For broadcasts, gigs, stageshows, fairs, arenas, backing tracks and public performances of all kind. Soundbites V2 is all you need to play your favourite sound effects at the touch of a button. No need to carry that Midi keyboard around with you any longer.
Assign your sound effects to keys on your laptop keypad and trigger them as required. Play WAV, MP2, MP3, WMA, OGG, AIFF, MID or MOD files. You can change the volume, pan, playback speed, pitch and EQ of each individual sound. Using the timeline function you can record the timing of your keypresses to automate the playback or to create complex sound effects. Load the same sound multiple times and play it back with different parameters. Play up to 24 sounds simultaneously. Record your own high quality sounds in WAV format. Assign 72 sounds to the keys a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and ^0-^9 and then save these assignments to a separate file. Create as many assignment files as you like and quickly swap between them. Browse the internet for free sound effect files. Change the look and feel using customisable skins. Sound effect player for broadcasts, gigs, stageshows, fairs, arenas, backing tracks and public performances of all kind. Simply load your sound effects to your laptop and trigger them at the touch of a key. No need to carry that Midi keyboard around with you any longer. Play WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, AIFF, MID or MOD files. You can change the volume, pan, playback speed, pitch and EQ of each individual sound. Play up to 24 sounds simultaneously. Thank you for downloading SoundBites from Minstrel Media Software. SoundBites is a full featured sound effect player for DJ's, stage shows, fairgrounds, broadcasts etc. All your favourite sounds are now at your fingertips. Just put your sounds onto your laptop or desktop computer and access them directly from the keypad. Stageshow sound effects are now simply a matter of plugging your laptop into the stage PA and triggering the sounds as you need them. For small shows and fairs etc. Record and play messages, tannoy announcements and jingles easily and quickly. Broadcasts will benefit from instant 'spontaneous' sound effects. Create soundtracks for home movies or animations. Play up to 24 sounds simultaneously. Change the Volume, Pan, Playback Speed and Pitch of each sound in realtime. Give each sound a distinct tone using the Graphic Equalizer. Record your keypresses in a timeline which you can then replay at the touch of a key. Record your keypresses in a sequence and trigger them with the spacebar. Record your own sounds. Load WAV, MP3, MP2, WMA, AIFF, OGG, MID, IT, XM, S3M, and MOD files. Complex effects can be created with very few sounds using the Timeline function. Browse the web for sounds and download them. New users will see that all 72 keys are Unassigned. SoundBites distinguishes between lowercase and uppercase (or Shifted) keys. Shifted numbers are shown with the ^ symbol. You can assign sounds to the keys 0-9, ^0-^9, a-z and A-Z. Assigning sounds to keys There are two ways to assign a sound to a key. 1) Right click the desired key in the Virtual Keypad (hold the Shift key down whilst clicking to assign to an uppercase key). The Space bar and Enter keys cannot be assigned to. 2) Double click the relevant key in the Assignments List. The Assign Sound Bites dialog box will appear allowing you to assign a WAV, MP3, MP2, WMA, AIFF, OGG, MID, IT, XM, S3M, and MOD file to that key. You can also assign a SoundBites Timeline file (SBT), which we will come to later (see What is a timeline ?). That key is now ready to be used. You can load multiple files at the same time from the Assign Sound Bites dialog box. They will be assigned to consecutive keys. Playing sounds To play a sound just press the key on your keypad, when you release the key, the sound will be played. This system ensures faster playback of the sound. When the key is depressed, processing takes place that allows instant playback upon release, enabling you to 'queue' the sound. To stop a sound that is already playing, press the key again. The Space bar and Enter key on your keypad have special functions. The Space bar switches 'Pitch Lock' on or off. Pitch lock is a function that keeps the sound at the correct pitch independent of the playback speed. Try changing the speed of a sound to 200% (described below). Now, with the Spacebar on the Virtual Keypad reading 'Pitch Lock is ON', play the sound. It will play at twice the speed but at the correct pitch. Now press the Spacebar. The Virtual Keypad shows that 'Pitch Lock is OFF'. Now when you play the sound it will be high pitched. Pitch lock also enables the Pitch slider, unless Pitch Lock is ON, the pitch slider has no effect. The Enter key allows you to loop a sound until you stop it by pressing its key again. All sounds triggered while 'Loop is ON' will loop until you stop them. When you press the Enter key again to switch looping off, any new sounds triggered will play normally. Note - SoundBites must be 'focused' when you play sounds. If you are using SoundBites in conjunction with other programs, keypresses will only register if it is focused. To be sure it is focused, click the SoundBites title bar. Changing the properties of a sound The first two tabs in the Settings Panel, the Settings and EQ tabs, show sliders that correspond to the currently highlighted sound in the Assignments List. The Settings tab allows you to alter the Volume, Pan, Playback Speed and Pitch of the sound and the EQ tab gives you a ten channel graphic equalizer ranging from 40Hz to 20,000Hz. To change the properties of a sound, simply highlight it in the Assignments List and alter the sliders in the Settings or EQ tabs. The Pitch slider has a range of two octaves (one up and one down at semitone intervals). By default, the Graphic Equalizer is switched off. To switch it on, click the Graphic Equalizer option. None of the sliders in the EQ tab are active unless the Graphic Equalizer box is checked. To apply one particular EQ curve to all sounds played, check the Global EQ box. Otherwise, all sounds will have their own EQ setting ( Note - with Global EQ off, any sound still playing when a new sound is triggered will take on the EQ curve of the new sound ). Right clicking any slider in the Settings or EQ tabs will return that slider to its default value. The Control tab The Contol tab contains buttons allowing you to Stop all playing sounds - Instantly stops any currently playing sounds. You can access this function with the F2 key. Fade out all sounds - Fades out all playing sounds at the time specified by the slider below it. Access this function with the F3 key. Open the Windows Audio Mixer - Giving you control of your computer's sound card to adjust levels etc. Use the F4 key for quick access. Changing the look of SoundBites
The Colour tab on the Settings Panel allows you to change the look of SoundBites by choosing different 'skins' and altering their attributes. Existing users who want SoundBites to look as it used to, should choose the 'Blue Ice' skin and set the Hue slider all the way to the left. This is the Timeline window, it allows you to record the timing of your keypresses. To bring up this window, click the Timeline Button in the main SoundBites window. You can assign timeline files (SBT files) to keys as you would with a sound file. To record a timeline, follow this procedure. 1) Click the Record Timeline button (the red circle). Any data already shown in the list will be replaced. A timer readout will appear at the top of the window showing the time elapsed since starting the recording. 2) Press the keys you want to record on your keypad. The keypresses and timings will appear in the list. Note -No keys used in the recording of a timeline can already be assigned to a SBT file (In other words, a timeline may not contain another timeline). 3) When you have finished, click the Stop Recording button. The Play and Save buttons will become available. 4) You can review the timeline using the Play button if you wish. For long timelines, you can start playback at any position by clicking it's entry in the list. 5) Use the Save button to save the timeline. You can now assign this file to a key on the keypad. When you assign a SBT file to a key and trigger it. You will see a yellow rectangle in the Assignments List that gives you a readout of the elapsed time and which keys are being triggered. To stop the playback at any time, press the key again. To edit an entry in the list, double click it. You will see on the panel that pops up that you can alter the key pressed and its timing. Click Ok when you're finished editing and the list will update with the new values. To save your changes, click the Save button.