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1.7 Audio Design Desk

Audio Design Desk
 

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Sound Design Reimagined - Comes with 30,000 Sounds and Music Cues!

With Audio Design Desk, you can create music for your videos at the speed of thought using trigger pads and our Music Construction Kits. Whether you’re scoring a scene or writing a hip hop masterpiece, Audio Design Desk has the goods to get you started—and the ease of use to keep you in the flow.

Streamline Your Professional Workflow with Audio Design Desk

When budgets are tight and deadlines even tighter, don’t let technology frustrate you from being the best. Audio Design Desk was created to get the technology out of the way of your craft.

This is the tool I’ve been looking for my entire career. Audio Design Desk lets me focus on creating sounds and makes the pain and chore of sound editing disappear.

What can Audio Design Desk Do?

Perform

Audio Design Desk turns your computer keyboard into an instrument so you can perform sound design elements like hits, rises, footsteps, punches, and gunshots in real-time while watching your video.

  • Press keys to place sounds in real-time
  • Over 30,000 sounds included

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Replace

Once you’ve placed your sounds, tell Audio Design Desk what genre, mood, or feel you’d like, and it will offer smart alternates without ever losing sync.

  • Change genre, mood, feel, intensity and complexity with one click
  • Create infinite alternates without losing sync

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Refine

Search for your sound effects right from the timeline. This saves you hours of digging through complex libraries and because each sound understands sync, there’s no need to trim or nudge them into place.

  • Find and place from the timeline
  • Zero trimming and nudging
  • No more hunting through libraries

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Deliver

Export as an .xml or an .aaf to bring your work into Pro Tools, Premiere, Avid, Final Cut Pro, or the DAW or NLE of your choice, or upload to Frame.io and get sync-accurate notes without ever leaving the timeline.

  • .xml and .aaf export
  • Upload to Frame.io
  • Works with Pro Tools, Premiere, Final Cut Pro

Audio Design Desk

There isn’t another piece of software that allows you to instantly create at this level of professionalism.

Audio Design Desk Features

Intelligent Import

Import your own sounds and add our Sonic Intelligence by dragging files into the importer and then pressing the “Guess Metadata” button. Less time tagging means more time sculpting your sound design.

30,000 Sounds

For those of you who don’t have your own libraries, Audio Design Desk comes with thousands of cinema-quality sounds to fully cover your animation, advertisement, independent film, or television show.

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Workflows

Frame.io

Collaboration has a new sound.

Import, create, upload, get comments, refine, receive approval and deliver without ever leaving your Audio Design Desk timeline. Now you can share your work with collaborators anywhere in the world through Frame.io’s unmatched collaboration tools.

Go from the first draft to delivery in no time, using the seamless integration of two platforms that have changed post-production workflows forever.

Audio Design Desk’s integration with Frame.io enables a seamless, roundtrip workflow .

  • Connect to import video directly from Frame.io and quickly add sound effects, audio design, and music to your video.
  • Pull from our library of 25,000 sounds or import your own to build a complete audio soundscape using our AI-assisted creative tools.
  • Upload your designed video to Frame.io for review.
  • Receive frame=accurate comments from Frame.io directly inside of Audio Design Desk.

With our rapid workflow and replacement tools, you can quickly and easily create multiple versions of your audio in less time than it would take to create a single one, so collaborators can A/B test different sonic approaches uploaded to comparable “version stacks” inside of Frame.io right from the add.app timeline.

Audio Design Desk uses two key concepts to deliver their experience: precise, frame-accurate, keyboard shortcuts for adding sound effects, and a robust AI backend. A user can search for their desired feel, come back with entire sound sets, test, and review in Frame.io, set their markers, and then swap entire soundscapes on the fly. It’s incredibly cool.

Pro Tools

Audio Design Desk offers a simple and seamless transition between creating your audio and then mixing/mastering in ProTools.

  1. Once you’ve finished your sound pass, you can export the project as an .AAF or .XML.
  2. Make sure that the settings are set to ProTools AAF. You can change other settings such as Rendering Regions with Effects, as well as choosing to Organize Timeline to prevent overlapping. Once the settings are to your liking, click Export.
  3. To open the ProTools AAF project, find the AAF you exported from Audio Design Desk, double click it, make sure your project settings are correct, and click Create.

Now your Audio Design Desk sound pass is open in ProTools, and you can get to polishing your masterpiece

Final Cut Pro

Audio Design Desk offers a simple and seamless transition between cutting in Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere and creating audio in Audio Design Desk.

  1. When you’d like to add sound to your edit, export your video using the share menu and then drag your video into Audio Design Desk and start creating.
  2. Once you’ve finished your sound pass, you can export your work as an .AAF or .XML.
  3. Make sure that the settings are set to Final Cut Pro XML. You can change other settings such as Rendering Regions with Effects or Including the Video, as well as choosing to Organize Timeline to keep similar sounds organized and to prevent audio from overlapping. Once the settings are to your liking, click Export.
  4. Now go to the File Menu in Final Cut Pro and select Import XML. Locate and select the XML project you just created and click Open.
  5. Final Cut Pro will immediately bring in all of the audio you created in Audio Design Desk so you can continue editing.

Premiere Pro

  1. When you’d like to add sound to your edit, export your video in the file menu by selecting Export Media.
  2. Simply drag your video into Audio Design Desk and start creating.
  3. Once you’ve finished your sound pass, you can export your work as an .AAF or .XML.
  4. Make sure that the settings are set to Premiere XML. You can change other settings such as Rendering Regions with Effects or Including the Video, as well as choosing to Organize Timeline to prevent overlapping. Once the settings are to your liking, click Export.
  5. Now go to the File Menu in Premiere Pro and select Open Project. Locate and select the XML project you just created and click Open.
  6. Premiere Pro will immediately bring in all of the audio you created in Audio Design Desk so you can continue editing.

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: macOS Mojave Version 10.13 or later
Processor: Intel 1.3 GHz
Memory: 8GB RAM
Storage: A minimum of 10GB of disk space must be available before downloading our free sound library.

One license is issued per subscription, which allows users to operate add.app on one computer. If you would like your license to extend to more than one computer, please contact us.

Current Version: 1.7
Released On: Thu, 15 July 2021

New Features:

  • Spot Mode: 30,000 royalty-free SFX, loops, and music cues in any application.
  • Trigger Pad: Real-time sound design, music and user programmable triggers.
  • Transient Detection: Generate elements from stems for real time sound design in seconds.
  • DAWSync: Control your DAW from Audio Design Desk.

 

Version: 1.6.0 (Build 480)
Released on: Thu, 01 Apr 2021

New Features:

  • DAWSync via MTC: Effortlessly sync Audio Design Desk to any DAW including Pro Tools, Nuendo, Studio One, and Logic to add sound design, sound effects, and music 10x faster.
  • Audio Recording and Editing Tools: Now musicians and podcasters can record directly into Audio Design Desk without the need for an additional DAW. New features include advanced snap settings to duplicate, trim, and place music to the beat, the ability to automatically quantize sounds as you’re placing them, and a metronome you will actually like.
  • LoopDNA: Audio Design Desk knows your loops from Splice or LoopCloud—so replacing, time stretching, and mixing and matching is immediate. LoopDNA brings the full power of Audio Design Desk to every sample you import, offering users a real-time creative experience that keeps them in their flow.

Enhancements and Fixes:

  • Adding Ruler display options such as Minute : Second, Timecode and Bars.
  • Improved device and sample rate handling
  • Improved Sound Pack Manager and Sound Pack handling
  • Improved canceling various operations that refused to cancel before
  • Added support to remember if Library or Video is hidden in both preferences and projects
  • Added ability to type directly into the timecode display and use shorthand, such as 1 for 1 frame, or 0:02 for 2 frames
  • Better metadata guessing in the Importer
  • Added a remove all metadata menu item in Importer
  • Loop button in preview player
  • Many other bug fixes…

Universal Build: Intel + Native Apple Silicon M1. macOS 10.13 → 11+ Big Sur.
This is a free update for all users.

Full release history is at audiodesigndesk.com/add/release_notes.

Audio Design Desk QuickStart Guide + User Interface #gettingstarted

Learn the basic concepts in Audio Design Desk, such as how to import video, triggers, replacement, and user-assignable triggers, and more!

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