SmartSound Presents "Do-It-Yourself Music Scoring for Independent Filmmakers" at Santa Monica Apple Store on Nov. 16


Filmmakers Will Learn about SmartSound Sonicfire® Pro 4 with Mood Mapping™, the Hottest Tool in the Industry for Scoring Their Projects

Last Updated: November 10, 2006 5:14 pm GMT
(NORTHRIDGE, Calif.--BUSINESS WIRE--November 10, 2006) SmartSound Software, Inc., the leading provider of music scoring technology for film and video professionals, today announced that it will be presenting "Do-It-Yourself Music Scoring for Independent Filmmakers" as part of the "Works on a Mac" Series at the Apple Store Third Street Promenade (1248 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA) on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.

The free session features radio host, author and Final Cut Pro expert Philip Hodgetts sharing tips and tricks for filmmakers looking to achieve a big-budget score for their projects at a minimal cost while maintaining creative control. As part of this session, Hodgetts will show how to score film projects in Final Cut Pro using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4 with Mood Mapping. This innovative solution gives the truly independent filmmaker access to the same resources they would have when working with a full crew to score their scenes. Sonicfire Pro 4 gives editors multiple versions of any track in SmartSound’s library and the ability to control the mix of individual instrument layers through a single Mood Map track.

“It used to be that achieving a high-quality music score was not possible for a lot of people working with budget constraints,” said Hodgetts. “However, new products such as Sonicfire Pro 4 have made it possible for anyone to score their projects with a final result that matches the quality of working with a composer – and for a fraction of the cost.”

SmartSound is the leading name with professionals for music scoring solutions. Sonicfire Pro 4 is now bundled with Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro packages. In addition, the entire SmartSound solution is now pre-installed on Avid and Final Cut Pro rental packages from Wexler Video in Burbank.

“Sonicfire Pro 4 not only gives independent filmmakers an affordable solution for scoring their films, the unique nature of our solution allows them to maintain creative control throughout the entire post-production process,” said Brian Dickman, Vice President of Marketing for SmartSound Software, Inc. “This event showcases how our product can integrate easily with tools filmmakers are already using, like Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack Pro.”

About Philip Hodgetts
Hodgetts is the host of “Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ,” a weekly Internet radio show dedicated to news and features in the production and post-production industry. He is also President of Intelligent Assistance, Inc., a consulting firm for systems and technology development within podcasting, video production and post-production workflows. Through Intelligent Assistance, he is a much sought-after consultant on projects as diverse as the 40th Anniversary DVD of “Mary Poppins,” 1010TV Corporation, BorisFX, James Madison University and Detroit Public Television.

Hodgetts is also an in-demand author, having written the book “The Media 100 Editor's Companion,” been a columnist for MacDesign Magazine and written articles for numerous online publications.

About SmartSound Software, Inc.
SmartSound Software, Inc. is the world-leading developer and marketer 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 Mood Mapping feature in SmartSound® Sonicfire® Pro 4. SmartSound technology is available for Windows XP and Macintosh OSX 10.1 or higher. SmartSound products include: the Sonicfire® Pro and Quicktracks® for Adobe Premiere® Pro software 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, 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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