Smartsound Sonicfire Pro 5

Studio Monthly by Justin Lassen

Quickly find high-quality music for your production or broadcast, and customize it for each project

Recently, I reviewed a needle-drop version of Sonicfire Pro 5, but I didn't get a chance to go to far into Sonicfire's deeper feature set. In that review I went over the basic uses of the software, such as music/score customization from libraries, how to add specific moods and timing controls, and of course, the licensable tracks exclusively from 5 AlarmMusic, the needle-srop package in question. In this more in-depth review, I want to point out that there are other library and musical content options available for those who don't want to pay licensing fees and would still like to have a broad range of inspiring music from SmartSound's very own collection of albums and music.

This is truly a very exciting piece of software, with such inspiring music to go with it (and royalty-free at that), that even in preview mode, in the Express Track window, you have at your fingertips the ability to feel a scene come to life, almost even before you put it on the scoring sequencer track. I love being able to check out the variations, moods and previews without adding to the project right away. This saves so much time for video editors. If I want action music, I can quickly find it via category search. If I want lovely dark classical music, I can find that as well, and while the royalty-free content is extensive, it isn't hard to get through at any stage. read more...

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