Sound design is easy with Audio Design Desk

Audio Design Desk 1.9 Makes Sound Design for Video and Streaming a Cinch

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By Gabe Cowan

Audio Design Desk is Evolving Sound Design

Audio Design Desk, the award-winning creative tool that has revolutionized sound design and how artists create audio for video, has just announced the arrival of Audio Design Desk 1.9, a 2022 CES Innovation Awards honoree. Debuting at CES this week in Las Vegas, ADD 1.9 is compatible with a full range of professional audio and video tools and introduces auto-compose, MIDI triggers, instant variations, and a dozen other exciting new features for audio and video professionals and creatives. Audio Design Desk is also launching a powerful integration with Stream Deck, which produces sound for video or live streams with simple keystrokes on the popular controller. Audio Design Desk is also introducing the first ever lite version of its software as well as ADD Tags. This is a powerful metadata tagging application that uses ADD’s award-winning AI to streamline the tagging process for audio artists.

2021 Has Been a Very Busy Year!

“The past year has been a whirlwind of progress, improvements, and honors for Audio Design Desk. The latest release is going to be a really big deal for video makers and streamers especially. There’s so much more coming,” states Gabriel Cowan, CEO of Audio Design Desk. “We’ve watched so many people have that ‘Aha’ moment when they see Audio Design Desk for the first time, and we expect many more at this year’s CES! Audio Design Desk is an entirely new way to create with audio, combining a massive royalty-free sound and music library with a sampler and a digital audio workstation, becoming an all-in-one tool that lets creatives stay in the flow. With the release of 1.9, ADD works seamlessly with virtually every audio and video editing tool from Premiere to Final Cut Pro to Pro Tools to Logic.”

Audio Design Desk also recently won Fast Company’s Next Big Things in Tech award! It is also nominated for the 2022 NAMM TEC award, one of the audio industry’s most prestigious honors. ADD replaces the old, frustrating process of finding, placing, editing, and mixing sound into an experience of discovery. As Mike Levine of Mix Online says, “…if you’re doing anything involving sound for picture, whether it’s your own YouTube videos or professional post-production, once you start using ADD, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.”

What’s New in Audio Design Desk 1.9


Audio Design Desk can now create a sound pass the moment you drag your video into the timeline. Markers from Final Cut Pro®, Adobe Premiere®, Avid® and even transfer seamlessly to ADD. These markers can be converted into sound instantaneously. See Auto-Compose in action.


Now, Audio Design Desk can automatically create any number of variations of combined sounds. One beat can become 100 (or more) with the click of a button. Combine footsteps with cloth movements or impacts and debris sounds to create an explosion and allow Variations to offer endless alternates in an instant. See Variations in action.

MIDI Triggers:

Perform sounds and control functions in Audio Design Desk via your MIDI keyboard for an entirely new creative experience. Through the power of AI, randomization, and replacement, Audio Design Desk has become a new kind of instrument that inspires new ideas. See MIDI triggers in action.

Intelligent Import:

Users of popular sound libraries can use ADD or ADD Tags to automatically determine appropriate metadata. This includes services like Splice, LoopCloud, Pro Sound Effects, Boom Library, and others. ADD’s award-winning AI logic just got better because as users make adjustments, it learns from them; the more you use it, the better it gets.

DAW Integrations:

Now, Audio Design Desk 1.9 integrates with Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, Nuendo, and Reaper, functioning like a giant plug-in within these industry standard tools. See DAW Integrations in action.

Spot Mode:

Spotting sessions are already a snap inside Audio Design Desk. ADD’s 40,000+ sounds and music cues can now be dragged directly into other programs. This includes Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid, Screenflow and any other audio or video editing application. See Spot Mode in action.

Stream Deck Integration:

Why memorize key commands when you can tap on recognizable icons? Find, place, loop, create, mix… all from a powerful new integration with Stream Deck, far and away the streaming industry’s preferred trigger device. Watch the Stream Deck video.


The new Stacks feature provides a non-destructive way to combine sounds. Stacked regions can be unstacked and changed at any time. This opens up exciting new ways for users to create and share combinations of sounds. See Stacks in action.

Audio Design Desk Lite:

The Gateway to Amazing Sound Design
Today, ADD is releasing Audio Design Desk Lite for budding filmmakers, audio artists, and sound designers. At $8.99 a month (or $89.99 annually), the lite plan gives users access to Audio Design Desk’s 40,000+ sounds, loops, and music cues as well as an all-new lite version of ADD that still has its award-winning sync and replacement tools.

Introducing ADD Tags

Audio Design Desk has also announced ADD Tags, a powerful standalone metadata tagging application that simplifies the process of tagging sounds with metadata, readying them for distribution. ADD Tags can automatically generate metadata, add effects, create elements from stems, convert files to a single delivery format, and export them into organized folders that are ready for distribution.

“With Audio Design Desk, we’ve focused on inspiration, creativity and speed. But none of it would be possible without the power of metadata,” says Cowan. “With ADD Tags we’re giving audio artists and musicians a tool that will help them organize and monetize their work. Our goal is to make tagging and distributing metadata easy and available to everyone.”

About Audio Design Desk

Audio Design Desk is a next generation Digital Audio Workstation merged with an enormous royalty free sound library that is embedded with an AI called Sonic Intelligence. Used on programs for Netflix, HBOMax, Hulu and others, the platform understands the relationships between sounds so producing and editing music, foley or sound design is 10x faster than any other software.

Since its debut in May 2020, Audio Design Desk has garnered an impressive number of accolades. This includes a Mix Magazine Top 20 Products of the Year listing, a Macworld Editors’ Choice award, a Timmy Award for Best Tech Startup in Los Angeles, recognition as a SXSW 2020 Innovator, and Best in Show at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention. Testimonials include Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Matthew Cooke, who says, “This tool gives people like me so much power, it almost shouldn’t exist!”. Jamie Hardt, sound editor on “Spider-Man,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Insidious,” and “It” adds, “This is the tool I’ve been looking for my entire career. It makes the pain and chore of sound editing disappear.”