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killersound was an entity that existed from 1999 to 2008 and primarily offered a royalty free music production library. The library offered music that was customizable by the licensee. The product format delivered perfectly looping, sampled recordings of each instrument that made up a given composition. End-users could then use their own multimedia software such as Adobe Flash to create new arrangements of the music they had licensed.

Company history[edit]

killersound was officially formed as a California corporation on April 26, 1999, and was based in the Silicon Valley region. Initially focused on original music creation for discrete client-driven projects, an additional business line was introduced in 2000. Cast-offs from the recording of original music soundtracks were enhanced, edited and produced to completion and organized into a searchable, online music library. With the debut of the second version of its website in July 2000 at the Flash Forward Conference & Film Festival, killersound became the first online music library with fully searchable and downloadable music tracks and single-tier pricing. Over time, the library grew to nearly 1,000 customizable and loop-able music tracks featuring several dozen composers. One of the most notable composers discovered by killersound was none other than 2009 Grammy Award Nominated Artist Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5) as well as music producer and sound designer MIDIhead who has most recently created patch libraries for Spectrasonics Omnisphere™. Eventually, other audio products were added including sound effects collections and multimedia bundles of images and audio. Later in the 2000s, the company found success re-purposing and licensing its material for the mobile phone ring tone market.


Helping to launch the new business direction towards the production music library model, company co-founder, Frank Gelat (bio) helped develop a technique utilizing Flash for delivering high-quality, low-bandwidth music soundtracks over narrowband, dial-up internet connections. Composers for the killersound library became accustomed to composing in this modular format for web presentations and found it lucrative.[1] Frank presented this technique in a session at the next Flash Forward Conference and his technique became widely known in the Flash community as "The killersound Technique". Given that neither Macromedia nor Adobe Systems have never developed a similar capability in subsequent versions of Flash, the technique is still useful to developers today. In fact, Adobe Systems still features the technique as it now perfectly applies to low-bandwidth audio presentation on mobile devices at[2]