Shares Our Verdict Acid is still great at timestretching and warping audio, and v10's new features are pretty solid, but that interface has got to go. Pros Good price. Independent Event effects chains. Cons Seriously outdated interface. Bundled loops and plugins are average. Image 1 of 3 Despite the price, it's hard to look at Acid alongside its peers without feeling that its in desperate need of a visual makeover Sony Creative Software Acid Music Studio 10 Image 2 of 3 Acid's beatmapping and timestretching credentials still rank up there with the best of 'em Beatmapping Image 3 of 3 The interactive Show Me How tutorial is one of Acid Music Studio 10's best beginner-friendly features Tutorials In Sony ACID Music Studio 10 Program Cost, Sony's venerable Acid Music Studio - an affordable off-shoot of the big 'un, Acid Pro - feels like the black sheep of the budget DAW market. It's full of creaking idiosyncrasies, and its GUI looks archaic, yet it still has its place. For many, that place is as a secondary DAW, thanks to Sony ACID Music Studio 10 Program Cost excellent, intuitive timestretching capabilities, which unarguably punch above its budget price Sony ACID Music Studio 10 Program Cost. As an entry-level music application, however, Acid is something of a mixed bag. It features multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing and automation, built-in effects, a SoundFont playback synth hosting a range of instrument and drum sounds, a decent mixer and more, all at a price you'd expect to pay for a single plugin. It even features a video Sony ACID Music Studio 10 Program Cost, making it a viable option for basic soundtracking. However, all this is housed in an application that feels like it's been underdeveloped for a number of years. As a result, Acid feels disconnected from everything else in the sphere of digital music making, with the exception of its bigger sibling Acid Pro 7, which offers a more complex, expensive and fully featured package based around a similar interface - but Pro hasn't had a proper update since While its simplicity and familiarity are likely to be its biggest selling points for many users, it's hard to look at Acid alongside its peers without feeling that its in desperate need of a visual makeover. With a grey and white colour scheme, boxy design and heavy reliance on checkboxes, sliders and dropdown menus, editing parameters often feels more like adjusting the difficulty settings of a game of Minesweeper than making music in the 21st century. Acid trip Despite this, Acid Music Studio is very easy to use, but - as many rival entry-level DAWs demonstrate - usability and contemporary design certainly don't have to be mutually exclusive. This lack Sony ACID Music Studio 10 Program Cost cohesion is made even more jarring by one of Acid's best features: Evolution not revolution "In terms of new features, version 10 is about subtle - albeit, in places, meaningful - additions as opposed to fundamental change" In terms of new features, version 10 is about subtle - albeit, in places, meaningful - additions as opposed to fundamental change. Even though Acid itself is relatively easy on the host CPU, running multiple instances of its built-in synth can slow things down considerably, and VST plugins are a potentially resource-hogging law unto themselves, of course.
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