Building a Project

SampleSort is designed to find samples for you, with minimal input or fuss.

Below you will find the various ways you can create a new project and import your samples.

Creating a Project File (Pro)

Before we can import samples we first need to create a project. The Free version of SampleSort only allows one project file, which is created for you when you start SampleSort for the first time. The Pro version also creates this project but also allows creating new projects.

To create a new project, follow the steps below.

  1. Launch SampleSort
  2. Go to the Search View
  3. Click the Create Project button
  4. In the Create Project dialog you can choose where to create the project and give it a name
  5. Click Save, SampleSort will create your new project and open it

As you are working with SampleSort you can easily make a quick backup of the currently open project.

  1. Navigate to the Search view
  2. Click on the Backup button
  3. This will create a backup of the project in the same location

Importing Samples

There are a variety of ways to import samples into the new database. The most feature rich method uses the import dialog through the Search view.

Import Dialog

  1. Navigate to the Search View
  2. Click on the Import button
  3. Choose the location to scan
  4. Specify whether to copy the files (optional)
  5. Set the categories (optional)
  6. Create a new catalogue (optional)
  7. Click the import button

Before performing any imports, it’s worth checking the project settings to ensure all the file types you use are selected.

Browser Method

  1. Navigate to the Browser View
  2. In the directory explorer, find the location containing the samples
  3. Right click on the location, then select the Scan option in the context menu
  4. SampleSort will then scan this location and import all the information about the audio files it discovers.

CD Import (Pro)

Using the import dialog also allows importing audio formatted compact disks (.CDA files). Often sample libraries are audio based rather than file based so SampleSort allows you to rip a CD and add the files to the project in one process from within SampleSort.

  1. Navigate to the Search View
  2. Click on the Import button
  3. Choose the Optical drive containing the CD
  4. Set the categories (optional)
  5. Create a new catalogue (optional)
  6. Choose the import location on disk
  7. Click the import button

Archive Import (Pro)

Using the import dialog also allows importing Zip Archive files. Often sample libraries are downloaded as Zip Archives from the internet so SampleSort allows you to extract and add the files to the project in one process from within SampleSort.

  1. Navigate to the Search View
  2. Click on the Import button
  3. Choose the archive file using the archive button
  4. Set the categories (optional)
  5. Create a new catalogue (optional)
  6. Choose the extract location on disk
  7. Click the import button

Now that we have a project with some samples, we need to get to grips with how to search for the files we want. The various methods and techniques for doing this are discussed in the Searching guide.