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ACID 4.0 Tutorial


ACID 4.0 Tutorial

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Index ACID 4.0 Tutorial

Introducing ACID
Welcome to Sonic Foundry ACID
System requirements
Installing ACID
Using online help
Online help
WhatísThis? help
Help on the Web
Overview of ACID
Main interface
Track list
Track view
Window docking area
Keyboard command reference
Audio signal flow
MIDI signal flow
Whatís New?
Plug-in effects automation
5.1 surround mixing and surround pan automation
Alternate time signatures
ASIO driver support
Loop Cloning in the Chopper
Bus tracks
Enhanced time stretching for Beatmapped tracks
New audio panning types
New envelope fade types
ReWire support
MIDI piano roll editing
MIDI step recording
MIDI event list editing
VSTi support
Yamaha OPT support
Optimized DLS and VSTi soft synth controls
Multiple media file previewing and Explorer enhancements
Hotkey commands for track muting and soloing
Optimized ACID playback
Autosave crash recovery
Customizable default track properties
Windows Media Audio and Video import
Enhanced video handling
Getting Started
Starting projects
Setting project properties
Opening existing projects
Getting media files
Previewing media from the Explorer window
Adding media to the project
Understanding track types
Adding and editing events
Painting events
Changing the length of events
Erasing sections of events
Moving events
Using the cursor
Positioning the cursor with the mouse
Positioning the cursor with the keyboard
Positioning the cursor with the Go To command
Making selections
Selecting an event
Selecting multiple events
Creating time selections
Creating event selections within time selections
Working with tracks
Reordering tracks
Resizing tracks
Changing track colors
Renaming tracks
Duplicating tracks
Deleting tracks
Copying, cutting, and pasting tracks
Adjusting the mix
Muting tracks
Soloing tracks
Working with groups of tracks
Using undo and redo
Using undo
Undoing all edits
Using redo
Clearing the undo history
Playing the project
Using the transport bar
Using playback options
Using the Mixer window
Viewing the Mixer window
Using the mixer toolbar
Renaming mixer controls
Using the mixerís faders
Saving, rendering, and delivering projects
Saving projects
Rendering projects
Publishing to the Internet
Writing to CD
Editing Events
Copying events
Pasting events
Using the Paste command
Using Paste Repeat
Using Paste Insert
Cutting events
Deleting events
Trimming events
Splitting events
Splitting at the cursor position
Splitting an event
Splitting multiple events
Splitting a time selection
Splitting events within a time selection
Joining events
Ripple editing
Cutting events in ripple editing mode
Deleting events in ripple editing mode
Pasting events in ripple editing mode
Slipping and sliding events
Shifting the contents of (slipping) events
Slip-trimming events
Sliding events
Changing event properties
Using event envelopes
Setting an eventís volume envelope
Setting an eventís fade-in and -out envelope curve
Creating crossfades between events
Working in the Track View
Using project markers and regions
Working with standard markers
Working with time markers
Working with command markers
Working with regions
Using snapping
Choosing snapping options
Changing tempo, time signature, and key
Changing project tempo
Changing project time signature
Changing project key
Working with tempo/key/time signature change markers
Changing a trackís key
Changing an eventís key
Adjusting time
Inserting time
Fitting to time
Using the Chopper
Working in the Chopper window
Viewing the Chopper
Changing the Chopper grid
Changing Chopper snapping options
Magnifying the Chopper
Previewing in the Chopper
Using Chopper toolbar and keyboard commands
Inserting markers and regions in the Chopper
Creating selections in the Chopper
Placing files in the Chopper
Creating selections
Creating selections of a specific musical length
Inserting increments
Creating increments
Creating increments of a specific musical length
Creating increments of a custom musical length
Inserting selections in the track view
Using the Insert Selection button
Using copy and paste
Dragging selections
Moving the insert position in the track view
Saving Chopper selections as new files
Using the Chopper with one-shots
Working with Tracks
Using track effects
Creating or adding to track plug-in chains
Arranging plug-in chain order
Bypassing plug-ins in a chain
Removing plug-ins from chains
Saving plug-in chains as packages
Removing or bypassing all effects on tracks
Using track envelopes
Adding track envelopes
Adjusting envelopes
Using the Envelope tool
Hiding track envelopes
Removing track envelopes
Choosing stereo pan types
Using the Beatmapper
Understanding stretching properties
Configuring track properties
Adjusting general track properties
Adjusting stretching properties for loop or Beatmapped tracks
Adjusting track properties for MIDI tracks
Reloading files
Replacing files
Saving file properties
Mixing multiple tracks to a single track
Exporting loops
Using the Mixer
Using busses
Adding busses to the project
Routing tracks to busses
Routing busses to system hardware
Deleting busses
Using assignable effects
Adding assignable effect controls
Working with assignable effects chains
Routing tracks to assignable effect controls
Routing assignable effect controls to busses
Deleting assignable effect controls
Using soft synth controls
Adding soft synth controls to projects
Modifying soft synth control properties
Using ACID with ReWire panel applications
Deleting soft synth controls
Routing MIDI tracks to soft synth controls
Using mixer controls
Working with mixer controls
Adding effects to mixer controls
Working with multiple mixer controls
Automating mixer controls in track view
Recording in ACID
Recording audio
Setting ACIDís recording properties
Setting recording levels
Recording multiple takes
Reviewing and saving takes
Working with MIDI
Adding MIDI tracks
Adding MIDI files
Creating new MIDI files
Recording MIDI tracks
Changing MIDI track properties
Pitch shifting MIDI tracks
Setting root notes for MIDI tracks
Working with tracks in a MIDI file
Previewing MIDI files
Using the piano roll editor
Viewing the piano roll editor
Previewing MIDI
Selecting MIDI tracks
Adding note events
Editing note events
Quantizing note events
Deleting note events
Undoing and redoing
Saving MIDI
Using the list editor
Viewing the list editor
Previewing MIDI
Filtering the list
Editing events
Creating events
Step recording events
Quantizing events
Deleting events
Undoing and redoing
Saving MIDI
Loading third-party OPT plug-ins
Saving, reloading, or replacing MIDI files
Routing MIDI tracks to MIDI devices or soft synth controls
Resetting MIDI ports
Rendering projects with MIDI tracks
Playing MIDI from external devices
Adding external devices as MIDI inputs
Assigning MIDI inputs to soft synth controls
Synchronizing using MIDI timecode
Generating MIDI timecode
Triggering from MIDI timecode
Generating MIDI clock
Working with Video
Managing video
Adding or replacing video files
Removing the video track
Hiding and showing the video track
Synchronizing audio and video
Removing the videoís audio
Changing frame numbering
Editing video events
Moving video events
Trimming video events
Slipping and sliding video events
Using the Video window
Using toolbar buttons
Using the shortcut menu
Viewing the status bar
Previewing on external monitors
Scoring video with ACID
Working with 5.1 Surround
What is 5.1 surround?
Setting up surround hardware
Setting up surround projects
Routing to hardware in the mixer
Assigning audio to the LFE channel
Panning audio
Panning tracks
Panning mixer controls
Using the Surround Panner window
Automating panning
Turning on panning keyframes
Adding panning keyframes
Working with keyframes
Rendering surround projects
Burning AC-3 files to DVD
Customizing ACID
Working with ACID windows
Docking and floating ACID windows
Changing the time ruler format
Using the ruler offset
Using the project grid
Setting the grid type
Using the toolbar
Hiding and displaying the toolbar
Reordering toolbar buttons
Adding buttons to the toolbar
Removing buttons from the toolbar
Using the time display
Changing cursor position
Changing the time display
Monitoring MIDI timecode
Setting default track properties
Setting ACID preferences
Using the General tab
Using the Audio tab
Using the MIDI tab
Using the VST Instruments tab
Using the ReWire Devices tab
Using the Video tab
Using the Editing tab
Using the Sync tab
Using the Other tab
ACID Tips and Tricks
Adding long media files quickly
Playing with duplicate tracks
Detuning paired tracks
Duplicating with offset
Creating ping-pong pan effects
Adding depth with assignable effects
Playing double time/half time
Constructing the wall of sound
Adding through subtraction
Tweaking the dynamics
Fading in and out of mixes
Adding build ups
Creating wah-wah effects with automated Track EQ
Making automated changes more stark
Abruptly changing volume or pan
Turning automated effects on and off
Making automated frequency changes more natural
Overriding compress/expand
Slicing and dicing in the Chopper
Chopping new loops for alternate time signatures
Chopping multiple files into a new loop
Creating drum-roll build ups
Creating drum fills
Creating one-track remixes
Creating DJ-style crossfades
Creating pseudo-granular synthesis
Building instrument solos
Building scales

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