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ACID Music Studio

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If Sony ACID Pro is a little too rich and advanced for your blood, the slightly simpler and much cheaper ACID Music Studio may be right up your alley. Version 8 of the program builds upon the already robust music recording, mixing, and creation tools with several new features and enhancement, and yet the $64.95 licensing fee won't break the bank (you can try it for free for 30 days). But don't be fooled by the lack of a "professional" designation in the title: ACID isn't geared for newbies but for serious music aficionados with some experience with music production software.

ACID Music Studio 8's look and feel is similar to that of the Pro version. A multitrack editing window dominates the screen at the center top, while a dual-tabbed Explorer/Plug-In manager resides below, just to the left of the mixing console. The interface is tidy and utilitarian overall, but it will likely overwhelm newcomers. The good news is that Sony includes a host of tutorials, including seven that are new to this version, such as "how to use the mixing console" and "how to use tempo change markers." Those unfamiliar with ACID would be wise to make use of them.

As would be expected, ACID Music Studio includes all the standard audio production features. There are tools for recording, editing, and mixing live vocals, instruments, and MIDI input. Plus, you can create all-digital songs with over 3,000 music loops. You can also output to a variety of formats, including CD, PSP, iPod, iPhone, and MP3, and the program allows for easy online sharing.

New features in ACID 8 include a new audio- and MIDI-mixing console that offers the appearance of a traditional hardware-based mixer, which provides an integrated view of all tracks as well as time-stretching and pitch-shifting tools. In addition, you get enhanced remixing tools, including Beatmapper, which automatically finds the tempo of a completed song. There's also cross-track drag-and-drop for greater efficiency; Zplane elastique Pro and Efficient time-stretch methods for dramatic pitch shifts; a metronome count-off feature; and AAC and FLAC format support.

In all, the latest update for ACID Music Studio offers a compelling array of new additions for an affordable price point. The ACID-faithful should be pleased.

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    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Tested many, this is my absolute favorite..."

    July 16, 2012  |   By iDzynes

    Version: ACID Music Studio 8.0

    Pros

    easy to use interface

    Cons

    none related to the software really

    Summary

    if you don't need the full acid pro version, I think this is a great offer by Sony - this does everything I need as a home producer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing software cant get enough."

    July 16, 2011  |   By hutchinsonbro

    Version: ACID Music Studio 8.0

    Pros

    Amazing software cant get enough.

    Cons

    Amazing software cant get enough.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very fun and versatile."

    January 24, 2011  |   By rythmrooster

    Version: ACID Music Studio 8.0

    Pros

    Very easy to use and manipulate sound effects

    Cons

    I just need a better PC.

    Summary

    I will buy when I upgrade my PC. I have been a Acid user for 5 years.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, but it's lacking a very important function."

    September 23, 2010  |   By VictorFreeze

    Version: ACID Music Studio 8.0

    Pros

    It's a good recording software even though it is lacking audio input monitoring. Easy to work with loops and midi.

    Cons

    This product DOES NOT have audio input monitoring, meaning when you plug a guitar/bass/microphone in to record you can't hear the sounds while you are recording from the software. Only playback.You can in Acid Pro, but not music studio.

    Summary

    It's a good product, it allows for 16/48000 recording. I would recommend Cakewalk's MC5 over this product, it has more functions and has audio input monitoring and can record at 24/48000 just to name a few things. If your just working with loops and midi then this is all you need, otherwise, if you are a musician who records their own music you should consider alternatives.

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