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Old 11-19-2020, 08:03 PM   #1
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Program Like Sonic Foundary Acid 3, for Linux

Back in 2000 I was running Sonic Foundry Acid 3. It was a nice program that did what what I needed doing without a fuss. Sony bought Sonic Foundry and they released several more versions, yet I stayed with good old version 3. I managed to run it in several windows versions until I finally got rid of Windows entirely in 2019.

I tried to install Acid in Wine and got a grobb freeble nop error so I had to abandon that idea.

Finally I decided to just install XP in qemu and run Acid that way. I knew that would work.

Ha! Silly me.

Well, it installed fine, and it ran, but the sound was so choppy as to be unusable: I could not even tell what I was hearing. I was never able to fix that so I had to give up. Poop.

My main use of Acid was to bring in tracks (either old cassette multi-track tunes by myself, or other tunes for mash-ups and remixs) and "regularize" them to a fixed tempo. Often I would slide pieces as small as only one note in length, snapping them to the grid of the rhythm. The looping and signal-processing features I did not use that often.

Does anyone who is familiar with Sonic Foundry Acid 3 know of a program, native to Linux, that is similar enough to be a usable replacement? File format compatibility is not a concern, since I will be using this for new projects, not for old Acid projects.

Thank you.
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what you are describing is the reason I most of the time do a dual boot
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It may be possible to run a VM on a well supported host that can run almost any of the near real time requirements. Might be possible to attach a usb audio that has hardware to make this work better.

There are a number of linux tools and they may or may not suit you. I'd start with Audacity maybe. A few others out there for music. Even a distro dedicated to audio video.


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