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Release Notes
 
ACID® Music Studio™ 8.0
January 2010
 
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 ACID Music Studio 8.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using ACID software on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New
  • Mixing Console window for a traditional hardware-style mixer view.
  • Up to four audio busses.
  • Up to four assignable effects chains.
  • Audio, MIDI, and bus tracks now include output meters.
  • Mute and lock event switches.
  • Phase, normalization, and channel control for audio clips.  
  • You can now invert the phase of audio tracks.
  • You can now drag events across tracks to create and move clips.
  • Custom labels for ASIO drivers and ports.
  • Enhanced timestretch and pitch shifting for Beatmapped clips with élastique Pro.
  • Metronome countoff.
  • Enhanced plug-in management.
  • Improved plug-in scanning via the Plug-In Manager.
  • Tempo curves between tempo markers.
  • Enhanced Beatmapper.
  • Support for opening and rendering FLAC files.
  • Support for opening and rendering AAC files.
    If you want to create audio files for Apple iPod®, choose Fraunhofer AAC from the Save as type drop-down list in the Render As dialog.
  • Floating docking windows.
3.0 Known Issues
  • Close all applications before you begin installing ACID Music Studio software.
  • If you save an ACID project from an earlier version of ACID software in ACID Music Studio 8.0, 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 Music Studio 8.0.
  • 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.
  • If you load an ACID Pro 7 project with multiple MIDI input assignments, the project's MIDI input settings may not be preserved. Click the MIDI Input button in a track header and choose Auto Input or Input Off.
  • If you load an ACID Pro 7 project with multiple MIDI input assignments, multiple MIDI input devices may be selected on the MIDI page of the Preferences dialog. Clear the check boxes for all but one device.
  • Soft synths loaded from ACID Pro 7 projects may not play audio immediately after loading. Opening the soft synth’s GUI in the Soft Synth Properties window or selecting the soft synth’s track will restore audio playback.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. ACID Music Studio software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista ® (Service Pack 2), or Windows 7
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 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
  • Internet Connection (for Gracenote MusicID Service)

    You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc. to activate the software.

5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by ACID Music Studio software to your computer.
 
Installing from a boxed product
  1. Place the ACID Music Studio application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your DVD-ROM drive).
    If you have turned off the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your DVD 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 Music Studio 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 Music Studio for your computer. 
6.0 ACID Quick Start Guide
Included on the ACID Music Studio application disc is an ACID Music Studio Quick Start Guide in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text. The Quick Start Guide is located in the Manual folder on the application disc.
 
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the Quick Start Guide, 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 turned off the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\ to browse to the installation folder.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\ folder.
  3. Browse to the installer for your language, double-click its 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 Creative Software Inc, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Creative Software Inc. there.
 
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8.0 Contacting Sony Creative Software Inc.
Sony Creative Software Inc. can be contacted in the following ways:
 
Mailing Address:
Sony Creative Software Inc.
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://www.sonycreativesoftware.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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