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Overview

Sound Mill - Product Abstract

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How It Works - Sound Mill allows you to play multiple audio files simultaneously with one button click for theater production scenes. Each sound can be timed to play at a precise instant to create an intricate soundscape. The audio files can reside on your computer hardrive, local network, or can even be sourced from the Web, such as an Internet radio site. Cross-Fade music playlists by a simple mode setting. The Auto-Fade-In/Out feature can automatically fade-in music on Play/Resume, and fade-out on Stop/Pause. In Retail Environments and Event Venues, you can pipe playlists of music and have the music interrupted with recorded announcements (sales promotions, event dates, etc). These announcements can be played at regular timed intervals or inserted after a number of music track play. Time of day announcements (ex. "Store is closing in 10 minutes.") can be scheduled to play at exact time of day. Stand-up performers can use a wireless remote control device to control play of sound cues and music tracks that accompany their act. The Easy Player is also well suited as a touch screen tablet interface. Haunted Mansion Walk-throughs can pipe music and sounds to multiple zones (rooms), each zones with its own sound tracks.

And there is a lot more. See the Key Features below.

No Special Hardware Required

Your audio setup can be as simple and mobile as a laptop computer with connected or wireless computer speakers; Or as sophisticated as a desktop or server with multiple soundcards; Or a professional grade audio adapter with multiple I/O channels. If the I/O channels appear in the Windows Control Panel > Sound Playback devices list, they should be recognized by Sound Mill . For businesses on a budget, you can use external soundcard adapters (for about $10 each) with a USB hub to pipe sound to as many zones as you need.

Automation

With the Automation Manager, you can quickly create scripts that group several sounds for sequential play or timed to play relative to the start of the automation script. Quickly create multiple playlists of music. You can manually run your automation or schedule it to start at a time of day. Automation can achieve just about any timed sequence of sounds that you can envision. A one script can start and control other scripts for powerful results. You can even invoke external programs to start and pass parameters to control things like theater lighting arrays. Script editing is done via a graphicl user interface (GUI) -- no text file editing required.

For Performing Arts Theater

Quality Sound for Theater
Quality Sound for Theater

Performing Arts Theater at all levels, city, community, or dinner theater, as well as schools, clubs or place of worship, can enhance performances with smart sound design. Organize a complete sound plot for a show to execute sound cues. Use the Automator to create precisely timed soundscapes of multiple simultantous sounds. For pre-show and intermission, pipe music playlists and announcements to one or more different venue zones -- a lobby PA, stage speakers, and 3D speaker systems. Automatically generate detailed sound design reports, organized by Act and Scene, to view on screen or to print and review at production planning meetings.

For Stand-up Performers by Remote Control

It's Like Magic
It's Like Magic
Mark Angelo, Comedy/Juggler
Mark Angelo, Comedy/Juggler
Solo working artists and performers, such as magicians, comedians, mimes, jugglers, storytellers, public speakers and others, want the freedom to move around the stage or walk into the audience seating area. The Sound Mill Easy Player with a Remote Control Device can offer a good option for remotely controlling sound Cues with a pocket remote (at distances up to 130 feet). Place your laptop on a table where you can see the display (on stage or off). Use the built in laptop speakers or connect powered computer speakers for a pro-sound with punch. The Easy Player allows you to configure to virtually any remote device (RF, WiFi, Bluetooth, Infrared, etc). Even use a cell phone or a wireless number keypad.
Gold Star See how Mark Angelo, owner of Comedy In High Definition™, uses Sound Mill with a concealed remote control for his Comedy/Juggling act.

Use Large Text Cues
Use Large Text Cues
Accompany your act or presentation with a music track and surprise sound effects at precisely timed moments. Hide your remote in your pocket, out of sight for stealth operation. Hey, it's magic. Display large font text or use images to indicate your position within the sound cues list. Try 3 cues visible at once: The current playing cue (highlighted in reverse video) plus the previous and next cues. Volume Fades, bump volume up/down and mute via remote. Forward and back buttons allow you to quickly scroll through the cues. Tie ad-hoc sounds (ex an applause sound) to one or two buttons for on demand play.

Lots more function is available -- for more detail see the Operating with a Remote Control Device section of the Sound Mill User's Guide.

For Haunted Mansion Walk-through and Amusement Attractions

Haunted Mansion Sound Tracks
Haunted Mansion Sound Tracks
Gold Star See how Sound Mill is used by the HauntedWeb of Horrors in Memphis Tennessee , the premier haunted house attraction in Memphis Tennessee.
Whether you are a sound designer for an amusement park attraction or museum display, or you just want to create a spooky walk-thru for Halloween at your home or school, Sound Mill automation has the flexibility needed for complex sound scenarios. Play a constant background sound in a continuous loop (ex. wind howling and rain) and time other sounds to repeat at regular intervals (ex. ghost calls, wolf howls, foot steps, etc.) . The possible scenarios are limited only by your imagination. Create sound automation that changes over time. Large venues can control multiple audio zones simultaneously with one computer, each zone having its own audio programming.

For In-Store, Business and Public Venue - Music with Announcements

For Business and Public Venue
For Business and Public Venue
As the sales mantra goes, "Always be selling!". There is no better time to bring your sales promotions to the attention of your customers then while they are actually in your store or venue. Sound Mill makes it a snap to combine music and announcements. Insert announcements automatically after every music track -- or after every second, third, or Nth (you pick the number). Schedule an announcement by time of day and/or date. Or time announcements to repeat at timed intervals (ex. every 3 minutes). A timed announcements will suspend the music track until it finishes. And there are no expensive music subscriptions to buy -- use the music ripped from your own CDs. (the program Help has easy rip instructions).

Announcement examples: Announce sales promotions, public service messages, upcoming event dates, news items, your business Web site address and business hours or 'store closing soon' warnings. Or simply sound a bell or chime at specific times to mark time periods (ex. employee break periods, classroom period begin and end). Record your own messages as an MP3 file with your computer and microphone or use pre-recorded, professionally produced announcements.

Large venues with multiple rooms can control multiple audio zones simultaneously with one computer, each zone having its own audio programming.
Gold Star See how Capital City Civic Center uses Sound Mill to centrally control music playlists to multiple meeting/dining rooms.

Audio file formats supported

    Sound Mill will play virtually any standard format audio file. Record your own, download thousands from the Web ( Google "sound effects download"), or visit your local library and ask about sound effects CD collections.

  • Standard Supported Formats (Standard Supported Formats) - Sound Mill supports these formats out-of-the-box: WAV, MP3, WMA, MIDI (MID), AU, AIFF (AIF), MPEG (MPG), and WMV -- Virtually any size file. For video formats, only the audio portion will play, video is ignored. Generally, if Windows Media Player can play the format, it should work with Sound Mill .
  • Add More Formats with a Codec (Add More Formats with a Codec) - By installing the excellent and Free KLite Codec package , you can extend the number of formats supported dramatically including popular formats like FLAC, OGG, AAC and more. Or use your own favorite audio codec.
  • M3U and WPL Music Playlist Import (M3U and WPL Music Playlist Import) - Take advantage of pre-existing playlists. (WPL, Windows Media Player playlists)
  • Web Based Media (Web Based Media) - The media file can exist on your local computer, network or reside on the Web (http urls).

Key Performance Features

Tip - View the online demos to get a preliminary technology overview. Nothing to install. Just click and view.
  • Touch Screen Enabled (Touch Screen Enabled) - The Easy Player interface is fully touch screen enabled (Ultimate edition). And Basic edition users can transform the performance interface into a Touch Enabled interface in 60 seconds. (see screen shot )
  • High performance (High performance) - Takes advantage of multi-threading on multi-core CPU systems. Runs in 64-bit Mode on 64-bit Operating Systems.
  • Use with other audio programs (Use with other audio programs) - Use Sound Mill and other audio software (ex. WMP) simultaneously.
  • Automation Manager (Automation Manager) - Use the Automator to build and run automation Scripts to play sequences of sounds sequentially or at timed intervals.
  • Easy Player (Easy Player) - The Easy Player facilitates operation by wireless remote control devices and touch screen. And provides a simple, intuitive player user interface (UI) for untrained operators.
  • Business Announcements (Business Announcements) - Easily automate the insertion of your business or organization Announcements (recorded messages) into music programming.
  • Integration with Video Mill (Integration with Video Mill) - Send and receive automation commands between Sound Mill and Video Mill for a complete audio/visual tool suite. Provides split second timed automation of audio and video programming. The programs can reside on the same computer or separate computers on a wired or wireless network. (IPC feature)[1]
  • Scheduler (Scheduler) - Schedule automation Scripts to start at a given time of day for pre-show and intermission music and announcements.
  • Flexible date scheduling (Flexible date scheduling) - Create schedules to run by date: daily, weekly by day of week, monthly by date, and limited to a date range and more.
  • Remote Control (Remote Control) - Control sound Cues or music with a pocket remote device at distances up to 130 feet. Most standard presentation remotes are supported, costing a little as $20. (see Easy Player feature)
  • Audio Kiosk (Audio Kiosk) - Let customers or venue visitors interact with your sound design via a Kiosk. Visual design capabilities for creating the Kiosk are highly flexible. (see Easy Player feature)
  • Multiple Zone Output (Multiple Zone Output) - Simultaneously play different audio and music programs on Multi-Zone Outputs Systems (ex. lobby PA, stage tower speakers, courtyard). (WAV, MP3, WMA, AIFF supported for the Outputs feature)
  • Run External Programs (Run External Programs) - Run External Programs (ex. .bat, .exe, etc) and pass variables. Useful to coordinate/operate other show devices (ex. lighting systems, etc).
  • Manual play mode (Manual play mode) - Oversized buttons for play, stop, pause and resume. Adjust volume, pan left/right.
  • Start and Stop Play Markers (Start and Stop Play Markers) - Markers allow you to start and/or end play at any position in the audio file.
  • Music Playlist Cross-Fade (Music Playlist Cross-Fade) - Simply by setting Cross-Fade Mode, you can make music Playlist tracks fade into each other. Current track fades-out while the next track fades-in.
  • Auto-Fade In and Out on Play/Stop/Pause/Resume (Auto-Fade In and Out on Play/Stop/Pause/Resume) - With one click you can turn on/off volume fading for play actions. Just set the desired fade length (in seconds) and fades are performed automatically. No more jarring volume spikes or drops on high volume systems.
  • Fade In and Fade-Out Marker (Fade In and Fade-Out Marker) - Fade markers allow you to fade the volume in or out at any position in the audio file. You can set the fade speed (faster or slower fade) and the target volume level to which it will fade to.
  • Quick Markers (Quick Markers) - This is a Mass Update feature to perform edit operations on a selected set of Sound Items with one click. Includes: Add Fade-In and Fade-Out Markers; Snap-to Marker Position to the Left or Right Guide position; and Delete All Fade markers.
  • Auto Volume and Pan (Auto Volume and Pan) - Fade or gain volume at a set speed. Pan left or right at a set speed. Loop back in the other direction automatically.
  • Preemptive play mode (Preemptive play mode) - Play causes all playing sounds to suspend while a preemptive sound plays. (useful for injecting timed announcements into a music program).
  • Loop play (Loop play) - Play one sound in a continuous loop. For example, put a short clip of rain falling into a loop, then play thunder claps randomly.
  • Delay (Delay) - Set a time to delay before and/or after playing a sound (Pre/Post Delay). Useful for separating sounds in automation Scripts.
  • Multi-Play (Multi-Play) - Set the number of times to repeat a sound.
  • Dark Application Skin (Dark Application Skin) - Prevent eye strain in a darkened theater or venue by using a Windows High Contrast Theme. (see screen shots page)
  • More... (More...) - This is the short list of features. Browse the help files for a complete tour.

Key Editing Features

  • Script Editor (Script Editor) - The Script Editor provides a fully graphical user interface for editing automation Scripts.
  • Sorting/Merging (Sorting/Merging) - Sort your sounds by Name, Category or Act/Scene. Merge lists together with one click.
  • Drag and drop (Drag and drop) - Use Windows Explorer or other file manger to drag and drop audio files into your Sound List. Also, drop folders of files or M3U Playlist files.
  • Copy and Paste Editing  (Copy and Paste Editing ) - You can copy a sound with all of its configurations and paste as a new sound. Move sounds up or down in sequence with one click.
  • Mass Updates (Mass Updates) - You can make the same attribute change to many sound cues at once -- A huge time saver with a large list of sound cues.
  • Find (Find) - Advanced searching on various sound cue attributes (name, description, audio filename).
  • Default Values (Default Values) - Save default values used when creating new Sound Items.
  • View/print reports (View/print reports) - View a report (a.k.a. sound plot) showing the list of sounds and configurations applied to each sound. You can save as a file and print the report. Set the level of information and detail to include.
  • List Sorting (List Sorting) - Sort your list by sound name or by act/scene. Auto number the list.
  • Repair (Repair) - It is common to move audio files to new folders. The repair feature can reset audio file paths when files get moved.
  • Password Protection (Password Protection) - Password protect your work from tampering or unauthorized use.

[1] Integration of Sound Mill and Video Mill using the IPC feature requires you have these version/releases installed:
Sound Mill 3.2 or later ; Video Mill 1.15 or later

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"I've tried a lot of other products. Sound Mill is the quickest and easiest I've found for designing sound. And now, the automation scripts make it a snap to setup intricate timings. Highly recommended." Alan N, Boston Ma

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