Digital audio workstation ACID Pro 8 returns with all-new update

Loop-based digital audio workstation (DAW) ACID Pro is back with its first major update in 10 years.

MAGIX Software has overhauled the software that launched 20 years ago and has added many new professional features, instruments and effects and a 64-bit architecture. 

With a brand new modern interface and its innovative loop-based compositional environment, the software retains the easy workflow that it is famous for. ACID Pro has been revitalised for today’s creative artist and producer but is as easy to use today as it was at its release 20 years ago. 

The last major update to ACID Pro, by the previous owner Sony Creative Software, was in 2008. 

Acid Pro 8 product owner Torsten Heise said: “ACID Pro has a long, distinguished history and a very large and loyal following. It was vital, then, that we spent a long-time consulting with this ACID community of artists and producers over how we should improve the software. We are very pleased that most of their suggestions have been included in ACID Pro 8. This enormous passion of the ACID fan base has really transferred to me and my team.

“We firmly believe that, with its enhanced power and features-set, this latest version of ACID Pro will appeal to those users and a completely new generation of creative musicians and professional producers. ACID Pro 8 heralds a new dawn in the software’s glorious history and will become the DAW of choice for today’s forward-thinking and creative artists.” 

The company will be adding VST3 support in a free update later this year. 

With the new interface, MAGIX has redesigned the GUI to enhance working in a dimmed environment and further improve ACID Pro’s famed ease of use.

MAGIX has also added more than $1000 of instruments, loops and effects to ACID Pro 8. There is a virtual analogue synthesizer from DN-e1; plug-ins and audio tools from essentialFX Suite; guitar effects by way of sampling from Vita 2; plus 11 Vita solo instruments that cover everything from pop drums to cinematic synths. ACID Pro 8 also comes with a 9GB library of all new ACIDized loops and samples. 

MAGIX has also announced a new comprehensive online content platform where users can purchase even more ACIDized loops, sounds and instruments. 

With ACID Pro 365, MAGIX now also offers a flexible subscription service. Users get all the power and functionality of the regular ACID Pro 8 but enjoy all future updates, full support plus additional instruments and effects for a monthly fee from $7.99.