Join Jeff Foster for an in-depth discussion in this video How is SmartSound different?, part of SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 Workshop.
What makes Smart Sound different than other royalty free music libraries is that you can customize the sound. You can customize your clips in length, you can customize the variation within the same title. It's like being a music arranger, you get to change the mood, which is the instrument mix, and I'm going to be showing you throughout this entire title all of the different variations and the different ways that you can access the libraries, how you can customize the music for your particular needs.
And as Will has shown you how to do that with Quick Tracks here on the website I'll be able to show you how to use Sonic Fire Pro for real professional music construction, mixing and development. So taking a look at their website, you'll be able to see that there's a demo here that you can just start with and we can look at different variations in the length. So let's say I want something that's 0.13 seconds long instead of 0.15 seconds long. It's going to give us what our options are here. We've got different variations. These two here, and then we've got our different instrument mixes. Were going to leave it on full now so you can hear what the whole arrangement sounds like at 0.13 seconds.
>> SmartSound (music playing) SmartSound (music playing) >> So, you can hear it has an actual beginning, a middle and an end, it doesn't just fade out at 13 seconds. Like most of your music libraries out there you've got maybe 15 seconds 30 seconds, 60 seconds, those are all pre-cut. And the only thing you can do is actually fade in and out to adjust for the length and to adjust for your partiuclar need. If you've got voiceover or whatever, you have to bring it down in the mix. But it's the full mix.
So something like this that has the trumpet in there. And the drums and everything, that still kind of cuts through, even when you bring it down. Well, this is what's really nice with both the quick tracks and the sonic fire pro software, is you can choose your mood mix. I can choose dialog, and I can play this back. >> Smart SoundMUSIC Smart Sound. >> And we hear the smart sound watermark in there just because this is the demo that's on the website and once you purchase one of the tracks of course that watermark is taken out.
But you could hear the difference there it brought everything down. An it brought the drums down a bit so that the cymbals didn't cut through. It took out the trumpet, but it left the rest of the trio in there. So you could, still get the feeling. And when you combine that, with the ability to change the lengths, and even change your musical arrangement some You can see how much flexibility and creativity, and a lot of fun you can have playing with these different arrangements, for your specific piece.
And then when you're done, you download it, and you use it. Let me show you the Sonic Fire Pro real quick. And that way you get an idea of what your working with there. Now this is a much more intense software application that you purchased and download and instead of going through the web to select all of your. Content you'll use the express track, and that is very similar. You type in a keyword, it brings up a bunch of choices for you, you get to preview them, set different lengths, set the different moods and variations there before you even bring it into the timeline.
We'll I've already brought one into the timeline here for a quick demo and I've got something that's at 15 seconds here that's at full mood mapping so let me just play that for ya. (music playing) So you can hear again, that's got a beginning, a middle, and an end, it's musically constructed very well.
Now, if I want to change that length, say I want to bring it out here to oh, 22 seconds, that's an odd length, actually it's 21 something. I'll just drag that out. And you can see that it totally restructures the musical construction here in the timelines. Let's take a listen to that. (music playing) And you can see over here, that it's going through different phases as we drag through, the timeline here.
You can see different instruments are turning on and off and different tracks. And that kind of gives you a visual cue of what's being added, so it's kind of like a mixing console here. And we can change these a long time. We can add in mood markers. We can have it go from full to dialog to just a couple instruments. We can really have a lot of fun in here. And it does make you feel like you are a music director, because you really are. You get to choose. You get to mix and you get to add things to where you want them to. You can import your video that you've already edited. And you're just ready to slap in your music.
You can set markers along your time, when you got people talking or when you just have visuals. We're going to have a lot of fun going through this title and showing you just how powerful all of this software is and how much fun your going to have being your own musical director.
- Browsing the SmartSound website for custom music libraries
- Using Quicktracks to custom-build your track
- Adding a track to a video
- Exporting your edited soundtrack
- Using SmartSound tracks with vocals
- Building songs and soundtracks with blocks from the bin
- Round-trip editing workflows with nonlinear editing software
- Creating loopable music tracks
- Mixing tracks with live instrumentation and vocals