February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Sony
Sony had an attractive booth that always seemed to have a crowd. Even though it had already been
announced prior to the show, many attendees were interested in getting a first-hand demo of the
new Acid Pro 5 software. Acid Pro, which debuted in 1988, is a versatile, loop-based music composition and production tool for
musicians who want to create songs, remix tracks, produce 5.1 surround audio mixes, develop music beds, score videos, and much more.
Acid Pro is ideal for real-time pitch-shifting, time-stretching, and groove quantization of audio and MIDI events. Although it's shine has somewhat
faded with the popularity of Ableton's Live, it was the first loop-based music creation application to put professional time-stretching,
studio composition and editing power in the hands of producers at nearly every level of expertise. Acid Pro 5's new features include
Groove Mapping quantization tools, nested folder tracks, native VST effects support, event reverse, and Media Manager.
Acid Pro 5
Acid Pro 5's features set it apart from other loop-based production software. Acid Pro 5 supports 24-bit/192 kHz audio, 5.1 surround sound mixing,
Rewire, Tempo based DirectX effects, and a next generation audio time-stretching engine. Media Manager tools let you efficiently search, tag, and catalog your loops by genre, instrumentation, BPM, or
other user-defined and customizable attributes. New folder tracks, that can be nested, enhance project organization and simplify editing.
Audio events can now be reversed during playback in real-time. Set up and mix 5.1 channel surround project files for audio and DVD productions.
The Beatmapper tool adds tempo information to song-length files including MP3s, so you can remix and combine music loops with existing songs.
Acid Pro 5 software also natively supports VST effects, expanding the palette of sounds available for music creation and allowing automation
and tempo-synced effects.
Acid Pro 5 screenshot
Groove Mapping and Groove Cloning can significantly expand your loop collection by
morphing existing loops into fresh, new sounds. Also included with Acid Pro 5 are more than
1,000 loops from the Sony Sound Series: Loops & Samples collection, plus the
Native Instruments Xpress Keyboards VSTi soft synth bundle. Acid Pro 5 is available
now and retails for $499.
Drums From The Big Room
Sony also announced some provocative new loops and sample collections for their Sony Sound Series.
Drums From The Big Room is a five CD set that features Steve Ferrone on Drums
and renowned producer, Greg Ladanyi, behind the board. Sony had both Ferrone and Ladanyi on hand to give a demo of the new sample and loop series
developed solely for Sony. The loops were broken down into individual microphone stems, as well as individual parts. This brings a unique
flexibility to developing your own unique sonic drum signature. Drums From The Big Room is
due next month for $249.
aRythmia Loop Series by Jerome Dillon and Keith Hillebrandt
Also available is the new arhythmiA sound series from Nine Inch Nails
drummer Jerome Dillon and sound designer Keith Hillebrandt. Drums and Drones features riffs by Dillon and
processed to the hilt by Hillebrandt. Say no more, we're in. Drums and
Drones retails for $99.
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