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Installing and using SmartSounds in Studio

Installing and using SmartSounds in Studio By saby - Last updated on Thursday, February 6, 2014
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Plugins, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Plugins  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Created on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:47 AM

I propose in this tutorial to introduce the SmartSounds plugin for Pinnacle Studio. We will see its installation, its use and its operation.

Installation :

Up Pinnacle Studio 12, the software installed on your PC to manage SmartSounds files was Quicktracks. For Pinnacle Studio 15 and upper versions, it's SonicFire Pro 5.

For Studio 15 and below, just run the SmartSound_SonicfirePro_560_Studio_70673.exe you have downloaded from Avid (Corel) with an activation key purchased from Avid (Corel).

For Studio 16 and above, just run the SonicFirePro5.xFull.exe you have downloaded from SmartSound website (with our 20% discount).

I will not accurately describe the installation procedure which is very simple and can be summarized basically by clicking Next several times. I will only detail the double-activation key system. Indeed, you should have received a key  9 alphanumeric characters) to use SonicFire Pro and a key (17 alphanumeric characters) to activate the plugin in Pinnacle Studio. The first key is to be added after the .exe installation. The following window opens :

1st serial

Click Enter Serial Number, and fill in all the fields in this window :


That's it for now. You have to activate SonicFire Pro as a plugin for Pinnacle Studio. For that, start SonicFire Pro from the Help menu and click on Avid/Pinnacle Studio Plugin Activation :

Plugin activation

It's time to enter the second code you have received and then click Activate. That's what you should get :

Activation OK

For those who already had on their PC the Quicktracks software to manage SmartSounds with compatible versions of Studio before Studio 15, all SmartSound music files they had will be immediately identified and available in SonicFire Pro. For all other cases I will detail at the end of tutorial how to use SmartSounds you already own.

Using in Pinnacle Studio (V15 and above):

In Pinnacle Studio 15 using SmartSound:

Open the Audio toolbox :

Audio toolbox

Click Create background music automatically :

Automatic creation of musical background

Select SmartSound instead of Scorefitter :


Open the plugin with Go to SmartSound :

Run plugin


In Pinnacle Studio 16 and above, one single thing to do:

Click the S-shaped above the timeline :

In Avid Studio

Who said that in new Studio versions everything was more complicated than in Pinnacle Studio 1-15 ?

Operation of the plugin :

Once you have launched the plugin from Pinnacle Studio, actually two overlapping windows will open. The one below is called SonicFire Pro and the top one SmartSound Express Track. SonicFire Pro is the engine of SmartSounds. The version that is installed with the plugin here is a constrained version and you will almost never have anything to do there.

Express Track is the window that you will use primarily. Once your work done, click Send at bottom left :


And the SmartSound music file is imported back into Pinnacle Studio to appear on the timeline.


WARNING: once you import a first smartsound, and you want to import a second one, you need to click on the SmartSound button plugin in Pinnacle Studio (even if the SonicFirePro or SmartSound express software is always displayed). This is to reconnect the SmartSound plugin to Pinnacle Studio. If you see the "EXPORT" button, it means that you did not click on Pinnacle Studio plugin button...


You can directly adjust its length by stretching it with the mouse and SonicFire Pro which was remained open will automatically recalculate it:

Mouse stretching on timeline

SonicFire recalculation

Express Track is divided into four zones :

Express track

  1. A zone for searching titles with multiple criteria. You can select only the albums you own or any album from SmartSound Store. In this case an audio preview of the album is uploaded and you can immediately buy it. You can select single or multitrack music titles. You can select sound effects.
  2. There, the titles list is displayed with the name of their album, the musical intensity and tempo.
    In front of each title is an icon. If it is blue is that you own the title and that Express Track has found it on your PC. If it is gray is that the title was not found by Express Track on your PC and is part of an album that you own at least one of the tracks on your PC. In fact it has found the library attached to the title but not the music file. If there is a line in the icon is that you are dealing with a simple track title and if there are several lines with a multitracks title.
  3. Once a title is selected this zone gives you different informations about this title: name, album, author, its overall tempo in beats per minute (BPM), its description, the instruments used + license information.
  4. This is the main area for ​​controls. You can set the duration of the musical piece but it's not really important because it is in Studio that you will do later with the mouse. With Variation you change the musical arrangement. For multitracks titles with Mood you specify which tracks you want to hear and with Mix you can mix all these tracks independently. Finally, a Tempo button allows you to change the music tempo. With the Play button you listen to the results of your changes. A level slider changes the overall volume of the song that will be delivered to Studio.
If you already owned SmartSounds :

As stated at the outset if they were already on your PC, they must be recognized automatically by SonicFire Pro.

If they are on another PC, you can now get on the old PC the contents of C:\ProgramData\SmartSound Software Inc (for Vista or Seven users) or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SmartSound Software Inc (for XP) and put it on the new PC exactly at the same place.

If you start from scratch, you will have to insert the Smartsound albums installation CD that should install automatically. In some cases the automatic installation is not done. Open SonicFire Pro and in the Tools menu select Options :

Tools menu

There, in the Album tab, click Add and SonicFire Pro should automatically install titles from the CD :

Add button

If none of this works, a single and final solution : copy/paste the content of the Library Enablers directory from the CD to C:\...\SmartSound Software Inc\Libraries on your PC and the content of Sound Files directory from the CD to C:\...\SmartSound Software Inc\Sound Files on your PC.

To backup your music, or to restore it:

If you would like to backup the files in case of a hard drive crash, you can copy the entire "SmartSound Software Inc" folder to an external drive. To find the "SmartSound Software Inc" folder, click the Tools menu in Sonicfire Pro, then choose Options. Now   the Folders tab of the options menu and click the link that says "Click here to browse this folder". This will open up a window in the "SmartSound Software Inc" folder. Copy this entire folder to a backup drive. If you ever need to restore it, you can simply reinstall Sonicfire Pro, then replace the same "SmartSound Software Inc" folder from your backup back onto the hard drive and it should restore everything."
Excepted if you add some music through another path, in such case do not forget to backup this path as well !!


Mirco Winde video : How to use Pinnacle plugin with Sonic Fire Pro:

Thanks to Gert, we discovered this video, which might help you as well, in addition to Saby tutorial.


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Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Monday, November 21, 2011 11:17 AM
I have just completed in installing Studio 15 and all contents going back to Studio 12 . My hold out in upgrading was always my SmartSound library that had been accumulated . In my upgrade I purchased the Plug -In direct from SmartSound which installs generally about the same as you have described in your Tutorial . The integration of my huge Library in Studio 12 was transferred effortless into Studio 15 !
Your Tutorial is great and I just want to mention that there is a really good Video " HOW TO " on the SmartSound Website !


Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Monday, November 21, 2011 12:10 PM
Thanks Gert, I just added it to the tutorial, at the end !!


Geoffrey West By # Geoffrey West @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 4:40 AM
Thanks for the info on using smartsound with Pinnacle16 ultimate. I assume then that I have to buy SonicPro at $99 before I can use smartsound on my Pinnacle product?

Le Papy By # Le Papy @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:31 AM
No, you just purchase the plugin. The plugin installs SonicFire Pro 5 full version trial valid for 1 month. But it is not necessary to have the full version to play Smartsounds in Studio 16. After a month, there is a reduced version that allows you to work with Smartsouds in studio 16.

EngelP By # EngelP @ Wednesday, November 22, 2017 6:50 AM
If I have the SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Version 5.8.7 above, and I still have not decided to buy, including the latest version 6.0.3, will be the plug-in version 5.8.7 in my Pinnacle Studio 21 to be supported? ? On the web, they do not mention any of this, Any recommendation? Thank you...

According to this article:

it is preferable to purchase the Avid Pinnacle Studio Plugin for the SmartSound Sonicfire Pro itself. But I think this article for the year it was published refers to the Sonicfire Pro. Previous version of v5.7.5 or 5.8.7. Does this also applies to new versions of Sonicfire Pro. 6.0.3 end?

If I have the Pinnacle Studio 21, I can buy the SonicFire Pro Plugin. Avid Studio for Pinnacle from the SmartSound Software SonicFire Pro. 6.0.3?

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