updated 03:15 pm EDT, Mon April 10, 2006
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4
SmartSound today launched Sonicfire Pro 4, a new version of its flagship software. Version 4 introduces a new capability called Mood Mapping, which it says represents "the biggest advancement in music scoring technology since the launch of SmartSound's first software more than a decade ago." Through a single Mood Map track and a collection of preset mood mixes, users can instantly and precisely match the feel of their music to the changing mood of their productions, without having to perform any advanced audio or music editing or mixing. Coinciding with the launch of Sonicfire Pro 4 is the release of the first ten volumes of the Strata Series of Multi-Layer music, which is designed to work with the Mood Mapping capabilities in Sonicfire Pro 4.
"Sonicfire Pro 4 with Mood Mapping marks a major breakthrough in how film and video professionals score their productions," said Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, Inc. "It allows users to completely change the feel of their music scores without getting bogged down in a complicated process. This is the first time that this level of control over individual instrument layers has been available in a way that any film and video professional can quickly grasp and use."
In Sonicfire Pro 4, each music selection has a Mood Map track, where users can identify points in their production where changes in mood occur. They can change the mix of the score to fit each mood by selecting from one of a wide range of preset mixes. Each mix has the individual instrument layers set to different levels, depending on the feel desired. Examples of preset mixes include "Heavy," "Sparse," "Dialog" and "Acoustic."
In addition to the preset mixes, each layer can be manually adjusted by moving a slider to match the desired level, offering users unlimited possibilities in mixing their music. If a user needs to duck the horns of a particular piece of music down for dialog, or bring up the strings to add to the suspense, such changes are immediately at their fingertips.
The addition of Mood Mapping makes Sonicfire Pro 4 the most complete music scoring solution available, giving users total control over the feel and mix of their scores as well as the timing. Sonicfire Pro 4 presents users with multiple arrangements of music from SmartSound's library at any length needed to score their production. Selecting different variations changes the mood of the overall production. Mood Mapping lets the user adjust the mix of the variation to have almost limitless creative possibilities when scoring their production.
Sonicfire Pro 4 is now available for pre-order and is expected to begin shipping on April 24. Packages including the software and a total of 20 multi-layer tracks will be $250; dealer and Web pricing is expected to be $200. Additional Strata Series discs are $100 each. Sonicfire Pro 4 and the new Strata Series discs will also be available for purchase from SmartSound's booth at NAB 2006 in Las Vegas from April 24-27 (booth no. SL2955); it requires Mac OS X 10.4.