Sonic Foundry's Acid is probably one of the most exciting
products of the last years. It lets you produce professional music with
a minimum of knowledge and effort. I seldom had so much fun playing
around with a program, right from the beginning.
Acid Loops can help you boost your creativity
You just have to drop some loops on different tracks, arrange
and mix them. You can easily change tempo and key
of the whole song.
But there is one drawback. Without the appropriate material you cannot
get the most out of this program. They are the lifeblood of this
program. Of course you can do pretty much with the library that comes with
the application, but if you experienced the potential of this software
you certainly want more.
You should not limit your creativity that way. Use the
sounds you really want to use, not some substitutes. That makes
the difference between a professional sounding track and some cheap demo.
Listen before you buy !
Before you spend all your money on great
loops (there's a lot to spend), you should find a way to listen first. The
loops are not cheap so make sure you really get exactly what you
want. You may find a dealer who lets you check it out first, or you
can get demos to listen if the material is what you expected.
You can also find sources on the Internet,
that let you listen to demo loops or songs. They sometimes also offer
free loops. Of course not every loop sounds great and it
sometimes takes time to find what you want. Don't
compromise with that especially when you buy loops.
As Sound forge and Acid (former Sonic Foundry) are bought by
SONY now, I give you the new address here in case you have desperately
searched for it already (like I did). You can also listen to some demos
of loops and sounds
the Sony homepage.