Soundminer V5 Pro - Preview

  • Soundminer have announced the release of the revised Soundminer version 5. Soundminer V5 Pro is fully 64-bit compatible now and comes with a new sampler as well as a host of other new features.
  • Reason enough to take a closer look at version 5.

Soundminer V5 Pro - Preview of the new version of Soundminer

Author Guido Helbling - Avosound Author: Guido Helbling, Avosound - Last updated November 16, 2018

Soundminer Version 5 Pro has just been released as a beta version for testing. To comply with the requirements of current operating systems, Soundminer V5 Pro is now fully 64-bit compatible. This required a lot of changes under the hood of Soundminer V5 Pro, most of which will not be immediately evident to regular users.

Soundminer V4.5 Pro interface including the new Radium sampler
Soundminer V5 Pro picture: Soundminer V5 Pro interface including the new Radium sampler

Soundminer V5 Pro now includes the integrated Radium sampler - connected directly to the sound database, it will make every sound designer's heart beat faster.

Reason enough, then, to take a closer look at the latest version of Soundminer. If you would like to get a taste of the updated Soundminer V5 Pro yourself, you can do so here. Please note that you will need a valid Soundminer V4.5 Pro licence for testing.

Soundminer V5 Pro - at first glance

Soundminer V5 Pro interface with the new filter search window
Soundminer V5 Pro picture: 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

Soundminer V5 Pro is now fully compatible with 64-bit 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.

New database technology - let's start scanning...

When you open the new version of Soundminer V5 Pro, you will notice right away that all sounds and databases are no longer there. Soundminer V5 Pro uses a new, faster and more robust database in the background. For this reason, database tables from previous versions of Soundminer V4.5 Pro cannot be transferred and must be set up again. An import tool that works with previous versions is currently in development; it is, however, not yet implemented with the beta version.

So if you have been using databases extensively in Soundminer V4.5 Pro, you will have no other option than to set up your databases again and re-import your sounds. While this might sound tedious at first, it is also a good opportunity to do assess all your stored files and do a 'spring clean'. You will finally get a chance to create a more orderly database structure by throwing out all the old, dusty and outdated databases.

Please note:
At the time of this writing, it is still unclear if existing databases from V4 will be able to be imported into V5. Please check this space regularly for news and updates.

Soundminer V5 Pro - Tag to Database

Soundminer V5 Pro - Tag to Database function

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.

Soundminer V5 Pro picture: new database with tagged sounds

Soundminer V5 Pro with new database and tagged sounds

When you access the new database, you will see the collected sounds with the project tags - ready for further selection or arrangement.

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!

Soundminer Video: Soundminer V5 Pro Radium Sampler Player Overview

MIDI control for the Radium sampler

Soundminer Video: MIDI Setup configuration for the Radium Sampler

The Radium sampler can be controlled entirely via MIDI. Depending on how you configure your setup, you can record and play back all your MIDI commands via your sequencer.

Radium Sampler Recorder

When you are happy with your new sound creations, you can use the Radium sampler's record button to save your new sounds as audio files. These files are just regular audio files that can be tagged with metadata and imported into your projects.

Radium Sampler Save As

Yep, that's also possible. Or let's just say that it's in the works - because the beta doesn't allow it yet.

Soundminer V5 Pro Audio Unit Plugin Support

With Soundminer V5 Pro it is possible to include Audio Unit Plugins. This will appeal to those who use this format in editing software other than AVID. Now possible with Soundminer V5 Pro!

Cloud access to your sounds with Amazon S3

Use sound effects from the amazon s3 cloud with Soundminer V5 Pro
Soundminer V5 Pro picture: Soundminer Preferences - Amazon S3 Cloud Support

Soundminer V5 Pro makes it possible to access your sounds on Amazon S3 Buckets. If you travel frequently, you will now be able to access your sounds via the cloud.

To load your sounds into the cloud, you need to open an Amazon S3 account. Amazon will charge a monthly fee based on your storage requirements.

We will soon post a tutorial about how to connect your Amazon S3 account and your bucket to Soundminer V5 Pro.

Arranging and displaying databases in Soundminer V5 Pro

Soundminer V5 Pro Soundminer Database Preference
Soundminer V5 Pro picture: Soundminer Database Preference

In Soundminer V5 Pro you can now change the order of the databases. You can do this via Preferences / Database Order /.

The first 9 databases will be assigned to the shortcuts [CMD] 1-9.

We recommend that you list your most often used databases in the top ten and everything else in alphabetical order.

Testing Soundminer V5 Pro

If you would like to test Soundminer V5 Pro, please get in touch here. Send us an email with your iLok ID. Please note that you will need a valid Soundminer V4.5 Pro licence to test the new version 5. We are happy to let you try out version 5 until January 1st, 2019.

This wraps up our little intro to Soundminer V5 Pro. Please click here for more news and info.