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Soundminer, 64bit and Apple's next OS
If you see this, here is why…
If you're running macOS 10.13.4 or later, starting April 12 at midnight local time, if and when you launch a 32-bit application, you'll get this notification above. You'll only ever get the notification once — the first time you launch the 32-bit app. Apple is beginning to warn users that it plans to stop supporting 32 bit altogether, likely by the next OS.
We’ve been hard at work porting code to 64bit for significant release before the next major Mac OS update which is expected in the fall of 2018. Soundminer desktop products, however, are still 32bit applications and for some valid reasons: Up until now there hasn’t been a real need for 64 bit because Soundminer doesn’t need or use much memory for instance, and it allowed the use of legacy plugins and older file formats that 64bit will no longer support. And so our plan is to meet the coming Apple OS change with a 64 bit set of applications as soon as we can. Moving to 64bit isn’t a simple toggle of a switch however. It will necessitate some significant work but we plan to have some great new additions even if we have to say goodbye to those legacy provisions (be advised any of you with older plugins and SD2 files!)
ProPack Announced for HDplus!
Soundminer has long been recognized for its work on the Macintosh platform and many pro Windows users have asked for a 'pro' version for their preferred platform.....well, it's here and it can be added to HDplus MAC, Windows or Universal licenses. The ProPack is a collection of specifically designed features for the professional sound designer that parallels our v4.5pro product for Macintosh: Multi-channel leg picking, higher sample rates, our reknowned VSTRack, metadata workflows, V4.5 waveform controls, and more. The ProPack is available now as an add-on to any HDplus license. NEW: And what's even better is that if you buy a Universal license and propack, you can have pro features on either MAC or windows!
Below are the key new features(some of which will go into all HDplus versions)......
One of the nice changes is the Waveform from the v4Pro product line. This has spring markers which allow you to quickly zoom in, drag to adjust your in/out points and release to zoom back out.
Because the springs are up at the top of the waveform, that made the old way of transferring(move the mouse up to the upper 1/3 of the waveform and click, hold, then drag) not very usable! For now there’s a new hand icon in the upper right of the waveform, use that to transfer the current sound to under your cursor where you can drag it to wherever you want in the target application.
You can use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out, and if you hold the SHIFT key down while using the wheel, you can adjust the vertical zoom of the waveform. This allows you to visually expand the vertical height of the waveform to see quiet details.
Additional key commands have been added that include…
, will start playback from the beginning of the region, ; will zoom into the selection ' will reset the zoom to the furthest out point i while playing will mark an inpoint o while playing will mark an outpoint
What’s an update without some moving of things around! The toolbar has been refined to the following…
It's simpler to understand and cleaner. New in here is the Metadata Workflows (see below) and the Same Folder button(which shows sounds in the same folder as the current item)
Things that had to do with playback are now down in the waveform area. Again, more attention to efficiency....
These button are continous playback, play/pause, reveal in finder/explorer, spot to daw(if supported), and then a general tools menu for items not used commonly.
Not a ProPack feature, just something new… you can finally loop selection. Really useful for when you are looping over a sound and using plugins for Sound Design.
Another new feature, not exclusive to the ProPack is the ability to quickly select databases. The next two buttons will expand the column widths to fill the selected item’s metadata, and toggle the row height from expanded to collapsed.
Multi-channel Monitor Matrix
This is a key feature found on v4.5pro and now HDplus can add it as well. The monitor matrix allows you to cherry pick a channel to transfer. When you pick a channel the audition instantly switches to isolate that single channel. There’s a writeup here about it…LegPicker
Another very popular item from our v4Pro product. This allows you to record anything that comes out of your speakers to a file. This includes pitch, volume, plugins. The file is recorded to your transfer path, and when you click stop, it loads up in the player where you can then select pieces to spot, or process it further! See it in action in the video below....
The ability to not only embed but wrangle metadata on multiple fields is a key feature of v4.5pro. The popular Metadata Workflows pane has come to HDplus. Accessible in the revised toolbar… workflows allow you to build up custom actions for batch metadata editing.
Soundminer Metadata Workflows pane includes the same great functions found in v4.5pro:
This is how powerful it is on v4.5pro and it is now on HDplus ProPack: Metadata WorkFlows.
Sound designers have long loved the v4.5pro VSTRack and it is available for ProPack HDplus users now.
Instant Recall allows opening up a file processed through the HDplus VSTRack and recalling all the original parameters(original source file, region, pitch, plugins).
You can transfer with plug-ins applied and evne go back and find the original file, reset all the processing parameters to make further changes....I know, magic.
More general improvements
We've made additional tie ins for AVID, Steinberg, Reaper and more...
- Drag a PNG or JPG file onto Soundminer with some files selected to assign that picture to the artwork field.
- Steinberg MediaBay support… view and use metadata in Cubase or Nuendo.
- No cap on the samplerate on transfer(96khz, 192kHz, all ok)
- Reading of Reaper Region name for Dialog uses(scans into FXName)
- ixml fields created in every database. (needed for the monitor matrix and production dialog)