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SmartSound Pushes Music Libraries to New Heights of Technological Innovation and Unique Music Content with BackStage

New Automatic Cue Sheet service sets new standards for functionality and usability (April 16, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-4-16--SmartSound Software, Inc., the leading provider of music and scoring technology for film and video professionals, today announced the launch of BackStage, a new Web site which gives registered users of Sonicfire® Pro 4 access to unmatched workflow innovations and several new options for acquiring unique musical content. BackStage creates the most direct and dynamic relationship to date between music libraries and their clients.

The new Automatic Cue Sheet service in BackStage virtually eliminates the tedious and time-consuming task of creating accurate cue sheets from Edit Decision Lists (EDLs). Cue sheets are generated from user-imported EDLs which automatically include the cue name, length, composer and licensing information for any SmartSound track along with a growing database of more than 160,000 music cues from other libraries.

“Traditionally, it could take up to four hours to create cue sheets based on EDLs,” said Kevin Klingler, President and CEO of SmartSound Software, Inc. “Our new Automatic Cue Sheet service slashes the amount of time needed to perform this task, saving production companies huge amounts of time and money. No other solution in the industry offers an end-result which is as detailed yet as simple to use as what we deliver. And our ability to recognize music cues from other libraries as well as from our own allows production companies to get a high level of value from our service regardless of the source of the music tracks used in their projects.”

The Automatic Cue Sheet service is scheduled to be live on June 1, and is available to all BackStage Pass holders for a yearly fee of $995 for unlimited cue sheets. Registered users of Sonicfire Pro 4 can sign up for a BackStage Pass at and receive a free single-track download from SmartSound’s music library as well as request one-on-one demos of the Automatic Cue Sheet service.

BackStage also presents several new options for customers who wish to expand their libraries to include unique music content. SmartSound has increased its output of music since the launch of Sonicfire Pro 4 last year to meet the demand for content to use with the award-winning Mood Mapping® feature. With BackStage, SmartSound will make select discs available each month exclusively through BackStage at a cost of $199 per disc.

“BackStage delivers music with the quality and exclusivity of more expensive libraries but with the key advantage of SmartSound’s technology,” said Klingler. “With our flat-rate royalty-free licensing, post-production professionals can own our music outright without the hassles of annual license contracts or needledrop fees.”

SmartSound will continue to sell additional Multi-Layer Music libraries for general purchase at a cost of $99.95 per disc.

Customers who experience the power and efficiency of SmartSound’s music tracks increasingly want the same benefits from their own private music collections. SmartSound is making this possible for the first time through BackStage by enabling customer-owned music to have the same functionality as music in the SmartSound library. Starting at $250 per track, this service gives professionals the advantages of SmartSound’s level of customization and control through their own personal music libraries, greatly enhancing their creativity and productivity on every production.

“This makes sense for producers who find that they are reusing certain tracks for a variety of reasons or projects,” said Klingler.

SmartSound is also offering a custom-composing service that is unique to the industry. Customers can hire SmartSound’s composers to create a custom music track and SmartSound will enable that track to work with the customer’s Sonicfire Pro software. Delivering music in a SmartSound-enabled format gives the customer instant access to every possible length, variation and instrument mix for the track. 

About SmartSound Software, Inc.

SmartSound Software, Inc. is the world-leading music library producer and developer of the SmartSound family of music scoring technology for visual content creators. The company has been at the forefront of technological innovations in the industry, such as the new Smart Recall™ and the award-winning Mood Mapping® feature in SmartSound® Sonicfire® Pro 4. SmartSound technology is available for Windows Vista and XP and Macintosh OSX 10.4 or higher, including PowerPCs and Intel Macs. SmartSound products and services include: the Sonicfire® Pro and Quicktracks® for Adobe Premiere®  software, the SmartSound BackStage web site for Sonicfire Pro 4 customers and the Strata®, Film Score, Producer, Edge, Audio Palette, Sound Palette, and Movie Music collections of royalty-free music and sound effects. The company is headquartered in Northridge, CA, and can be reached by phone at 818-920-9122, by fax at 818-920-9152 or on the Web at

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