Using Automation


Automation allows you to control audio levels, panning, and effect parameters over time. You can create fades, apply stereo panning, and add effects with parameters that change throughout your project.

Automation is represented on the timeline as an envelope. You can create automation by adding envelopes to your tracks (including bus tracks), or you can record automation parameters by adjusting controls in the ACID interface (or on a control surface) during playback.

Acid Pro warning OverviewGain, level, and panning controls can adjust automation (dynamic) settings, or they can function as trim (nonautomated) controls.

The trim setting is added to the automation settings so your envelope or keyframe values are preserved, but with an offset applied. For example, setting an audio track’s trim control to -3 dB has the same effect as decreasing every envelope point by 3 dB.

If your automation is not behaving as expected, you may have applied a trim value that is offsetting your automation settings.

When a control is set to adjust trim levels, its handle is displayed as a Acid Pro b staticthumb Overview. When a control is set to adjust automation levels, it is displayed as a Acid Pro b automodethumb Overview.

What do you want to learn more about?

Acid Pro  OverviewAudio track automation

Acid Pro  OverviewMIDI track automation

Acid Pro  OverviewAutomating VSTi parameters

Acid Pro  OverviewBus track automation

Acid Pro  OverviewAutomating audio effect parameters

Acid Pro  OverviewAdjusting envelopes

Acid Pro  OverviewRecording track envelope automation