Hello all,

so deciding on what to buy, i think soundminer is more of a industry standart? The thing is i would like to add metadata to my own recordings, to make clean libraries, also i need good search tool. Also soundminer different versions got my head spinning(why should i pay for "hd plus universal" version almost 2x amount of money), i really don't understand whats the big difference in them. So what would you choose and why, maybe there are things i should know about both of them?

So far BaseHead wins for the price, but maybe i'm doing a mistake?

thanks for your time and answers :)

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    You should also add Iced Audio AudioFinder to the list. However, I haven't used it (nor Basehead either), but I think it's worth a look at considering it's price point. Jan 16, 2012 at 18:08
  • as far as i can see its Mac only, so not good for me, thou it looks cool, and the price is good.
    – Linas
    Jan 17, 2012 at 7:48
  • I too became extremely confused by soundminers website and the differences in the versions! I haven't been on the site in a while but I remember being able to find a comparison chart on there somewhere but I think I had to dig a little to get there
    – Britt
    Jan 21, 2012 at 18:45

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Well one of the features of Basehead http://www.baseheadinc.com/products/basehead-mac/feature-overview is that it actually improves your sex life. I'm not sure how other products compete with that but its definitely worth checkin in to.


There's pro's and cons to both Basehead and Soundminer HD, so why don't you try out the demo's for both of them and see which one you like best? I personally like Soundminer HD a bit better for how it groups and organises search results, but like you pointed out it's more expensive and you have to pay double to go cross-platform. I only tried the Basehead demo for a couple of weeks about a year ago, and it's certainly a good program, and lots of people swear by it. I think I got confused by how it wouldn't smoothly let me search by categories or library names, but maybe I was just being an idiot or it has been improved since. Try it out for yourself!

  • ohh, how stupid of me...somehow i didn't thought that there are demos, downloading now, thanks Daan ;)
    – Linas
    Jan 17, 2012 at 7:47

Personally I've been a big fan of Soundminer - used it since v3 and always have liked it. Although it is worth bearing in mind that the price of HD/HD+ versus the older versions is dramatically cheaper (read: $600-700 for SMXP and $800 for SMv4 Standard) so I think the price point difference is somewhat negligible nowadays since HD/HD+ have almost all features that SMv4 Standard and SMXP have at half the price (right now the only two major outstanding features are the Admin panel and playlisting a la v4 stye).

For my the choice is uniformity and I like how it works in my workflow. Everyone I've worked with uses Soundminer, so I like having the comfort in knowing embedded metadata will populate on pretty much any system I have to work on (especially when custom FX are traded for work purposes like FX pulls - it's nice to receive those files and have per-prepared SM metadata). And I'm just used to how the tools work and the way the Boolean searches work within Soundminer. I guess it's a personal taste in the choice and when I saw Baseheads layout a while back it's design looked clunky and wasn't pleasing on my eyes (I know, somewhat superfluous, but when you have to stare at a certain piece of software for many hours of the day, I like to choose something that's comfortable for my eyes).


I havent used basehead for several years because Nuendo's built in search is fine. Before that I was a basehead fan (for a while steve was using a quote from me on his site). I used it for years. I have spent very little time on sound miner, so I cant speak to it.

FOr a search and retrieval system basehead was awesome. I know some people like to do fancy things with their search engine (like applying fx and pitching). That's not how i work. Basehead was great, and support was great as well.



+1 for AudioFinder, that's what we use in our facility.

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