Sound designers have received some power ups to their workflows lately. With a wave of updates to sound browsing software, editors have fresh and improved ways to find, process, and curate their sound collections.
We last looked at metadata news in December. Let’s see what has changed.
Soundly is a sound browsing app known for its easy entry point (its standard plan is free) and a large built in pro sound effects library. The folks from Soundly haven’t been staying still. They released their 2019.6 update last week.
- AI-assisted search: “did-you-mean”, related searches, thesaurus.
- Channel selection.
- Portable mode.
- New Soundly Collections.
I’ll be covering these new changes in detail in the coming weeks.
Check out Soundly (Windows, MacOS).
Search by Pro Sound Effects
A new app simply named “Search” was released into the already crowded field of sound browsing software. What is interesting about this app is that is was designed by a sound library Web shop: Pro Sound Effects.
Search features multiple databases, drag-and-drop file transfer, and single channel selection.
Coming from other software? Search reads iXML from other metadata apps. It also has predictive text keyword searching and detailed “drill down” search results filtering.
Here’s a 2-minute tutorial on how to use Search:
Search is packaged free with any Pro Sound Effects general library or $99 alone (macOS only).
While still technically in beta, Windows metadata app Resonic from LiqubeAudio keeps making giant strides with improvements to its free Resonic Player and the advanced Resonic Pro (€69) in beta 0.9.4 (Windows only).
Resonic’s Tom Wolf told me:
With every release now we're also working on migrating towards high-DPI, making sure that the UI looks and feels good on zoom or 4K screens.
Other cool additions include:
- View and snap to WAVE/AIFF metadata sampler loops (sustain/release).
- Improved filter (match all words, etc.).
- Oscilloscope visualization mode.
- Export with sampling rate change.
- Metadata support. Several new metadata items and columns (from speeds and time signature to Soundminer, iXML, peak/gain values, etc.), extensive iXML 2.0 support, and about 30 new metadata items read and displayed.
- Copy as Reaper media clip feature (made in co-operation with Cockos).
- Ambisonics detection, and where possible, .amb file support.
- Clip selection changes. Quick mouse-drag selection and leading/trailing slice selection options.
- Channel improvements. Detect track or channels from metadata, channel switcher bar (similar to Soundminer’s "leg picker”), multichannel ogg support.
- Fixes for Unreal engine users.
For the future, Wolf told me Resonic is focusing on database tweaking and search features, cache improvements, support for external editors and tools, and additional network support.
Learn more about what’s new with Resonic.
BaseHead have refreshed their website with a new store, user area, and ticket system. They have also adopted a new licensing system. There are two ways you can purchase the app.
The perpetual license comes with a support plan that allows to use the software forever with one year of free software updates. You can keep getting more updates by purchasing a support plan for another year. The price depends on the version ($49 – $99), with price breaks if you buy multiple years.
BaseHead has also rolled out a rent-to-own plan. Instead of buying BaseHead outright, users can pay for the app in 4, 6, or 10 months with a 1% markup for each month. This helps people working on a budget. It also is helpful for facilities that want to add a few extra copies of BaseHead for a month or two, and save compared to buying the entire app.
As for recent updates to the app itself, new features include:
- ReWire support for Mac.
- Support for Adobe Premier.
- Performance recording: record performances within BaseHead itself, and capture show each new take in a playlist.
- 3 pitch slider modes.
- Lockable pitch slider. Now the pitch percentage remains the same when browsing through different files.
Big news for fans of Soundminer: a major version was released last week. An “early-adopter” upgrade price of $150 brings a variety of changes to Soundminer v5Pro:
- New Radium sampler.
- Refreshed interface.
- AudioUnit plug-in support.
- A new search results filter window pane.
- Speed increases via the 64-bit codebase.
- Tag favourite sounds to a separate database.
- CodeMeter support.
There are a handful of other features with this update. I’ll explore them extensively in an upcoming article.