Sonic State Studio / Audio Software / SONIC FOUNDRY Acid Pro

Average rating: 7.8/10 out of 10

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squidpop from landodubya writes:
The closest software to an all-in-one tool like wished for below is that produced by U&I /software: Metasynth, Xx, Metatrack and for good measure (yea, punsters, I know), Artmatic. There is nothing in my studio as captivating to play as Metasynth. And yes, I have AcidPro and Sound Forge. I say--if ya got a Mac, download their free demos. You will never look back...SQUID PS. I give Acidpro a 9.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Monday, 02-Apr-01 at 0:32
Mark S a Professional user from USA writes:
I agree that ACID is a TOOL.... it does do it's job well and I give it a 10 for that. The MTC sync has never been a problem for me. I've got it synced to Cubase VST/32 and never had a problem. However for those of you who do experience a problem, I hear Sonic Foundry will be releasing ACID 3.0 in the near future. I would almost bet that any MTC problem was fixed. Sonic Foundry has a good reputation for making solid programs and I have always found the upgrades and updates to fix most if not all problems. For those of you who are looking at ACID as an all in one tool, understand that ACID's ability to make full songs is limited. A loop is a loop, a melody is a melody. It's very difficult to make a descent song from just loops. I usually use ACID for drums and SFX placement.... sometimes more. I have used it to make full arrangements and have most of the loop libraries and find them to have excellent sounds but again ACID is just like buying any other sampler. You wouldn't expect to make a full song by loading loops onto an AKAI or EMU would you? If you're looking for a great smpling and loop based program buy ACID but for those of you looking for an all in one solution I would suggest looking at a Korg Triton/Trinity, Roland XP/XV, or some other keyboard workstation. I think you'll be more productive with that. However remember that I am only one individual, I have an opinion and I am entitled to it. You may not agree and others might not either. If you choose to take my advice, I believe that you would be making a wise decision, if you don't, then I wish you luck in whatever decision you make. Overall though, back to ACID, I give it 9 out of 10 because I wish it had a sequencer built in. I think we all would agree that ACID and Cubase/Cakewalk combined into one easy to use interface would be the hottest program to hit the market since...... well...... ACID..... hahaha.... then again this is just wishful thinking.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 21-Feb-01 at 21:26
Geo Jones a Professional user from USA writes:
Regardless of the problems that some people have had with this program, it is an incredible leap in making professional music on a budget basis. Many have complained about the midi sync problems. This however is easily corrected. IT WILL chase mtc, but only from a software sequencer running on the same sound card (warning: some versions of cakewalk will not sync w/ acid). For my purposes, it is great. I have it loaded onto a 700 mhz pIII laptop, with Massiva as my sequencer. I don't use softsynths so there's no conflict w/ the sound card, or polyphony. Using the laptop makes it portable too, and in my opinion is a much better investment than spending 2500 bucks on another sampler... at least I can use the laptop for other things, when i'm not making music.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 19-Jan-01 at 15:13
Scott a part-timer user from usa writes:
I agree with the sentiment that this is a tool and should be viewed that way. It is easy to look at it's amazing capabilities and think it's some sort of all in one solution, but the reality is that it does a few things and does them really well and as for the rest of it's features, if you don't have other dedicated software to handle those tasks, it is passable. I use it simply to make arrangements because I am so sick of cakewalk and cubase. I just make the tracks on my triton's sequencer, record them in 16 measure chunks in Sound Forge and then cut out the phrases, and build the song in Acid. Then export each track as a separate file and recompile in Vegas where the tuning and mastering takes place. If you want an easy to use, visual, phrase (loop) sequencing tool, this is the one, but make sure to have a copy of Sound Forge and/or Vegas handy. The cool thing about Acid is the "one-shot" option for samples, effectively making this a sample arrangement tool. Just set the tempo to the same BPM as the original song and set the loop track to "one-shot" and you don't have to worry about the muddying effects of Acid's stretching features if you solely want to use this as an arrangement tool. Anyways, it gets a 10 for my purposes but I can see where it would fall short for some people so it gets a 9.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 03-Jan-01 at 20:20
Lyndell a Professional user from US writes:
Acid is a the quickest way to sketch out and fill a musical peice. It is NOT a multitrack software package. It will record, but it strength is in the loop based manupulation. However, you can export tracks to a true multitrack program like Vegas. Personally, I am a guitar player so MIDI was a non-issue for me. I was a little bent by no 24bit option, but noone come close in ease of use.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 02-Jan-01 at 14:46
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