ImageSound FX Library Management

CND provides turnkey solutions for managing sound fx libraries with ease and precision. First, sound fx libraries are cataloged in a search-optimized database. Using NetMix Pro, you can then search with pinpoint precision, instantly audition and transfer directly into Pro Tools, Nuendo, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Fairlight and more. CND offers two main types of sound fx library solutions:

  • Single User: Your libraries are cataloged on, auditioned and imported from a local hard drive.
  • Enterprise Level: Your libraries are cataloged on a central server that can be accessed simultaneously by any number of workstations.

Getting started

1. Get Your Sound FX into a Database:

Whether your sound fx are still on CD or just sitting on a hard drive, the first step is to get them into a database optimized for search. For commercial sound fx libraries still on CD, CND provides a free tool called RipIT that enables you to digitize your libraries with rich metadata. Alternatively, you may choose to have sound fx libraries delivered pre-digitized on hard drive in BWF format with embedded metadata from Pro Sound Effects.

If you have created your own sound fx, getting them all into the database is as simple as drag and drop into NetMix Pro. You then import your own metadata using .csv or tab delimited files or enter metadata directly in NetMix Pro. Pro Tools users can archive audio files with metadata directly from the timeline using MetaPlug.

2. Search, Audition, Transfer to Workstation:

Once your database is set up, you can start searching using NetMix Pro’s “Google-style” Boolean full-text search. You may also opt for the advanced search mode so you can limit your search within particular fields, such as a specific categories you like. Auditioning sound fx is instant and comes with waveform overview. Pro Tools users can select a region of the waveform and spot directly to track or import to region list. Better yet, Pro Tools users can also batch transfer many sound fx in one instance using NetMix Pro’s TrainSpotting feature. AVID, Final Cut, Nuendo and Fairlight users can simply drag and drop individual sound fx or use the powerful Bin2Bin feature.

3. Manage Your Sound FX Database:

To avoid searching for sounds you use regularly, you can organize them in “kits” or "bins" for quick recall of multiple sounds. With the Project Manager, sound supervisors can organize sound fx by reels, scenes and spots in a multi-editor production working on a feature film. Librarians use powerful data manipulation features including text file import and batch functions. Administrators control access to the database with User Management and can generate usage reports.




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