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Sony Creative Software Declares 2008 “Loop Year” At Namm Tradeshow

January 22, 2008
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“Our libraries are a legacy of great music and sound for producers and remix artists,” said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “The new subscription program is a great value that gives producers easy and convenient access to all the latest titles. Subscribers will get a commemorative bonus disc with 500 loops and 50 tracks from the ACIDplanet archives to kick off their collection, as well as an exclusive window to use their new titles before they show up in the catalog. We’re also pleased to be launching the “Quartet to Quintet” ACIDplanet.com remix contest, celebrating 10 innovative years of music made possible by creative people using ACID software and our libraries worldwide.”

The “Loop Year” subscription program offers an affordable way for music producers to receive fresh new libraries in a variety of genres a month in advance of public release throughout the year. Enrollment in the program begins today, with the first library shipping on March 1, 2008. The 2008 subscription enrollment deadline is May 1, 2008. Pricing for the subscription is US $349 for the year, which represents a savings of more than 50 percent off list price.

Entrants to the ACIDplanet.com ”Quartet to Quintet” remix contest launched today will be able to download a complete song built from all four Artist Integrated “Quartet” loop libraries released last month. The song will be in .MP3 format and will feature bass, drums, guitars, and keys -- along with built-in parts for solos -- and will have a set beginning and end. Entrants will then drop the .MP3 file into their digital audio workstation of choice and work on the song using any additional instruments or parts they choose. There will be no limit to the number of parts that can be added, however, the song cannot extend past its original running time.

The Grand Prize for this contest will be a NeKo LX keyboard workstation (MSRP US $6,000) provided by Open Labs (www.openlabs.com), which will come pre-installed with ACID Pro 6 and Sound Forge 9 software, as well as content from all four Sony Quartet loop libraries. Other prizes will be provided by Sony Electronics and Gibson Guitars, with a total of four prize packages for this contest.

Contestants may download the Quartet track starting today and must submit their remix entry by midnight February 28, 2008. ACIDplanet remix contestants may use ACID XPress software that users can download for free or they may also use their software of choice.

Price and Availability
The subscription program will be available for purchase starting on January 17 and will close May 1, 2008. The cost of the subscription is $349.00 USD and as subscribers, users will recieve an exclusive 30-day period before the library becomes publicly available. The first library in the series will ship in March 2008. For more information and complete contest rules, please visit: http://www.acidplanet.com

About Sony Creative Software
Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production. As a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the company also develops applications that enhance the experience for users of Sony hardware devices. Sony Creative Software customers span the globe and include seasoned professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as students, educators, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

ACID, ACIDplanet, ACID XPress, Artist Integrated and Sound Forge are trademarks of Sony Creative Software Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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