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GrooveMaker 2.0

Mixing beats takes talent, practice, and hard work -- or the right software. GrooveMaker 2.0 steps you through the process of creating ultracool dance music, or you can use its virtual DJ, which mixes tracks on its own.

GrooveMaker comes with two CDs loaded with bass, drum, percussion, vocals, effects, and synth loops. You can also sample CDs, most types of audio files, and your own voice or instruments to create new mixes.

There's no tech-support phone number, however, so if you have any problems, you have to e-mail the company for help. And the program frequently balks when importing loops directly from CDs, forcing you to first transfer the files from the CD to your hard drive.

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