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AES Columbus - May 11, 2022

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Audio Design Desk has created a stir in the industry, winning two awards this year at NAB and and award at CES. Their software incorporates machine-learning for a momentous approach to sound design. It allows the designer to trigger effects in half time, intelligently spot and swap out selections, spot the zenith of music (categorized and filterable by modes such as intensity) into scenes, integrates into DAWs and apps, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Reaper, Streamdeck, Live, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Frame.io, and intelligently imports existing sound libraries which determine metadata for use in their software. The Pro version gives access to a royalty-free library of over 40,000 SFX and music tracks.

In the interest of being on top of the changes to our tools, we asked the developers to show us this software. The moderators Ryan Van Bibber (Fort Hayes high school, Columbus Community College), Robin Gulcher (AudioRichocet, Columbus College of Art and Design), and Lesley Fogle (Hear No Evil Sound, Capital University) all tried the software prior to the presentation. We all watched ADD's presentation, heard everyone's thoughts on ADD, the impact of machine-learning tools on the industry, and what it means for developing mixers to heavily rely on algorithms.

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