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 ACID by Sony Creative Software is an Audio Plugin Host for Windows. It can host VST Plugins and DirectX Plugins. It supports ReWire.
Product ACID
Developer Sony Creative Software
Price (MSRP) $399.95
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
ReWire Mixer/Synth Application
Operating System Availability
Download Released
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Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include

ACID Pro General Features:

  • Create original, royalty free music.
  • Hundreds of multi-genre loops.
  • Preview loops in real time with your project.
  • Real-time pitch and tempo matching.
  • VSTi support.
  • Propellerhead Rewire support.
  • 5.1 surround mixing.
  • ASIO driver support.
  • Unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI.
  • MIDI recording, editing, and playback.
  • Alternate time signatures.
  • Over 20 real time DirectX audio effects.
  • Plug-In effects automation.
  • Real-time effects.
  • Tempo and Key mapping.
  • Master, auxiliary, and effects bus tracks.
  • New audio panning model.
  • Locking Volume, Pan, and Effects envelopes.
  • Optimized DLS and VSTi soft synth model.
  • 16-bit and 24-bit audio support.
  • Sample rates up to 192kHz.
  • Yamaha OPT (Open Plug-In Technology) support.
  • Multiple file format support.
  • MP3 import.
  • Hotkey commands for track Muting and Soloing.
  • One-click music publishing to ACIDPlanet.com*.
  • "Get Media" option to locate media from the web.
  • Audio Recording.
  • Autosave crash recovery.
  • Multi-processor support.
  • Dual-monitor support.
  • Windows Media Audio and Video import.
  • Export/Save as WAV, MP3, WMA, WMV, RM, WAV, AIF, and PCA.


  • Chopper editing tool.
  • Loop Cloning: Chop to new in Chopper tool.
  • Beatmapper remixing tool.
  • Enhanced time stretching for Beat-mapped tracks.
  • Video scoring track (AVI, MOV, WMV).
  • Audio and video synchronization.
  • Ripple editing across multiple tracks.
  • Attack, Sustain, and Release (ASR) envelopes.
  • New envelope fade types.
  • Track bouncing.
  • Unlimited undo / redo history.
  • Track envelopes lock to events.
  • Project pitch and tempo adjust.
  • Real-time placement of markers during playback.
  • Tempo, time signature, and key change markers.
  • Volume and pan envelops.
  • Metadata command markers.
  • Tempo and key mapping.
  • Multiple time-stretching algorithms.


  • MIDI piano roll editing.
  • MIDI event list editing and step recording.
  • Unlimited tracks of MIDI.
  • MIDI time stretching.
  • Generate and trigger from MIDI Time Code (MTC).
  • MIDI record and playback.
  • Direct links to audio/MIDI editors.
  • DLS 1 & 2 soft synth support.


  • Extract media from your CDs.
  • Track-at-once CD burning.


  • DirectX Plug-In support.
  • Plug-In effects automation.
  • 32 effects per track.
  • 32 assignable effect chains.
  • 26 effect busses.
  • Effects bus tracks.
  • Automated DirectX Effects
    • Track EQ.
    • Resonance Filter.
    • Flange/Wah/Phase.
  • DirectX Effects
    • Compression.
    • Pitch Shift.
    • Chorus.
    • Delay/Echo.
    • Noise Gate.
    • Multiband Dynamics.
    • Graphic Dynamics.
    • Parametric EQ.
    • Paragraphic EQ.
    • Graphic EQ.
    • Amplitude Modulation.
    • Flange / Wah-Wah.
    • Smooth / Enhance.
    • Gapper / Snipper.
    • Vibrato.
    • Distortion.


  • Perform video scoring.
  • Import WMV and AVI formats.
  • Synchronize audio with video.
  • External monitor support.
  • Advanced video rendering options.
  • Video frame rate resampling and deinterlacing.
  • Multiple pixel aspect ratio support for videos.
Discussion: Active


25 November 2012 at 10:40amjames_decay

Since my first purchase of Music Studio six years ago, I haven't been disappointed with this product. I've upgraded to Acid Pro 7 since then, and the only complaints I have are regarding the continual crashing and the high CPU usage. Besides that, I wouldn't even want to use a different DAW, except Reason possibly. Acid Pro allows so many aspects of each project to easily and quickly be edited. The controls are so natural to get the hang of, and an interactive tutorial is always available to show how any particular process is completed. I don't have a MIDI controller yet, but I'm able to edit the MIDI automation simply by activating a specific envelope and adjusting the parameters with my mouse on the Soft Synth Property screen. I just enjoy the program a whole bunch!

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