At NAB 2008, SmartSound Software (South Hall, #SL7712) will show Sonicfire Pro 5 (pictured, Version 4). Shipping in June, this new release provides access to the largest selection of fully customizable library music available, and offers new music timing controls and searching features.
Sonicfire Pro focuses on timing controls, specifically the timing of events in a music score to key points in a production.
Sonicfire Pro 5 features new enhancements to its award-winning Mood Mapping feature that allow the user to easily and precisely match the timing of a score with events in a production. Users will be able to grab a beat in a piece of music and drag it to a nearby edit point or other key event in a video timeline without changing the rhythm and length of the rest of the score.
New control over the timing of the music section changes helps editors create dynamic music that matches the pace of their scenes. Also added to this release is the ability to adjust the tempo of any SmartSound music track while maintaining customization control.
With the new "Spotting and Timing" feature, editors can mark key points in the production where additional musical emphasis is required; Sonicfire Pro 5 will recommend the best-fitting music and provide different options and methods for achieving the best overall fit with the key points in the visual.
This ability to include key events in a video timeline as a factor in the music search is one critical element of the new Sensory Searching feature in SmartSound's reconfigured Express Track search tool. Sensory Searching uses an individual's musical preferences to drill down to exactly the right piece of music, dynamically changing search results in real time as the user modifies his/her parameters.
Sonicfire Pro 5 will be sold in two editions: The Express Track Edition gives access to the improved music search function and basic customization options such as length, arrangement, and overall instrument mix; the Scoring Edition includes access to the Timeline editing tools, such as the new advanced timing controls and precise control over the instrument mix throughout the score. The Express Track Edition will be free with any purchase from SmartSound's Multi-Layer Music library, or customers can upgrade to the Scoring Edition for $99.95. Any customer who is a registered Sonicfire Pro 4.5 owner will receive a free upgrade to the Sonicfire Pro 5 Scoring Edition.