Full user review
"Easy to use, nice interface, but terrible reliability."
First of all, this is a great DAW in theory. Good midi editing, nice, clean accessible and learnable interface. Great set of default plugins, and support for all of my vst/vsti plugins. Looping and beatmapping features are nice.
Reliability! This program has put me through hell too many times. I want to move to Ableton!
I have lost several big projects to this program. It becomes highly unstable when your projects get large (>15 plugins, >6-7 vsts). I've had just some strange unexplainable things happen. Here are a few examples:
-Opening project file immediately crashes Acid. No way to salvage anything
-Will output no sound, only clicks, the rest of my system's sound is significantly distorted while Acid remains open
-Sound buffering will go haywire causing any recordings to be completely erratic in speed/rhythm and/or making playing along impossible. Usually requires rebuilding of the project file.
-Using the 'Duplicate Track' completely freezes the program, requiring a restart about 1 out of 5 times
-Playback is either so distorted and slow or causing crashes that the only thing to do is export all my tracks as midi files and repatch them in a new project file
-Sometimes the program will freeze, yet playback will still be going on and I'll still get response from the vsti's hooked up to my midi keyboard. This signals, to me, that the programming is so bad it can't deal with non fatal errors
-Acid, after it crashes, locks up my midi keyboard until system restart. If Acid crashes, it will usually report the following until restart: USB device in use, MIDI keyboard unavailable.
My computer has a quadcore 2.4 ghz with 4 gb of ram and a HD sound card. I run some pretty intensive applications/games and I rarely see instability like I do with Acid Pro. I never feel safe using it. If you are just starting out and have the luxury of choosing some other DAW.....I suggest you do.