Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
ACID® Pro 6.0
July 2006
 
Contents
This document contains information on the following topics:
Applicable to boxed products only. If you've purchased a downloadable product, an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the product documentation is available from our Web site.
 
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Sony Media Software ACID 6.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using ACID software on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 6.0b
  • In previous releases of ACID 6.0, VSTi plug-ins would stop producing output if the plug-in caused an exception. You can now click the Enable button in the Soft Synth Properties dialog twice to clear the exception to reset the plug-in (if the plug-in allows resetting).
  • You can now load MIDI files that contain only SysEx data. When you load a SysEx-only file, a single track is created, and the SysEx data is displayed as keyframes.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused SysEx data timestamps to be calculated incorrectly during playback.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented you from opening SMF Type 1 files created in ACID 4 and 5.
  • A problem has been fixed that could cause some VSTi plug-ins to reload the current patch after receiving SysEx data.
  • A bug that could cause a crash after copying envelopes to the clipboard has been fixed.
  • A bug that could cause a crash when using Lynx audio hardware in ASIO mode has been fixed.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the Join command to incorrectly join unselected events that overlapped selected events.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause a rendered file to be truncated if you rendered immediately after changing the project tempo.
  • General improvements when adding, removing, or renaming ReWire devices.
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 6.0a
  • MIDI ports that are used by the Generic Control device driver are no longer reserved exclusively for external control and automation.

    If you have a MIDI controller that includes buttons and knobs, you can use the device as an external control device and as a MIDI input device—for example, you can use the buttons, knobs, and sliders on the device for external control, and still use the keyboard, pitch wheel, and modulation wheel for recording MIDI. MIDI messages that are mapped to external control functions are filtered when you record MIDI.
  • Multiple velocity stems can now be selected and edited with the Selection tool when in inline MIDI editing mode.
  • SMF type 0 files now report their track count correctly.
  • A bug has been fixed that could multichannel MIDI files from ACID 4 or ACID 5 projects to load incorrectly.
  • A bug that prevented rendering to QuickTime format has been fixed.
  • An alternative drawing method has been added for VST instruments. Right-click an instrument on the VST Instruments tab in the Preferences dialog and choose Use alternative drawing method. This alternative method may resolve issues with some VSTis displaying their user interface incorrectly.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause ACID to crash when pasting an envelope to a MIDI track.
  • A bug that caused ACID 5 projects to load with incorrect MIDI envelope data has been fixed.
  • A bug that prevented aftertouch data from being exported with MIDI has been fixed.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause ACID to play out of synch with external MIDI devices.
  • The Pitch shift and Speed settings can now be adjusted independently in the Event Properties dialog for one-shot clips.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause a crash when loading a stereo project when a 5.1 surround project was open.
  • A bug has been fixed that could freeze the Mackie Control Universal when enabling 5.1 surround mode.
  • Various improvements have been made for using ACID as a ReWire synth.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause audible clicking when playing fade-ins and -outs on looped audio events.
  • Pan envelopes are no longer hidden for busses that are routed to hardware outputs.
What's New in Version 6.0
  • Multitrack audio and MIDI recording
  • Input monitoring for audio recording
  • Multiple media clips per track (including copy-and-paste of events between tracks)
  • Automatic crossfades between overlapping events
  • MIDI editing on the timeline
  • MIDI track envelopes and keyframes for continuous controller, program change, and VSTi parameter automation
  • Processing and filtering for MIDI events
  • MIDI input filters for tracks
  • Drum grid timeline editing mode with drum map editor
  • Program map editor for external MIDI devices
  • MIDI export
  • Project sections for easy arranging
  • Envelope automation recording
  • Freehand envelope drawing on the timeline
  • Enhanced paint tool for MIDI, one-shot, and Beatmapped clips
  • Dynamic playback optimization maximizes audio performance
  • Support for control surfaces including the Mackie Control Universal and Frontier TranzPort
  • Gracenote® MusicID™ technology for extracting audio from CDs (not available in trial mode)
  • Film-style panning mode for 5.1 surround projects
3.0 Known Issues
  • Close all applications before you begin installing ACID software.
  • If you have a USB SmartMedia reader device installed on your PC, you may experience problems when you attempt to access your CD drive from ACID software for extracting audio or burning CDs. This is due to an error in the SmartMedia reader driver. Using the Unplug or Eject Hardware Wizard to remove the reader should allow the software to function normally.
  • If you save an ACID project from an earlier version of ACID software in ACID 6.0, it will be unusable in earlier versions of ACID software. Use the Save As dialog to save the project with a new name after editing it in ACID 6.0.
  • If you open an ACID 3.0 project that includes MIDI tracks that have track effects applied, the effects will be discarded.
  • If you open an ACID 3.0 project that includes MIDI tracks that have DLS voice sets applied via Track Properties, the DLS association will be lost. Please create a soft synth control in the Mixer window and apply the appropriate DLS set to the soft synth control. You can then route your track to the soft synth.
  • Timeline offsets are not sent correctly when generating MIDI timecode. Synchronize your projects so measure one starts at 00:00:00.000.
  • 24-bit Windows Media Audio files will always be read as 16-bit files in Windows 2000 (multichannel files are read as 16-bit stereo). This is a limitation of the operating system. You can render 24-bit WMA files, but if you want to read these files as 24-bit audio, copy them to a Windows XP machine.
  • Your network connection needs to be enabled and active to register the Gracenote® Music Recognition Service. If you register without an active network connection, the Gracenote service may appear to register successfully, but you will be prompted to register again when you attempt to use the service.
  • If you use the selection tool to select MIDI notes before clicking the event to select it, changes made on the MIDI Processes and Filters dialog may be applied to notes that are not selected.
  • The .acd-zip file produced from saving a project whose uncompressed media total more than 2 GB in size is likely to be corrupt.
  • When using the Chop to New Clip command on a mono clip, a stereo template may be selected by default. Use the Template drop-down list in the Chop to New dialog to choose an appropriate mono rendering template.
  • When using ACID as a ReWire device in Reason, playback may fall out of synch if you initiate playback using the transport controls on the ACID MIDI Clip Properties window. Stop playback and restart using the main transport controls below the ACID timeline.
  • When ACID is operating in ReWire device mode, automation recording will not create envelopes properly. Existing envelopes will function correctly.
  • When using Reason as a ReWire device in ACID, resetting MIDI ports from Reason may cause ACID to hang or crash.
  • Performance may be decreased (and ACID may become unresponsive) when using ACID as a ReWire mixer and using an external control surface at the same time.
  • ACID may become unstable and crash after rendering when using the ASIO driver for the M-Audio Ozone audio interface. Use the Audio Device tab in the Preferences dialog to switch to the Windows Classic Wave Driver when attempting to render while using this audio interface.
  • If Windows Terminal Services is turned off, ACID will display an error during startup. You can re-enable Terminal Services in the Services Control Panel. Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools >Services, and then double-click the Terminal Services entry. In the Terminal Services Properties dialog, set the Startup type drop-down list to Manual or Automatic. Click OK, and then right-click Terminal Services and choose Start from the shortcut menu.
  • ACID Pro 6.0 includes drum, control, and program map template files for a number of MIDI hardware devices. In many cases, we do not have access to this hardware to verify these template files, so they are officially unsupported. However, we encourage you to send updates to MD-MIDI-Devices@sonyconnect.com so that we may include corrections and support for additional devices in future releases.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software ACID software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4 or XP
  • 1 GHz processor (1.2 GHz if using video)
  • 256 MB RAM; 512 MB recommended
  • 150 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 600 MB hard-disk space for optional Sony Sound Series Loops & Samples™ reference library installation
  • 2.2 GB hard-disk space for installation of Native Instruments KOMPAKT Sony ACID Pro edition
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only)
  • Supported CD-recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later (included on DVD-ROM)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 (included on DVD-ROM)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on DVD-ROM)
  • Internet connection (for Gracenote MusicID)
5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by ACID software to your computer.
 
Installing from a boxed product
  1. Place the ACID application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive).
    If you have disabled the AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Click Install, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of ACID for your computer.
Installing from the Web
  1. Download the install utility from our Web site.
  2. Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of ACID for your computer. 
6.0 ACID User Manual
Included on the ACID application disc is a complete ACID User Manual in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text, should you need a hard copy. The manual is located in the Manual folder on the application disc.
 
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the application disc in the \Extras\Adobe Reader folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the application disc in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr707_en_US.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD or DVD drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr707_en_US.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
7.0 Demos
If you would like information or demos of other products from Sony Media Software, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Media Software there.
 
Commercial distribution of the Sony Media Software demos requires written permission from Sony Media Software.
 
8.0 Contacting Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software can be contacted in the following ways:
 
Mailing Address:
Sony Media Software
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/support/custserv.asp.
 
Telephone support during normal office hours:
  • 1-800-577-6642 (toll-free) in US, Canada, and Virgin Islands.
  • +608-204-7703 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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