Dont't get me wrong: this is not a bad program. I also never tried using the loops or recording anything through a microphone. All i used were the provided instruments and a midi keyboard.
Now, my father is a musician and I was surrounded by original music all the time as a kid. My dad had a Mac desktop that he would make all his music on. After hearing some of the things he could do I decided I wanted to give it a try. So he set me up on GarageBand with nothing but a midi keyboard.
It was amazing. I had the time of my life messing around with all the intsruments and sound effects included in the program. Only one problem: I had a PC and couldn't get Garageband. Then I found this program and was thrilled. Based on the videos and music I heard, I thought it was like Garageband. So I bought it and was very disappointed.
First of all, I had a problem right off the bat when I first started it up and started listening to the demos. I had listened to every demo track and was about ready to start making my own music, and everything froze. I couldn't record anything, I couldn't select an instrument, I couldn't even close the program. Within 15 seconds, a notification appeared saying, "MAGIX Music Maker 2014 doens't work anymore." I sent the error report and the program crashed. I had to end the process of the program through the task manager. Not really a big deal, but it was very annoying, especially since it was my first time using it.
Second of all, the music my father made was all rock music, with awesome guitar licks and riffs. I wanted to start making music like that but there was no electric guitar. There is some very good sounding acoustic guitars, and a power guitar with about one octave of actual notes and the rest being slides, but no normal electric guitar. I'm assuming you can find one in one of the instrument packs that you can purchase in-app, but i had spent my last $60 buying this, thinking there would be some kind of electric guitar.
Third of all, many aspects of Music Maker make writing music very tedious. For instance, if you want a track to repeat itself over and over, you would have to highlight it, place the marker after the track, then ctrl+c ctrl+v for as long as you needed it. Also, if you reach the end of whatever song you're making and want to start it from the beginning again, there is no button to start at the beginning, as there is with Garageband or Logic. When recording something, there is no warning or prepatory beats before what you play is recorded to the song, which makes it hard for the first notes of the track to be on time. There is no time signature other than 4/4, so if you wanted to record a song in 3/4, the bar lines dont line up with the music, and neither does the metronome. this makes it hard to count measures and beats in your head while recording.
Overall, MAGIX Music Maker 2014 is not a bad program. It has many great sounding instruments and a nice, simple layout. But there are many better programs out there for recording music. Since I am familiar with those programs, this one was a little disappointing. I'd rate it 6/10 and price it at about $40.