Web shop Pro Sound Effects has long been the home for a la carte clip downloads as well as large libraries of sound fx. Last week they announced Search, an upcoming app that allows editors to find and transfer sound fx.
Details remain scant for the upcoming app. However, the video below provides some insight in how the program will work:
Pro Sound Effects founder and president Douglas Price introduced the app in a blog post last week:
Our focus has aligned with our belief that we exist to empower creators to tell their best stories through the experience of our libraries. So behind the scenes, we’ve been heads down developing our first foray into an experience we hope to parallel the quality of our libraries.
From the videos and screenshots, Search appears to be able to find sound clips by keyword and category using filename and description data drawn from metadata standards used by Soundminer, BaseHead, NetMix, and Soundly. Favorites can be stored in playlists. It plays back via a typical waveform display with speed selection, looping, and volume control. Selections can be auditioned (including multi-channel files), and dragged and dropped into metadata apps. Price mentions the app’s aim is to “make it fast” and “make it friendly”.
The release date is yet to be announced.
It doesn’t appear that plug-in processing or metadata writing is available in this version. The full feature set remains to be seen, however.
With recent updates from BaseHead, Soundly, Sounddogs, and Resonic, and an upcoming release from Soundminer, the metadata app space is becoming quite crowded. Does the community need another metadata app? Will Search distinguish itself enough to make people switch from their favourites? I’ll take a closer look at Search once it is released.
Check out Pro Sound Effect’s Search announcement on their blog.