Fifteen construction kits are packed with guitar (rhythm and some leads), bass, and drums (with cameo appearances from keyboards and percussion), played by real people on real instruments. The kits have a ton of files—dozens in most, but 124 (!) in one— so parts are broken down into fairly granular sections. While it takes longer to put a project together than with longer loops, you can get more creative; and if you just need, say, a drum track or guitar part, you can stitch together something that works well with parts you create. There are also 15 Acidcompatible projects (download ACID Xpress for free from Sony’s website) you can use as the basis of your own projects.
The sound is straight-ahead indie rock—raw, but with a more “pop” edge than “angry punk” vibe—think mid-period Green Day, not The Clash. Not all tunes are hard; there are also some more “ballady” pieces, complete with chorus/fuzz guitar. Although most guitar/bass sounds are processed in the sense of being played through amps, there’s no over-the-top processing, and drums are recorded pretty dry. This makes it far easier to put your own stamp on the music.
Indie rock sample libraries are hard to pull off, but this has the raw materials needed to put together convincing rock music—particularly if you get creative, and use the various elements to make unique parts.
Contact: Sony Creative Software, www.sonycreativesoftware.com
Format: CD-ROMs with 552MB (736 files) of Acidized WAV files; 16-bit, 44.1kHz
List price: $59.95