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V5Pro arrives!

V5Pro arrives!

The general release is finally here and we took our time to make further improvements.

Search…Manipulate…Design & Make

V5Pro is now 64bit, a complete re-write. It's our biggest undertaking as yet. Here is just a short list of the key improvements.

  • 64 bit application - new code, rewritten, meant to take advantage of new OS developments as well as things we’ve been germinating on.
  • AudioUnit DSP processing - building upon our original VSTRack, we’ve added support for AudioUnits. The new DSPRack features improved plugin search, presets, output format and output channel controls.
  • New search methods - new left panel Filter Search, chained search pills, Tag to Database function, all improve upon our industry leading search engine.
  • Speed Improvements(Scanning, waveform zooming, etc) - 64 bit allows us to go in and optimize things making all these functions quicker and taking advantage of new hardware improvements.
  • Built in Radium sampler - This changes everything in sound design. Integrated interface that easily connects to any MIDI controller, allows up to 5 layers of sounds, each with their own array of filters, modulation, envelopes and plugin settings. Don’t worry, tutorials exist but it won’t take long before you are creating new sounds! (Not available when using ReWire)
  • Updated UI - we took the opportunity to improve, but not drastically change what has become a comfortable tool for many.
  • User Experience improvements, including custom database ordering, field ordering. Little things, but important things.
  • Assignable watch folders that scan items in the background. You can auto ingest new content now by simply setting a watch folder!
  • Cantar Mode scanning and operation - improvements for dialogue editors and importing from field recorders.
  • Cloud advancements - HTTP with a smart new improved proxy engine and an interface to allow to playback directly from an Amazon S3 cloud bucket.

And to help, we’ve created an online manual which we will improve and add to over time, making it a perfect go-to reference when stuck. Look for a ? mark in certain areas of the program to view that part of the manual.

There are some caveats all users should note:  First NO MORE SD2 files.  These files are finally dead so if you haven't moved over, you need to convert them using our Mirror feature to aif or wave. V5Pro uses a new database paradigm, so the new databases are different. It will require embedding with your previous version as the files will need to be rescanned under V5. A Database/Spotting Panel/Playlist converter is being built but is not as yet ready.

Users who purchased NEW 4.5pro licenses(not upgraded) after October 2018 have been sent an email allowing them to upgrade for free.  If you don't receive it contact sales@soundminer.com with their order info.  

And for those worried about the transition, the license comes with a special version of 4.5pro that works off the V5Pro license to help you transition!

And for those wondering about a V5 Standard and a 64-bit version of the HD platform, work on that will begin now that V5Pro is largely complete.

*Users are also given access to a 4.5pro version to help in the transition(10.9 minimum requirement).

Upgrades from v4.5Pro are just $150 and available here

30 day trials of v5Pro are available. 

Soundminer V5 Pro - REVIEW

Soundminer V5 Pro - at first glance

Written by AVO SOUND - see original article here

Soundminer V5 Pro interface with the new filter search window

When you open Soundminer V5 Pro for the first time, you might think you've just opened the old version of Soundminer V4.5 Pro by accident. This is understandable, as the interface is almost unchanged. However, a quick look at the title bar will tell you that this is indeed version 5.

Most of the new features and changes are only evident on second glance, mainly the new icons in the symbol bar and the expanded title bar in the browser window that now includes search options.

Soundminer V5 Pro - 64 bit and cross-platform technology

Under the hood, Soundminer V5 Pro is now fully compatible with 64-bit technology, which will make your cutting-edge operating system happy (and stop it from reminding you to upgrade your software).

In addition, Soundminer V5 Pro contains new technologies that make Soundminer's source text cross-platform compatible. This is of particular interest to Windows users, because features and functions no longer need to be built twice. While the future direction of this is still unknown, it is definitely good news for Windows users.

Soundminer V5 Pro Filter Search

Soundminer V5 Pro with the Filter Search window
Clicking onto the first switch in the title bar of the Soundminer browser will open the new Filter Search window. Filter Search allows you to click search the metadata. This is very useful if you want to comb through countless sounds. The drawback, however, is that large databases with thousands of files will yield very long lists of results. It would be great to be able to search through categories.

Soundminer V5 Pro - Tag to Database

This feature will appeal to those who have so far been working with playlists or spotting folders. Tag to Database is a kind of brainstorming feature that allows you to collect sounds for a specific project or purpose. All you need to do is create a new database. If you now search for potential sounds in your archives, you can easily select them and send them to a new 'collection database' via the Tag to Database feature. Later on, you will be able to work with this selection without having to drag around 100,000 other files.

This is ideal for users who like to make lists of sounds. 

The Radium Sampler from Soundminer V5 Pro

Soundminer V5 Pro with the built in Radium Sampler

The new Radium sampler is easily one of the most remarkable novelties in Soundminer V5 Pro, bound to make every sound designer's heart beat faster. Clearly, the developers put a lot of hard work into this tool.

The Radium sampler sports all the features a sound designer could ask for - including direct import from your sound archive so you can play around and/or create new sounds.

-With Soundminer V5 Pro you can import into the Radium sampler directly from the Soundminer browser with one click.

-There are 5 sampler slots (i.e. audio tracks) available that can process sound material independently of each other. Each sampler slot contains all necessary parameters that are required for sound design work: slowing down sounds (or speeding them up) over several octaves; a fine-tuner; envelope and envelope curve processing; level and gain functions including attack, sustain, release values; a modulator as well as lots of built-in effects like compressor, bass enhancer, shifter, phaser... Whatever you desire!

V5Pro Coming....June 2019

It isn't just a matter of going 64 bit, although that is a huge undertaking, but V5Pro will feature the coolest inline Sampler made for sound designer!