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AudioFinder was designed for digital musicians to gain control over their sample library.
The idea behind AudioFinder is elegantly simple - provide a user interface like the Mac OS X Finder that is optimized for browsing and auditioning audio sample files.
AudioFinder can be controlled exclusively from the keyboard or by the mouse.
By using the up and down arrows the user can quickly scan hundreds of audio files. When the user finds an audio file that they would like to use in a project they can either copy the file or refer (make an alias) the file to the favorites directory.
When the user has found all the sounds they plan to use in a music project they simply go to the favorites directory and start work using their music program of choice. Double clicking on a file opens it in the preferred audio program as configured in the preferences.
Another problem that AudioFinder solves is the management of drum loop files. Often a drum loop will not have the BPM in the file name therefore making it difficult to find the right match when searching for a loop.
AudioFinder can guess the BPM or the user can utilize the BPM Tap Pad to tap out the tempo. Once the BPM is found AudioFinder can rename the audio file to include the BPM. This can be a great time saver when searching for drum loops that are close to the tempo of a music project. DJ's can use AudioFinder's BPM Tap Pad to quickly find out the tempo of their favorite vinyl.
The best of all features is the ability of AudioFinder to "Walk" a directory of sample files. The idea here is to use AudioFinder in conjunction with your music creation tool of choice. Launch your music program (IE, Live or Reason) and start your song playing.
Launch AudioFinder and navigate to a directory where your samples are. Click the first sample file in the list and then click the "Walk" button. Sit back and listen as AudioFinder walks the directory, when AudioFinder plays a sound that you want to use in your project click the "Copy to Favorites" button. Then switch back to your music program and add the sound file. AudioFinder transforms a simple directory into a sample CD.
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