New SmartSound Final Cut Pro Plug-In For Customized Soundtracks

Film Music Magazine • April 16, 2009

SmartSound Software, Inc. has announced the launch of a new plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing software that integrates with SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 to automatically edit and deliver customized music soundtracks.

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 includes features such as mood mapping and timing control which work with the product’s collection of customizable music. Now integrated with Final Cut Pro, these features enable video editors to create music soundtracks from Sonicfire Pro 5.

With the release of the new plug-in, editors will be able to set markers or in/out points in their video sequence and use the Sonicfire Pro 5 “Send To” button to automatically deliver custom-fit music tracks within any of their markers. Once a SmartSound music track is in Final Cut Pro, the “Open in Editor” command will allow full roundtrip editing of the track. Editors can use Sonicfire Pro 5 to resize the music or use mood mapping and timing control features to adjust the timing of the music to their markers and change individual instrument levels before sending the changes back to Final Cut Pro for immediate review, all with a few clicks of the mouse.

“I’ve been using SmartSound since 1997 and have always been impressed with its flexibility. This new plug-in, with its ability to read markers and send perfectly edited music right into a Final Cut Pro project, is just astounding. It saves a huge amount of time, which makes creating a customized soundtrack a piece of cake. Even better, its affordable and really cool,” said Final Cut Pro expert Larry Jordan.

Included for no extra charge with every Final Cut Pro plug-in purchase is an exclusive music album, composed and produced specifically for the creative and innovative marketplace of Final Cut users. “A New Era” (a $99.95 value) features a collection of customizable music from top indie musicians and soundtrack composers.

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By Adrian Peek on April 16th, 2009 at 9:11 am

So my guess is now editors will be expected to “compose” music using this software (as well as edit the picture), and get paid the same (or less) money than before. So we composers aren’t the only ones being screwed this time. And of course, all the publishing/writer royalties will go the owners of the picture.

What else is new?

By Charles Denler on April 16th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Nothing can, or will ever replace a custom score. The director/producer that truly cares about the artistic integrity of their project knows this…

By Nima Shams on April 16th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Not necessarily a bad thing. First of all the music in Smartsound has a source. That source, being a composer of course. Secondly, this allows faster/cheaper productions to sound more professional, it is not meant for carefully planned productions, where original music matters.

I emailed the company, and they accept submissions, so while it may not be your thing, it certainly is something which requires composers in the first place.

What else is new?

Well, a lot of changes, which bring both good and bad things with them 😀 Hope you’ll be subject to the more good stuff.

By Joseph Renzetti on April 16th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

This is no giant leap for technology, or a first step for “stock” music, it’s just another way to add a passable piece of music to picture. So this program can do some file stretching, big deal performer has been doing that for years.

It’s a matter of quality, a great film requires a custom score by a talented film composer.
The truth is that any quality film maker would not use a canned track, it’s considered amateurish.
It takes, talent, time, patience, money, experience, dedication and intelligence to make a successful film, most don’t have this at their command.

Joe Renzetti
p.s. composers need and should have their own union – it’ll never happen.

By AmbientDin on July 8th, 2009 at 6:45 am

Ugh…Really. I feel like I am watching a Partridge family episode. I mean they can’t make a sit-com with a fake audience can they… Crap…

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