ACID Pro 8 is the creative DAW for today's artists and producers. Behind its refined and sleek interface lies a powerful, feature-rich DAW where sophisticated tools sit side-by-side creating an easy-to-use workflow. 64-bit power allows even the most complex of projects to be handled with ease, while dozens of instruments and effects combined with thousands of ACIDized loops produces the ultimate DAW for music composition. ACID defined loop-based music production 20 years ago and now ACID Pro 8 refines it for today's creative musician.
Start with something great.
At its heart, ACID Pro 8 uses ACIDized loops which are at the core of creative loop-based music production. Yet these are so much more than simple audio files. They contain pitch, length and transient data and can be edited and manipulated in real time and easily mixed together to make complete pieces of music.
ACID Pro 8 offers uncompromising 24-bit, 192kHz multitrack audio recording. With an array of pro-level features, ACID Pro is ideal for recording an entire band session in the studio or for creating loop or MIDI-based compositions on the road or at home.
ACID Pro 8 has a 64-bit engine and works together with your PC to bring maximum power and efficiency to your music making. Whether you are making 24-bit/192kHz multitrack recordings, mixing with multiple effects in real time or composing with the dozens of plug-in instruments, ACID Pro 8 will step up to the plate and offer you all the latency-free power you need.
With a dedicated and feature-rich mixing console, ACID Pro 8 offers an incredibly flexible recording environment. It's easy to assign plug-in effects, adjust the routing or work with external effects and MIDI devices. ACID Pro 8 supports control surfaces such as Mackie Control and Frontier Design TranzPort so you can enjoy a more traditional hardware mixing experience.
ACID Pro 8's mixing console might look like a traditional studio mixer but you can easily customize it to match your unique workflow. An array of routing options allows for total recording flexibility. Recording external audio utilizing ACID Pro 8's effects is easy and you can also use external effects processors on tracks and busses, create complex submixes with bus-to-bus routing while monitoring everything in real time. ACID Pro 8 is also set up for mixing surround projects, with a surround panner for precise control over channel positions.
Control Surface Support
ACID Pro 8 supports Mackie Control Universal and Frontier Design TranzPort MID controllers. You can use one Mackie Control Universal (with up to four Mackie Control Universal Extenders), one Frontier TranzPort, and up to five generic control surfaces with ACID. Control surfaces can be custom mapped and help you stay organized by knowing which channels are dedicated to external control.
ACID Pro 8 offers many creative tools for today's producer. It's easy to divide your project into logical sections and then arrange them on the timeline. Tracks can be organized by placing them into Track Folders and then cluster editing allows you to drag, pitch-shift, cut, copy, and paste whole sections of an arrangement to help you easily create complete tunes.
Mixing is just the beginning.
Remixing in ACID Pro.
ACID Pro 8's many features include the Beatmapper and Chopper tools which make remixing music easy. Beatmapper helps you identify tempo and time signature information from external audio files so you can add ACIDized files to it to create a remix.
ACID Pro 8's Chopper tool slices up your audio file and also helps you create impressive drum fills, stutters, and DJ effects. Chopper and Beatmapper make ACID Pro 8 a powerful DAW for remixers and dance producers.
Beatmapper offers a super fast and slick process to remix music in ACID Pro 8. It identifies the tempo and time signature information in external audio files – including MP3s and complete songs – and allows you to label and edit the file with that information. You can then create Beatmap songs and when other clips are added, they all lock to the tempo of the imported file allowing quick and easy remixing. Beatmapped audio files can also have their tempos and pitches edited for maximum flexibility.
Chopper is a tool that allows you to slice and dice an audio file so you can re-order, remix, change its groove and replay it. It creates amazing rhythmic variations of the original audio and you can create many of your own customized samples from one original loop. Chopped events will play in sync with your ACID Pro 8 projects, and you can even use keyboard commands to drop events from the Chopper onto the timeline in real time.
Try something new.
The virtual instruments.
This virtual drum instrument is a fantastic beat-making tool and ideal for many current genres of music. Play huge trap beats, program pumping techno grooves or even create a furious double bass in a metal style! All the beats were recorded through an SSL for extra analog character.
A classic piano instrument created by intricately sampling a concert grand piano being played in an international concert hall. It's the sound of an amazing instrument recorded in its natural environment, and the results are incredible, with the power and detail of the instrument shining through.
This instrument was created by making recordings of a church organ in a church near Venice to achieve a totally authentic sound. It stylishly recreates the emotional and dramatic sounds of the original organ and is suited to both classical and contemporary music.
This drum instrument is perfect for dubstep and hip-hop grooves. Behind its 8-bit style fascia are enough huge beats and hits to give your tunes an edge. Programming is easy too because Urban Drums is based on easy-to-use hardware beat makers, so just play the pads and hit record.
This instrument is dedicated to providing a wide variety of vintage electric piano tones. You can use it for smokey jazz, melodic blues or funky riffs packed with overdrive. On-board effects help Electric Piano really come to life offering all the organic character of the real instrument.
Big, bold and beautiful, Rock Drums is the perfect instrument for providing more dynamic beats to your music. You can get driving double bass for metal songs, reverberant drum grooves for a huge arena sound, or ease back with dry, clean studio drum sounds.
The legendary MPC sampler launched a million beats and Drum Engine features a similar interface so you can program some incredible grooves. It includes a range of preset sounds – from modern pop kits to groove box samples – so you can create beats over a wide variety of styles.
An instrument that creates the complete sound of a choir including classic choral arrangements, deep male voices, crystal-clear vocals sung by a female singers and mixed-voice choirs. Use it up front as the lead in your song or as an atmospheric backing to any piece of music.
A synth instrument which is capable of producing everything from dreamy sequences to heavy basslines. There are also effect modules to take your sonics to extra-terrestrial pastures and produce atmospheres that could soundtrack any film.
This virtual synthesizer emulates the classic sounds of legendary hardware synthesizers with total precision. With its retro design, and hands-on controls you'll be tweaking and creating vintage tones in no time.
Take a trip back in time with a virtual instrument that is focused completely on vintage organ sounds. Original individual organs are authentically replicated and there are plenty of hands-on controls to shape the sounds.
Electric Bass is an instrument that is perfect for laid-back funk riffs, soul ballads or as a groovy foundation for more current genres. It's an elegantly-designed plug-in with a multitude of options for custom sound design.
This is a great instrument to provide a diverse range of smoother, more laid-back beats. Jazz Drums covers everything from the driving pulse of a classic jazz tune to a more abstract groove for an electronic-based track.
(Exclusively in ACID Pro 365)
Pop Brass has it all: slick funk, orchestra arrangements, tight Latino rhythms and the sound of the roaring '20s. It is is perfect for both elaborate productions and creative jam sessions.
(Exclusively in ACID Pro 365)
Orchestral Ensemble contains various ensemble recordings of an orchestra complete with brass, woodwind, percussion and strings. With everything from angry brass staccatos and driving orchestral thrills to soft string legato, it is perfect for all film and pop music producers.
MIDI – but without the mess.
Audio control and MIDI in ACID Pro.
ACID Pro features some of the most comprehensive, sophisticated and precise MIDI editing features. These include direct MIDI editing of data within the timeline, track freeze to audio, Keyframe automation and flexible drum editing. You get all the MIDI features you would expect from a high-end DAW but with user-friendly tools in a clean editing environment - MIDI control in ACID is intuitive, fun and hassle-free.
Inline Editing allows you alter MIDI data directly in ACID's timeline within traditional piano roll and drum grid interfaces. You can edit note positions, velocities, pitch bends and controller information all on the main multitrack interface so there's no need to open another edit window.
Drum grid mode
Drum Grid Mode is ACID Pro 8's easy and intuitive way of editing beats directly on the software's timeline. The grid style edit window shows all the drum parts and you can easily move, add or delete beats.
MIDI track freeze
This allows you to turn MIDI tracks that are being triggered by software instruments into audio. Freezing a track like this means less instruments need to be running in real time so it conserves valuable CPU processing power.
MIDI filtering and processing
Processing of multiple events or tracks of MIDI data can also be done directly on the ACID Pro 8 timeline. You can use quantization and global editing of velocity values, note event duration and more.
MIDI track envelopes and keyframes
ACID Pro 8 utilizes envelope and keyframe automation features. All MIDI continuous controller data used to edit parameters like pitch, modulation and expression – even the controls of a soft synth can be modified with smooth transitions. You can also use envelopes and keyframes on individual clips or make larger project-wide changes.
Drum and patch map editors
Within ACID Pro 8, you can efficiently create and edit drum maps. This means that you can use templates to label patch and drum names for hardware or software-based MIDI synthesizers and drum machines. Templates can easily be saved and recalled.
Coming soon: VST3 effects support
ACID Pro 8 will soon introduce VST3 support so be able to load in thousands of instruments and effects made by third party developers.
Get in the groove.
Audio editing and mixing power
ACID invented the standard when it came to real-time audio editing and now ACID Pro has some of the most powerful audio features in any DAW. These include the famous ACID real-time pitch and time-stretching and sophisticated groove mapping where you can extract a groove from a loop and apply it to any audio file.
A single click for you. A quantum leap for your sound.
Take complete control over your groove! It's easy to give your music a completely new feel with ACID Pro 8's Groove Mapping and Groove Cloning quantization technology. You can apply preset grooves to a clip or track to give it a fresh new sound or extract the groove from one track and apply it to another. You can even create your own custom grooves from scratch or edit existing ones for total groove control.
ACID Pro 8 features Zplane élastique Pro technology to ensure maximum sound quality and flexibility when dealing with pitch- and time-shifting of clips. It also ensures real-time, artifact-free time-stretching and pitch-shifting of Beatmapped tracks.
ACID Pro 8 allows you to choose your own groove from various genres such as funk, hip hop, rock and more! This means that you can completely change the feel of your loops and MIDI files or simply add more soul to your music. It's easy to do – just choose your groove from ACID's Groove Pool and apply it to your loops or entire tracks.
If you like the feel or rhythm of a loop you can extract its groove using ACID Pro 8's Groove Cloning feature. ACID analyses the groove in a clip's audio and extracts it so you can apply it to your own loops and MIDI files. This way you can create your own complete custom grooves from scratch and apply them to any loop, file or even a complete track.
ACID Pro 8 uses envelopes to help you automate global parameters or modify pitch, modulation, expression or other MIDI data within a track. Envelopes can also be used to automate the controls on a plug-in instrument or create Tempo Curves for smooth tempo variations across a project. All envelopes can be drawn using a mouse or external control surface and then tidied up with keyframes or envelope thinners that help smooth them out. You can also use keyframes to help automate your 5.1 mixes on the timeline and use envelopes and keyframes to implement MIDI continuous controller data and program changes.
ReWire technology allows compatible music packages to work with one another so you can route audio and MIDI data between them. ACID Pro 8 works as both a ReWire host and a device so you can set it up with other ReWire applications such as Sonar, Reason, Cubase, Live, or Pro Tools. You could then use Reason, for example, as a virtual instrument routed into ACID Pro 8 or route ACID Pro's output directly into Pro Tools.
Audio plug-in manager
ACID Pro 8's Plug-In Manager gives you complete control over all of your audio plug-ins. You can quickly and easily add effects to a track, bus, assignable effects chain or soft synth bus. You can also rename and organize plug-ins to create a customized plug-in environment that fits your unique workflow.
First-class studio rack!
Meet your new effects rack: essentialFX Suite
The new essentialFX Suite is a collection of 11 first-class plug-in effects suitable for all studio applications. Each of the effects uses high quality algorithms for a great sound and highly efficient operation. Clear controls for easy operation combined with low resource consumption and high-quality output make it the perfect suite of studio tools.
A flexible gate for noise reduction with a soft knee option and side-chain filter function for rhythmic ducking effects.
eFX Vocal Strip
A channel strip optimized for vocal or speech recording featuring a compressor, deEsser, gate, high-pass filter and tone shaping.
A classic compressor for leveling audio or adding punch. As well as standard controls it also features a soft clip function and advanced side-chain filter.
eFX Tremolo Pan
A classic modulating tremolo effect plug-in with parameters for rate, shape, and tremolo and tempo sync and panning options.
eFX Chorus Flanger
Add depth to your sound with a subtle chorus effect or more a dramatic flanging sound. It includes adjustable rate, depth, feedback and mix settings.
A dynamic plug-in that specializes in filtering out unwanted sibilants in speech and vocal recordings.
A classic phaser effect that adds movement to lead lines and more attitude to guitars. It features adjustable rate, depth, feedback and mix settings.
An authentic analog tube amplifier simulation that offers a rounded and full-bodied sound. It features pre- and post-EQ and an oversampling mode.
An efficient dynamic plug-in for increasing the loudness of the audio signal and preventing clipping.
A straightforward plug-in for creating versatile reverb effects – from short to long reverberations – to add sparkle and atmosphere to your sound.
eFX Stereo Delay
A stereo delay to add interest to any track, this features individually adjustable delays for both channels, as well as a tempo sync feature.
eFX Vocal Strip
eFX Tremolo Pan
eFX Chorus Flanger
eFX Stereo Delay
Integrated CD burning
ACID Pro 8 software has integrated track-at-once and disc-at-once CD burning, so you can burn audio CDs directly from the timeline at any point in the production process.
Easy audio encoding
ACID Pro 8 features powerful encoding functionality so you can save your songs in all of the popular streaming formats used on the Web, and also in formats used by your favorite portable players. Supported formats include MP3, WMA, WMV, AAC, FLAC and more.