latest version of the software in just 5-6 months time.

What do you lot think that have been using the software for the past couple of versions?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:50 pm 
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Hi,

In the past, the upgrade fee to go from one major version to the next (like Mixcraft 5 to Mixcraft 6) has been $20. The upgrade fee for Mixcraft 7 hasn't been set yet, but it's likely to be the same or similarly affordable.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:14 pm 
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+10 to Greg - Don't wait, the upgrade is extremely unlikely to be "Silly money".


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:22 pm 
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Seconded! Buy now, affordably upgrade later.

What I've noticed is that the upgrade price tends to make up the difference between the purchase cost of the previous and current version, e.g. MX5 was around $60 IIRC, and the upgrade cost was ~$20. MX6 is $80 normally.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:47 pm 
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It doesn't make sense to spend the next few months learning or working on a program you are going to replace, learn Mixcraft 6 ready for 7, any music you make meanwhile will be compatible with MX7.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Buy it, Buy it, Buy it (nad get Mixcrfat 6 Pro, lot's of good VSTi's and extra features over Mixcrfat 6)! :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:11 pm 
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I was planning on getting the Pro Studio version for all the extra's, well worth the money.

Some company's charge silly money to upgrade to the next version of their software, that was what I was worried about, but if it's only likely to be $20 (or there similar price range) to upgrade to 7 I might as well go ahead and get 6 and have some practice then.

Thanks for the replies, you've shoved me off the fence I was sitting on for 7.

Of course you'll have to put up with whatever 'noise' I produce as I'll be sure to share here for some constructive advice :)

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Bring it on! We need more noise makers! :D :D :D :D :D

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Don't forget to check into the discounts you may have coming to you if you are a student.

http://acoustica.com/edu/resellers-vars.htm


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:01 am 
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Bucktail wrote:
Don't forget to check into the discounts you may have coming to you if you are a student.

http://acoustica.com/edu/resellers-vars.htm


Cheers mate, I'm not a student though, so picked up the normal, well, pro studio edition :)

I'll get round to looking at it soon, searching about for more free loops, most of the sites I used to know don't exist anymore.... though that was around 12+ years ago when I used to use fruity loops :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:07 am 
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You could do a lot worse than look at Groove Monky http://groovemonkee.com/

They have a load of free loops with new ones coming out every month. Obviously it depends on what you want.

Another source (though not free) is the UK magazine "Computer Music" that can be bought electronically through Zinio that has a shed load of loops every month - if you buy it monthly from Zinio (giving you access to the downloads) it is about £2.50 a month. http://gb.zinio.com/magazine/Computer%2 ... 5/cat-1171

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:21 am 
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Thanks very much for that John. I'm into pretty much everything, from classical to dubstep, I'm also currently learning how to play the guitar/electric guitar and have a Zoom R8 which I expect I'll be able to use as an audio interface for Mixcraft too.

I do prefer a hard copy of a magazine, but if I can read it on my pc and mobile devices (phone and nexus), which it seems I can if I buy from Zinio, and have access to download whats on the dvd as downloads too, for £27.99 per year it seems a no brainer.

Plus of course, it'll have advice and tutorials no doubt, along with free loops and normal magazine stuff.

I'll certainly consider that one.

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