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Instant ACID

Book Description

ACID Pro 5 continues to break new ground in loop-based music composition. Novices can use it for basic loop-based composition drawing on the enormous talent of the loop-based creators to assemble a song by painting loops on the timeline. Musicians can augment existing loops by recoding their own loops, or by using it to create entire tracks that don't loop.

This Instant series guide uses carefully detailed screenshots and step-by-step directions to detail how you can use ACID in a concise, time-efficient way. Beginning with a review of the fundamental concepts, you get a complete guide to loop-based music including advanced looping techniques, methods to create your own loops, as well as a grab bag full of valuable tips and tricks.

Beyond looping, you learn how to: customize the interface to your preferences, work with a video tracks, beatmap to remix, fix tempo drift, or create new tracks, use Groove Quantization to improve rhythmic timing, achieve an efficient workflow with the Media Manager, record digital audio and MIDI, sync ACID with other software programs, apply effects plug-ins, mix for optimal effect, and master and burn the final project.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. Track Area
    2. Beat Rulers and Time Rulers
    3. Multiple Docking Areas
    4. Setting Up ACID the Way YOU Work
  7. Fundamentals of Looping
    1. ACID Properties/ACIDization
    2. Loops, Beatmapped Tracks, and One Shots
    3. Our First Project
    4. Drag, Drop, and Paint
    5. Cut, Copy, Paste, and Ripple
    6. Changing Tempo, Time Signatures, and Keys
    7. Markers, Regions, and Commands
    8. Saving a Project with All Its Loops
  8. Considerations for Nonlinear Video Editors
    1. Working with a Video Track
    2. Time Markers
    3. Tempo Markers
    4. Adjusting Tempo to Match Marker to Cursor
  9. Tips and Tricks
    1. Reverse Parts of Your Loops
    2. Use the Bus Tracks View
    3. Create a Natural Chorus Effect
    4. The “Wall of Sound” Effect
    5. Pitch-Shifting Tracks
    6. Detuning Tracks
    7. Employing Other Creative Tricks
  10. Beatmapping Existing Songs
    1. Know Your Copyrights
    2. Extracting Audio from CDs
    3. Matching Tempo
    4. Knowing When to Start
    5. Fixing Tempo Drift Using ACID
  11. Advanced Looping
    1. Manipulating Loops
    2. Reversing Events
    3. Pseudo-Granular Synthesis/Stutter Effect
    4. The Paint Tool and One-Shots
    5. Rendering FX with a Track
  12. Grooving to the Beat!
    1. Applying Grooves
    2. The Groove Pool
    3. The Groove Editor
    4. The Groove Editor and the Properties of a Loop Track
    5. Groove Cloning
  13. Organization Techniques
    1. Using Track Colors to Organize
    2. Using Folders Tracks to Organize and Edit
    3. Customize Media Folders
    4. Media Manager
  14. Creating Your Own Loops
    1. Choping to a New Track Using the Chopper
    2. Constructing New Loops Using Different Events
    3. Insert Event at Play Cursor/Paste Event at Play Cursor
    4. MIDI Tracks
    5. Rendering a New Loop
    6. Stretch Markers, Beat Markers, and Beat Anchors
    7. ACIDization of Rendered Loops
    8. ACIDized Track Types
  15. Recording Audio
    1. Audio Recording Hardware
    2. Setting Audio Device Preferences
    3. ASIO
    4. Windows Classic Wave
    5. The Record Window
    6. Monitoring While Recording via Hardware
    7. Recording Multiple Takes
    8. Working with Recorded Tracks
    9. Using the Metronome
  16. Recording MIDI
    1. MIDI Recording Hardware
    2. Selecting a MIDI Controller
    3. Selecting a MIDI Interface
    4. Selecting a MIDI Output Device
    5. Plugging It All Together
    6. VST Instrument Setup
    7. Multi-Port VST Instruments
    8. Making Your MIDI Recording
    9. Using the Metronome
    10. Selecting the Recording Device
    11. Recording
    12. Working with Track Properties
    13. Heads and Tails and What To Do About Them
    14. Strategy for Recording MIDI Loops
    15. Tracks and MIDI Channels
    16. Routing to MIDI Devices
    17. Addressing Multi-Channel MIDI Devices
  17. Syncing ACID with Other Programs
    1. Using ACID as a ReWire Mixer (Host)
    2. Using ACID as a ReWire Device (Client)
    3. Syncing to MIDI Timecode
    4. Syncing to MIDI Clock
    5. View Outgoing Timecode or Clock
  18. Applying Effects Plug-Ins
    1. DirectX Effects
    2. Effects Chains
    3. Tempo-Based DirectX Effects
    4. VST Effects Support
    5. Effects as an Insert or Send (Assignable FX)
  19. Mixing
    1. Approaching the Mix
    2. Inserts and Sends
    3. Buses
    4. Bus-to-Bus Routing
    5. Automation
    6. 5.1 Surround Mix
  20. Mastering
    1. Mastering Effects
  21. Burning the Final Project
    1. Track-at-Once CD Burning
    2. Disc-at-Once CD Burning
  22. Useful Formulas and Musical Aids
    1. Calculating Tempo and Seconds
    2. Calculating Delay and Decay
    3. Transposition Line
    4. I-IV-V-I Progression Chart
  23. Final Thoughts