A typical session might start by looking for the right drum loop and building from there. Or maybe starting with the voice over and wild lines and chopping these up while adding effects and filters. ACID Pro 7 comes with a wide range of effects and it also worked well with third party effects. We used the UAD-1 and a suite of plug-ins from Universal Audio with ACID Pro 7.

MIDI track freeze is new feature we really like in ACID Pro 7. Let’s say you have several soft synths running in your multitrack project. MIDI track freeze allows you to render them as a WAV file which can then be streamed and played back like any other audio asset in your project. It harkens back to the days of bouncing tracks on the old 4-track Fostex. By the way, if anyone wants a 160 in mint condition drop us a line.

A lot of products claim to “stay out of the way” of the creative process but ACID Pro 7 truly does this. Whether you’ve mastered another DAW and are looking for a best in class loop-based production tool or just getting started with music production, ACID Pro 7 is a software program that works the way musicians think.

One thing we’d like to be able to do is quickly toggle between various views of a project. ACID Pro 7 allows you to customize the desktop and move the various components around but it sometimes becomes cumbersome to jump from track levels, to layout, to mixing to exploring and other functions. Maybe Sony could use some of its smart tutorial technology and apply it to the way the software is being used to present optimal layouts in real time. Okay maybe we’re going overboard. But this is an area for improvement.

There’s a lot to love about ACID Pro 7 and that’s no surprise. Sony has been improving on the original ACID DJ for over 10 years. It’s one of our favorite loop-based production tools and still fun as hell to use.

Visit Sony Creative Software for more information about ACID Pro 7 and other creative software.