SmartSound Software has launched SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4, the new version of its flagship software for film and video professionals. Version 4 introduces a new capability called Mood Mapping. 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. 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 available.
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 when scoring their productions.
SmartSound technology has been bundled with or integrated into editing programs from companies such as Avid, Pinnacle, Adobe, Ulead and Cyberlink.
Coinciding with the launch of Sonicfire Pro 4 is the release of the first ten volumes of the Strata Series of multi-layer music. All music in the Strata Series is designed to work with the Mood Mapping capabilities in Sonicfire Pro 4. The first volumes in the Strata Series run the gamut of styles, giving professionals access to a wide range of music to fit their artistic vision.
Sonicfire Pro 4 is available for Windows XP or Macintosh OS X 10.4 and higher.
For more information, visit www.smartsound.com.