MAGIX released ACID Pro 11, the latest version of its longstanding loop-based creative DAW. Among its new features and additions are more ACID-ized loops, a sample chopper (triggered via MIDI), and a range of new effects. What’s already included can be expanded with additional content via in-app purchases.
In addition to ACID Pro 11, there is also ACID Pro 11 Suite with more bells and whistles, as well as the ACID Pro 365 monthly and yearly subscription plans. MAGIX really has you covered when it comes to purchasing options. Flexible pricing is infinitely better at fighting piracy than USB dongles!
MAGIX ACID Pro 11
Loop-based production remains at the heart of ACID Pro 11. ACID was my first DAW encounter and I fondly remember the immediacy of stacking a bunch of loops in the same tempo and key together in ACID. I’m reminded of it anytime I hear about the Ableton Push, Maschine Jam, and any product designed around triggering sync’d up loops. It’s a fun and accessible means to conjuring super-hits. The only limit to it is what you don’t know yet.
ACID is fondly remembered by many for being among the first DAWs to let you edit audio pitch and tempo. Speaking of which, ACID Pro 11 ships with 9GB of ACID-ized loops and 11 Suite tops out at 15 GB of the stuff. So there’s plenty of sample and loop fodder from the get-go at your disposal. Of course, you can also import your own audio to come up with beats and tunes.
ACID is Pro in all major ways, but its interface remains intuitive and accessible. The creative process is quick, especially if you have the right loops. To that, a built-in store lets you buy new sounds and loops on a whim.
New effects and instruments
The aforementioned Chopper, which can be triggered via MIDI, cuts up audio files and ACID loops into individual slices. You can play them from your MIDI controller which is a fast way of beatmaking. MAGIX also teamed up with Brainworx to borrow some new plug-ins for this release. Depending on the software version, the available studio effects include bx_oberhausen, bx_masterdesk, bx_console N, bx_console Focusrite SC, bx_crispy tuner, and bx_refinement. That’s a solid all-around package.
The new Morph Pads make for an interesting addition. Not unlike Ableton’s simplest sampler, you can assign audio tracks, instruments, or audio buses to a pad. Then you can morph between the sounds via different modulations of FX targets. There’s mangling to be made!
The software bundle is complete with Elements and Essential versions of iZotope Ozone 9 and Celemony Melodyne 5, along with various effects such as VariVerb II or the Analogue Modeling Suite Plus. You can find a detailed overview on the developer’s website.
Price and availability
Until June 29 2022, you will pay EUR 199 for ACID Pro 11, EUR 299 for 11 Suite, and EUR 20 / mo for Acid Pro 365. Upgrade prices are displayed in your user account, along with additional offers.
The software works under Windows 10 and 11. You can download a free demo version from the developer’s website.