Excerpt: Traxxpad: Portable Studio is quite simply the end all to end all of music simulators out there on the console market. From creating beats to making samples, assembling sequences into songs and even remixing in real time, Definitive Studio's newest music application is nearly all that an upcoming and aspiring artist might need to tap into his or her own true musical prowess.
Excerpt: The graphics in Traxxpad are kind of cool, especially with the fact that the interfaces for all of the music tools are skinnable. There are a few different skins to choose from, with the ability to download new skins in the future. Even with the default skins, though, you can select from several different variants - the same models, but with different textures, some featuring the names of different licensed music producers, such as Traxamillion and Money Management .
Conclusion: is not what I would consider a fun experience. The process of creating music on the PSP with the intent to make MP3/WAV ring tones, share with friends, or digital DJ does not appeal to me on any level. The amount of effort to build something of quality with this tool seems far more than the benefit is worth. I would say that only the diehard music enthusiasts give this application a test drive.
Summary: Have you ever thought about making music on your video game console? Well that's exactly what you do with Traxxpad, the bizarre new game from Eidos Interactive. If you have a lot of patience and don't mind a steep learning curve then Traxxpad may just be worth checking out. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Excerpt: Having reviewed some interesting titles that were hard to categorize, I have been given the task to review Traxxpad. Published by Eidos Interactive, this game is not so much a game, but it is a music editor. And after learning the ins and outs of what this title has to present I have to say that I am somewhat impressed by what Traxxpad offers, especially to those aspiring and creative musicians out there.
Excerpt: Traxxpad is not a game. If you're looking for some sort of musical or rhythm game then you've come to the wrong place. However, if you want a powerful little portable music creation tool that skews techno, then Traxxpad may just be what you're after. It will take you some time and effort to learn the tool's complex interface, but if you do invest the time you'll probably be surprised at what you can do with Traxxpad.
Summary: Traxxpad blends the power of sequencers, drum machines, and keyboards while simultaneously making the equipment easy to use and accessible, allowing anyone to create, mix and sample their own tracks at home or on-the-go. Music making can be as fun and easy as simply pressing buttons, or as in-depth and detailed as the user wants to make it.
Excerpt: How exactly am I supposed to review what’s essentially music studio software marketed as a handheld game? I don’t have a lot of background in music editing or mixing; other than a few days trying to "make an awesome song" in programs like Fruity Loops and the occasional play of MTV Music Generator back in the day, I’m relatively new to the scene. Let’s start with this: is Traxxpad something a regular gamer can pick up and enjoy after a few minutes? Maybe, but likely not.