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Music Creator 7

DAW by Cakewalk

Music Creator 7: Recording software for your home studio.

Record, edit, mix and share songs using Music Creator's powerful tools, instruments and effects - all with no previous recording experience required.

No musical experience? No worries. Music Creator 7 is the fun, easy, and fast way to create original music or remix your favorite songs. Transform any Windows 7 or 8 computer into your own personal music studio with all the tools, loops, instruments, and effects you need to create, edit, and mix great music.

Version 7 of this best-selling software makes it even easier to produce exceptional tracks thanks to the integrated MixStrip, one-knob “Style Dial FX” for shaping your sound, touch screen compatibility, and VST3 plug-in standard support—so you can use cutting-edge instruments and effects from Cakewalk and dozens of other manufacturers. Then when you’re ready to share your music with the world post your music on Facebook and Twitter with SoundCloud.

Experience the joy of creating music today—Music Creator 7 makes it easy.


  • Seamlessly create, record, edit, and mix your music using the Award-winning Skylight user interface
  • NEW! Access all your most important controls using the Hi-Def Control Bar with more harmonious spacing, labeling, and dynamic resizing
  • NEW! Create your own MIDI parts with the new virtual onscreen MIDI controller with touch support, or your QWERTY keyboard—great for mobile music making
  • Get creative with 32 audio tracks and 8 instrument tracks, and 128 MIDI tracks
  • NEW! Support for 8 inputs and 8 outputs simultaneously
  • NEW! Support for the latest VST3 instruments and effects
  • A complete backing band with 6 virtual instruments (including the entire Studio Instruments Suite)
  • NEW! Mix like a pro with the integrated MixStrip, which includes Curve EQ and new Style Dial FX for one knob access to commonly used effects
  • Mix with all the must-have effects including reverb, EQ, and more
  • Plug in your guitar and rock out with Overloud’s TH2 Creator guitar amp simulator
  • NEW! Enhanced MIDI editing includes a new Piano Roll View and time-saving Pattern tool for painting MIDI parts
  • NEW! Create the perfect performance from multiple takes using the new comp tool
  • Create beats and drum tracks with the integrated Step Sequencer
  • Trigger audio and MIDI loops for real-time performance and remixing with the Matrix View
  • NEW! Custom modern loops designed by Loopmasters
  • Easily drag and drop loops, instruments, effects, and project templates from the built-in Browser
  • Plus! Use any Windows 8 touch-enabled device to control the software with your fingers

What's New in Music Creator 7

Music Creator 7 now includes many exciting, easy-to-understand new features that allow even beginners to obtain professional-sounding results.

Record Audio and MIDI: Meet your new recording studio

Whether you play guitar, piano, bass, or sing, recording your songs has never been easier. Just plug in directly to your computer or Windows-compatible audio interface, hit record, and start capturing your musical ideas. Then use the award-winning Skylight user interface to arrange, edit, and mix your music. Music Creator 7 even includes project templates and videos to get you up and running quickly.

Hi-Def Control Bar: Total control at your fingertips

Regardless of screen size, the new Hi-Def Control Bar makes it even easier to access your most frequently used controls. With clearer text, and better auto spacing, the new Control Bar makes creating music an absolute joy on the eyes. And with dynamic resizing, your Control Bar will always look good regardless of your PC screen's resolution.

Studio Instruments Drums

Loaded with dozens of pre-recorded drum patterns spanning several musical genres including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and more, or create your own grooves and patterns with ease.


  • Load multiple Drum sound programs and play pre-recorded drum grooves in a variety of styles
  • Includes patterns in a variety of styles: Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and more
  • Drag patterns into your recording software to make variations
  • Use your MIDI controller, computer keyboard, or mouse to play Drums
  • Drums pulse and cymbals crash in time with the music
  • Use built-in compression and reverb to get edgy and realistic sounds
  • Control tuning, panning, and volume for tons of variety
  • Load and trigger multiple grooves for different sections of your song

Studio Instruments Bass

Featuring several bass guitar sounds and numerous patterns ranging from classic to modern. Tweak your tone with full control of Bass, Mid, Treble, Drive, and Compression. 


  • Load presets for multiple electric bass sounds from classic to modern
  • Play essential bass lines in a variety of styles and easily transpose them to the key of your song
  • Includes patterns in a variety of styles: Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and more
  • Drag patterns into your recording software to make variations
  • Get bass sounds ranging from aggressive to smooth with control over Bass, Mid, Treble, Drive, and Compression
  • Select Pickups and adjust Slide between notes for realistic sounds
  • Use your MIDI controller, computer keyboard, or interactive fretboard to play
  • Strings strum in time with the music
  • Load and trigger multiple bass lines for different sections of your song

Studio Instruments Electric Piano

Boasting several electric keyboard sounds and the ability to quickly dial-in classic tones ranging from bell-like to rich and fuzzy and everything in between. 


  • Load presets for a variety of electric keyboard sounds from classic to modern
  • Trigger pre-recorded phrases and chord changes in a variety of styles and easily transpose them to the proper key
  • Includes patterns in a variety of styles: Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and more
  • Drag patterns into your recording software to create variations
  • Get classic tones with on-board effects like Drive, Chorus, and Tremolo
  • Use your MIDI controller, computer keyboard, or click interactive virtual keyboard to play
  • Virtual keyboard plays in time with the music
  • Load and trigger multiple keyboard parts for different sections of your song

Studio Instruments Strings

Now Bass, Cello, and Violin sounds are right at your fingertips. The ability to control each instrument's attack and release, as well as chorus and reverb means you can get exactly the sound you're looking for. 


  • Load presets for multiple string section sounds ranging from lush and ambient to orchestral and cinematic
  • Play commonly used string section parts in a variety of styles and easily transpose them to the key of your song
  • Includes patterns in a variety of styles: Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and more
  • Drag patterns into your recording software to make variations
  • Use your MIDI controller, computer keyboard, or click the interactive virtual keyboard to play
  • Bass, Cello, and Violin are bowed in time to the music
  • Control the nuances of your string sounds with control over Attack, Release, Chorus, and Reverb for the string section, plus pan and tone for each individual instrument.
  • Load and trigger multiple string section parts

Cakewalk Sound Center

Cakewalk Sound Center is perfect for beginners looking to create virtual instruments parts. Access 150 different instrument sounds in a simple-to-use interface. It includes acoustic & electric guitars, basses, drums, pianos, synths, strings, ethnic sounds, and more.


  • Based on the critically-acclaimed Dimension Pro sound engine
  • Comes with over 125 professional sounds from Dimension
  • Expandable with Expansion Packs
  • Categorized patches make it easy to find the sound you are looking for
  • Rate your favorite patches to easily find your favorites when you need them 


The Roland TTS-1 synth is like having a genuine Roland sound module built right into your PC. The TTS-1 includes everything from synthesizers to orchestral instruments and just about everything in between. When starting a project you want to use a synth that has all the basic sounds ready and at your fingertips. The TTS-1 comes with a huge collection of sounds all powered by Roland, so you can be sure of the sound quality. Included are electronic and acoustic drum kits so you can even add drum tracks using this single instrument!


  • Playback of General MIDI (GM, GM2 & GS) files like backing tracks and other content files.
  • GM compliant song creation - If you are writing a song for use across many multimedia devices you can be sure that the song will sound correct on any GM compliant device like a PC, Smartphone and more.
  • Song creation and sketching - Use the TTS-1 as your base instrument set as you outline each individual part of your song.
  • Reducing CPU - One instrument can play up to 16 separate parts which eliminates the need to patch separate virtual instruments.

Virtual Onscreen Controller: No keyboard? No problem

Programming MIDI synth lines and beats has never been more fun, thanks to the new onscreen virtual MIDI controller—play your parts right from your touch screen with any multi-touch compatible monitor or PC. You can also use any QWERTY keyboard, so you don’t need to carry around a separate hardware MIDI controller.

Introducing the MixStrip: Dial in a masterful mix

The new MixStrip, integrated directly into Music Creator’s Track View, makes it easy to achieve superior mixes in less time. The MixStrip includes the built-in, high-quality Curve EQ on every track, and the new Style Dial FX offer speedy, one-knob access to the most commonly used effects including:

Guitar Amp and Effects: The power to plug in and play

Overloud’s TH2 Creator brings acclaimed amp modeling technology to Music Creator 7. Whether you want a bone-crushing riff, shimmering rhythm part, or blistering lead, TH2 Creator’s 3 amps, 4 cabinets, 5 pedals, and mics dish out the big, lifelike tones and expressive playability you crave. Plug in, turn up, rock out—or throw on headphones and record anytime, anywhere.

Enter the Matrix: Real-time groove mixing and remixing

Load your audio and MIDI loops, phrases, and one-shots into cells and columns, then trigger them in real time—it's like merging performing and recording. Best of all, it's fun: Whether you're composing new arrangements, creating remixes on the fly, or just getting out of a creative rut, the Matrix is the answer—and you can capture the entire performance onto tracks in Music Creator. Tweak it, mix it, and arrange it until it's exactly what you want.

Improved Audio Editing: Smarter, faster, simpler

Music Creator 7 now features Cakewalk's unique "speed comping," so you can assemble a perfect performance from multiple takes with a simple swipe of the mouse – ideal for vocals and guitar solos. And you’ll be clicking less than ever thanks to the Smart Tool, which adapts to your workflow - whether you're editing audio or MIDI data. Also, editing is a snap with the Smart Grid—which automatically sets the snap resolution and visual grid line to match the current zoom level.

Enhanced MIDI Editing: Paint your perfect part

The only variable separating you from your creativity is time, and the Pattern Tool—which sits in the Smart Tool palette for instant access—is all about saving time. Forget cut and paste: Simply select and paint MIDI loops and patterns across the Piano Roll View and Track View. In addition, Music Creator now allows for MIDI time-stretching, velocity layering, and additional functionality to simplify MIDI editing even further. And it's all wrapped in a brand new Piano Roll View with improved zoom that makes editing MIDI a piece of cake.

Step Sequencer; Create beats in a flash

From minimal to maniacal, build beats in classic fashion with Music Creator 7’s groove-churning Step Sequencer. Move fast with Auto Populate, then tweak patterns down to their very core with per-lane and per-step flam, offset, swing, and probability control. Launch it from any softsynth window, and immediately start creating rhythm patterns that do mean a thing.

Mixing: Pro mixing at your fingertips

Control volume, pan, EQ, effects and more using Music Creator’s Console View – a faithful emulation of the hardware-based, vintage mixing consoles that are the heart of professional studios. See your tracks and levels at a glance, and take advantage of built-in EQ on every track—as well as 18 audio and MIDI effects—to hone the perfect sound.

Do More with Your PC: Optimized for VST3 and Windows 7/8

Making music with apps is fun, but a Windows PC home studio with Music Creator 7 offers far more power and flexibility.

  • Processing power for more tracks to capture your ideas fully
  • View your music with larger screens or multiple screens
  • Add an audio interface or MIDI controller for even more capabilities
  • Add popular VST3 synths and effects from Cakewalk and other companies
  • Bring your projects to other DAWs, like SONAR
  • Receive free email support

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 or 8.1 (32- or 64-bit)

Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor (at least Intel i5 or AMD A10 APU recommended)

Memory: 4GB

Hard Drive: 500MB for minimal install (>5GB recommended)

Monitor Resolution: 1280x800 minimum

Audio Interface: ASIO compatible hardware is recommended

MIDI Interface: Windows-compatible MIDI Controller or MIDI interface is recommended

Internet: connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features

Touch is available in Windows 8 devices with touch support but is not required to use the program. All functions can be done with a mouse and/or keyboard.

Please note: Music Creator 7 does not support Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, NT, XP, Vista or Windows RT. QuickTime support requires QuickTime 7 or higher. Music Creator 7 is presented as a download (5GB) and broadband connection is recommended.

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