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MTV Music Generator

Amazon.com Yo, DJ wannabes: mix your mad medley of music by using this creativity tool for the PlayStation. Don't mistake this disc for a game--it's a song creator that acts as a 24-track mixing machine. But there are limitations to this hip tool-...

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Reviews around thing (5.00 of 5)

  • The cool thing about all of the tweaking of sounds available is that you can meld it into the construction of the "songs", you produce in real time
  • It's the coolest thing I've ever seen
  • One great thing is that you can make a video to go with any masterpiece you create

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Reviews around game (5.00 of 5)

  • Defenitely the best game of 2000 so far
  • Game is perfect!
  • This is an awesome game

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Reviews around learn (5.00 of 5)

  • A strong learning curve but worth the effort in the long run

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Reviews around song (5.00 of 5)

  • My friend, who hasn't been working with it for that long, and I created an awesome song in like 15 minutes.
  • Your own cool song and music video to go along in less than an hour!

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Reviews around minute (5.00 of 5)

  • It took me a couple months to edit a 10 minute trance-like song, but I'm a detail-
  • My friend, who hasn't been working with it for that long, and I created an awesome song in like 15 minutes.

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Reviews around user (5.00 of 5)

  • The user will find the menus easy to read and use
  • The sound menus are user friendly as well and sounds can be sampled before choosing making finding the right note or melody a breeze

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Reviews around disco thrill (5.00 of 5)

  • Be advised though, it is very primitive and can be compared to a cheap disco-thrill ride more than with video

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Reviews around friend (5.00 of 5)

  • But when a good friend of mine showed me what you could do to manipulate the tones provided

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Reviews around sound (5.00 of 5)

  • The cool thing about all of the tweaking of sounds available is that you can meld it into the construction of the "songs", you produce in real time

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Reviews around shape (5.00 of 5)

  • i got it quick and in great shape.

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Reviews around time (5.00 of 5)

  • I played this years ago when the PS1 was the big thing, and used up countless hours of my free time making music mixes

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Reviews around value (5.00 of 5)

  • And considering what I paid for it, it's one of the best values I've ever found on Amazon

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Reviews around mmorpg master (5.00 of 5)

  • So, if you want to burn your years away playing video games but don't want to be part of the "MMORPG master who still lives in moms basement but is 45 years old" crowd, then this game is your ticket to being cool

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More about MTV Music Generator

  • Amazon.com Yo, DJ wannabes: mix your mad medley of music by using this creativity tool for the PlayStation
  • Don't mistake this disc for a game--it's a song creator that acts as a 24-track mixing machine
  • But there are limitations to this hip tool--namely memory space, which on the PlayStation is scant at best
  • Still, the disc itself contains over 1,500 pre-recorded musical riffs and over 3,000 instrument sounds for you to mix and match as you like
  • Once the basic music is laid down, players can tinker with the sounds, adding effects such as reverb
  • In addition, the MTV Music Generator enables budding artists to sample music from their own audio CDs, but this is where the memory problem comes into play, limiting your samples to mere seconds
  • No prior knowledge of music theory or editing is required to play with this disc, and when using the pre-recorded music snippets, which are varied and numerous, the resulting songs can be quite amazing
  • While this piece of software may be better suited for a PC with a fat hard disk full of storage space, MTV Music Generator is a completely original title for the PlayStation, and it manages to cleverly use the system's capability to play music in a unique way
  • --Jeff Young Pros: Easy to operate--no music experience or editing required One of the only discs for the PlayStation that encourages creativity Much fuller content than other music tools aimed at younger children Cons: Limited memory may frustrate users who want to sample their personal music collection Review MTV: Music Generator isn't a game but rather a PlayStation program, of sorts, and the type of product we don't see too often
  • But it can be considered by the same criteria we judge games by: graphics, sound, value, and so forth
  • Unlike many of the music games that have shown up throughout the last year or so - Parappa, Um Jammer Lammy, and Konami's Bemani series, to name a few - MTV: MG is a music-making tool that attempts to take what PC music-editing and music-creating programs let you do full scale and brings the experience to the novice consumer who happens to own a PlayStation
  • It works like this: You pop in the Music Generator disc and choose to create a song
  • By hitting the circle button on your control pad, you can select from a list of menu items, including what you need to get started: the riff library, which includes about 4,500 samples
  • In this section, you choose from beats, drums, vocal samples, melodies, bass lines, and so forth, and you place the riffs on the blank score
  • You then build your song (which we can't tell you how to do here - just be creative), checking and editing it as you go, then saving it when you're finished
  • This mode is intuitive and simple, and if you bear in mind your limited memory capacity before you get too far into your song, you will be pleased with what you are able to create so quickly and effortlessly
  • But the real fun and, likewise, the real downfall of the program appears when you try the more advanced maneuvers
  • For example, you can record samples from audio CDs by swapping out the disc with the CD of your choice and then following simple commands that pop up on your screen
  • Once you record the audio you want, it's immediately stored in the sampled riff palette until you move it, save it, and access it later
  • While this sounds like a great idea and certainly rounds out the program, it's extremely limited
  • Likewise, the intuitive interface takes a plunge once you start looking around for your newly sampled riff
  • But the true disappointment, which should come as no surprise, is that you can only save seconds of audio before you run out of memory entirely
  • And the more self-sampled audio you use, the fewer library riffs you can slip in
  • You'll realize right away that the ideal setting for intense music creation is not the 2MB RAM PlayStation
  • In addition, the program, albeit intuitive, is not too attractive
  • Graphically, it's dull, even if it works
  • There's a video-editing option as well, wherein you synch up basic moving images and patterns to the song you created
  • You can also set the program to automate these videos
  • The problem is, once again, memory space
  • You're very limited by what you can do, and in the end, these video clips end up looking like low-budget college-computer-lab projects..
  • at best
  • On the positive side, the game doesn't pretend to woo sound-savvy music editors or individuals with tons of mixing experience
  • Likewise, it doesn't tell you to ditch the PC editors and use this instead
  • MTV: Music Generator simply provides the experience of mixing for those who likely won't invest a couple hundred dollars in the very affordable and just as intuitive PC music editor Sonic Foundry Acid or any others, for that matter
  • And what it promises to do, it does it well
  • The basic functions are simple enough so that even someone with no music-making experience can get the hang of making a moderately complex song
  • And if you want to stretch the basics, you can
  • You can edit riffs, split riffs, as well as play around with keys, tone bending, envelopes, fades, and you name it - memory permitting
  • There's a multiplayer jam mode, too
  • This option lets you play turn-based one-to-four-player sessions that has each of you managing certain beats, rhythms, or melodies to form one complete song
  • Half the fun is figuring it out, but it's not the kind of game or experience you'll likely go back to often
  • But it was surprising to see a program like this include a shared experience, so there's value in the inventiveness, if not in the actually gameplay
  • For its price, MTV: Music Generator is worth it
  • It's sort of like the run on Casio keyboards in the early '80s - every house seemed to have one, and most owners didn't have a clue what to do with them
  • You pounded out basic songs and threw in some drumbeats
  • This program is more advanced than that and quite a bit more fun
  • If you're a serious musician and tool around on your PC, you're probably going to be frustrated or bored, as the RAM is obviously limited and the library is nothing you haven't seen or used before
  • And frankly, there are better libraries elsewhere
  • But for PlayStation owners who just want a fun, addictive music-making tool, you'll likely be pretty amused, if not downright mesmerized
  • At least long enough to justify the cost.--Lauren Fielder--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc
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