The browser view is modelled on the normal Windows OS built in Windows Explorer hard drive browser but with a difference. It’s aimed firmly at filtering out anything other than the kinds of files audio producers are interested in viewing. The files that are included in this view can be controlled from within the configuration view. Also using the right-click context menu on the hard-drive folder view enables you to control other features of SampleSort such as which locations to scan to build the main database of files.
The database view is arguably the main view of the entire application. This is where you can do all manner of things. You can click the green radar button (and walk away to make some coffee) to get tell SampleSort to scan all available locations on your DAW to find all your samples. Once that has been completed you can use all the tools on the left of the screen to start searching for the samples you need.
The screenshot below is showing the power of the database view filtering mechanism. Clicking the bar along the top of the database view (outlined in red) opens the filtering options widget. You can then drag any arbitrary column to the filtering dropbox to sort the samples in the order of the fields that you desire.
This is the view that you can use to build randomised drum kits, you can read a more in depth explanation of this on the RanDrum page.
Using the right-click context menus in the browser and database views allows you to build a list of samples that you want to export. Once you have a set of samples that you want to work with you can navigate to this page to perform the actual export of samples to the desired location. Once a sent of samples has been exported this view is reset ready for the next export. For obvious reason the samples that are exported are not added to the database since they are not considered the “master” version of any given sample.
Using the statistics view you can see at a glance how your sample collection sits in terms of the most popular sample rates and bit depths and file types.
This is where you can configure various options within the application. You can set up your favourite stereo audio editor application for opening and editing files as well as setting up the various database and file options.