from a SmartSound press release
NORTHRIDGE, CA April 10, 2006 SmartSound Software, Inc., the leading provider of music scoring technology for film and video professionals, today launched SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4, the groundbreaking new version of its flagship software. Version 4 introduces a new capability called Mood Mapping, representing the biggest advancement in music scoring technology since the launch of SmartSounds first software more than a decade ago.
Through a single Mood Map track and a collection of preset mood mixes, users can instantly and precisely match the feel of their music to the changing mood of their productions, without having to perform any advanced audio or music editing or mixing.
"Sonicfire Pro 4 with Mood Mapping marks a major breakthrough in how film and video professionals score their productions," said Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, Inc. "It allows users to completely change the feel of their music scores without getting bogged down in a complicated process. This is the first time that this level of control over individual instrument layers has been available in a way that any film and video professional can quickly grasp and use."
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.