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Old May 16th, 2003, 01:22 PM   #1
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Just tested the demo of Sonic Fire Smartsound ( ). This tool can automatically build soundtracks for your video and you can enhance it with new soundlibraries for different occasions / moods. You work with a timeline on which you see the video, than you can tie sounds/effects on the timeline and fade them etc

Anyone here that uses this tool ? thoughts?

Are their any other good tools like this?

Are there any good sites on the net that offers free sounds? Like handclapping, closing door, accelerating car etc etc?

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Old May 16th, 2003, 01:55 PM   #2
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I too have used the demo and was very impressed. However, it seems that Final Cut Pro 4 will incorporate many of those features and I am holding off until I update to FCP4 and can evaluate it's features.

Do a search for sound effects libraries, they have been covered in the past.
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Old May 16th, 2003, 03:43 PM   #3
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I've used SmartSound for about ,Hmmmm, maybe 4 years???
I can't remember. It was packaged with an NLE I bought back then. Some of it is pretty cheeezy but some is also pretty good stuff and they have a number of new palettes out now.
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Old May 17th, 2003, 11:15 AM   #4
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i guess im of the old school, but i dont like using things like this.
Mind you i understand that not every video producer has the same setup as i do (Music Studio) but i ususlly create my own fills as i watch the footage capture (or create the fill as i edit...)
I feel that little extra work gives it a piece of "me" and my individuality comes out into the project in a more profound manner...

I dont think preset tracks are copout, but in all honesty, the fact that these smartsounds are readily available to everyone doesnt really make tehm all that unique.

Acid is a good alternative, but in the end your still messing with other peoples loops...

another alternative, (which is something ive been tryin to push down here in aus) is to ask a local muso to give u a hand and write some tracks for you.
this provides them with some exposure and its free music for you.
You both win.
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