you ever wanted to create great sound tracks for video or multimedia
and wanted to have a fast, easy tool to use via your computer
SmartSound may be the answer. SmartSound is an assembler of
musical blocks, with a minor in editing.
program is available for Mac and Windows and ships with a CD
library of 22KHz, 16-bit audio files called SmartBlocks, including
music of widely used effects (For just under $100 more, you
can buy two CDs with the same sound libraries in 44.1KHz, 16-bit
format. The quality of the sound files is excellent, even in
the lower resolutions and is great for all video and multimedia
is SmartSound unique? SmartSound's power and effectiveness lies
in it's ability to manipulate real music and audio almost instantly,
with no knowledge of music or editing required from the user.
It stands significantly apart from the myriad of sound wave
editors and "midi sequencers" that
assume the person wants to learn about music and editing
before they can produce professional results. SmartSound was
conceived and developed from the ground up to get professional
results in customizing audio, with no learning curve. Gone are
the visually complex sound wave display, MIDI "events"
lists and musical notation common to every other audio program
on the market.
features two extremely accessible interfaces; First is the Maestro,
which is a simple "Wizard"-like series of screens
that will walk the user through the process of creating a highly
professional soundtrack with simple radio-button selections
and interactive prompting and information. The Maestro is an
automated composer that asks for your specifications regarding
the length of the composition,
purpose, and mood, then gives you several optional pieces
to preview and choose from.
Smart Blocks Editor, coverts audio to simple graphical elements
called Smart Blocks which can then be dragged and dropped to
a "paste-board" time line. Living up to its name,
SmartSound creates music in a specified format (length, style,
mood) by combining phrase blocks into smooth pieces, which can
be saved for use in multimedia or video applications. A large
library of musical blocks and sound effects comes with the program,
or tracks can be imported. The software ships with a complete
library of full digital music and sounds featuring top professional
musicians from Hollywood. My favorites are the cool sound effects
which can be totally customized. This music and audio is then
encoded to work with the software to allow the user to customize
it very precisely to their specifications including length accurate
to 1/10 of a second, style, mood, usage and other parameters.
These customized, high-quality files can then beimported into
any multimedia authoring, video editing, presentation or another
audio software to create compelling, powerful mood enhancements
for their visually oriented projects.
main window of the program is the Sequencer, in which blocks
are laid end to end to form a finish piece. Blocks are loaded
into the Block Window via the Sequence Window in which blocks
are laid end-to- end to form a finished song. Blocks are loaded
from disc to a browser,
then dragged into the timeline. Sequences can be exported as
AIFF, QuickTime, or Wave and stereo/mono. There are a number
of effects that can be added to individual blocks in the sequence
or to all at once, including 15 echo, flange, volume, and EQ
presets. The effects single slider is used to control the level
or mix of the files, at a choice of resolution, sample rates,
and stereo or mono. SmartBlocks are the clips or phrases that
come with the program, smart in their ability to sense how well
they will blend with what comes before or after them in the
sequence. A small red flag will appear on the SmartBlock in
the timeline warning of possible incompatibility, which can
be eased by using smoothing tool to better blend the transitions.
lets take a look at some actual clips that have a sound track
created in SmartSound. The graphic above shows the actual structure
of how the track was created. I wanted to make it exactly thirty
seconds which was easy. I just added blocks,arranging them to
get the best composition for my needs and was able to simply
drag the blocks to fit the time frame. There are several automated
features like smart fade which will actually adjust the blocks
for you. Once the track was the way I wanted it I simply exported
it as a .wav file and then used it inside my video edit program
as the sound bed.
next clip was created exactly the same way. The screenshot above
shows the different color blocks are actually two separate music
pieces that have been imported into the block window from the
included CD. Additonal CDs' are available or you can import
your own wav or aiff files but you must create your own blocks.
As you can see I merged two separate pieces of music inside
the sequence window to create one 30 sec track.
lets look at a company logo. It's a clip just under 15 seconds,
so I used the Maestro to build a 13 sec track and then added
an electronic sound effect at the end. It took about 15 minutes
to build this audio.
a tool for creating quick and simple soundtrack pieces for video
or multimedia, SmartSound is especially fun to use as a preparation
tool, to export sound collage beds for further work in . Because
of its speed and clean sound, it's also a great tool for roughing
out several versions of a musical idea.
Soundtracks Automatically: SmartSound's patented technology
creates professional soundtracks to your exact specifications
in terms of length (accurate to 1/10 of a second), usage, style,
mood and arrangement with simple radio button selections in
the Maestro ("Wizard" process).
Complex Soundtracks, Easily: SmartSound's drag and drop Smart
Blocks(r) environment allows you create single, complex soundtracks
spanning multiple styles and moods in minutes, by simply dragging
and dropping easy to understand graphical blocks to a paste-board
Tools That Save Time in Working With Audio: The patent pending
technology forms the basis for a variety of Smart Tools that
automate the process of working with audio in the Smart Blocks
editing environment. They include the End at Marker Tool (auto
length), Auto-End Tool (create a piece with a musical ending),
and other powerful tools including "Smoothing" (automatically
smooth rough transitions), Add a Block and Delete a Block that
save even professional users significant time.
a Complete, Professional Music Sound Library
ships with a library of 50 categories of music and sound effects
created by top Hollywood professional musician and composers.
These tracks are enabled to work with all of the Automated and
Smart features of the SmartSound Technology.
SmartSound Audio Palette Series of add-on CDs allow you to build
a large, robust and varied library of categories from which
you can build an almost limitless variety of soundtracks. The
software design allows your copy of SmartSound to be updated
when you purchase a new SmartSound Audio CD, so the software
always 'knows' exactly what audio you have available from which
to create soundtracks. New Audio Palette series CDs are being
released regularly, on average (at this time), of at least one
every quarter. Check their website at http://www.sonicdesktop.com
for the latest list.
Free: All SmartSound enabled music is completely royalty free
so you need'nt worry about any additional payments. From jazz
to classical, rock to cinematic and every style and instrument
combination in between, SmartSound enabled music has it covered.
and Edit Your Own Audio: Imported audio will not respond to
the Smart and Automated functions of the software but can be
edited and customized (manually) in the SmartSound editing window
and dragged and dropped as graphical blocks to the timeline
to personalize your soundtracks with your own music and sound.
? Warning: SmartSound's unique hinting and warning system, guides
any user to making the right - and most musical - choices, regardless
of your musical knowledge. No other audio software on the market
offers this exceptional aid in making your customized audio
sound completely professional.
Looping: Create music that loops seamlessly automatically. Musically
looped segments are ideal for interactive games, web sites and
other user-specified projects.
Use overdubbing to add dialogue or sound effects on top of your
soundtracks. Our non-destructive editing approach allows you
to overdubb unlimited additional layers of audio and always
return to your original soundtrack.
for Multiple File Formats:. Save, Export and Import your soundtracks
and audio in a variety of audio file formats including .WAV,
AIFF, Quicktime, RealAudio, AU and Sound Designer II. Also includes
support for up and down sampling, 22KHz, 44Khz.
Sound Effects: Includes easy to use Digital Signal Processing
such as reverb, delay, volume change, pitch shifting, chorus,
flanging, echo and more.
more information contact SmartSound at