Foundry Acid Pro 3.0 8/10
been used by most amateur computer musicians everywhere. However, with
the advent of Acid Pro 3.0, even pro musicians should start using it.
Essentially Acid comes bundled with loads of samples. My download only
version did not come with any samples, but having owned earlier versions,
I can say that generally the samples are reasonable but I would try and
make your own using Fruityloops 3. The main problem is that with everyone
owning Acid, everyone uses the same samples!
Acid is like a multitrack audio scrubboard. You make tracks and drag samples
on to them. Acid loads up the samples into memory, so you can instantly
apply effects, change key and even change the tempo on the fly! The main
new feature in Acid Pro 3.0 is the Beatmapper, which helps you find the
BPM of a song so it can be easily remixed. Dance music can be easily remixed
since Acid will detect all the bars properly. However, for ordinary music,
you will need to point out the start of virtually every bar, since Beatmapper
can't do it adequetely for you. Basically you have to manually quantise
the track. This takes about twenty minutes for a three minute song. Also
new is the chopper feature which lets you cut up samples into tiny chunks
and reorder them for cool effects. It is a good feature, but for good
sounding effects you'll need to spend a while reordering the chunks till
you get something funky! I think that the main use for Acid will be either
to make dance remixes or dance mix CDs, since it makes the job so easy.
Sonic Foundry regularly have remix competitions on their website, so if
you own Acid Pro 3.0 it will fun to take part, since the loops available
for download are usually "Acidized" to make them integrate easily
into Acid. I recently got hold of a copy of Sonar XL, made by Cakewalk.
Even this has special "Acid" features to make it integrate with
Acid. You can edit loops from within Sonar XL. It shows how Acid is so
widespread, even rival software companies are jumping on the bandwagon.
range of plugins available in Acid Pro 3.0 is huge. There are plugins
to add flanger, EQ, basically any effect you can think of. On top of that
you also can use DirectX plugins installed earlier. You can choose to
apply the plugins to all the tracks or just specific ones. It also integrates
with Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge to make precise editting of samples.
At $99 (special offer at the moment) Acid Pro makes a good tool for computer
musicians. There is also a feature so you can add MIDI data, just like
Cubase. Once you have finished your track, Acid Pro 3.0 will export it
to a WAV ready to be mastered and burnt onto CD.