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May 27, 2015


Create a smoother workflow with clients and colleagues with SmartSound Playlists. Now integrated into your SmartSound web account, Playlists are a convenient and easy way to work with others on the music selection process. Find the right music for your project and collect it in an ordered playlist that can be shared with interested parties who can audition tracks and make notes and suggestions. SmartSound playlists have an anonymous URL and interface keeping the viewer focused on the list and the track selection process. You can create as many Playlists as you need and each one displays the Name of the Playlist, Name of the Track, play button and comments for feedback.

» Read the entire Introducing: Playlists! article

Published on: March 19, 2015

Organic Pop - New strata series album
Promoting clean, positive images, these acoustic guitar-themed tracks pass through a kaleidoscope of uplifting moods. From new starts, to happy end-results, its all here, and it feels great. Driven with easy-going acoustic guitars, solid drums and a simple sound, SmartSound's unique technology affords you the opportunity to turn these 10 tracks into dozens or even hundreds of feel-good moments; its all up to your creativity and SmartSound.

» Read the entire Organic Pop - New Strata Series Album article

Published on: February 24, 2015

New Strata Album

This Multi Layer Strata release offers a diverse and coloristic approach to orchestral music. Designed to cover a lot of ground from light pop to touching and sensitive to soft suspense, yearning and more, it offers an effective toolset to the media creator who needs access to live orchestral music in a stemmed format

» Read the entire Orchestral Hues - New Strata Series Album article

Published on: February 17, 2015

New Strata series album - Black and Blue

Inspired by the Black Keys, this album of original music written for SmartSound explores the blues side of the first-rate and highly popular band. Featuring an authentic, over-driven sound these tracks vary from beefy shuffles to punching rock and and hard-edged funk beats with searing guitar leads throughout.

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Published on: January 13, 2015

Character Study - STRATA Series

A unique collection of dramatic tracks packed with emotion and verve. A contemporary attitude pervades this set of multi-layer tracks which vary from persistent, suspenseful, introspective, high-activity and more; a good all-around collection. While all of SmartSound's impressive toolset would be available using these tracks, they lend themselves to great effect using the Timing Control feature in conjunction with Mood Mapping.

» Read the entire Character Study - New Strata Series article

Published on: December 08, 2014

New Strata Series Album - Positive Biz Vol2

Powerful, uplifting and inspiring music designed to create excitement, passion and energy. Varying between rhythmic piano figures, percolating percussion, ringing guitars, various marcato and pizzicato strings and propellent drums, these tracks will create a sense of optimism and promise. This album is ideal for corporate and business videos or any scene where a sense of purpose and accomplishment is needed. All of SmartSound's best scoring features, such as automatic Custom Length and Timing Control, are capable through these multi-layered tracks.

» Read the entire New Music - Positive Biz Vol2 article

Published on: November 10, 2014

New strata series album Power Play

A high-energy collection of power tracks designed to grab your audience’s attention and hold it. From infectious, bright, bouncy rhythms to grinding guitar chords, campy-disco power themes and more, these tracks will help propel any story imparting a positive, energetic theme. Our Timing Control features will really shine with these multi-layer tracks because of the tracks insistent, steady rhythms.

» Read the entire New Strata Series Album: Power Play article

Published on: October 20, 2014

Open Road - new strata series album

Put your footage into high gear with this collection of spirited, energetic rock and power pop tracks. All these tracks create a strong sense of drive and forward motion with a striking contemporary edge while encompassing a variety of influences and styles.

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Published on: October 03, 2014

Eric Pokorny is one of a small group of full-time media creators working in Starbucks Seattle headquarters. He will often use the music score to "compensate" removing almost all the sound except the narration or dialogue, laying in the score to fill out the track and give it character, then simply add back the ambient sounds of espresso being made and coffee grinding to really bring the viewer into that store environment.

» Read the entire Eric Pokorny article

Published on: September 23, 2014

Magical moments by Francisco BeckerA very special acoustic-orchestral offering from Mr. Becker, here he focuses on whimsical, haunting music that creates a sense of magic and wonderment. Whether uplifting or warm, urgent or pensive, these tracks can transform any scene into a memorable moment.

» Read the entire Magical Moments By Francisco Becker article

Published on: September 15, 2014

Becker StudioOne of SmartSound’s most popular music creators, Francisco has made a name for himself in international film, trailer music and other media. In 2013 he scored the movie “Brillantes” by award winning filmmaker Ignacio Gonzales, a comedy-action film shot in Arizona and released in February of 2014.

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Published on: August 18, 2014

New start series album fun and games

Join us at an amusement park for your ears and heart. While this album covers a diverse set of styles from light acoustic guitars with easy, simple melodies all the way up to driving electric guitars, all these tracks have one thing in common: Fun.

» Read the entire Fun and Games: New Strata Album article

Published on: August 12, 2014

Discovery: new STRATA album

A fresh musical offering that evokes a sense of exploration, inquisitiveness and a drive to move forward. While a contemporary sound and feel exudes these tracks, the chords and song structures keep them accessible and ideal for videos from a corporate and business perspective to lighter television fare such as HGTV and even, of course, the Discovery Channel.

» Read the entire Discovery: New STRATA Album article

Published on: July 21, 2014

Composer Amotz Plessner returns for his 5th gig with Smartsound, in his latest release Amotz Plessner & Friends Volume 5 – Rise to Power. His signature style runs the gamut from pop rock to orchestral, but always with a driving force that lets you know the scene or the characters within are making some moves!

» Read the entire Film Score Series – Rise to Power article

Published on: July 17, 2014

Sony Vegas Plugin

Utilizing Sony's powerful Vegas scripting API for third parties, SmartSound's new plug-in for Vegas Pro manifests as a dead-simple three-step process. Simply identify the portion to be scored on your Vegas Pro timeline, invoke the "Add - Edit SmartSound Music" menu command and, like that, you'll be in the Sonicfire Pro search interface, Express Track - with the length of your video selection already input into Sonicfire Pro.

» Read the entire Sonicfire Pro Plugin for Vegas Pro 12 or 13 article

Published on: June 22, 2014