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As recommended above, SmartSound has two ways to use their music with most NLE's, including Premiere Pro. First, there is a free Premiere plug-in to access and use the music from within Premiere, Project Panel>New>Smartsound (once you install the plug-in). Or, you can do so much more with SonicFire Pro, but it is a standalone app. Marvelous how you can change the same piece of music with the Strata and BackStage (now being discontinued) series.
Right now, they are having a sale on selected music disks. Go to www.smartsound.com and take a look. I *think* that they might have a few more sales over the next few weeks.
I'm not sure that it's still going on, but SonicFire (not the full version) was also free with the purchase of any of the Strata Series disks. One can then upgrade to the full version.
Basically, there are/were four levels of music:
BackStage: (about the same as Strata Series, but greater bit-depth and sampling-rate, IIRC) - works beautifully in SFP.
Strata Series: multi-level music @ 48KHz 16-bit - works beautifully in SFP.
Regular disks: non-multi-level @ 22KHz & 44.1KHz - works in SFP, but does not support Mood Mapping (see the tutorial on their site)
Compilations: non-multi-level @ 22KHz, and fewer variations than the regular disks. These are relatively inexpensive, but hard to locate on the site. There are/were some broad-ranging collections, so different ways to purchase these.
Download: not a music type, per se, but one can purchase individual cuts from many of the SmartSound disks. Make sure that you do download all previews from SmartSound, so you can demo everything they offer.
I will make that a third!
If you have the SC3 production package then use Soundbooth CS3! It has about 30 free sound tracks, some of them are good for the cutting room floor but some are pretty damn GREAT!!! Plus with Soundbooth CS3 you can access the internet based Resource Central which gives you literally hundreds of great sound effects as well as more 'pay for' royalty free soundtracks.
As a rare user of Soundbooth, can you point me to exactly where these tracks might be located? Are they on an installation disc or in some obscure folder somewhere on my hard drive? Free stuff I can use is good.
I don't remember if the "about 30" soundtracks were installed either with the app or as part of a "content" installer, or if they were all on Resource Central.
The free sound fx are on Resource Central, along with (maybe) the free soundtracks and additional retail soundtracks. On RC, you have to visit each category to see what's there; they won't automatically show up in Sb.
Thanks guys, I'll check those out!
I do not know about SB, but Audition2 has about 500±, that install automatically with the full install. Some are in Audition Themes (these are probably sample files), and then under Content you have Beds, Loopology and Sessions, with plenty of sub-folders. Might be similar in SB. Don't have Audition3 on the laptop, so it could be different, as well.
Hey Bill Heslip,
In response to your query#5, Open Sounbooth, look at the leftmost banner to find/click the 'AutoCompose Score' button in the 'Tasks' panel, Once you click the 'AutoCompose Score' button this opens a new left panel area & in that clcik the 'Browse Scores' button. This then opens a new window called the 'Soundbooth Scores' window where you can access over 30 FREE soundscores, some of which are pretty good. No internet needed they are installed with the software. You can access them via my computer, you figure it out but when doing this I couldn't figure out how to make it work BUT it does allow you access to each individual sound file in each song so you can also use these individually as great scene FX or enhancment.
For short form things, I've often used Acid Loops. Especially if you are
just looking for ambient background.
I have often used:
Some nice sounds there.
It's not a program, but I use Stock20.com for some stuff.
>In response to your query#5, Open Sounbooth, look at the leftmost banner to find/click the 'AutoCompose Score' button in the 'Tasks' panel, Once you click the 'AutoCompose Score' button this opens a new left panel area & in that clcik the 'Browse Scores' button. This then opens a new window called the 'Soundbooth Scores' window where you can access over 30 FREE soundscores, some of which are pretty good.
Thanks, Jarrod! Definitely some usable material there.