Join Jeff Foster for an in-depth discussion in this video Mood mapping, part of SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 Essential Training.
Typically with a soundtrack, the way that you want to adjust your volume or the feel of your soundtrack throughout time, to make adjustments for voice overs, or other sounds, real sounds that you're mixing in is to just go through and change the volume along the timeline. Now, when you have soundtracks even in SmartSound that are just single layer soundtracks, that's pretty much all you can do. You can come over here to the Volume icon, and this gives us our grid. Now, what we can do is we can set the volume globally just by grabbing this bar and dragging it down.
Or we can actually set keyframes along the way here. Say we want to come out here, we know at 10 seconds we'll be ramping up, so we'll set that keyframe there. We may start at 100%, a few seconds out we come here. We can pull that down. Just grab some little keyframes. And that way we can just select these, and pull them down as we need to. And that would adjust our volume. Again, that would be. If we're just doing a real rough mix here before going into our video editing program.
Typically I won't do much of my volume adjustments here, I'll just do them when I get to my video editor, but if I know exactly where I need to work on something then I'll go ahead and do, at least a rough here and then I can just do global volume corrections later. But let me just play that back and you'll hear that first part. (music playing) So we could have voice over say coming through here, and then the voice over ends right about here.
(music playing) And so on, and that's typically what we would do. If we have a multilayer, like we have with this particular segment. I'm going to close this up. And we have something that's called mood-mapping. Now this is another, really deep editing smart feature that SmartSound provides for you. So, not only do we have control of our custom links, we have control over instrumentation, and other elements that could be changed a long time with the mood mapping feature.
Let me just select this segment here. And I can come over here to my mood. And you see we've got this different selections here. So say I've got it on full now that's the default, I can come over here to background and that will do a global change. (music playing) See, here we pulled out the trumpet, but kept our basic volume pretty much where it is. Now, if I set the whole thing to dialog, we'll hear that it'll do even more.
(music playing) We can hear that it's pulled it back enough so I can talk over it. more of the instrumentation is pulled back. But the feel is still there, we still get that vibe going the volume has been lowered little bit, but it is definitely set for background. Well, that's really nice and that's a cool effect but what if we don't want the whole 30 seconds to be that way, what do we do? This is where it's really cool. We've got these Add Mood Segments up here.
There's markers that we can put along the line here, so say going back to our original plan, if we start at full we can come over here and say out here at about two, three seconds, we can add a Mood marker and then we can come over here to say around 12 seconds or so, add another Mood marker. Bring one here. Let me just add a few down the line. And add another one. Now I start at full, because I know I want full in a few different places, I want it at the beginning the middle and the end, so I just start at my full. Now I can select any one of these segments and change the mood. So say here I've got voice over coming in.
So here I'll go to Dialog, and say in here I've just got some other sounds coming in, so I want that to go to Background. And now listen to what this did for us automatically without doing any other customization or tweeking on it. (music playing) (music playing) So you can hear that it brought the volume down here during the dialog phase.
Brought the instrumentation out. Brought it all the way back up here where we heard the trumpet playing, all the instrumentation here in the middle. And it slowly faded into this segment here. When it went background the trumpet dropped out. We just hear the rythym section, then it came back towards the end. Where everything was full. Now, this I think is probably the most mind blowing of all of the features in SmartSound is that we have this capability. There's a little more fine-tuning and tweaking we can do here, say this transition here going into background is a little too soft, a little too slow getting there. We can actually change that.
So I can select that segment, and click my transition time, default is two seconds. So I can say, I want it down here at about one second. An that actually effected my transition out. So if I want it to transition in, I have to go to the previous segment, and do my transition time down to one. An we'll see that little bar will change there, little, guide going in there. So now if I listen to this back, hear my transitions in and out of that segment will be a little snappier, (music playing) Now, doesn't that give that just a real natural feel to it? You don't hear things. They don't sound like they're really just fading in and out, or that you're adjusting the volume over time there.
They really sound like somebody's changed the arrangement, that they're re-recorded it entirely different. And what we're doing here is basically we're doing multitrack recording and mixing, just like you would in a professional sound studio. So if we look at the elements here of the full resolution or the full volume mix, we can see that we have some sliders here we can customize these even as we go. So, if we want to drop out in instruments, say we want to pull the piano and vibes out all together there, and we just want the bass drums and trumpet.
We can pull that up or just pull it down a little bit. So you can see at least a little asterisk there. So let's take a look here and see what that sounds like. (music playing) You can hear that it comes back in when it comes up in the background. So, there's a lot of customization, a lot of versatility here that you can play with. The, mood mapping, and, I do this a lot. I will.
Because I'm also a musician, I tend to really tweak things a little more than letting them go by default. So I'll come in and I'll, if I want to kick up the bass a little more. Or pull up a guitar or a trumpet, or whatever elements that I have in there. Some of these will have, you know, maybe a dozen different instruments in there, if it's a really complex arrangement. This just gives you a lot of versatility, a lot of customization. That really allows you to make every single soundtrack that you create in Sonicfire Pro, very custom, very unique and very original.
- 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