Soundminer Product Line
Soundminer makes several product, each designed for a specific need. Below are links, movies and information to better help people coming to the site determine which product is right for them.
A quick product comparison of our asset managers can be found here: Product Comparison
Soundminer products use ILOK or HASP USB keys to authorize their licenses. To learn more about what each system offers see this FAQ: USB Keys explained
HD is a lower cost, 'best of V4' product line that brings the power of our v4 to the $199 and $399 price point. HD products feature advanced v4 search engine technology and are fully cross platform. The interface is exactly the same for both Macintosh and Windows systems. Options exist to buy one platform or a universal license for both platforms.
Who is HD ideal for? - For anyone. It is a fully professional product, but the most likely users are sound editors/designers who don't need all the 'extras' in our V4 line, video editors working with AVID or Final Cut, music supervisors tired of wading through iTunes, smaller facilities looking to get a great search and database tool but don't have the budget or need to buy v4pro.
Best of all, upgrades to the next level are always just the difference in price!
Take a quick 1 minute tour of the many many features in the new low cost HD product line:
V4 is our Macintosh only flagship product. It is the first choice of top sound editors and designers for its rich set of features as well as the first choice among content creators for its vast metadata features. V4 line comes in two version: V4 Standard for $599 and V4pro for $899.
Those wishing to have more advanced control over metadata, file exporting, conversion and project management should consider our V4 line. In addition to the above, v4 also features rewire support. ReWire is a system for transferring audio data between two computer applications, in real time. Basically, you could view ReWire as an "invisible cable" that connects two applications. Because many sound professionals use Pro Tools and this application does not allow sharing of its hardware while it is running, Soundminer developed a rewire connection that allows Soundminer to connect an 'invisible audio cable' between the two applications and allow a user to monitor directly through Pro Tools hardware: V4 Rewire
Who is V4 ideal for? - V4/V4pro are ideal for sound editors/designer or content managers who need more control over metadata and import/export of metadata to other formats. Sound Designers will appreciate the VSTRack and Quicktime Import features found in v4pro. And Music and Sound Effect Publishers/Content Creators looking to enrich their files can use either to embed their files, not only with Soundminer's noted V4 metawrapper, but to create files that are compatible with BWAV Bext, iXML and id3 systems(iTunes, WMP, etc.) V4 has advanced batch conversion facilities and when combined with either of our RipperV4 or Mp3Converter product can be further extended. All major Sound Effect and Production Music Libraries now offer their files embedded with Soundminer enriched metadata. And V4 can also ingest directly from most field recorders. You need only copy the files off their DVDs or hard drives and drag them onto Soundminer HD and V4 products and instantly get enriched metadata including artwork and lyrics.
Soundminer Web Portal (Musicminer)
Designed originally to help those will large music based catalogues to share them easily with a web browser, this product has grown into a formidable production tool used by many of the largest broadcast facilities in the world. The Soundminer Web Portal leverages our V4 technologies and easily allows facilities, studios, publishers and content creators to create easy access to their assets using simple browsers like Safari or Firefox. But the feature set is very advanced, allowing many of the search and database routines developed by Soundminer from within this easy to use environment. Complete permission control by user or group, advanced metric collection and reporting, easy cue sheet creation for usage and advanced project and downloading features come standard.
Who is 'Musicminer' ideal for? - Anyone wishing to add a second layer of users to their internal facility, online content creators or publishers wishing to provide an advanced production tool for discovery, searching and downloading and even music companies wishing to to allow easy access to their material, all could benefit from this technology.
Soundminer Server is an extension of our V4pro product. It allows multiple v4pro clients to share centralized databases. It further allows larger facilities to control access and to tie into more Enterprise access like Open, LDAP and Active Directory. Server v4 does not include any clients applications, but rather, adds components and features that extend the feature set of the attached v4pro clients.
Requirements: Server v4 requires Macintosh OSX 10.4 or higher.and at least one Macintosh Soundminer V4Pro License. A HASP network key recommended. There are configurations possible for a Windows based environment, but there are limitation to this configuration.
Soundminer Ripper v4 - Is a SFX CD ripping software for Macintosh OS 10.4+. Soundminer Ripper contains a large metabase of the most popular SFX libraries complete with advanced metadata and artwork. It makes quick work of converting Audio CDs to enriched broadcast wave, aiff files or mp3 files with all the metadata and artwork embedded: Rip to Scan with V4
Mp3Converter - is a batch mp3 converter that creates mirrored copies of uncompressed database files. Requires Mac OS 10.4+ and highly recommended for use within the Soundminer Web Portal system for creating internet proxy files for streaming. Mp3converter works directly with our V4 products as well in allowing easy batch conversion from lossless (BWAV, AIFF, SD2) formats to any version of mp3 while keeping all the iTunes id3 metadata, artwork and lyrics intact in the transfer. Mp3Converter allows for mirroring of the folder structure so users can create exact images in mp3 format, easily.
How are Soundminer products licensed? Licensing Basics
I have a Music catalogue. How can Soundminer products help me?
A: Soundminer v4pro and mp3Converter provide an excellent toolset used by many of the major production music catalogue to help organize, manage and export both different formats and metadata standards out to their clients. More on Metadata In addition, Soundminer offers both hosting services for your content that features our Musicminer software or the ability to help set up our Musicminer software on your own servers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
What is the difference between Miniminer and HD Basic?
A:While the same price, HD Basic offers many more features. It is our expectation that Miniminer will be phased out and cross grades are offered to move from Miniminer to HD Basic or to upgrade to HDplus.