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What version of Soundminer would you say best suits a amateur sound designer as myself? Because i am inexperienced i cant really see the true value of the differences between the HD and V4 systems.

My goal is to one day work as a sound designer and will probably be using whatever is needed at that stage, but is for example the HD system a good starting point? It seems they have good upgrade plans available if it is. But i am still interested in the real difference for some one experienced :-).

Thanks in advance

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I use v4 at work and HD at home. For the most, HD has been serviceable for home use but after several years of getting by on HD, I'm planning on upgrading to v4.

While it's all spelled out on their website, these are the items I find most difficult to live without:

1) No stereo-to-mono conversion. For example, on my current project, I'm being asked to spot the majority of my sounds in mono.

2) No thesaurus support. This is a big one. I seem to get more returns from search queries in v4 than in HD. Makes it easier to find that specific sound that you're looking for.

3) Metadata support is limited. You can only edit the description field which is pretty gimp-y if you ask me. If you're planning on creating your own library and/or want to add your own metadata to existing sounds then you'll definitely want v4.

In a nutshell, if you're just starting out, these are things you can work around in one way or another. Eventually though once you start bringing in money, speed and an efficient workflow far outweigh the costs of the upgrade.

  • "If you're planning on creating your own library and/or want to add your own metadata to existing sounds then you'll definitely want v4". While it's true that you can only edit metadata this way in HD, there are other ways to add metadata and check compatbility in Soundminer. Check out : BWFMeta Edit – Arnoud Traa Jun 10 '15 at 15:41

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