Desktop Products

Comparison at a Glance......

The HD line of products are modular and can be purchased for Universal operations(both mac and pc) for $100 more.  HDplus now has two additional add-ons available:  SSX Server module for $200(mac and pc) and the new ProPack for windows which adds many of the advanced features of our flagship v4.5pro product($275 but $200 until the August 31, 2017)

The v4.5 line is MAC only

Upgrading between these versions is always just the difference in price.


1.  HD Basic - $199US

  • HASP or ILOK authentication offered
  • excellent for searching, will read soundminer v4 metadata along with id3 tags and bwav bext data and unlimited databases.
  • Allows for editing of a file before transfer - so if you have a 4min ambinece but only want to bring in 30s into pro tools, it can quickly edit it and drag an edited copy into your target application.  Can playback AIF, WAV and mp3 files( not mp4). Limitations are: allows only one transfer at a time when converting, reads high resolution audio but transfers limited to 44 or 48khz/16 or 24bits, no rewire support and metadata editing limited to category and description field.  It will import/export text for full metadata importing and embedding. And allows for artwork to be batch added.


2.  HD Plus - $399US (HASP or ILOK or Codemeter)

  • Can do all of the above but adds the following:
  • spot to timeline in Pro Tools
  • supports 2 channel Rewire
  • iZotope 64 bit conversion for higher quality transfers and faster
  • batch processing - so you can transfer multiples at a time, spot multiples as well into Pro Tools
  • more metadata options - you can write into any field and batch assign data to most fields.
  • Contains a simple Project area - so you can create folders to organize your projects before outputting them or for future organization. 
  • Contains import and export and remerge text options.
  • Embeds mutliple metadata containers.
  • support fades on audition and transfer
  • contains Soundminer's noted pitching algorithm selectable by percent or musical nterval.
  • Batch transfer up to 1000 files at a time in AIF, WAV, or AAF (Avid) format
  • Has a Server module options $200 mac or pc

The HDplus platform is desgined to be modular.  You can add Server module to it as well as the ProPack to get extra sound design features.

PROPACK adds many of v4.5pro features to Hdplus

 

3.  Soundminer v4.5 Standard - $599US

  • HASP or ILOK or Codemeter support for this product, 
  • Supports rewire (2 channel), 
  •  has an advanced 10,000 thesaurus(not user modifiable), 
  • can read and transfer up to 6 channels wide 24bit -192khz files, 
  • supports playback of AIF, WAV, mp3, mp4(AAC), Flac, MXF, 
  • advanced waveform editor for accurate editing. 
  • more advanced project and metadata options than HD plus. 
  • Saves to both Soundminer v4 metadata chunk as well as BWAV BEXT and iTunes AIFF. 

*v4.5 Standard is local only, does not connect to Soundminer Server

4.  Soundminer v4.5pro - $899US

  • All of what is in v4 plus.....
  • supports 8 channel rewire
  • 20 channels of audio
  • can modify the user thesaurus
  • advanced regex control over metadata, along with advanced copy, append, prepend, find and replace functions
  • built in quicktime support so you can import a movie and spot directly as you are watching.
  • Rewire sync so you can synchronize the transport of your pro tools with Soundminer to see if a piece of music or design works with the session.
  • Built VST rack that allows you to stack up to 20 vst effects live as you design with save and recall.
  • Can backwards read original VST presets from a transferred file.
  • it has time compression and expansion of sound
  • Re-record feature
  • auto analysis of Key and BPM
  • MIDI support
  • AAF (single transfer support, plus option to add batch conversion support)
  • Server features(optional).
  • Support for 'handles' on file transfers..
  • IQ transfers that look ahead and only transfer portions of sound not already in your target directory
  • MIDI control of plug-ins
  • Metadata Workflow builder - allows you to do complex metadata manipulation
  • Advanced Script engine to create custom outpus, ingestion and operations
  • Multichannel Leg picker - audition and transfer individual elgs of a multi.
  • 4.5pro additional features:  http://store.soundminer.com/blog/v45pro-info/
  • offer publisher module as an add-on extra for batch conversion to AVID AAF/MXF format

METADATA NOTE

Seems there are some rumours that we are secretive and proprietary with our metadata...far from it. Every one of our products allow import/export and remerging of text. Every one of our products embeds in optimized mode - this means that while it embeds in the Soundminer metawrapper, it also embeds in several other standards used across the industry making use compatible with just about every major Digital editing product.  And every one of our desktop products allows for custom field to be added(small fee is required). Other software may be limited in what it reads and not all metadata containers are the same or universal but what we do is copy and map our schema to as many of them as possible which is why we can translate to AVID, Adobe, Apple, Stienberg, Pyramix, iTunes, most production music libraries and many other applications.

It comes from spending almost 20 years working with the top sound professionals and the industry's leading companies.  

 

SERVER DEFINITIONS
Scenario 1 - File Server with local cataloguing
Each client, be it Mac or PC, mounts a shared 'server' storage and makes their own database by scanning that shared volume.  If the mount point is the same in the other rooms,  one user can make the database(catalogue) file and copy it to the other clients.
In this environment, there is a 'file server'(either MAC or PC) that stores and keeps all the files all clients use.  Each client sources from that same shared network location.
This is not considered a 'true sever' environment because the database(index or catalogue of all the files) is kept on the local client machine and everyone has the same permissions to the files for the most part.  
All our products can work in this manner.
Scenario 2 - True server
All files are stored on a central server.  That server also has the Soundminer server components loaded and attached clients must request access to the database through a username and password.  Once logged in, the Server sends the database(index or catalogue of all the databases that client has access to).  A change made on a true server database is then immediately visible by all attached clients.  So both files and the database info(catalogue) is stored centrally and only accessible by permission.
This environment is in our product line is represented by SoundminerServer with v4pro clients($899 per station, MAC only) or HDplus Server Clients($599 per station, mac, PC or dual platform options).
Also....
A network key is not Soundminer Server.  It simply allows licensing dynamically from one central location as opposed to having individual keys at each client.
Net key definition - network key is a USB key or dongle that sits in a central location (Mac, PC or Linux) that holds and dispenses your licenses either on your Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN, Internet).  This ONLY dispenses licenses.  It has nothing to do with serving a catalogue or files from a central location.  Further the number on the key refers NOt to the licenses you own but the max number of licenses it can hold.  So a Net10 key can hold up to 10 licenses but if you own 3 , only three will be enabled.  It then does not care which of your computer launch as long as no more than 3 launch at the same time. Codemeter keys are now offered as well as HASP(and are less expensive).
SERVER DEFINITIONS
Soundminer Server is a seaprate component that allows v4.5pro clients and those Hdplus client with the Server Module add-on to use a more robust centralized databasing system.  This is different than simply sharing files on remote network share. Below is the long explanation of the difference.
Scenario 1 - File Server with local cataloguing
Each client, be it Mac or PC, mounts a shared 'server' storage and makes their own database by scanning that shared volume.  If the mount point is the same in the other rooms,  one user can make the database(catalogue) file and copy it to the other clients.
In this environment, there is a 'file server'(either MAC or PC) that stores and keeps all the files all clients use. Each client sources from that same shared network location.
This is not considered a 'true sever' environment because the database(index or catalogue of all the files) is kept on the local client machine and everyone has the same permissions to the files for the most part.  
All our products can work in this manner.
Scenario 2 - True server
All files are stored on a central server.  That server also has the Soundminer server components loaded and attached clients must request access to the database through a username and password.  Once logged in, the Server sends the database(index or catalogue of all the databases that client has access to).  A change made on a true server database is then immediately visible by all attached clients.  So both files and the database info(catalogue) is stored centrally and only accessible by permission.
This environment, in our product line, is represented by Soundminer Server with v4.5pro clients($899 per station, MAC only) or HDplus Server Clients($599 per station, mac, PC or dual platform options).
Also....

A network key is not Soundminer Server.  It simply allows licensing dynamically from one central location as opposed to having individual keys at each client.
Net key definition - network key is a USB key or dongle that sits in a central location (Mac, PC or Linux) that holds and dispenses your licenses either on your Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN, Internet).  This ONLY dispenses licenses.  It has nothing to do with serving a catalogue or files from a central location.  Further the number on the key refers not to the licenses you own but the max number of licenses it can hold.  So a Net10 key can hold up to 10 licenses but if you own 3 , only three will be enabled.  It then does not care which of your computer launch as long as no more than 3 launch at the same time. Codemeter keys are now offered as well as HASP(and are less expensive).