MixPad Multitrack Recording Software (Free) is an easy and intuitive multitrack mixing and recording app that gives it users studio quality tools at literally the click of a mouse.
This version of MixPad is free as long as the banging beats and thumping bass tracks you are throwing down are for non-commercial use. It’s the perfect app for bedroom music makers and audio-professionals alike.
MixPad has a lot in its favor for users: As well as being able to integrate with a whole bunch of audio tool add-ons, the interface has been designed not to look like a professional studio mixing console but rather something both novice and advanced users can understand and adapt to in minutes. Anyone who has used MS Office or Windows will be able to get to grips with MixPad almost immediately due to the instantly familiar feel.
Despite being free, MixPad looks and feels very professional. It has all the hallmarks of software you’d expect to pay a whole lot of money for, such as multi-track mixing and recording and supporting sample rates from 6Khz to 96Khz.
MixPad allows you to mix an unlimited number of music and vocal audio tracks, and lets you add audio effects such as reverb, EQ, compression and lots of other important audio tools and tricks.
We tested [played more like] with MixPad in the office and were pleasantly surprised by its depth, ability to sample, and the wide variety of output formats. Within minutes we were being offered music deals and had agents trying to break down doors to offer us lucrative recording contracts. [OK, maybe not, but it is fun to use.]
MixPad isn’t just aimed at music pros either. A really nice feature is the fact you can also produce studio quality soundtracks for videos or slide shows, and as a tour-de-force, making highly professional audio pod-casts is frustration free. You can also mix voice-overs with background music for commercials
MixPad also comes with a fully loaded royalty free sound effect and music library that has hundreds of clips you can use to create your own music and remix and mashup the tunes of others. We found this to be a particular highlight, as we could get mixing and ‘laying down beats,’ straight away.
- Free (for non commercial use).
- Easy and intuitive.
- Mac version.
- Create tracks and audio within minutes.
- Unlimited tracks on single recordings.
- Mix to mp3, burn to CD or upload your productions.
- Professional feel with Windows based drag-and-drop icons.
- Fully featured audio library.
- Save in any file type you need, from studio quality wav files to high compression formats for sharing online.
- Very low latency, ASIO support for sample accurate recording.
There is a premium version of MixPad out there, should you be completely won over by MixPad, but we didn’t try it, and we haven’t noticed any loss from not trying it. Overall, as stated above, this version of MixPad is free for non-commercial use, and is well worth trying out, even if you aren’t all that into music.