Sony ACID Pro 7

Sony ACID Pro 7

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 54 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0e
  • Total Downloads:
    2,142,523
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 19, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $299.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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If the price tag attached to Acid Pro 7 isn't enough to scare off casual musicians, its technical interface and breadth of tools will be. This fully-featured music production software is a great option for those who know their way around mixing console, but can definitely be overwhelming for newcomers.

The good news is that the latest version of Acid Pro offers interactive tutorials, which is helpful for users who aren't familiar with the software. Given the vast array of features, this addition is more than welcome. Acid provides just about every tool an artist could want, from full multitrack editing to comprehensive MIDI support. In addition, more than 1,000 loops are included so you don't have to record your own before beginning to mix it up. Acid Pro has got chops, too: proprietary looping technology, video integration, and even plug-in support, assuming you need to do something that isn't included.

All in all, Acid Pro's interface is tidy and utilitarian. A multitrack editing window dominates the screen at the center top, while a multitab Explorer/Groove Pool/Plug-In manager resides below, next to the mixing console. It's hard to understate the usefulness of the clean interface, given the overwhelming number of options available, though it's nice that the hot keys for accessing the major option windows have been coded as ALT plus an ascending number, making them easy to remember.

Beginners and even intermediates should give this a pass because of the complexity. Knowing the real-world analogues of the features is a big help. You can't opt out of installing the Microsoft MySQL database manager, and registering for the trial version is also required. The price tag of $299 sounds high, but not compared with similar programs. Free upgrades are not included, but assuming you've got the knowledge, Acid Pro will make your music-editing experience a smooth, pain-free trip.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Like it but not enough"

December 11, 2012  |  By MoarPony

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

-Easy to use interface, coloring is easy on the eyes
-Easy to learn especially for Sony Vegas Pro users
-Can be used with a lowly PC without a lagging problem

Cons

-Interface style makes it look very outdated, especially when using top vst's like Massive
-Although easy to use, interface can be confusingly mixed around everywhere
-Crash, crash, crash, crash, crash
-The percussion could sound better

Summary

So it's almost a really good program. It's a potentially great program, but it's not yet great. Sometimes it's so frustrating to use that you might as well be using some pre-alpha leak or something (is there even one? Oh, well). If you're an experienced Vegas Pro user, then learning to make music with this software is a snap of the fingers. However, the program is so unstable that I just decided to continue using what I had used before: FL Studio. This program is good, but others like FL Studio, Ableton Live, and Presonus Studio One completely crush the competition.

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3 stars

"An Old Friend - But Always Unreliable"

September 19, 2012  |  By blacketherpvm

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

Ease of use
Full teature functionality
recognizes most soft synths

Cons

teriibly unstable

Summary

Ive been using Acid Pro for over 10 years, starting with 3 and through 7. Have written, composed and produced some 200+ published titles on the software including 5 albums and actually made a bit of a name for myself with the software. While Ive always loved the full-featured approach (I even did my final mastering right in acid, equalizing every single track and using the master bus effectively) and have had some fantastic results. However, Acid has always been a bear on my system or it just cant keep up with how hard I push it. Crash is its middle name and so I finally decided it was time to move on. But all in all, over the years it was good to me.

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3 stars

"Haven't got it mastered yet."

January 30, 2012  |  By btak

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

No real pros that I can tell so far.

Cons

Terrible user interface with pale pastel colors. Very difficult to setup and navigate.

Summary



Updated on Apr 5, 2012

I had to buy a new PC for totally unrelated reasons, re-installed the demo and have since been unable to get my midi keyboard to make a sound. I tried ASIO, Direct Sound, Wave-RT and other mechanisms without success. This is certainly not plug-and-play.

I still cannot stand looking at that ugly GUI with pale pastel's and fonts. I have been using other similar software that is much more intuitive and pretty for as good (or better) a price. If I ever get this working I will write a proper review.

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2 stars

"My Reviews"

June 26, 2011  |  By Deraidos

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

It's good and the first time from Sony

Cons

It's not free software. I must buy when I don't have dollars

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1 stars

"Easy to use, nice interface, but terrible reliability."

January 24, 2011  |  By pmachete

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

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.

Cons

Reliability! This program has put me through hell too many times. I want to move to Ableton!

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"ok i am having a problem here"

November 05, 2010  |  By Timdelarosa24

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

im sure its a good program but

Cons

ok, why when i try and download this, it says invalid file name???????

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5 stars

"dollar for dollar the best"

February 19, 2010  |  By supadjmq

 |  Version: Sony ACID Pro 7 7.0e

Pros

sounds great, its easy to use, tons of support, a industry standard.

Cons

none none none

Summary

this is one of the best production programs out there. i used it on this Rhianna remix http://soundcloud.com/supadjmq/please-dont-stop-da-music-rihanna-remix-mannys-dance-mix

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0e
Version 7.0e fixes a bug that prevented ACID Pro from being used as a ReWire device.
General
Publisher Sony Creative Software
Publisher web site http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com
Release Date February 19, 2010
Date Added February 19, 2010
Version 7.0e
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements DirectX 9.0c, Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Download Information
File Size 145.03MB
File Name acidpro70e.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,142,523
Downloads Last Week 807
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $299.95

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