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1. Downloading and Installing Audio Design Desk

1.1 Introduction

1.2 System Requirements

1.3 How To Install Audio Design Desk

Launching Audio Design Desk

2.1 Walkthrough Registration

2.2 Choosing The Right Plan For You

Exploring The Interface

3.1 Project Window

3.2 Library Window

3.3 Timeline Window

Timeline Bar Menu

3.4 Metadata Window

3.5 Audio Editor Window

ADD Menu

4.1 File Menu

4.2 Edit Menu

4.3 View Menu

4.4 Audio Menu

4.5 Video Menu

4.6 Triggers Menu

4.7 Marker Menu

4.8 Region Menu

4.9 Timeline Menu

4.10 Window Menu


4. Importing Video

4.1 Import From Local Disk

4.2 Remote Video Importing

4.3 Video Format Support

Making Your First Composition

5.1 Elements Vs. Stems

5.2 The Sync Marker

5.3 Using A.D.D Triggers

5.4 Placing Sound Effects Using Magic Marker

5.5 Adding Music

Customizing Triggers

6.1 Trigger Window

6.2 Setting Up Triggers

Replacing Sounds Using Parameters

7.1 Replace Window

7.2 Replacement History

Advanced Features and Tools

8.1 Consolidate Project

8.2 ConsolidateTrack

8.3 Merge to New Track

8.4 Merge Tracks

Saving Different Versions

9.1 Save, Overwrite and Clear Versions

Importing Audio

10.1 Importer Window

10.2 Adding Metadata

10.3 Applying Your Own Sonic Intelligence

10.4 Adding Your Own Sound Library


11. Bouncing Your Project

11.1 Bounce To Audio

11.2 Bounce To Video

11.3 Export Audio Tracks

11.4 Export Multichannel Wave

Exporting Your Final Project

12.1 Export To AAF (Pro Tools & Avid Media Composer)

12.2 Export To XML (Premiere & Final Cut)

12.2 Export To Cuesheet

Keyboard Shortcuts

14.1 Introduction Into Shortcuts

14.2 Shortcut List

1. Downloading and Installing Audio Desk Design

1.1 Introduction:

Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to Audio Design Desk. We strive our focus in assisting sound designers, film editors, and composers by reinventing the process of placing sound to video. Audio Design Desk is the only product in the market that offers revolutionary sonic intelligence to increase workflow speed and productivity.

1.2 System Requirements:

MacOS Mojave Version 10.14.2 or laterProcessor: 1.3 GHz Intel Core M or higherMemory: 8GB RAMAudio Design Desk Requires a minimum space of 10GB of disk space available before downloading. If you wish to download our free sound library, space may vary.

1.3 How To Install Audio Design Desk

1. Go to

2. Click “Download”.

3. Enter your email address.

4. You will receive an email. If you do not see an email in your inbox, check your spam folder.

5. Click on the link in the email.

6. Download ADD and the ADD.addLibrary

2. Launching Audio Design Desk

When you first open ADD, the program will walk you through the registration process. Select a plan that fits your needs or use a full-featured version of the program for free which only limits your ability to export.

3. Exploring The Interface

A.D.D interface counts with four resizeable and detachable windows to adapt it to your workspace.

3.1 Project Window (RED)

This window contains your video, timecode display and playback operations, which are:

Playback button (Spacebar): Plays and stops the video.

Step back / Step forward button (Left and right arrow): Moves video forward or backwards one frame at the time.

Rewind (J) / Fast Forward (L) button: Rewind and fast forward speed will increase by pressing this button multiple times.

Previous / Next Marker button (Option + left or right arrow) : Moves your cursor to the next or the previous marker.

Go to beginning / Go to end button (Command + left or right arrow): Moves cursor to the beginning or end of the video.

Loop button (Command + L): Loops a selection or the entire video.

3.2 Library Window (YELLOW):

This window contains four tabs: Library, Search, Replace and Triggers. In this section we will focus on the library and Search tab. The Replace and Trigger tabs will be explained later on in the manual.

In the Library tab you have access to the master library, your sound libraries, projects, presets, sound packs and playlists. It functions much like the finder. You can search for sounds in this window by opening folders and pressing the spacebar to preview when a sound file is selected.

Similarly, you can select from ADD’s hundreds of presets in the preset menu to get you started. We go into detail on presets later in this manual.

At the bottom of this window you will find a “Plus” and “Minus” buttons. These buttons create and remove playlists.

In the Search tab you can browse and preview sounds.You can easily search sound by typing a keyword in the search browser. Use commas (,) to separate keywords. Select “And/ Or” for a better result and “Reset” will allow you to clear up the search browser.

Alternatively, you can find sounds by clicking on the search term buttons to easily discover all the sounds in ADD.

There is also a keywords and an ADD pull down which shows all the keywords remaining in any given selection. You can use these pull downs to help give you ideas for the search terms that describe the type of sound you’re looking for.

The libraries pull down allows you to focus your search so you are only searching in the selected libraries.

3.3 Timeline Window (TEAL):

This window holds all of the components of your session: tracks, audio regions, sync markers, time ruler, and video track. At the top of this window, you will find the timeline menu commands, allowing you to have a quick access to multiple options.

Timeline Bar Menu

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The components of the timeline menu are:

Edit Tools: With the edit tools you can select and move regios using the arrow tool, you can also make cuts between regions, add fades and time stretch the audio.

🚩 Edit Tools Shortcuts: Arrow (A), Cut ( C), Fade (F), Fade In (Shift + , ), Fade Out (Shift + . ) and Time Stretch (E).

Versions menu: This menu allows you to save different versions of your composition. We will talk about this menu in chapter 9 “Saving different versions of your composition”.

Select menu: This menu allows you to select regions or markers by category, type of subtype. This is really helpful when you have different types of footsteps, for example, concrete, wood or sand and you only want to select all the sand footsteps.

Replace menu: This menu allows you to adjust the randomness, intensity and/or complexity of the selected region when replacing it.

Sync marker: The sync marker option has two functionalities. When it’s on (yellow), the marker will place audio in the timeline. When it’s off (white), the marker will be placed in the time ruler with no audio.

Lock Sync Marker: When this option is on (yellow) it locks the sync marker to the time regardless of the tempo. When this option is off (white) unlocks the sync marker to the time.

Tempo Stretch: When this option is on (yellow) allows you to change the tempo of the audio region using the global tempo. When it’s off, the tempo of the audio region won’t be affected by the global tempo.

Global tempo: When the tempo stretch is off (white) the changes that you make in the global tempo will affect the grid. When the tempo stretch is on, it changes the tempo of the audio region selected. The global tempo is by default set to 120 BPM.

Vertical Zoom Slider: This command allows you to increase or decrease the vertical size of the tracks.

Horizontal Zoom Slider: This command allows you to increase or decrease the horizontal size of the tracks.

3.4 Metadata Window (PURPLE):

All the information for a specific audio clip (intensity, complexity, sample rate and keywords) will be displayed in this window.

🚩 Find where the audio file is originally located by clicking on the Path up and down arrows.

3.4 Sound Editor Window (ORANGE):

A.D.D provides an editor window for detailed editing audio tasks. The editor window can only display one region at the time.

To access the editor window:

Double click on an audio region. To close it go to VIEW > SOUND EDITOR or press Command + 3.

4. ADD Menus

4.1 File Menu: The File menu has file-based commands allowing you to manage your session from the beginning to the end of your project. You can also export to AAF or XML or bounce the project.

A.D.D provides exclusive options in this menu, such as:

Close Project (Command + W): Closes current project and opens a new one.

Save As Preset… (Control + Shift + Command +S): Saves your current composition as a preset so it can be imported within later projects. This preset will be saved in the Preset section of the Library tab.

Consolidating Project (Option + Shift + Command + S): Consolidates all audio and video files from the timeline and puts them into an audio folder along with the session.

Library :

Choose Master Library (Option + O): Selects Root Level Sound Library For ADD To Pull From. .

Add Sound Pack (Control + Option +O): Adds any ADD Sound Packs to the program. Alternatively users can double click sound packs or drag them into ADD.

Rebuild Indexes (Control +R): Updates all library indexes for ADD sound packs, and ADD playlists. Especially helpful when importing many of your own sounds.

4.2 Edit Menu: The Edit Menu reveals choices related to the library and the timeline.

A.D.D provides exclusive options in this menu, such as:

Paste Attributes (Option + V): Brings up a window that enables users to paste any clip attributes including gain, pitch, effects, fade data that were copied from the original region.

Paste to All Empty Markers (Option + Command + V): Pastes copied regions to all empty ADD sync markers.

4.3 View Menu: The View Menu reveals choices of which windows are hidden or shown.

4.4 Audio Menu: The Audio Menu reveals choices related to the audio within the session and the output device ADD is using.

4.5 Video Menu: The Video Menu reveals items related to Video within the session.

Open Video… (Shift + Command + O): Imports any video file from the computer or any attached drive.

Open Remote Video… (Option + Command + O)(: Opens video from URLs pulled from the internet like YouTube and Vimeo.

Close Video (Shift + Command + W): Closes and removes video but leaves all audio clips in the timeline.

Copy Video URL (Option + Command + C): Copies video URL

Fullscreen (Command + F): Makes the video full screen

4.6 Triggers Menu: The Triggers Menu reveals the keys on the keyboard assigned to various types of sounds.

Comment Marker (N): Adds comment marker to timeline (grey marker)

Sound Effect Marker (G): Adds a generic sound effect marker without a sound so users can add keyword search terms to find their sounds, in sync, quickly to add to the timeline (brown marker)

4.7 Marker Menu: Marker Menu Reveals Marker Data

Edit Marker (Option + Up arrow): Opens Magic Marker window. Allows for editing information within the marker. Users can select type / subtype / intensity / complexity / length / refine by keywords, listen to and select the pool of sounds ADD would replace from given your broad or narrow criteria. In addition, users can write comments and ideas in this magic marker window.

Lock Marker (Shift + L): Locks marker in place in the timeline.

Select Previous Marker (Option + Left arrow): Selects previous marker.

Select Next Marker (Option + Right arrow): Selects next marker.

Fill Selected Marker (Command + R): Brings in audio clip to fill in selected ADD synch marker or replaces existing sound in the timeline based on replacement window criteria or magic marker criteria.

Fill All Empty Markers (Option + Command + R): Places audio regions on all empty markers.

Remove Empty Markers (Option + Shift + Command + M): Deletes all empty markers.

Measures Tempo From Markers (Control + T): Finds tempo between two selected markers.

4.8 Region Menu: The Region menu commands allow you to manipulate the audio in the selected region or regions.

Create Group (Option +G): Select audio clips to put into a group.

Remove Group (Shift + Command + G): Removes group from selected audio clips.

Merge To New Track (Option + M): This option will merge all the selected regions in a new track.

Lock (Shift + L): Locks region in place.

Effects (Shift + G): Opens up small effects window on the audio clip.

Mini Library (Shift + R): Small window pop up to where you can change the audio clip.


Selected Items (Command + R): Brings in random audio clips to only selected regions.

Everything (Option + R): Replaces all audio regions with random audio clips.

With Longer (Command + Up arrow): Replaces audio region with longer audio clip.

With Shorter (Command + Down arrow): Replaces audio region with shorter audio clip.

Divide on Markers (Command + D): It divides the boundary markers within the stems. Making those boundary markers into single elements. A definition of elements and stems will be explained later in the manual.

Set Master Tempo From Region (Shift + T): It sets the tempo of a selected region as the tempo for the entire project.

Align (Shift + A): This command aligns the top of all regions using the first region selected as reference.

Align To Sync (Option + Shift + A): This command aligns all the sync markers of the regions using the first region selected as reference.

Snap To Current Timeline (Control + Shift + A): This command aligns the selected regions to the cursor position.

Fade In (Shift + Comma ): Add and remove fades in.

Fade Out (Shift + Period): Add and remove fades out.

4.9 Timeline Menu: The Timeline menu contains the edit tools and commands to help you navigate in the timeline.

Tool Selection: You can choose between different options. These options are also available in the Timeline Bar Menu. You can find the arrow, scissors, fade and time stretch tools.

→ All the fades you create will be graphically drawn on the screen and rendered in real time.

→ To change the length of the fade, with the fade selector, click on the desired starting point and drag it to the left or right.