I've been trying the free version of Music Maker and it looks pretty comprehensive. I was wondering, what can I do in the paid version that I can't already do in the free version? I don't mind paying if I get extra features, but I need to know what they are. Can you add VSTis to the free version? Thanks.
Essentially, the Free edition is limited to a maximum of 8 tracks, has far fewer Soundpools and Instruments, lacks a number of the FX available in the paid-for versions, etc., etc. I am pretty certain it also does not allow any external VSTs or VSTis to be used.
The Free edition does not have VST support. For that, you would have to purchase either Creative Suite (from within the program, or the Plus or Premium versions.
The difference between Free and Plus/Premium is that with the latter you get more Features, Presets, Instruments and Soundpools. You can see the details of most of these in the program Store.
If you purchase Plus or Premium, make sure that you are getting the best deal. Right now, there is a special on Premium. Plus is only slightly less expensive, and what you get with Premium far exceeds the difference in price. As well, purchasing Features, Presets, Instruments and Soundpools à la carte will quickly exceed the cost of getting Plus for Premium, and you won't have even close to what you get with Plus/Premium.
Since you are also interested in Movie Edit Pro, here is a tutorial that I did a few years ago showing how to use the two products together. The interfaces have changed, but not the functionality.
You might be able to add Feature Sets to the Free Version. Create an account with Magix and sign in from within Music Maker then go into the store. You should be able to select Instruments, Soundpools, Presets, Editions or Features. Within Features is a $9.95 option “Creative Suite”. It will allow the use of VSTi.
Keep in mind only 32bit VST/VSTi can be used. And those should be in the Programs(86) folder in for example Steinberg/VST Plug-ins. You’ll need to point Magix to that location as well in the settings.