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Acid Pro 6.0

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Acid Pro 6.0

Postby JeremyM on Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:10 am

Anyone using/used Acid Pro? How does it fare in comparison to the other popular sequencers. I don't hear much talk about it.
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Postby Neil Parfitt on Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:14 am

Acid pro is the equivalent Apple "Garage Band" at a more detailed level. Coincidentally, I think Apple stole the Garageband concept from Sonic Foundry's "Super Dooper Music Looper" released in 2001 (minus the notation/MIDI - everything else is the same!!)

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The hype surrounding Acid fizzled out after a few years at Version 3 - and this may have been because of the Sony takeover... who knows?! It sort of came and went the way Rebirth was here in full force and heard *everywhere* and then suddenly... gone without a trace (anyone remember that??)

It's very powerful if you're working with audio loops. The last time I played with it was just as they were starting the integration of VSTi/DXi instruments - so I can't give you any info on the current MIDI integration.

Download the demo from Sony - most of their demos are fully unlocked versions that work for 30 - 60 days.
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Postby TimOBrien on Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:07 am

Actually, the guys who originally wrote ACID wrote Garageband for Apple (from what I understand.)

The biggest reason ACID fell from grace with the recording community was that they didn't really support MIDI. Now that ACID6 has incorporated Midi into the program, it's as viable as any other sequencer.

Sequencer choice is just a highly subjective thing (unless you need to be compatible with someone else's setup). Whatever works for you and your workflow is just fine as long as you are happy with the output.

The only way to find that out is to try the demos.


(Personally, I wish Sony would roll ACID's midi support into Vegas. I'm also doing video editing and I wish I could use just ONE application for audio and video editing....)
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Postby jar4ever on Thu Dec 28, 2006 1:16 pm

It has full multi-track audio recording capabilities now, but I think it's clumbsy in that area compared to other sequencers that have been doing audio recording much longer. As far as editing and throwing together loops I think it's the quickest and easiest to use, everything seems very intuitive to me. You just gotta try it out and find out if it's for you, but I wouldn't use it if you main thing is recording a mixing multi-track audio.

I'm pretty sure Vegas has full MIDI capabilities. I haven't done a ton of MIDI stuff on it, but I remember recording some MIDI tracks and playing around with them just fine.
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Postby Spy! on Mon Jan 01, 2007 6:02 pm

I will be slightly biased in my opinion because I started with Acid (Free, then Music, then Pro 4, 5 and now 6) but, for me, I find it really easy to use. The sound quality is good (but, and I know someone will shoot me down for this, others sound better, e.g. Samplitude) and the features in the latest version mean that you can use it in a variety of ways according to your needs.

It's great as a sketchpad (as pointed out above) but just because it's good with loops doesn't mean that that's all it can do. The MIDI is greatly improved but is still not on a par with Cubase (or probably Sonar, but I can't give an opinion on that because I don't use it). Other features, such as it can be used as a Rewire host or client (but not at the same time, of course), make it very versatile depending upon what other software you're running. And, as also previously mentioned, it can now (finally) do multi-track recording, although again it's not up to the standard of Cubase for flexibility - however it is only about half the price for all the features and most of the functionality.
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