When comparing Cubase vs Magix Music Maker, the Slant community recommends Cubase for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs?” Cubase is ranked 7th while Magix Music Maker is ranked 30th.
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Pro Supports chord tracks
Pro Great MIDI editing options
Pro Great summing engine
The summing engine is responsible for processing tracks and combining them into the correct output. In comparison to other DAWs, Cubase's summing engine is excellent.
Pro All takes can be shown in a single track
When in stacked mode, all of your takes can be shown in a single track side by side. You can then select what parts of which take you need. If you are recording MIDI, the Cubase DAW allows creating a pattern that can overlap and be re-used as many times as needed.
Pro Powerful range of audio editing tools
Pro Large selection of time stretching methods
The Cubase DAW offers 11 different kinds of time stretching methods.
Pro Powerful, time-saving Logical Editor
Logical Editor allows customizing MIDI data according, in order to set rules to save time.
Pro Allows changing a pattern in one place to effect each instance of it
Using Parts, the Cubase DAW allows creating patterns that can be re-used as many times as needed, and can be edited in a single place.
Pro Recent updates have added some great features
Pro Quantize can automatically tighten MIDI inputs
Automatically tightens your MIDI inputs to be on time. Quantize has two modes. Hard Quantize will adjust based on strict settings (precisely on beat by default) and Iterative Quantize will adjust in increments. Excellent for keeping the human element in recordings.
Pro Batch export
You can pick separate tracks to export in one pass. You can even have them open up a new project or drop in the same project automatically. Huge time saver and DSP Saver.
Pro More features than any other DAW
Pro Easily extendable with new samples, plugins and VST instruments
MAGIX regularly releases new sample libraries (Soundpools), live sets and VST instruments, as well as new plugin integrations.
Pro MAGIX Magazine & Community
MAGIX Magazine has great articles and the Community is friendly.
Pro Excellent VST instruments
Very high quality sound and varying VST instruments.
Pro Constantly updated
MAGIX constantly updates all its software and listens to the community.
Pro There IS a very good free version
MAGIX recently released a free version of it that is excellent and not crappy like others. It has most music creation features of the premium version, but only some basic VSI and sample library (both things easily extendable with MAGIX store's rich packages).
Pro Music video full integration
With Premium version, you can add video and synchronize lyrics to your music video productions. Even better if you use along any of MAGIX pro video editors.
Pro Easy to learn & use
It's very easy to learn your way through and master it.
Pro Great interface
The interface is very clear, which makes it fast to create and easy to learn.
Con Annoying dongle
Not unlike Pro Tools, you have to have a dongle containing your license plugged into your computer or you can't use the software.
Con Runs poorly
Con Confusing pages
The Cubase DAW displays pages that tend to confuse users.
Con Lack of built-in noise reduction
There's no built-in noise reduction FFT profiler like you might see in some other DAWs. There's noise gate but it's not the same. If you're on Windows, then you can get around this by downloading ReaFir.
Con No sampler
To many producers, sampler is one of the most important tools in a DAW. Cubase does not come with a sampler tool.
Con Not what it used to be
The new updates kind of ruin the old classy feel.
Con Not the DAW for tech savvy users
Con Poor sample editing
The sample editor isn't too great and there's no option to launch external sample editors.
Con It can go heavy on your system
Sometimes it can become quite heavy on your system and randomly crash.