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basics of looping etc. .. just got ACID PRO

Discussion in 'Recording' started by J-3, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    hey guys, just got Acid Pro and tons o samples from a friend of mine. I was wondering if anyone would care to share some basics of this process. I've figured out how to put in a groove, loop it and build upon it etc but how about building the groove and thowing it into Nuendo for further over dubs? is this common? Also, what is the best way to build a drum groove from individual drum samples. IE, if I have certain groove in my head, do I record a snippet of it on real drums then loop in Acid Pro, do I use samples and build the groove in Acid or either one? Thanks for tha help.
  2. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    hey, there are many ways to work and they are all valid. I usually make a basic track in my daw, Digital performer, then send it to Sooundtracks (The mac version of acid) and I add loops from instruments that I can't play or don't have access to, like percussion, exotic drums, brass- you name it. then I send the individual tracks back into DP for further mixing- it works great for me that way-

    other times when I'm playing around with loops in soundtracks I'll come up with something interesting and send it to DP to add real instruments and vocals- then i might send it back and forth several times- that is if I am onto something special that i want to pursue. The main thing is to have fun and create. This is for my own projects. If am working for a client I'll go with what the client wishes- and if they are paying me by the hour its usually for staright ahead recording. Sometimes I'll charge a flat fee to produce something i like though, and I'll put in my time to make it sound the best- it all depends on the situation and where youre at, of course.
  3. davemoore

    davemoore Guest

    I used Acid Pro for a good 4 or 5 years and it worked GREAT. I loved it. Until I found out that when I wanted to record multiple tracks (i.e. Drums) I couldn't. It didn't support multiple tracks.

    If you are going to do loops, Acid is THE program to do loops. But if you are eventually going to get into recording possibly a band, yourself where you need more than one track recorded, I would steer in the direction of Cubase SX or another type program.

    I got so used to Acid that when I switched to Cubase it was a pain in the ass to figure all the new controls out. But I finally got it. Let me know what you decide to do. Acid is really a powerful little program, but not half as powerful as Cubase or the like. But again, if it's only loops and samples, stick with Acid, it's easy, and fun. Most importantly user Friendly. Let us know.

  4. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    hey thanks guys. yeah, it's pretty fun messing around with Acid. I have the whole band recording thing pretty well under control, I'm mostly wanting to be able to add loops to material I record in Nuendo in the future OR start in Acid with some cool gruves and expand upon it. I find Acid to be very limiting compared to Nuendo for recording and mixing of course. Does Acid have a export function to use to get the loops into Nuendo? How does that work exactly? Why do you bounce back and forth several times Maintiger? Just to add more loops as you think of them? So I guess I set the BPM in Acid and Nuendo the same and it should all hook up right? I'm shure I'll have lots of new questions next week when I dive into this more. Thanks so much. I'm really excited about messing around with this (new to me) technology. My girlfriend called me Moby though! ha ha ha ha......Well I'm off to shave my head so I can get the look going too..... :wink:
  5. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Hey one more thing, I assume it's possible to take individual samples of say Kick, snare, hats etc and assemble them into a groove. Any hints on doing this. OR is it much better to just mike the kit up and play the grove i want then loop that? Basicly I have a bunch of pre made loops and samples but when I hear a specific groove in my head I want to have that not somthing similar. Make sense? Thanks guys.

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