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SoundOn has updated Audio Design Desk —targeting real-time creation of audio for video — to version 1.7. The AI-assisted application for macOS makes producing finished sound faster than doing it the traditional way.
Instead of sifting through multiple folders and libraries to find the right sound, pros can use Audio Design Desk’s Sonic Intelligence, which curates a massive database of more than 30,000 royalty-free music beds, cues, drones, hits, transitions, rises, FX, Foley and more. An intuitive, natural-language search yields a list of options focused on whatever the moment demands. Then the user can add them to the timeline instantly. Audio Design Desk identifies and retains sync points to picture with high accuracy.
Version 1.7 introduces Spot Mode, a feature that enables subscribers to use these 30,000 royalty-free sounds and music cues in their Mac DAW or video editing system, with the ability to drag-and-drop every music cue, design element, drum loop and sound effect. Version 1.7 also introduces transient detection for creating elements out of stems and advances on its DAWSync capabilities for controlling a DAW from Audio Design Desk and vice versa.
Sound pros know that a client will often say, “Just like that, but different!” SoundOn says Audio Design Desk has a button for that. With a keystroke, the Replace function immediately finds alternate candidates for one or more sounds on the timeline, all while keeping crucial audio transients locked to visual hit points. Users can let the software choose and then audition as many tries as needed — or define terms such as mood, feel, genre, intensity and complexity. A new real-time Trigger Pad window even lets the user “play in” sounds like footsteps, doors, explosions and car noises for precision.
Audio Design Desk integrates easily with today’s creative tools. The DAWSync feature syncs Audio Design Desk with DAWs, including Pro Tools, Nuendo, Logic Pro and Studio One. LoopDNA automatically recognizes content from providers like Splice and LoopCloud, making time-stretching, pitch-shifting, replacement and other operations immediate, and eliminating the hassle of jockeying between two windows. Audio Design Desk’s latest time and pitch algorithms are audiophile-grade, so making the clip fit the project won’t produce unwanted artifacts.
Audio may be recorded directly into Audio Design Desk without the need for other software, then edited using all the finesse of a DAW: Snap, quantize, trim, fade, crossfade, nudge, metronome and more functions are at the ready and intuitive to apply. Audio mixing hotkeys help with levels and panning, and Audio Design Desk’s integration with Elgato Stream Deck controllers lets users fly at editing tasks.
Audio Design Desk integrations with NLEs such as Premiere and Final Cut Pro are seamless thanks to AAF and XML support. Users can import a cut, create sound in Audio Design Desk, and export back to the NLE while continuing to work with all audio regions perfectly synced — or bounce and export a full mix. For collaboration, there is full in-app Frame.io integration.
The new version also supports importing of user sound libraries. Thanks to Intelligent Import, Audio Design Desk can extrapolate metadata for files that lack it, letting users optionally edit it afterward. Users’ sounds then become searchable by Audio Design Desk’s advanced AI right alongside its native offerings.
Audio Design Desk is available now at three product tiers: Produce at $15 per month, Professional at $30 per month and Perpetual for a one-time purchase price of $399. They is also offering a 30-day free trial.