Magix Music Maker 2014 has changes to it. Four new types of synth. I'm finding it a bit tricky to add some party synths. Apart from that it looks no different to the 2013 version.
I particularly like the synth, DN-e1. It has a lot of patches to work with. Lots of sounds which are from what I can see to some degree, tweekable and the sound patches are as good as some high end vst synths that I have used in the past. The new drum synth seems focused on electro drums so this could be good for the budding electro music enthusiast. There is the Electric piano synth but I prefer Vita 2. It sounds more the way I like piano to sound. In the piano roll there is a dropdown menu which gives you access to all of the available synths in this programme. There are loads to work with.
This programme , I would say is very loop friendly to the point that some people believe that that is particularly what it's for. Wrong. Yes you can have fun importing and arranging readymade loops to your hearts delight but some of you may get bored with this and like me, try playing or creating new loops and arrangements in the key editor or as I believe some call it, the Piano Roll. Let's just say, I do not play any musical instrument but by the time I have finished drawing bass lines from scratch on the Piano Roll key editor, I've even been asked if I give lessons in bass when some have heard what I've done. This programme accepts many VST synths which is one reason why I like it and always have done. It, to me is a lot easier to add third party synths to than other music creation programmes I have come across. I find it quick and easy to work with.
I have had some bugs and glitches. With earlier versions I could click a kind of Home Button on the controls and the full playable range would be selected but now it's more like a Home key and just moves the play line to the beginning of the track so to select the playable range I have to drag the range bar at the top from the right end to the end point of what I want to play.
There could be an issue with vst's on playback because sometimes some patches upon playing or drawing the in the key editor, have a release issue or sustain issue when played back. I have noticed this occasionally and because this happens, I have to find an alternative patch because that effect is not what I desire. It may only happen with some chord patches. I'm still trying to figure it out
Lastly something weird happened when I recorded my voice over a short loop I created with a synth in the back ground. As I recorded my voice with the music playing in track 1 the music slowed down but upon play back it resumed at the normal speed and it all sounded fine.
I'm still happy with the programme in general and do like the DN-e1 synth. Also there is another drum kit called Rock Drums. This is definitely worth investigating. I would say that if electro drums are not your thing then use this. Make sure of it.
I think Magix Music Maker will come back again with more updated versions and I also think that they are heading closer to the right direction. Additional synths with loads of patches to me is a very positive beneficial move and users old and new should like this. Here's something I done with an earlier version of Magix MM. U-N-Me