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Soundminer makes several product, each designed for a specific need.  Here's a quick overview:

Soundminer V5

This is our original flagship desktop product and is designed solely for the Macintosh operating system environment.  It comes in two versions - V5pro and V5 Standard.

Soundminer Basic/Plus
This is our modular platform that provides a lower cost entry point with options to upgrade to Pro.  The product starts at $199 and offers a series of modular upgrades that allow you to add cross platform compatibility, server connectivity and a full complement of Pro features found in our V5Pro MAC only flagship. Basic/Plus also offer Mac, Windows or Universal(ability to run on either platform) options.
Soundminer Server
This allows users with V5 clients or HDplus clients with the Server add-on to share centralized databases. The Server comes in Lite, Basic and Enterprise editions.
Musicminer Web Portal
This adds a web interface to your Server environment.  In a LAN environment, it allows a facility to give access to secondary personnel who may not need a dedicated desktop application.
This is a cloud based platform that allows users to make available and distribute their files to the worldwide web. The Web Portal product can be installed on this platform and be set up to, not only for provide a front-facing searchable web interface, but also a distribution mechanism for your files. With the DLmanger, it provides Soundminer level conversion on the fly across the internet.

Below are more links, movies and information to better help people determine which product is right for them. All Soundminer desktop products are licensed via a supported usb dongle.  Supported key platforms are ILOK, Codemeter or Hasp HL.

A quick product comparison of our asset managers can be found here: Product Comparison

See video tutorials at our Youtube channel.

Soundminer HD
HD is a lower cost, 'best of’ our V series products that start as low as $199. HD products feature the advanced V series search engine technology and are offered in MAC, Windows or in ‘Universal’ version, making them fully cross platform. The interface is exactly the same regardless of platform and modular upgrade options allow for full scalability.

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 V series 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 v5pro. The product line starts off with HD Basic for a single platform at $199, moves to Hdplus for $399, and then one can add Server connectivity to Hdplus($200) and/or the ProPack($275) for extra sound processing options. At any point you can make the license Universal(licensed for both Mac and PC) for $100. 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:

Need more info? check out our HDsearch video to see why not all search engines are the same. Request a demo here: DEMO

Soundminer V5

V series line 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.Who is V5 ideal for? - Those wishing to have more advanced control over metadata, file exporting, conversion and project management should consider our V5 line. V5 is 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 Radium Sampler features found in V5Pro. 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 V5 metawrapper, but to create files that are compatible with BWAV Bext, iXML, Adobe XMP and id3 systems(iTunes, WMP, etc.) V5 has advanced batch conversion facilities and when combined with Publisher module can be further extended to support AAF.MXF formats for AVIDs. All major Sound Effect and Production Music Libraries now offer their files embedded with Soundminer enriched metadata. And V5 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 V5 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 V5 technologies and easily allows facilities, studios, publishers and content creators to create easy access to their assets using simple browsers. 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. Paired with Soundchute, a content creator can easily distribute their content around the world.

Soundminer Server

Soundminer Server is an extension of our V5pro product. It allows multiple V5pro 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 does not include any clients applications, but rather, adds components and features that extend the feature set of the attached V5pro clients. Hdplus client with the modular Server add-on can also connect to this same server. Also Lite editions of the Server exist for smaller set ups with the HDplus client.Ideal setup involves a Macintosh running OSX 10.7 or higher and at least one Macintosh Soundminer V5Pro License. A HASP or Codemeter network key recommended for multiple licenses. There are configurations possible for a Windows based environment with some limitations.


This takes your work and pushes it to the cloud. Soundchute is a new cloud based option for Soundminer desktop users that allows them to leverage work done in their local copy for the purpose of distribution, remote searching sharing and delivery. It could be used simply as backup and a remote service allowing you to use your files when not at your location, or it could be used to distribute your files to other users, or as part of our Metacloud project to share metadata, or to act as a source for a web front end (either our web portal or one you create yourself), or a custom Soundminer distributable application that would allow others to search and share your content. Contact steve@soundminer.com for more info.

Soundminer Utilities
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) 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.

*Soundminer Ripper v4(discontinued) - 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

Quick FAQ

Do I need a usb dongle?
Soundminer desktop products all use ILOK, HASP or Codemeter USB keys to authorize their licenses.  You cannot run any of our desktop products without a license on one of these key types. To learn more about what each system offers see this FAQ: USB Keys explained

What is Rewire?
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: Rewire is offered in all our desktop products, and v5 also offers multi-channel rewire and rewire sync control.

I’m a sound person what is right for me?

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I’m a music person, what’s right for me?

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Why do I need metadata?
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