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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Acid Pro Simplifies Music Edits

BALTIMORE -- Like it or not, music in the late 20th century is all about sampling. Pop music, hip-hop, rock, techno and even jazz are increasingly being built around sampled sounds and bits and pieces of existing music that are cut, pasted and played repeatedly in what are called loops.

The software company Sonic Foundry has built a stellar reputation among musicians, amateur and professional, with its excellent desktop sound editing tools. The latest release, Acid Pro 2.0 ($399), is an amazing piece of software that is as easy to use as it is powerful and sophisticated.

To make music with Acid Pro, a user needs only to be able to drag and drop objects on a Windows PC.

Tunes are built around libraries of sound loops that come with the program. Sound loops also can be purchased on separate Loops for Acid CDs ($59.95 each) and downloaded from the company's web site (or elsewhere on the Internet). Users can also record their own audio and introduce it into the program.

The interface is divided into three sections: a window showing a list of tracks; a track view showing the "audio events" a user has loaded; and an area for editing tracks, navigating the library of tracks on a PC, and accessing an audio mixer and an effects generator. The manual has a quick-start section that will have users cutting and pasting audio masterpieces in less than an hour.

A cheaper, more limited version for casual audionauts, Acid Music 2.0, is available for $99.95. For information, see