After some pestering from a fan and a developer, I decided that maybe I was a tad hasty in my condemnation of this content as I wasn't in a good mood at the time of writing. So I looked again and set out what I was objectively unhappy about. Mostly the misnomer in the title and the way it's described. If you're interested, my original review is at the bottom.
So this is not software. It's described as a "utility". Now forgive me if I'm mistaken, but something titled "X&Y Manager" and then described as a "utility" conjures up the notion of software or some other application that has a function. For example, games have "mod-managers" that make it easier to turn mods on and off, to install or unistall them without us mere mortals making a mess of our folder directories and breaking our games. I was hoping for something that would make editing sound files much more user friendly based on my prior experience with “manager” software.
As for the videos in the description, there's been some terrible games/software with fantastic videos so I thought I'd give this the benefit of the doubt and hoped for a great piece of software with a terrible video. Nope, the actual product is just a folder full of sound files, most of which you can't use on their own.
Since Microsoft Windows comes with folder directories built in, I was a bit disappointed with a "free utility" that turned out to be just a bunch of files that I don't have the software to use and while Steam is an easy way to get this content out to people. It's actually just as easy to have a link to a download. Or why not bundle these files into your main product? There's not really any need for this stuff to be seperated, release it as free DLC for your music creator. Putting it up as a seperate entity altogether just mis-represents it.
It's easy for people who aren't sure what they're doing who are looking to get into creating their own music on PC for the first time to get confused when something is broadly described in vague marketing-esque terms like this. Had this "utility" turned out to be something to make music editing easier, even if it was simply helping organise existing loops, songs, etc, I might have looked into the developer's other products but now I don't think I'll bother after the hassle I've had with this.
A spade's a spade and this is not a utility, it's a load of free sound files that might be useful if you have the right software. Unfortunately, it's not what I was looking for. And I definitely wouldn't recommend it in case you, like me, confuse it for something it almost-but-not-quite claims to be. Better to give it a wide birth and save yourself the hassle.
The fact that at the time of writing 70% of people found my original review helpful (according to Steam) I think shows the majority of people who perhaps aren't familiar with this type of "faux-DLC" release, find its presentation misleading.
Original ReviewThis isn't actually a program. It's just some random audio files and a tiny batch file that I had to edit for it to stay open long enough to write this review since Steam won't allow you to write a review for something that you've used for less than 5 minutes. Even then, the batch file only opens the file directory. It's not actually a program.
The audio files are ok-ish for padding out videos or other sound files but to call this "software" is borderline fraud.