April 26, 2011 5:35:18 PM EDT
Comparison at a Glance......
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.
allows for simple 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 do it.
limitations are: allows only one transfer at a time, allows only two active databases at a time, transfers limited to 44 or 48khz/16 or 24bits, no rewire support.
It will allow for text import of data and embedding of category and Description information in the UI.
2. HD Plus - $399US (HASP or ILOK)
Can do all of the above but adds the following:
spot to timeline in Pro Tools
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.
3. Soundminer v4 - $599US
HASP or ILOK support for this product
Supports rewire (2 channel)
has an advanced 10,000 thesaurus
can read and transfer up to 6 channels wide 24bit -192khz files
more advanced project and metadata options than HD plus.
Saves to both Soundminer v4 metadata chunk as well as BWAV BEXT and iTunes AIFF.
4. Soundminer v4pro - $899US
All of what is in v4 plus.....
supports 6 channel rewire
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 16 vst effects live as you design..
Support for 'handles' on file transfers..