Traxxpad PSP

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
Buy On
  1. Want to make an a capella trance song using only your voice? Want to sample a child's nursery rhyme and turn it into a new hip-hop beat? Want to lay down the thickest, sickest breaks you can think of? Traxxpad lets you do it, and it rocks.
  2. 80
    It's extremely powerful for what it is, but that also means it's complicated and not as user-friendly as a computer-based equivalent.
  3. 90
    But for $40, you're getting much, much more than your money's worth. Any PSP gamer with even a passing interest in music creation should absolutely take Traxxpad for a spin.
  4. A marvelous addition to the PSP library. Gamers with an overflow of talent but a lack of funds and musical equipment should pick it up immediately and get to work.
  5. It takes some patience and dedication to learn, but it is well worth the effort.
  6. It is a great introduction to making music, especially on a portable handheld machine.
  7. If you can get over Traxxpad's frustrating control scheme you'll find a lot of depth and value ... assuming that you're looking for a way to make real music on your PSP
  8. Although you may not lay down enough beats with Traxxpad to be considered the next MC Hammer, you'll definitely pump out enough for you and your friends to trade and enjoy.
  9. Traxxpad requires some commitment, so it's not for the casual user looking for a quick way to kick out some cool beats. If you're willing to commit to it, though, you'll find it to be a pretty powerful little music creation tool.
  10. Traxxpad is a great application for aspiring musicians and DJs, but it's not really something most normal gamers will enjoy. It's the definition of a niche title.

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. PeterH.
    Sep 25, 2007
    4
    It's not as good as the reviews indicate. I imported this as soon as I heard about it because I've been waiting in desperation for It's not as good as the reviews indicate. I imported this as soon as I heard about it because I've been waiting in desperation for a good PSP sequencer to sketch out the ideas that (invariably) hit me on the way to or from work. Then I could go home and program them properly with proper synths, guitars etc in my studio. Unfortunately, the user interface is so astonishingly bad that the software can't fulfil this function. This is nothing like Cakewalk, Logic or any "real" sequencer - it has a dreadful gimmicky front end with a very broken separation of the sequence, melody and arrange windows. If you have a musical idea, rest assured, by the time you've fought your way through choosing an instrument and working around the poorly-laid out "melodee" window, you'll have forgotten it. Even if you've disabled the stupid dancing robot animations. The sounds are poor but that doesn't matter for a sketchpad; however, what is unforgivable is the total lack of ease of use. I'm good with this sort of thing; the very first game I ever had on a PSOne (and the reason I bought a PSOne) was Codemasters' Music, and I've used various console iterations since, in addition to ten years programming vintage synths using Logic. This thing is aimed squarely at ADD-troubled kids who want to cobble together piffling hip-hoppy loops without really knowing what they are doing (hence the soundset full of clunky West Coast percussion stabs and mock record crackles). I challenge anyone to program anything more complex in a meaningful way. Perhaps Beaterator will be better - fingers crossed. This, I'm afraid, is a titanic disappointment. Full Review »
  2. TimV.
    Aug 7, 2007
    3
    Just too hard to learn. i've used audacity and garageband, and they're both far easier to pick up. after playing with this for a Just too hard to learn. i've used audacity and garageband, and they're both far easier to pick up. after playing with this for a couple hours, i still couldn't get further than producing and editing one beat. from there i couldn't even add instruments. and the manual was no help at all. Full Review »
  3. JuanN.
    Jul 15, 2007
    8
    Difficult to learn, but fun to make music with.