Acidize your wav files!

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Czar of Midi
Administrator Since: Apr 04, 2002

Hey, thanx to some friends on a beta news group dB and I are on I came across this great little tool. It will acidize 1 wav file, a batch of wav files or a whole hard disk full of wave files at one time. It apperantly will set it up as either a one shot sample, a loop, or a disk based audio file. The free version appears to be limited, not sure how, but the license for one PC is $24.95. And seeing as how Sonar uses the same type, including Acid files I think it might be worth the price. Much simpler then converting them on a non-permanant basis in Sonar.

Here is the link. www.x2sw.com/shareware/acidizer.asp

I allready ordered it and will let ya know how it looks.

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Dec 29, 2004 01:14 am

I'm curious, whats the difference between an Acidized file and a regular wav? Is it similar to AA's .cel file which is a compressed loop?

Dan

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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Dec 29, 2004 01:42 pm

Yeah, I don't really understand why you need to acidize a wav file, when Acid will just adjust tempo and loop a regular wav file. I guess I don't understand the advantages of doing it.

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Dec 29, 2004 09:02 pm

A regular wav file cannot be pitch transposed like an acid file can. At least not as accurately.

What Acidizing does is add digital markers to tell the application such as Acid, or Sonar, or Project 5 what the exact number of beats, the original key, and the original tempo are so it can follow and tempo, key and pitch changes throughout the tune. So it makes the loop or one shot usable almost like another instrument that follows the melody line you set forth in the track.

For instance, in Sonar I can just lay in a guitar rythm or chord that had an original key of C# and then just drop markers along the way telling it the melody, like B, D, G, E and so on. It will follow it as if you were actually playing the melody.

Same goes for setting tempo maps out, just tell the application were the changes are and the loop is stretched or shrunk to match it, without distorting it as would happen if you did that with a regular wav file.

Also the pitch changes are much better sounding then using just a regular wav file as well.

The nicest thing I found is unlike Acid which can only acidize one single file at a time, and its a bit cumbersome. Acidizer allows you to drag a whole folder, or an enitre disc into it and in one smooth click, acidize the entire thing, every little bit of it. For me I found that amazing as well as very usefull and time saving.

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Dec 29, 2004 10:28 pm

Interesting. I'm not sure AA can use Acid files I'll have to check into that.

Dan

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Dec 29, 2004 11:10 pm

OD, as far as I know right now. Sonar is the only DAW that is capable of using Acid files right in its own tracks without added pluggins. I could be wrong, but as of yet I havent seen any others.

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Jan 01, 2005 11:59 pm

Thanks Noize, yep looks like Audition has no support for it.

Dan

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Jan 02, 2005 03:49 pm

OD, if you get the Acid demo or free version that flame posted a link to awhile back then you can use them that way. I dont remember if Acid is Rewire compatable or not, but if it is and Audition is Rewire compatable then you would be set.

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Since: Jul 02, 2003


Jan 02, 2005 06:03 pm

I'll check into that, AA does have Rewire suport.

Dan

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