Sony Acid Music Studio has all the right tools for everyone from the
casual music creator, all the way up to the true professional. The
learning curve for the program, while not steep, does require some
level of dedication to make the program realize it's full potential.
The program does help the user along in some respects with easy to
follow “Show Me How” tutorials. In no time, the user will be doing
fades and cuts and edits and creating a sound track.
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While Sony Acid Music Studio is for the most part user friendly,
having some level of musical skill will yield more inspiring
creations. In our research and use of this low cost, yet powerful
loop and sample based editing and creation software, we found that
not only are the aspiring musicians and music students using the
program to create music pieces...but filmographers can and do use it
to create music tracks for projects....and professional music artist
use Sony Acid Music Studio to create some incredible tunes.
Everything from Country, to Rock and some jamming Hip Hop and Rap
Beats have been created by professionals in the industry while using
Sony Acid products as part of the creative process.
The latest version is Sony Acid Music Studio 7, and as a music tool
it does so much. It does mixing, music effects, effects such as
panning, echo, reverb, distortions and even delay. For something
really cool, play around with re sampling your own vocals and
stacking your vocals in the chorus.... the program is one of those
must have programs if you have the least bit of interest in music
creation. Not only does the program come with a huge amount of
samples and loops for the user to be able to start utilizing right
away, but the program also allows the user to do some live
recording. Plug in a microphone ( we suggest a good one, not one of
those cheap ones), or you can plug in an instrument into your sound
card and click on record to capture you guitar licks, keyboard or
It's all pretty simple looking, to begin a project just pick your
loops, and it's a matter of point and drag the mouse pointer to
paint the music loop or sample onto a track. With multi track
capabilities about the only limitation is the users own creativity
Heres a run down of what the program does.
Over 3,000 ACIDized music loops
Multicore processor support
Intuitive pick, paint, and play interface
Unlimited tracks for audio and MIDI
Video scoring track
Automatic pitch and tempo matching
Alternate time signature support
Real-time loop preview
Support for multiple file formats in the same project
Mixing and Editing
Multitrack audio and MIDI recording
Multiple events per track with automatic crossfades
Studio-quality effects including EQ, reverb, delay, and more
Chopper editing tool and loop cloning
Beatmapper remix tool
Track-level volume, panning, and effects editing
Master bus track for project-wide volume and pan fades
Real-time audio effects preview during playback
CD audio extraction
Over 1,000 MIDI files for song creation
90 DLS instruments and 25 DLS-based projects
MIDI editing and sequencing
Inline MIDI editing with drum grid
MIDI step recording
MIDI track envelopes and keyframes
MIDI import and export
MIDI input filters for tracks
16-bit, 48kHz audio support
DirectX audio plug-in support
Tempo-based DirectX effects
VST instrument support
VST audio effect support
ASIO driver support
Export and Sharing
ATRAC editing and encoding
Gracenote MusicID CD album recognition
Integrated disc-at-once (DAO) CD burning
Unlimited MP3 export
Export to Sony Net MD players
Opens: AIFF, AVI, BMP, GIF, JPG, MIDI, MP3, OGG, PCA, SFA, SWF, TGA,
TIF, W64, WAV, WMA
Saves: AIFF, ATRAC3, AVI, MP3, OGG, QuickTime, RealAudio, RealVideo,
W64, WAV, WMA
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Now there are plenty of other music editing and creation software
products on the market, more than a share of really expensive ones.
Though if you equate price to professionalism, then your an idiot.
Even professional music producers can make use of this powerful
software. Sony Acid Music Studio does not just do it all for you,
you do have to actually work on the creation of the music. So if you
are thinking of just fronting and not actually having to invest some
time in the creative process, then do not look here. On the other
hand if you want to reap the creative rewards of this simple to use,
yet powerful software, take Sony Acid Music Studio for a test drive.
Get the demo at;
Welcome fellow Impulse Gamers, now that we have the low down on Acid
Music Studio, what it can do with music loops and mixing, I thought
it only appropriate to speak to a real professional artist that
makes use of Sony Acid products in some capacity as they create
their music. Rapper iCON the Mic King has been round the block and
still sounding surprisingly fresh with the mix of Rap and hints of
soul. With this man it seems like his dedication to his art, is
whole. (Making a living at it, can't be half bad either... but if
you really listen, the music is a life time, not a past time for
iCON the Mic King.
1: First off, thank you for taking time out to do this over the
net interview for Impulse Gamer. To kick it off, I have to
ask....the music industry is competitive enough, Granted a music
artist has to be freaking good at what they do. But for Rap
especially, For a Rapper you have to have some mad skills, it seems
you have to really be feeling it or you are not even yesterdays
news. How tough is it?
Well it certainly is a lot easier than you made it sound [laughs]!
However the struggle for me isn't in the creation of the rhymes it's
more in keeping all the balls I have to juggle in the air. In these
times with the industry being a lot less lucrative you end up having
to wear multiple hats to stay afloat. Even so I don't mind the
challenges and I like to think I make it look easy!
2: How did you get your start? What's your best memory of when
you first got your start? What's your worst?
My parents moved me out of Philadelphia for high school and rhyming
was one of the ways I stayed connected to my "urban roots." I
started out freestyling in '95, then started releasing records and
hitting the road in 2002 and haven't really looked back. Best
memory? Everything was magic when I was first starting I didn't
understand all the mechanics of rapping so it seemed like I was
dealing with word magicians so every cipher, every show, and battle
was amazing to me. You can still hear those ethics I learned from
then in the way I write. I guess my I just loved how fast in my case
that the student became the teacher. Worst memory? I don't like
focusing on negatives [laughs]!
3: Jumping around a bit here, since we are tying this interview
in with Mixing and sequencing on Sony Acid Music Studio, I
understand that no matter how good your system is, if the Mic is
crap, it just ain't happening. Between some of the basic Microphones
such as a Dynamic or Condenser Microphones also have a number of
different pick up patterns. (Cardioid , omni directional, and figure
eight pattern...) Are there certain types you find yourself using?
Do they help in that sound your trying to get?
Honestly I don't get that in-depth with it. I have a Rode NT-1A
condenser mic I record everything in Acid then I hand it over to my
main producer Chum the Skrilla Guerilla and he works his magic in
Acid and SoundForge. He has all the good plug-ins and the know how.
Truthfully I would want something warmer like the Blue Baby Bottle
mic. I'm pretty sure they are both cardoid but as a starving artist
I can't really afford it so I just got what I could and I'm lucky
enough to have an engineer who is real good at what he does.
4: What do you like the most about Sony Acid Music Studio?
I love how intuitive and easy to use it is. As with the rest of the
Sony products once you know one you know them all. It makes it very
easy for me to whip up custom instrumentals and intros for my shows
and even make a beat or two if I feel like it. It's especially easy
to record myself. I arm a track and hit ctrl + r then jump in the
booth. It's kinda funny to watch.
5: I have to admit, I was more than a little surprised at some of
the intricate string intros for such songs as Drifting with the tide
ft. awar. That is some really masterful stuff going on. How hard is
it to keep the bass elements with out screwing up the upper
frequencies? (I know mad skills...) How involved is the process?
Vanderslice made that track, I'm not sure the process that went into
it, however I know from watching Chum mix tracks it's pretty much a
guess and check process. You generally have an idea of what will
work from all the experience with the program but even so you have
to play around with the various assignable effects until it sounds
the way you want it to.
6: Speaking of the arrangements, some artists do it all as they
go, some start out with it, while some even dread it and leave it
for the very end. Do you have a process you stick to? Or is it
different every time?
I generally have an idea of what events I want to happen in the beat
as I go however a lot of the times those ideas don't mesh with the
producer's ideas and we'll argue it out but we'll arrange the beat
roughly and then fine-tune it once all the vocals are laid and
manipulated. Sometimes if a beat is arranged in such a definitive
way when I get it I'll just write directly to it so there no
post-arrangement at all but the former happens a lot more than the
7: Is there a song that you created and are not particularly
happy with, and if you could, you would take it back.... And Why?
[Laughs] If I say that then all the readers of this interview will
go download it so I should just lie and say a song that I really
like. There's plenty of songs I have that I don't like anymore
because I outgrew them in one way or another. I loved them all when
I made them though so that's gotta count for something. I don't
think I'd take anything back however I did kick around the idea of
re-recording some songs and re-releasing them as a record called
8: Tell us, if you can of your latest project...
I just released the first set of songs in my "Headphone Classics"
series. The songs are "Drifting with the Tide,” “Fall from Grace,”
and Sparks Fly. All songs feature my dude Awar and are produced by
my man Vanderslice. We did videos for “Drifting...” and “Fall From
Grace.” Headphone Classics is a series of songs I’m going to be
releasing quarterly as a way to give the fans new music and videos
regularly without having to reduce myself to making mixtapes.
9: Thank you so much for taking time out for this, now open
floor. What would you like to tell your fans and your soon to be new
Thank you for taking the time to shed some light on the best rapper
ever. [Laughs] Thank you (the reader) for taking some time to check
me out. Feel free to find out more and stay in contact at:
I’m So Good At This! Peace!
How about that Fellow Impulse Gamers?
You can also check out iCon The Mic King on iTunes, just search for
iCon The Mic King. If you do not have iTunes yet, get it at
Have fun, play games, be creative!