WAV, MP3, MP2, WMA, AIFF, OGG, MID, IT, XM, S3M, and MOD files. 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. 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). 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 . Complex effects can be created with very few sounds using the Timeline function. Browse the web for sounds and download them. Quickly access your favourite download sites. Assign 72 keys (a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and shifted 0-9) and save those assignments to a file to load again when you need it. Create as many assignment files as you want. Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate around the sounds in the Assignments List or simply click the sound you want to focus on. As you move around the list you will see that the values for the volume, pan etc. will be shown on the sliders in the Settings Tab. Also any EQ settings will be shown on the sliders of the EQ Tab. You can change any of the values on these sliders to alter the properties of the currently highlighted sound. All changes are saved automatically. To quickly highlight a particular key, just click it in the Virtual Keypad (press Shift while clicking to highlight a shifted key). Note - SoundBites must be 'focused' before you can use it. 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 or any blank area of the main window. If SoundBites is the only program you are using, then it will always be focused. The Assignments submenu Right clicking on a sound will present you with a submneu allowing you to :- Rename this title - Give a filename an 'alias' that can be more descriptive of the sound. This does not change the filename on your hard drive. Unassign the key - To remove the sound from the selected key. Reset to defaults - Set the Volume, Pan, Speed and Pitch of the selected sound to their default values. Show sound details - Displays a window containing details about the sound such as its filepath and length. Show folders - Displays a window containing all the locations of your sound files. You can quickly set the path for the Assign Sound Bites dialog by clicking an item in this list. Right click to delete an item. Double click to set the path and then close the window. Show playing sounds - Displays a window listing the sounds that are currently playing. Print list (assignment list) - Print out your assignment lists for a handy reference. Fonts .... - Choose a font for all SoundBites windows. You can select multiple sounds by clicking on a sound, pressing the Shift key and clicking another sound. Right clicking will then present you with the following menu. Un-assign these keys - To remove the sounds from the selected keys. Reset to defaults - Set the Volume, Pan, Speed and Pitch of the selected sounds to their default values. Assignment Files (SKA files) The Assignments List can show more than one SKA (SoundBites Keypad Assignments) file at a time. When you run SoundBites, you will see the Main tab at the top of the list. This list is stored in the 'assignments.ska' file in your SoundBites V2 folder. Any other assignment files you open during a session will be opened automatically next time you use SoundBites. To create a new SKA file, Right click the Main Tab and choose 'Create new list' from the submenu. Type in a name for the list in the box provided and click Ok. You will see the name of the new list appear next to the Main Tab and you will notice that all the keys are now Unassigned. You can swap back to the Main list at any time by clicking on its tab. As you assign sounds to the keys in your new list, the changes are saved automatically. To open a SKA file, Right click a tab at the top of the Assignments List, and choose 'Load list' from the submenu. A dialog box will appear allowing you to open your list. All SKA files are stored in the default folder (usually C:\Program files\SoundBites V2\). Do not open the file 'assignments.ska', this is the file that is displayed in the Main tab and is opened automatically when you run SoundBites. To close a SKA file, Click the tab you wish to close to ensure that the relevant list is displayed. Now Right click its tab and choose 'Close list' from the submenu. You cannot close the Main tab. This is the SoundBites main window. It is split into four areas. On the right you can see a list of the sounds that have been assigned to various keys on your keypad. This is the Assignments List. To the left you see the Settings Panel below the Virtual Keypad. Along the bottom are the Main Buttons allowing you to open other SoundBites windows. Each time you run SoundBites it opens the Main keyboard assignments file and displays it in the Assignments List. 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. Just playing my guitar. 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. Some people are just born to be 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. 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.