Sony has announced that its consumer-oriented Acid Music Studio has just been upgraded to version 8, offering a range of new features aimed at the amateur and prosumer music enthusiast.
Equally of use to those wanting to control MIDI devices as well as those sampling and mixing audio sources, key features of the new version include:
- Audio and MIDI Mixing Console: The new Mixing Console provides an integrated view of all tracks and busses in your project with the appearance of a traditional hardware-based mixer. The look can be customized to provide you with the best view of even the most complex session. The new audio and MIDI Mixing Console has additional routing options, allowing for a more flexible and efficient studio recording environment.
- Zplane élastique Audio Timestretching and Pitch Shifting: Zplane élastique Pro technology allows users to perform dramatic time stretches and pitch-shifts of Beatmapped tracks while retaining maximum sound quality.
- Enhanced remixing tools: For remixing your favourite songs, only ACID Music Studio software has the Beatmapper tool. This feature automatically finds the tempo of a complete song, making it easy to remix songs with different beat structures. New markers in ACID Music Studio 8 allow you to Beatmap songs with varying tempos and time signatures.
- Cross-Track Event Drag and Drop: This new feature allows users to easily create mixes by simply cutting, copying, or pasting events across multiple tracks for faster editing.
As well as these features, there are some 3,000 high quality music loops plus the Studio Devil British Valve Custom guitar amp and TruePianos Amber Lite piano plug-in.
There’s also a social element going on, with the ability to upload creations directly to ACIDplanet.com from within the software.
PC only, not surprisingly, running on Windows XP, Vista or 7, and retailing from $64.95.