Locations: Libraries

Libraries are folders on your harddrive that have been analyzed by the software.

The libraries tab

The libraries tab

  1. Libraries - list of libraries that are currently available
  2. Folder tree - displays folders for the selected library
  3. Search Results - a table displaying your search results

Technically, a library is a small database containing additional information about the samples. This includes properties such as tempo, pitch, brightness and so on. These data provide the foundation for similarity-search and many other features.

List of libraries

The list of active libraries appear in the topmost part of the Location sidepanel, while the “Libraries” tab is active. Click to select a library, or right-click/press the “gear” icon to bring up the context-menu.

The list can contain any number of libraries, but does not necessarily contain all your libraries, as you can add and remove them at will. Use the explore tab if you wish to locate all your libraries.

The panel allows you to drag items around in order to re-arrange them:

Dragging items to re-arrange

Dragging items to re-arrange

In addition to re-arranging by dragging, you can also sort libraries by name or path via the context menu.

Creating & Opening

If you’ve used Sononym for more than a few minutes, you will probably already have created a library. Even the introduction to the software (shown the first time the software is run) will encourage you to create a library right away.

Creating a new library is meant to be as easy as possible - you can simply drag a folder on top of the application. Alternatively, you can pick a folder using the “Add library” button, or by choosing “Create Library” from the File menu.

If the selected folder is already a library (containing a file named sononym.db), it will be made accessible right away. Otherwise, the application will start to index the contents and shortly, samples will begin to appear. You can track the indexing progress in the upper part of the sidepanel, as well as in the status bar.

Refresh / Reindex

Of course, your sample collections aren’t necessarily static. You might add, change or move files around at any given time. When this is the case, the Sononym library will need to be refreshed in order to pick up those changes - this will ensure that the file database is up to date.

To refresh / reindex, head into the list of libraries and right-click the library you want to refresh. Next, choose the menu entry called Refresh (Reindex).

Note that refreshing a library doesn’t require all files to be re-analyzed - only new arrivals and changed files are processed.

Upgrading a library

If a library was created with an older version of Sononym than the one you’re using, the library might need to be ‘upgraded’.

Upgrading is simple: press the button and wait until the upgrade process has finished. The process can be aborted and resumed, so you don’t have to worry about possible loss of data.

Removing libraries

To remove a library, choose “Remove” from it’s context-menu (the library itself is located in the list of libraries). The following prompt will appear:

  • Remove - choose this option to remove the library from the list of currently active libraries in Sononym, but leave the collected data untouched.
  • Delete - choose this to remove the library from Sononym and delete all collected data.

Related pages

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