Best sample browser for win?
Old 21st July 2013
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Best sample browser for win?

I have a huge sample library and I'm looking for a really good sample browser to better my work flow when I'm creating... Im currently using pt 10 workspace and I hate it... Any recommendations?! Thanks
Old 21st July 2013
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Search and browsing folders work well and FL has a pretty nice browser in it if you have it
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Search and browsing folders work well and FL has a pretty nice browser in it if you have it
The FL Folder is amazing, I love it.
Old 21st July 2013
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Yea I've tried that.. But I'm looking for a program that focuses on sample management.. That has features such as tagging, categorizing, and searching on the fly.. Thanks!
Old 21st July 2013
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Soundminer
Old 22nd July 2013
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I use Ableton just for the browser... lol. I really like how fast it is. I type in ''Gunshot'' and boom (pun not...err...intended ) it displays everything with the word ''Gunshot'' in a matter of milliseconds.

Using something like Battery or Maschine is cool for sample searching as well. In Battery, you can add tags and such like.
Old 22nd July 2013
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the FL Studio browser is FTW
Old 22nd July 2013
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Really, FL? I didn't think it was anything special when I demo'd it.

I really liked Ableton. Left click to sanple, right click close all and the search function is easy to find and use, no secondary menu to go through its just sitting there at the top ready for use.

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Old 22nd July 2013
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The FL browser is garbage.

For one, the searching is dreadful. Try searching for ''hat'' and see what happens.

Nothing.

It's good for ''freezing'' frequently used folders, but that's about it.
Old 22nd July 2013
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I think the OP is looking for dedicated software. If that is the case Iwould also be interested in this.
Old 22nd July 2013
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Old 22nd July 2013
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FOOBAR

Foobar works great. It's actually just a music player but it's a music player that does everything in half the time of any other. It also accepts any formats and can convert to any formats. I have mine split into categories - FLAC, WAV, etc. Go through and browse without any annoying lagging etc.
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Old 22nd July 2013
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The FL browser is garbage.

For one, the searching is dreadful. Try searching for ''hat'' and see what happens.

Nothing.

It's good for ''freezing'' frequently used folders, but that's about it.
Why would you do a search for "hat" in the first place? Provided your library has some semblance of order,, that'd be pretty silly. Yes, you do need to organize your folders....but why wouldn't you want to do that anyway?

Maybe if your room is a pig sty, then it's not a good browser...

FL's browser is as simple as it gets....it's right there and left click for preview. Done.

+1 for Foobar for a dedicated solution.
Old 23rd July 2013
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Maschines browser is dope especially when you break the samples up into sections
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Old 23rd July 2013
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Why would you do a search for "hat" in the first place? Provided your library has some semblance of order,, that'd be pretty silly. Yes, you do need to organize your folders....but why wouldn't you want to do that anyway?

Maybe if your room is a pig sty, then it's not a good browser...

FL's browser is as simple as it gets....it's right there and left click for preview. Done.

+1 for Foobar for a dedicated solution.
''Hat'' was an arbitrary example.

Maybe a better example would be something like ''waves''. I'm making a carribean/steel drum type beat and I want my intro to have the sound of waves in the sea.

**** knows where I would have a wave sound, but I'm sure I'll have one somewhere in the multitude of packs I have. I know what I'll do, I'll just search ''waves'' and see what comes up.

Oh wait, I can't...

I'm not knocking FL as it's my favourite DAW, but the bottom line is, the browser falls way behind of rival DAWs like Ableton and Pro Tools (reworked PT 11 browser is MUCH better than PT10 browser btw).

Back on topic, I still recommend Ableton or Maschine. Pretty sure you could just use Ableton in demo mode to optimise the use of the browser instead of having to buy it outright.
Old 23rd July 2013
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So you suggest buying ableton or maschine just to browse samples?
That doesnt seem like a viable solution for people who use a different daw.
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So you suggest buying ableton or maschine just to browse samples?
That doesnt seem like a viable solution for people who use a different daw.
As I said in the previous post, the demo versions of the software would suffice. You won't be using it to save projects or auditions sounds so it'll suffice for the purpose of using it as a browser.

Ableton yes, not Maschine I agree as you'd have to buy that.
Old 23rd July 2013
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The FL browser is garbage.

For one, the searching is dreadful. Try searching for ''hat'' and see what happens.

Nothing.

It's good for ''freezing'' frequently used folders, but that's about it.
Well of course with something as simple as a hat. But type in gunshot or dog bark and if you have the snap set right it works beautifully.
Old 23rd July 2013
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Reason got the GOATest browser ever
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I use Ableton just for the browser... lol. I really like how fast it is. I type in ''Gunshot'' and boom (pun not...err...intended ) it displays everything with the word ''Gunshot'' in a matter of milliseconds.
Really? That's the exact reason I don't use mine - it's slow as. Takes ages to find even simple stuff. Much better off using an app like Find File or the like.

Maybe I need an upgrade . .
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Really? That's the exact reason I don't use mine - it's slow as. Takes ages to find even simple stuff. Much better off using an app like Find File or the like.

Maybe I need an upgrade . .
Which version of Ableton you use? 64bit v9.0.2. is lightning fast for me. If it makes a difference, I'm only using 8gigs of RAM too.
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Which version of Ableton you use? 64bit v9.0.2. is lightning fast for me. If it makes a difference, I'm only using 8gigs of RAM too.
Ah, maybe therein lies the problem - I'm on 32 bit.
Old 23rd July 2013
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abletons browser is a piece of shit. it takes so damn long to update
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abletons browser is a piece of shit. it takes so damn long to update
You must be doin something wrong or your pc is to slow. Even Live 8 is fast but Live 9 has a better map sytem.
Old 24th July 2013
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I think the OP is looking for dedicated software. If that is the case Iwould also be interested in this.
Dedicated software = Soundminer
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