Sonic Producer Review
Making this Sonic Producer review was actually quite fun and I ended up with some pretty bad ass beats. However, as you’ll discover later on in this review, the application does have some drawbacks. These shouldn’t keep you from wanting to buy Sonic Producer since there also were some pretty excellent features to this beat maker. So, let’s start of with those.
Advantages of Sonic Producer
Perhaps the best feature of Sonic Producer is its ease of use. Eventhough I already have experience with beat making, I was still able to determine that this software will be quite easy to master by complete noobs. Especially after watching a short 10 minute training video. It will take some time before you’ll be a master beat maker, but using Sonic Producer is so fun and addictive that you’ll get lots of hours of practice without even noticing it!
There is a huge amount of different sounds and instruments available. In fact, there are several hundred different effects and sounds pre-programmed in the Sonic Producer program, all of which can be selected with the push of a button. There are more than enough to keep you busy for a very long time. In truth, the sheer volume of different sounds available is a bit intimidating at first, and I wanted to test each one before I dove in to making my own beats for reviewing purposes.
The instructional videos are very informative, as they clearly show you how to get started making beats, even if you have no experience whatsoever. However, beat makers with experience can benefit from the tutorial videos, as well. There are videos which explain recording, resampling, rhythm, piano improv and many others.
Disadvantages of Sonic Producer
One drawback of the Sonic Producer involves the sound and instrument samples. There is a tremendous amount to choose from, which is awesome. However, you cannot actually hear the sounds until you select them and integrate it into the track. It would be nice to have the option of previewing the various sounds and effects as you browse through them. This would allow users to search, preview, and hear the samples before making a selection. The current system isn’t all that bad, as it takes very little time to change sounds in the track. Still, I like to do everything as fast as possible, and the preview feature would make things a little quicker.
I can imagine someone with limited experience could have used some basic guidance on making coherent beats, which sounds complement one another, etc. The instructional videos are perfect for teaching you how the program works, as well as some advanced options and techniques, but a general guide on beat making would make the series complete and would certainly be a welcome addition to Sonic Producer.
The biggest drawback for me is that the beat maker is only available as an online application. For others this might be good enough or even exactly what they are looking for but there are alternatives like DUBTurbo and Cyber Sequencer which have both online and offline versions to work with.
The Bottom Line on Sonic Producer
I would give Sonic Producer a good rating. It is easy to use, but has enough options for skilled beatmakers who really want to take their sampling to new heights. The catalog of sounds is enormous, and the customer support is respectable, as well. If you are trying to decide on Sonic Producer, it is definitely worth your time and money to give it a chance. They do offer a money-back guarantee, so you can always get a refund if you aren’t happy with it.