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Ever feel like you've over-used the standard sound effects included in Final Cut Pro & Soundtrack Pro?  Well at the NAB 2010 show, several companies were present showcasing their volumes upon volumes of sound effects and royalty free music libraries.  Here are a few companies to check out if you're looking for something fresh and new:


sound_ideas_icon.gifSound Ideas is one of the world's leading publishers of professional sound effects.  Prices range anywhere from $29 to $10,000 depending on how extensive a library you're looking for.  Available on CD, CD-Rom, DVD-Rom, and Hard Drives.  Sound Ideas also offers fully customized hard drives, where customers get to choose exactly what products, sample rate and computer platform they need and the drive is specifically made to order for their needs.  Sound Ideas features MetaDigger, a file scanning and metadata search program, and Soundminer, an audio file management system.

nonstop_music_icon.gifNonstop Music provides library music, custom music and news music packages to broadcasters all around the world.  With over 25 years in writing music for Hollywood movie trailers, TV network themes, commercials, and sports and with a wide variety of styles, genres, and categories makes it one of the most flexible libraries in the world.

videohelper_icon.gifVideo Helper is "production music for people who hate production music", meaning they write their music as producers, not just as musicians.  Once you sign up for an account with Video Helper, they will send you discs of their entire VideoHelper and ScoreHelper libraries...free...you don't pay anything up front, you only pay when you use the music.  Features over 2600 titles on 40 CDs, and Look & Load, their superfast search engine.

megatrax_icon.gifMegatrax is one of the world's leading production music libraries for film, television, advertising, and multimedia.  With over 25,000 fresh new cuts in every style, plus sound f/x the features the freshest and most original sound in production music.  With the MusicSource Search System, you can search, preview, and download music from a great assortment of Megatrax's best.

blastwavefx_icon.gifBlastwave FX develops next-generation HD sound effects libraries for professional audio production.  Royalty-free creative resources for audio professionals worldwide in post, broadcast, film television, video games, animation, radio, new media and beyond.  Blastwave FX delivers their products on DVD, USB flash drive, hard drive, and via download, and all of their products contain broadcast .wav files and/or mp3 reference files with embedded metadata.  Prices range from $25 to $5000 and up.  Blastwave FX features "free updates for life" with all their SDS hard drive libraries, and Blastwave FX search engine, where you can search, audition, drag & drop to any Mac or PC application.

5alarm_music_icon.gif 5 Alarm Music boasts "the largest independent music library in the nation" with over 40 different libraries, over 3000 cds, an extensive classical selection, and custom compositions.  They deliver any way you need it:  CD, DVD, USB 2.0 drive, Search & Download for Mac & PC, and many different formats including, mp3, wav, bwav, ftp, aiff, iTunes searchable, msoft, & soundminer.  5 Alarm Music is your music concierge.

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