In Sonicfire Pro 4, each music selection has a Mood Map track, where users can identify points in their production where changes in mood occur. They can change the mix of the score to fit each mood by selecting from one of a wide range of preset mixes. Each mix has the individual instrument layers set to different levels, depending on the feel desired. Examples of preset mixes include "Heavy," "Sparse," "Dialog" and "Acoustic."
In addition to the preset mixes, each layer can be manually adjusted by moving a slider to match the desired level, offering users unlimited possibilities in mixing their music. If a user needs to duck the horns of a particular piece of music down for dialog, or bring up the strings to add to the suspense, such changes are immediately at their fingertips.
The addition of Mood Mapping makes Sonicfire Pro 4 gives users total control over the feel and mix of their scores as well as the timing, according to SmartSound. Sonicfire Pro 4 presents users with multiple arrangements of music from SmartSound's library at any length needed to score their production. Selecting different variations changes the mood of the overall production. Mood Mapping lets the user adjust the mix of the variation to have almost limitless creative possibilities when scoring their production.
Coinciding with the launch of Sonicfire Pro 4 is the release of the first ten volumes of the Strata Series of Multi-Layer music. All music in the Strata Series is designed to work with the Mood Mapping capabilities in Sonicfire Pro 4. The first volumes in the Strata Series run the gamut of styles, giving professionals access to a wide range of music to fit their artistic vision. Special care was taken in the production of this music to achieve the highest quality. This is highly specialized music not available from any other music library. Along with the introduction of Mood Mapping, SmartSound is offering royalty-free music libraries.
Sonicfire Pro 4 is now available for pre-order at http://www.smartsound.com, with shipping to begin April 24. Packages including the software and a total of 20 multi-layer tracks have an MSRP of $249; dealer and Web pricing is expected to be $199. Additional Strata Series discs are $99.95 each.
Sonicfire Pro 4 and the new Strata Series discs will also be available for purchase from SmartSound's booth at NAB 2006 in Las Vegas from April 24-27 (booth location SL2955) as well as from select resellers. Sonicfire Pro 4 is available for Windows XP or Macintosh OSX 10.4 and higher operating systems.