Sony ACID XPress Free

Sony ACID XPress Free


Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 44 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0
File Size:
44.04MB
Date Added:
November 28, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
406,620
Downloads Last Week:
48
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

As a stripped-down version of ACID Pro, Sony's professional digital audio workstation, Sony ACID Xpress Free provides a serviceable music editing program, but bars you from using some basic features unless you put up the cash to purchase the Pro version.

Pros

Good features: Sony ACID Xpress Free has a digital keyboard, guitar, and drum set at your disposal for making tracks. Like its parent app, it uses Acid Loops that automatically change in pitch to match and transition seamlessly into other Acid Loops, to ease the process of creating music.

Helpful tutorials: The "Show Me How" feature provides step-by-step tutorials for operating this program, showing you how to perform functions like adding an event to the timeline or duplicating a track.

Cons

Cluttered, unappealing interface: The unflattering interface consists of an outdated spread of grey toolbars and boxy white displays piled on top of each other. It's not only unattractive, but also confusing. Just trying to figure out how to record and play back a few notes on the digital keyboard took more time and effort than it should.

Frustrating limitations: You'll get quickly frustrated with being constantly denied use of even basic features such as customizing audio effects or burning your audio to a CD.

Bottom Line

Though a decent program, Sony ACID Xpress Free suffers from the many limitations Sony imposes on you to try to convince you to buy the Pro version. There are better music editing programs out there that won't break the bank. We recommend the free Audacity, which offers many more features than ACID Xpress, as well as a more intuitive interface.

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  • All Versions:

    3.2

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 10
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 2 stars

    "I can hear my keyboard but can't record or play back"

    October 18, 2012   |   By whateverdude12345

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    It has some cool basic voices for the keyboard. Setup of the midi input and output was straightforward using the Show Me How feature.

    Cons

    Show me How is incomplete for the basic functions of recording and playing your own music. Like I was trying to record a few simple keyboard notes. I chose a cool sound, played them on the keyboard, they sounded great. Then I used the Show Me How (built in help with some simple animation) to get a basic midi track to supposedly record. However what I thought was a helpful app just stopped at step 2 of 6, and nothing I did including restarting mattered.

    Summary

    If a music creation software package can't make it straightforward to simply RECORD and PLAY BACK five notes on a keyboard, something is very wrong. I am in the field of tech support and can't figure this thing out. I now understand why people have just given up on it. I asked a question on the support website and have received no response. No FAQ or forum covers this very basic activity. Everything is geared toward beats, loops, samples and stuff that someone else has produced. I didn't bother to try any of that because it means nothing to me if I can't create and play back my own sounds. A big fat one star for poor documentation and nonexistent support. Logic would dictate that recording and playing back a simple composition would be a focus of the software's support and documentation. It's not.

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  • 1 stars

    "NOTHING WORKS FOR FREE"

    September 22, 2012   |   By idijotas

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    NO PROS: NOT WORKING FREE, ANYTHING I TRIED IT ASKING TO BUY!!!
    WHAT A WASTING OF TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    WASTING OF TIME, NOT WORKING BECAUSE NOT FREE AND TO COMPLICATED!!!

    Summary

    WASTING OF TIME, NOT WORKING BECAUSE NOT FREE AND TO COMPLICATED!!!

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  • 2 stars

    "A Very Stripped Down Piece of Software"

    July 06, 2011   |   By MaxMx12

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    It edits most thing I through at it.

    Cons

    It is very limited so don't excpect the same quality as Acid Studio.

    Summary

    It is TOO stripped down. I really dont like the rendering Limitations.

    Updated on Jul 6, 2011

    This is for 7.0a.

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  • 3 stars

    "Wow!! Has A Great Amount Of Features"

    January 28, 2011   |   By mafiakiva

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    Dont know cos didnt understand too many of the features.

    Cons

    Too Complex For a Layman Like Me

    Summary

    i am a moron and couldn't use it, i didn't even know how to start so i just installed it and uninstall-ed it.

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  • 2 stars

    "I wouldn't recommend to try out the free version"

    January 05, 2011   |   By rehanarod

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    it works fine as long as you respond to the site's need for you to buy the software.

    Cons

    It amounts to cheating. I couldn't even open the mp3 files! I was able to record voice for my students' podcasting project, but it does not let me convert it to mp3. Every step, it asks you to buy the product.

    Summary

    I have already explanied. I would appreciate if you could publish this so that the users are not taken for a ride with the so called free software. This is hoodwiniking the users. Why do you do this? Audacity is a free software and it does what it claims. Please do not download the free version.I am a teacher and it gets aggravatiing when I have to cut a sorry figure in front of my students!

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  • 1 stars

    "Too Limited!"

    June 24, 2009   |   By allonhadaya

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    Has Many Features

    Cons

    You Can't use half of the software, unless you pay.

    Summary

    If you're interested in buying, this may be for you, but stay away if you're looking for freeware

    good luck ;)

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  • 4 stars

    "IT HAS IT'S USES, BUT..."

    March 07, 2009   |   By the 1 knight

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    Useful, though within it's limitations.

    Cons

    It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't have limitations. A simple thing like using volume envelopes requires the user to upgrade to the paid version. Also when you load in some tracks or want to close the program you get a nag screen to Buy or Close.

    Summary

    Free with no liitations should be just that!

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great for novice users"

    November 09, 2008   |   By 4100dawn

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    Allows more options than xpress 4.0

    Cons

    It doesn't work with 98 and me like xpress 4.0 does

    Summary

    Good

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  • 4 stars

    "Real cool and free"

    April 09, 2008   |   By Biggye57

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    I found it to work just fine.

    Cons

    Some improvements needed

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  • 1 stars

    "This download brought viruses onto my computer!"

    January 08, 2008   |   By aceofdaspades

    Version: Acid XPress 5.0a build 152

    Pros

    I'm sure the program is good.

    Cons

    But as soon as a finished installing, windows and other unauthorized actions are taking place which pisses me off. Nobody can enjoy the internet anymore! I have Norton Corp Edition and it can't even find this problem.

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