ACID Pro is back – the revolutionary DAW returns

The loop-based Digital Audio Workstation ACID Pro is back with its first major update in ten years. MAGIX Software has completely overhauled the software that revolutionised loop-based music making 20 years ago and has added many new professional features, dozens of new instruments and effects and an all-powerful 64-bit architecture. Yet with a brand new, sleek and modern interface and its innovative loop-based compositional environment, the software retains the easy workflow that it is famous for. ACID Pro has been revitalised for today's creative artist and producer but it is as easy to use today, as it was 20 years ago.

ACID Pro 8 400pxThe last major update to ACID Pro, by the previous owner Sony Creative Software, was in 2008. ACID Pro 8 not only represents a major upgrade of the software, but demonstrates MAGIX Software's commitment to the brand going forward – indeed the company will be adding VST3 support in a free update later this year. ACID Pro 8 is sure to please both its large and loyal fanbase – which MAGIX consulted with for many of the new updates – and also new users looking for a creative DAW that marries top-spec features with ease of use.

 New features

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 thanks to its new powerful 64-bit architecture.

 With all of this extra power and features MAGIX has redesigned the GUI to enhance ACID Pro's famed ease of use. The sleek and modern interface makes navigating and editing a breeze. Loop-based composition has never been so innovative and powerful and never looked so good!

 MAGIX has also added over $1000 of instruments and effects to ACID Pro 8 – remarkable in itself as the software retails for just $149! There's powerful virtual analogue synthesis from DN-e1; the classic sound of vintage outboard from Vintage Effects Suite; screaming guitar effects by way of Vandal; flexible and high quality sampling from Vita 2; plus 11 Vita solo instruments that cover everything from Pop Drums to Cinematic Synths. As if that's not enough, ACID Pro 8 will also come with 9GB of all new ACID-ized loops and samples.

Finally MAGIX has announced Producer Planet, a new online content platform where users can purchase even more ACIDized loops, sounds and instruments.

ACID Pro 365

MAGIX has also announced ACID Pro 365, a new way to enjoy ACID Pro. Users get all the  power and functionality of the regular ACID Pro 8 but enjoy all future updates, full support plus additional instruments and effects for monthly fee of just $7.99.

“ACID Pro has a long, distinguished history and a very large and loyal following. It was vital, then, that we spent a long time consulting with this ACID community of artists and producers over how we should improve the software, and we are very pleased that the most important suggestions have been included in ACID Pro 8. This enormous passion of the ACID fan base has really been transferred to me and my team,” says Torsten Heise, ACID Pro 8's product owner. “We firmly believe that, with its enhanced power and features-set, this latest version of ACID Pro will appeal to those users and a completely new generation of creative musicians and professional producers. ACID Pro 8 heralds a new dawn in the software's glorious history and will become the DAW of choice for today's forward-thinking and creative artists.”

As well as ACID Pro 8, MAGIX Software is also committed to reviving and maintaining other professional audio titles including SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12, SOUND FORGE Pro Mac 3, and SOUND FORGE Pro 12.

New Features of ACID Pro 8 at a glance

  • • A modern, sleek and inspiring interface
  • • Powerful 64-bit technology
  • • Flexible 24-bit, 192kHz multitrack recording
  • • Innovative loop-based composition
  • • Advanced MIDI and audio editing features
  • • $1000 of new plug-in instruments and effects
  • • 9GB of all-new ACIDized loops.

Price and availability: ACID Pro 8: $149.00; ACID Pro 365: from $7.99 per month. More at www.magix.net

Comments (3)

  1. Gary Lee Michaels

Love love love Acid Pro. Have been using it for radio production since Acid Pro 2. This new Magix version is highly refined. Still playing with the demo version but like it so far. Love the new interface. Reaper is awesome...cheaper too. Audition is powerful but not cheap. Acid has always been the easiest to teach and the easiest to master of all the DAW's I have.

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  1. Jerry Vigil    Gary Lee Michaels

Since you use multiple DAWs, what kind of production piece do you decide is best done on Acid Pro rather than Audition or Reaper?

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  1. Gary Lee Michaels    Jerry Vigil

I use Acid Pro for most regular radio production: voice over music, maybe some fx included. Reaper has great plugins so I will use it infrequently for time squeezing and it's great batch converter. Reaper is also great at a couple other things that no one else can do. Audition CC has great tools too....specially the ability to 'remix' and stretch or compress music beds...great for building jingle beds or custom music beds. Love that feature! Acid is extremely fast and simple...suitable for most my daily chores when speed is of the essence. When they get more complex I'll go to Audition. I'm a sofware junkie so I try everything. Playing with voices in Melodyne is fun and Samplitude is a great software.

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