From a musicians point of view

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beeellecee
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From a musicians point of view

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So I am a musician. I have arrived at XY a couple of days ago when my frustration with existing "file management" software for musicians caused me to want to break things!

Music files - loops, samples, wavs, recordings, aiff, ogg - are all just files. Music creation software from Cubase to Ableton Live do have some limited file management but "limited" in so many ways and missing features like file comparison, duplicate finding etc etc. Some music software like Sononym have sophisticated sound recognition and matching capabilities. This is great if I want to find a file that "sounds like" another. For a musician this is great - I record something in a certain key and can then find other files that have similar audio characteristics. Where Sononym begins to fail is when I want to then organise the files it has found - it has few file management options. But it does have a functional waveform display which allows me to "crop" files and then drag the results elsewhere. My understanding is that XY will be unlikely to have this functionality - this is ok because XY plays nicely with Sononym. Together they work a treat.

Then there is Algonaut Atlas - a well-respected program that focuses on constructing drum and percussion kits based on an 8, 16 or 32 grid layout, using AI to try and identify sounds according to certain parameters. This is a little restrictive from my point of view because it makes an assumption about what sound files are most appropriate - and the assumptions are sometimes wrong. But It does well in what it does.

The main music creation software (DAWS) like Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One and others all have file management - but not REAL file management, often restricted to identifying favourites, and grouping into projects etc.
Sample management software in the music world so often lacks the most basic of file management tools - yet can be superb for waveform work. Bit of a double-bind!

Anyway - this is how I ended up here, at XY. My basic testing over a couple of days has been really fruitful in finding ways to combine all these different softwares around a central file manager that has features useful to me as a musician - e.g., labels, the catalogue, colours and the superb tools and customisation.

I have high hopes right now with XY and will maybe update my file management journey for any other musicians looking for a way to combine their software workflows.

Thanks to all at XY - great software!

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Glad you like it. :D

Hope you've discovered the Quick Audio Preview: Configuration | Preview | Mouse Down Blow Up | Mouse Down on Thumbnails and Icons | Audio preview (see https://www.xyplorer.com/release_17.50.php).

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admin wrote: 01 Jan 2022 12:32 Glad you like it. :D

Hope you've discovered the Quick Audio Preview: Configuration | Preview | Mouse Down Blow Up | Mouse Down on Thumbnails and Icons | Audio preview (see https://www.xyplorer.com/release_17.50.php).
No - but I have now :biggrin:

What I do like is the speed at which XY can play a sample - it is actually faster than some "specialised" software I use! So yes, I will be purchasing shortly.

This forum is also a brilliant resource!

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Quick Audio Preview: Note also while the mouse button is down you can quickly move back and forth through the sound file by moving the mouse left and right. :)

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good morning. I would like to know how you used xy with music software. I use studio one and also https://www.adsrsounds.com/product/soft ... e-manager/ for samples, free software. how do you proceed?? do you use scripts? or the association of .exe???
thank you !

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