SAFE Plugins

The SAFE Project is motivated by the lack of statistically-defined transferable semantic terms in music production and the requirement for more intuitive control of low-level parameters. One of the main outcomes of the project is a suite of DAW plug-ins that allow you to both save and load semantic terms from within the audio production workflow. This means you can now control your audio effect plug-ins using terms that normal human beings can understand! Just type a term (such as warm, bright, etc…) into the text-box, and if we have it on our server, your parameters will be moved around to represent this. Similarly, if you achieve an effect that can be explained in semantic terms, input it into the box and hit save. As the plug-ins are based on the music production community, the more users that input terms, the more representative the effects become for everyone else!

The song used in the video is The Alchemist by Little Tybee.
all the stems and other things can be found here:

Most Recent Version [v1.31]


If you would like to cite the systems or data used in the EPSRC-funded Semantic Audio project, part of the Semantic Media Network, please use the following citation [pdf | bib]:

R. Stables, S. Enderby, B. De Man, G. Fazekas, and J. D. Reiss, “SAFE: A system for the extraction and retrieval of semantic audio descriptors,”, The International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2014.

Source Code

You can access the source code to the plug-ins: here. Alternatively, you can clone the repo using the following link:

git clone


You can get hold of the manual in PDF form here, or read it on this website.

Current Plug-In Suite

The plug-ins allow you to save and load parameter settings semantically,  meaning you can type things like warm, fuzzy and bright into the text box and the computer will try and figure out what you mean!

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The plug-ins will run on Windows and Mac across a large number of DAWs, providing they support either VST or Audio Units.