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6.1 FREE upgrade to 6.0 owners!

V6.1 arrives with key new features free for all V6 owners.

Brightness Column
View and sort on the perceived brightness of a soundfile

UCS Suggestions
Use a combination of AI and synonyms to lookup UCS Categories from metadata

Keywords Hyperlinked
Hover over keywords, Double click comma separated keywords to search by that word...

Tab Layouts
Store multiple sets of tabs and recall the state as you left it...

Marker List
Lots of Marker improvements. Active list with locate function and integration with transcription.

Key Commands for almost everything....

WavPack Support
Like FLAC, but 32bit float and higher channel counts

And lots more:  Mirror presets added, playhead zoom, OSC support, copy in/out point to different legs or files, AI assisted transcribe dialogue, Playlist folder organization, dozens of minor improvements throughout.


See the HELP>Release Info menu on your current version.

    Soundminer V6 Information

    Soundminer V6 Information

    Big Big Changes...Lot's of New Features!

    Arrival of V6 is here.....

    So the first Big Change is the whole product line and features have been streamlined - Under V6, there will only be BASIC, PLUS and PRO versions, but we will continue to offer optional Server and ProPack add-on packages for V6 PLUS users. In other words, you can add the Client Server add-on to your PLUS or the ProPack but both would be the equivalent of going to PRO (PRO = PLUS+ProPack+Client Server module).  The second big change is, for the first time, every desktop client is available in either Mac or Windows or Universal including V6PRO!  

    And the third Big Change is a host of new exciting features - all versions will include our noted search engine features, tabbed searching, an AAX Monitor Plugin (Rewire replacement), full complement of assignable key commands, Native hardware support and improved graphic rendering, & more audio device controls.  Moving up the line to PLUS, you get Playlists, Project Spotting Panel, Workflows Metadata features, XRay Waveforms, a built-in RadFX panel, Mirroring, and moving to ProPack or Pro you add a host of new Radium sound design features, DSPRack, LegPicker, advanced multi-channel handling, Soundminer Fold Down DSP plugin, Radium AAX plugin, Timecode controls, Markers, better artwork handling and a new exciting Surround Panner in Radium.

    SM SERVER Users: Big speed changes. Over the internet, search speeds have been greatly improved under V6.

    Starting with Basic you get SM search engine, tabs, monitor plugin, spot to Pro tools, limited metadata management, then Plus adds full metadata editing, project management and playlists, RadFX, Xray waveforms, full UCS support, and Pro adds a full compliment of DSP controls and processing, Radium Sampler w/ AAX plugin, extended metadata control, Multichannel controls,  & Server connectivity included.

    Read Pro Tools export review here

    Some Key New Features include:

    • Apple Silicon Native for MAC / Intel Native Universal Binary for Windows.
    • Metal Graphic rendering on MAC. GPU acceleration on Windows.
      Much faster and retina capable.  Zoom in and out of the waveform without stalling.
    • Tabs in your Search Returns - Do a search, keep the returns active and open a new tab to start another search. Drag items from one tab to another(if permission allows). Tabs can represent different views/layouts of the same database, or of a different database entirely. Searches can be optionally performed across open tabs. Available in all versions.
    • AAX Soundminer Surround Monitor (ReWire replacement).  Instantiate a version of the plugin appropriate for your needs (Stereo up to 7.1) and the application will stream into it. Now in all versions!
    • Assignable key commands. Every function in the application can have a key command assigned to it.
    • AAX Radium plugin(PRO only) - Put Radium right into your Pro Tools environment.
    • XRay Waveforms(PLUS and higher) - Colouring of waveform based on a histogram type view showing the low/mid/high frequency content.  The radar overview can be set to show the centroid (or dominant frequency) visually as well.
    • RadFX Rack(PLUS+) - Built in Soundminer FX now available on the main screen along with meters and frequency analysis.  These FX are recallable in recorded/transferred sounds and can be used to process sounds going into Radium (if user has ProPack).
    • Grain Engine(Plus or higher).  Set a slot to grain mode.  With controls over random pan, pitch, speed and size of the grains.  Combine with TSE Doppler. Great for magic fx, rudimentary granular sample playback (to play a sound at the same speed but different pitches across keyboard) or just to create a constant layer for use in sidechaining/envelope following. Lots of fun to create magic or scifi sounds.
    • Fold Down DSP plugin(PRO and ProPack) - Great for multi-mic recordings to balance and pan(either LR or LCR but can fold down any number of channels) and combine legs.  Will even allow you to choose a channel as a Side (in an M/S setup), and delay certain channels
    • Surround panner in Radium(PROPACK AND UP).  Take your mono or stereo sounds and pan them up to 5.0.

    • The start of big changes in SM SERVER: MySQL/MariaDB improvements for remote use… Anticipates scrolling, speed increases. Much has been worked on in V6 to ready SM Server for remote use as more and more people work from home. While we continue to work to make it more platform independent, the first phase of changes have been implemented in V6. Over the internet, searches can be fast….very fast
    • For clarity, the new consolidation of products means that PRO = PLUS + Client Server module+ProPack. Those buying PLUS with ProPack are getting the same features as Pro except for the Server compatibility and connectivity.


    All NEW LICENSE purchases (not upgrades) made Nov. 1, 2022 onward are eligible for free upgrades. Provide your license information(ilok user id or sales order) and date of purchase to sales@soundminer.com. Other upgrades will be available to all V4.5 and V5 users. Some Legacy licenses will have upgrade option and some, we're afraid are just too old. 

    SPECIAL NOTE for V5 Standard users: With the consolidation, V5 Standard has been deprecated.  So much has been added to V6 Plus that what we are offering all existing V5 Standard users is a free upgrade to V6 PLUS and to those who purchased new V5 Standard licenses Nov. 1, 2022 or later, we are offering both a V6 PLUS license with the Client Server which then gives you access to Server connectivity and HTTP streaming. Offer is open until December 31, 2023(afterwhich the upgrade will be $25USD)

    MAC USERS: there are different builds for Intel and Silicon. Silicon version requires OSX12+, Intel version will work as far back as 10.13.

    Gallium owners are considered the same as V5Pro users for upgrades.






    UCS - Universal Category System



    Soundminer have now implemented the Universal Sound Effects Category system into their latest desktop applications. Born out of a collaboration between Soundminer's Justin Drury and noted Supervising Sound Editor, Tim Nielsen, and helped on by many audio professionals, the Universal Category System (UCS) was an idea that dates back some time and attempts to create a metadata standard for categories used in professional sound.  Many top sound professionals have lent their expertise and suggestions along the way. By creating a standard, new sounds can be integrated into search/database applications quickly and seamlessly and, by creating file naming standards, instant working metadata can be extracted in the process...even in multiple languages!

    The UCS allows for assignment of categories on the go, as well as extracting categories and subcategories from a structured file name. The Category ID key further allow for instant translation into other languages and back.

    Watch the version 8.0 presentation here:


    Watch an in depth breakdown of the integration into Soundminer


    The category list is publicly available for anyone to implement.

    Soundminer's Script Engine and its Workflow features have made much of the UCS possible whether inputting or integrating sounds.  And the UCS is now available within Soundminer's new PLUS version, both Mac and Windows versions, as well as our noted V5 and V5Pro versions. 

    Watch advanced use of the UCS system within Soundminer where vendor cloud content can auto populate your metadata....


    FX Creators - FX creators who wish to use their Soundminer v5Pro or the new Plus 64x to upload UCS metadata, must first tell us what’s in the Soundminer Manufacturer field(case sensitive).  Once we have that in place, we create a special file that unlocks part of the application allowing you to upload fingerprinted metadata for our mutual customers to use.