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FEATURE
ACID® Xpress
American Idol EMC
ACID Music Studio™ 6
ACID Pro 6
General
Dual/multi-core processor support*
 
 
 
Support for external control surfaces*
 
 
 
Enhanced paint tools*
 
 
 
Dynamic playback optimization*
 
 
 
Number of tracks
10
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Maximum bit depth/sample rate
16/48kHz
16/48kHz
16/48kHz
24/192kHz
Interactive "Show Me How" tutorials
 
Media Manager™ technology
 
 
 
Customizable loop searches and tagging
 
 
 
Video scoring track
 
 
Live audio recording
Customizable keyboard mapping
 
 
 
Customizable UI, Windows XP theme support
 
 
"Get Media" option
Time markers
 
 
Tempo markers
Metronome for playback and record
 
 
Macromedia Flash™ .swf format import
 
 
Mixing and Editing
Multitrack Audio and MIDI recording*
 
 
 
Multiple media events per track with automatic crossfades*
 
 
 
On-the-fly punch-in recording*
 
 
 
Record input monitoring*
 
 
 
Track record meters*
 
 
 
ACID project sections*
 
 
 
Envelope automation recording*
 
 
 
Freehand envelope drawing on the timeline*
 
 
 
Groove Mapping™ quantization with Groove Cloning™
 
 
 
Nestable folder tracks
 
 
 
5.1 surround mixing
 
 
 
Film-style panning mode for 5.1 surround projects*
 
 
 
Beatmapper remixing tool
 
Real-time event reverse
 
Volume and pan envelopes
 
 
Tempo and key changes
Ripple editing / edits across tracks
 
 
Bus-to-bus routing
 
 
 
Drop one-shots in real-time via keyboard commands
 
 
Track bouncing
 
 
Chopper loop editing tool
 
 
Adjustable stretching properties
 
 
 
Alternate time signature support
 
Effects & MIDI
Inline MIDI editing*
 
 
 
MIDI track envelopes and keyframes*
 
 
 
MIDI filtering and processing*
 
 
 
MIDI file export*
 
 
 
Program Map Editor*
 
 
 
Drum grid editing mode with drum key maps*
 
 
 
MIDI playback
MIDI piano roll editing w/snap-to-scale and note filtering
 
 
MIDI recording/event list editing
 
 
VSTi support
 
 
VSTi parameter automation*
 
 
 
VST effect support with automation and tempo sync
 
 
Yes/no automation
Multiport VSTi soft synth support
 
 
 
DLS sample file support
Rewire mixer/device support
 
 
 
Track effects
 
 
Yes/includes ExpressFX
DirectX® Plug-In support
 
 
Yes/includes XFX 1,2,3
DirectX plug-in effects automation
 
 
 
Tempo-based DirectX effects
 
 
Audio Plug-In Manager
 
 
 
Bypass all effects command
 
 
 
ASIO™ driver support
 
 
Generate MIDI Time Code and MIDI clock
 
 
 
Master bus track
 
 
CD and Export
Gracenote® CD album identification*
 
 
 
CD extraction
 
TAO/Disc-at-Once CD burning
 
Edit source project
 
 
Publish to ACIDplanet.com
Export to Sony NetMD™ handheld devices
 
MP3 open/save
20 free encodes
Windows Media™ support
Saves to WMA 48 kbps
ATRAC™ format support*
 
 
 
QuickTime support
 
MPEG encoding support (with optional plug-in)
 
 
* New Feature in ACID Pro 6


 
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