SoundQ software is a desktop application for macOS and Windows available for monthly or annual subscription. Here’s what it lets you do:

  • Organize and search your Local Library
  • Access the PSE Cloud Library using download credits
  • Get unlimited cloud access to your purchased Pro Sound Effects Libraries
  • Get unlimited cloud access to the Freesound.org library (CC0 only)
  • Search from all locations simultaneously: your Local Library, the PSE Cloud Library, and Freesound.org (CC0)
  • Send sounds directly to your editing software, including Spot to Timeline for Pro Tools and Reaper
    • Yes! Contact us to learn more about SoundQ Teams.

The following main features are unlocked when you subscribe to SoundQ:

  • 30 download credits per month for the PSE Cloud Library
  • Ability to purchase more download credits
  • Unlimited local databasing
  • Unlimited cloud access to your purchased PSE Libraries
  • Unlimited cloud access to Freesound.org (CC0 only)

SoundQ Free comes with 5 free download credits for the PSE Cloud Library. These credits do not refill - subscribe to SoundQ to get more credits.

SoundQ Free lets you organize your local files, but Local Library databasing is limited to 2,500 files.

SoundQ Free also provides unlimited cloud access to Freesound.org (CC0), and the ability to send sounds directly to your editing software (including Spot to Timeline for Pro Tools and Reaper).

The following features are not available on the Free plan:

  • 30 download credits per month for the Cloud Library
  • Ability to purchase more download credits
  • Unlimited local databasing
  • Unlimited cloud access to your purchased PSE Libraries

The PSE Cloud Library consists of over 800,000 sounds curated from our network of award-winning sound artists and world-class recordists. This includes everything in the CORE 2: Complete Bundle and will be continuously updated.

Searching in SoundQ will show search results from your Local Library, your purchased PSE Libraries, the PSE Cloud Library, and Freesound.org respectively. You can also select which locations to search.

Yes, when subscribed to SoundQ, any unused download credits will remain in your account when 30 additional credits are added each month. If you cancel your subscription, you will lose access to any remaining credits at the end of your payment period. If you resubscribe, your full credit balance is restored.

You’re covered for 1-user royalty-free usage on your current project when you download a file from the Cloud Library using a download credit. Usage is fully covered for the future life of this project even after you unsubscribe.

You may not reuse previously downloaded files in future projects unless you download them again using another download credit.

Yes! Contact us for options.

We’re offering an extended SoundQ trial for Search owners – contact us to get set up.

Your Search software will continue to work, and your iLok license is perpetual, so you can continue using it. However we will not be actively developing or releasing non-critical updates. Learn more here.

Search was our first foray into software and enhancing the experience of using PSE libraries. SoundQ is the future - it brings together our software and libraries for an affordable monthly subscription. We hope you’ll join us!

SoundQ gives you unlimited cloud access to your purchased PSE Libraries - plus organizational tools to manage your local library - all for an affordable monthly subscription. Subscribe now to get access!

When you buy any Pro Sound Effects library (like CORE) you get 1-user unlimited usage on any project, forever. Explore Pro Sound Effects libraries here.

When you subscribe to SoundQ, you get 1-user access to the PSE Cloud Library where you can use credits to download individual files for usage on your current project. If you discontinue your subscription, you lose your credits and access to the Cloud Library. Any files downloaded from the PSE Cloud Library are only licensed for use in that current project. You may not reuse those downloaded sounds in future projects.

No, you can not upload your own files to the cloud… yet! Your Local Library currently must be stored on your computer or external hard drive. Files you can access in the cloud include the PSE Cloud Library and Freesound.org.

Yes! SoundQ lets you drag-and-drop files to any software. SoundQ also supports Spot to Timeline for Pro Tools or Reaper. We will be adding Spot to Timeline support for more applications soon!

Yes! Subscribe to SoundQ to get unlimited cloud access to your purchased PSE Libraries and Freesound.org (CC0), plus 30 download credits per month for the Cloud Library as your sonic safety net. Have all the sounds you need on any project, in the studio or on the go.

When you cancel your SoundQ subscription, you are moved to the SoundQ Free plan. Here’s what happens to your account:

  • Credits: You lose access to any remaining credits at the end of your payment period. If you resubscribe, your full credit balance is restored.
  • Database: Search results only give you access to 2,500 files randomly selected from your Local Library databases.
  • Payment: You will not be billed on your next payment cycle.

You will still have unlimited cloud access to Freesound.org (CC0).

Visit the SoundQ User Guide for a quick Getting Started video with step-by-step instructions, an overview of features, and more support resources.

Metadata lets you add information to each sound file including descriptions, categories, and more. This allows you to more effectively search and find the sound you need, making your library more accessible and useful. With SoundQ, you can enter metadata for each file in your Local Library. All sounds in the PSE Cloud Library and your purchased PSE Libraries come with descriptive metadata included.

SoundQ lets you index unlimited local files in unlimited databases, and read and write metadata. That means you can enter your own descriptions and categories for each file in your library to help you find your sounds faster with better search results.

Each download credit lets you download one file from the PSE Cloud Library for use in your current project.

There is a 1-hour grace period when using a download credit on a Cloud Library file - i.e. if you need to re-download the same file within one hour, you will not be charged an additional credit. Outside of this time period, or if you are working on a new project, all files must be downloaded from the Cloud Library using another credit.

Using a file from your Local Library or downloading a file from your purchased PSE Libraries or the Freesound.org database do not require the use of a download credit.

SoundQ subscription includes 30 download credits per month with the option to purchase more credits as needed.

SoundQ Free comes with 5 free download credits. Credits are not refilled, and there is no option to purchase more credits. Subscribe to SoundQ to get more credits.

If you are subscribed to SoundQ and need more than the allotted 30 credits per month, you can purchase more credits via My Account in the top right corner of the app.

SoundQ Free does not include the option to purchase more credits. Subscribe to SoundQ to get more credits.

Yes, but you must use another download credit to use the file in another project. Each time you download a file using a credit from SoundQ, use of that credit covers your usage for your current project. If you want to use that same file on a future project, you will need to use another credit to download the file again for use in that new project.



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