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10 ACCENT Special Edition - August 2010

ACID Music Studio 8 released                                                                                                              ü Middle School
                                                                                                                                          ü Secondary
A powerhouse for music education
                                                                                                                 ACID Music Studio’s Beatmapper function takes
For many years now, ACID Music                           including Linear, Fast, Slow, Smooth, Sharp and         the guess work out of this process, freeing up more
Studio has been one of the most                          Hold. Tempo curves are an efficient way to create       time to spend on the creative rather than technical
popular software programs in                             dramatic or subtle tempo changes in your project,       process.
education. It’s engaging and fun                         and an invaluable tool if composing music for film,
to use, but is also a very useful                        when such changes can be quite frequent.                                  When remixing a song the first few
teaching tool.                                                                                                                     steps are to import the song, deter-
                                                         Perfect for composing soundtracks                                         mine the tempo and divide the song
The appeal of ACID Music Studio is primarily             It’s worth noting here that, while it’s not a new fea-                    into workable lengths, called re-
        its ease of use. And to some extent, this        ture, ACID Music Studio does support all popular                          gions. Determining the tempo of an
        gives rise to a bit of a quandary... how to      video and graphic formats, and is the perfect tool                        entire song can often be a frustrating
maintain this simplicity and increase the feature set    to introduce students to arranging and composing                          and time consuming process... par-
with the release of each new version. As a result,       soundtracks for film, visual arts, “story books”                          ticularly if there are tempo changes
the basic functionality has changed little... with just  using stills and so on. This makes ACID Music           throughout the song. With Beatmapper this process
a couple of the new features enhancing the manipu-       Studio particularly relevant to middle school as an     is simple. This tool automatically determines the
lation of loops.                                         introduction to music creation using technology.        tempo of a complete song, and new markers in
                                                                                                                 ACID Music Studio allow you to Beatmap songs
Quality timestretching                                   New Mixing Console                                      with varying tempos and time signatures.
ACID Music Studio has always done a good job of
timestretching... i.e. changing the speed or duration    Previously only available in Acid Pro*, the new         Finally, the finished project can now be exported
of a loop without affecting the pitch. The new           audio and MIDI mixing console provides an inte-         in additional file formats such as AAC and FLAC ,
Zplane elastique timestretching feature improves         grated view of all tracks and busses in your project    allowing for more options with media and hardware
on this even further, particularly with more extreme     with the appearance of a traditional hardware-based     devices including the PSP, iPod and iPhone.
examples of timestretching involving vocals. You         mixer. Supporting up to four audio busses and four
can also use the ‘Preserve formants when stretch-        assignable effects chains, the additional routing op-   In addition to these new features, ACID Music
ing’ option to avoid the “chipmunk” effect.              tions allow for a more flexible and efficient studio    Studio comes with over 3,000 loops in a wide
                                                         recording environment.                                  variety of genres; an array of audio effects includ-
Tempo Curves                                                                                                     ing reverb, delay, chorus, phase and more; support
It’s now also possible to input tempo curves into        Again, for middle schools students, this can be a       for DirectX and VST audio effect and VST virtual
compositions. This allows you to easily create grad-     great way becoming familiar with mixer layout and       instruments; inline MIDI editing; multitrack audio
ual transitions from one tempo to another over the       functions while also learning practical mixing tech-    recording; publish songs to web and burn straight
duration of a project. There are 6 transition types      niques, before being unleased on real (and often        to CD.
                                                         expensive) hardware.
                                                                                                                 All this makes ACID Music Studio suitable as an
                                                         Remix it                                                ideal starting point for students in upper primary,
                                                         There aren’t too many students who wouldn’t             right through to film composition and other music
                                                         jump at the chance to remix their favourite songs.      technology studies in senior secondary.

                                                                                                                 If you’re new to ACID Music Studio there are
                                                                                                                 33 ‘Show Me How’ tutorials, with step-by-step
                                                                                                                 instructions for using all the main features. These
                                                                                                                 will undoubtedly prove very useful to students and
                                                                                                                 educators alike.

                                                                                                                      Highly recommended for middle
                                                                                                                       school thru senior secondary!
                                                                                                                        More details from Music EDnet
                                                                                                                                 Ph 1300 723 700

                                                                                                                 *When visiting schools we occasionally discover they have
                                                                                                                 purchased copies of ACID Pro. In the majority of cases this is an
                                                                                                                 unnecessary expense, as ACID Music Studio more than covers the
                                                                                                                 requirements for secondary level studies.
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