Sony Media Software's New Acid Pro 6 Now Available


Upgraded Version of the Award-Winning Professional Music and Production Application Redefines the Digital Audio Workstation

Last Updated: April 3, 2006 5:31 pm GMT
(Monday, April 03, 2006--MADISON, WI) Sony Media Software, a leader in award-winning, professional audio, video and music creation tools, announced today the availability of ACID® Pro 6 software.

A significant upgrade to the award-winning, professional music creation and production application, ACID Pro 6 software includes new multitrack recording and MIDI capabilities, transforming the software into a full-featured professional digital music workstation. ACID Pro 6 software is available for $499.95 (MSRP).

ACID Pro 6 software provides professionals with new ways to record, produce, mix and arrange audio and music compositions, far beyond the capabilities found in prior versions. The upgraded multitrack recording and MIDI sequencing platform allows users to create music using a fast, efficient and easy-to-master method that produces impeccable results.

In addition to its significantly expanded feature set and new high-performance multi-threaded audio engine, ACID Pro 6 software also reflects enhancements in Sony's ongoing relationship with Native Instruments, creator of state-of-the-art soft synths and samplers. ACID Pro 6 software includes Native Instruments™ KOMPAKT Sony ACID Pro Edition, a configurable sample playback engine that includes a custom sound library assembled by Native Instruments specifically for ACID Pro 6 users.

New Digital Music Workstation Technologies

Multitrack audio and MIDI recording — Simultaneously record multiple tracks of audio and MIDI into the ACID timeline through a variety of methods, including step recording, punch in/out, continuous looping and more.

Multiple media files per track — Layout multiple media files per track, including one-shots, Beatmapped events, loops and disk-based files with new automatic crossfade capabilities.

Inline MIDI editing — MIDI data can be manipulated directly on the ACID timeline, using either a piano roll or a drum grid interface. Edit all note position, velocity, pitch bend, and controller information using an easy, visual approach in the main multitrack interface.

MIDI filtering and processing — ACID Pro 6 software provides processing of MIDI data directly on the timeline, including quantization, swing, editing of velocity values, event duration changes, and more.

VSTi parameter automation — Using automation envelopes, ACID Pro 6 software provides increased mixing flexibility for VST instrument parameters.

Drum Map editing — The Drum Map Editor provides an intuitive way to create custom Drum Map templates, to make working in the Drum Grid even easier.

Project sections — ACID Pro 6 software now provides for the creation of project sections that lets users more efficiently rearrange time-based segments of audio and MIDI events located across multiple tracks.

Dynamic playback optimization — ACID Pro 6 software uses a separate processing thread to render audio from tracks. On multiprocessor or multicore computers, processing is distributed evenly across all CPUs to increase playback performance.

External control surface support — ACID Pro 6 software allows hands-on mixing using external hardware with ACID Pro 6 software. Version 6 natively supports the Mackie® Control Universal and the Frontier Design Tranzport™, and allows custom mapping of up to five user-defined control surfaces.

Record input monitoring — The new multitrack workflow provides users with the ability to monitor audio signals with real-time track effect DSP during recording sessions

Additional new ACID Pro 6 features include:
  • On-the-fly punch-in recording
  • Envelope automation recording
  • Track record meters
  • MIDI track envelopes for controllers
  • MIDI keyframes for patch changes and sysex messages
  • MIDI Quantize and Velocity filters
  • MIDI file import and export
  • Freehand envelope drawing on the timeline
  • Gracenote® MusicID CD album identification
  • Dual/Multi-core processor support
  • ATRAC3™, ATRAC3plus™, and ATRAC Advanced Lossless™ format support
  • Film-style panning mode for 5.1 surround projects

ACID Pro 6 core features include:
  • Unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI
  • Real-time pitch and tempo matching
  • VST effect and VSTi support
  • Over 20 real-time DirectX effects
  • 5.1 surround mixing
  • ASIO driver support
  • Nestable folder tracks
  • Beatmapper® remixing tool
  • Groove Mapping quantization tools
  • Chopper™ editing tools
  • Media Manager search technology
  • ReWire mixer and device support
  • Video scoring track (AVI, MOV, WMV)
  • Integrated disc-at-once CD burning
  • One-click music publishing to

More information on ACID Pro 6 software and the entire line of Sony Media Software products can be found at

About Native Instruments
Native Instruments is the pioneer and market leader in the field of software instruments, and one of the key players in the market of computer-based audio production technology. The company's mission is to develop outstanding musical tools for all styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike. Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996, and today offers an extensive product range for the Instruments, Guitar and DJ markets, designed and developed by three corresponding divisions within the company. Native Instruments currently employs more than 120 people in its two offices in Berlin and Los Angeles, and works closely with more than 40 international distribution partners to ensure its future growth and success. Fore more information, please visit

About Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software manages the following media creation software titles: Sound Forge® software, Vegas® software, CD Architect™ software, DVD Architect™ software, ACID® Pro software, Sony Sound Series™ music and sound effects libraries, Sony Vision Series™ graphics, animations and stock footage libraries, Noise Reduction™ plug-in, Vegas Movie Studio™ software, ACID Music Studio™ software and Sound Forge Audio Studio™ software, ACID XMC software, Jam Trax software, and Super Duper Music Looper™ software. The team also runs the ACIDplanet online service (, a worldwide community for progressive musicians. For additional product information, please visit


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