SmartSound Introduces Sonicfire Pro 4.5 and BackStage Website at NAB 2007
Posted Apr 13, 2007

SmartSound Software, Inc., the leading provider of music and scoring technology for film and video professionals, today announced the release of Sonicfire Pro 4.5, the latest version of its award-winning music scoring software. It is available in two versions: a standalone version for single-user installations and a network version that includes several breakthrough workflow enhancements for film and video professionals and can be seen at SmartSound's booth at NAB 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (#SL3710).

A major new feature available to all Sonicfire Pro 4.5 users is Smart Recall, which brings new customization options to music tracks exported as standard audio file formats. Sonicfire Pro music scores which have been exported as .WAV or .AIFF files are now embedded with the project information used to create the track. In addition to being editable with any audio software, Smart Recall files have the added benefit of being opened in Sonicfire Pro 4.5 to make changes to the length, arrangement and mix of the score before exporting the new, edited audio file.

"Smart Recall gives Sonicfire Pro 4.5 customers a clear advantage over using any other music solution," said Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, Inc. "Sonicfire Pro 4.5 now makes it easy for editors to access powerful customization features such as the award-winning Mood Mapping and immediately make changes to their score as their production evolves. This ability to update their score instantly is not available from any other source."

SmartSound has also announced the release of Sonicfire Pro 4.5 Network Edition. This new edition boasts features which improve the workflow in a collaborative environment. For just $299 per seat, every editor can enjoy the benefits of SmartSound at their workstation while the entire SmartSound music library is centrally located on a network drive. Having the searching and customization tools on each editor's desktop allows the editor to find and fit the perfect track without having to leave their desktop or disrupt their workflow.

Additional features include the new Express Track program, which provides the fastest interface possible to find customized music. Express Track is perfect for editors who want the simplicity of their current music searching tools and the customization power of SmartSound with no learning curve. Another aspect of the Network Edition is an option to prefix every music track with a unique ID number that accelerates the creation of music cue sheets and aids in project file management for broadcast content producers. "We are thankful to our high-end customers and advisors for helping us assemble a feature set that addresses the needs of professional production companies better than any product on the market," said Klingler. "Adding this level of capability makes Sonicfire Pro 4.5 an ideal choice for big and small production companies alike."

Existing owners of Smartsound Sonicfire Pro 4 can receive Sonicfire Pro 4.5 Standard Edition as a free upgrade or receive a limited-time discount price of $49.50 per seat to upgrade to the Network Edition. This discounted price is limited to two seats. Owners of other SmartSound products may also qualify for discounts when upgrading to Sonicfire Pro 4.5. Check www.smartsound.com/sonicfire for details and pricing.

SmartSound has also announced the launch of BackStage, a new Web site open exclusively to registered users of Sonicfire® Pro 4 (www.smartsound.com/backstage). BackStage leverages SmartSound's unique technology leadership among music libraries to deliver creative new music content and automated solutions to production companies that have adopted this exciting new music library platform.

The new Automatic Cue Sheet service in BackStage virtually eliminates the tedious and time-consuming task of creating accurate cue sheets from Edit Decision Lists (EDLs). Cue sheets are generated from user-imported EDLs which automatically include the cue name, length, composer and licensing information for any SmartSound track along with a growing database of more than 160,000 music cues from other libraries.

"Traditionally, it could take up to four hours to create cue sheets based on EDLs," said Kevin Klingler, President and CEO of SmartSound Software, Inc. "Our new Automatic Cue Sheet service slashes the amount of time needed to perform this task, saving production companies huge amounts of time and money. Our ability to recognize music cues from other libraries as well as from our own allows production companies to get a high level of value from our service regardless of the source of the music tracks used in their projects."

The Automatic Cue Sheet service is scheduled to be live on June 1, and will be available to all BackStage Pass holders for a yearly fee of only $995 for unlimited cue sheets. Anyone can request one-on-one demo of the Automatic Cue Sheet service at www.smartsound.com/backstage. BackStage also presents several new options for customers who wish to expand their libraries to include unique music content. SmartSound has increased its monthly output of music since the launch of Sonicfire Pro 4 last year to meet the demand for content that works with the award-winning Mood Mapping feature. SmartSound will limit its public music releases to about one per month and make all the additional music available exclusively through BackStage at a cost of $199 per disc.

"BackStage delivers music with the quality and exclusivity of more expensive libraries but with the key advantage of SmartSound's technology," said Klingler. "And with our flat-rate royalty-free licensing, post-production professionals can own our music without the hassles of annual license contracts or needledrop fees."

Customers who experience the power and efficiency of SmartSound's music tracks increasingly want the same benefits from their own private music collections. SmartSound is making this possible for the first time through BackStage by enabling customer-owned music to have the same functionality as music in the SmartSound library. Starting at $250 per track, this service gives professionals the advantages of SmartSound's level of customization and control through their own personal music libraries, greatly enhancing their creativity and productivity on every production. "This makes sense for producers who find that they are reusing certain tracks for a variety of reasons or projects," said Klingler.

SmartSound is also offering a custom-composing service that is unique to the industry. Customers can hire SmartSound's composers to create a custom music track and SmartSound will enable that track to work with the customer's Sonicfire Pro software. Delivering music in a SmartSound-enabled format gives the customer instant access to every possible length, variation and instrument mix for the track. Registered users of Sonicfire Pro 4 can sign up for a free BackStage Pass at www.smartsound.com/backstage. Every new BackStage Pass comes with free single-track download of your choice from SmartSound's music library as the first benefit. All BackStage Pass holders enjoy the privilege of accessing the exclusive new premium music content and services.

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