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thsve
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As it is now, all options of Categories, Tags, Author etc. are displayed in the browser regardless of whether a specific library has been selected or not. It would be good if these "lists" only contained the options that actually exist in the selected library.

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getdunne
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@thsve

I agree. Some of my early decisions about how these functions work are really starting to show their limitations, now that we have so many patches and so many libraries. This is something I'm thinking a lot about these days.


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thsve
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I agree that the browsing functionality should benefit from a "rethink".

I just imagined that it could be a rather simple change like: "select DISTINCT category from Presets where library = "PlugInGuru CloudCity V1" 😊 .

Sorry Shane, just a joke. I am quite sure that it is more to it than that.

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Posted by: @thsve

As it is now, all options of Categories, Tags, Author etc. are displayed in the browser regardless of whether a specific library has been selected or not. It would be good if these "lists" only contained the options that actually exist in the selected library.

And, as I suggested before, It would be nice if the searches could be intersections rather than unions. Maybe I'm the oddball here, but I find it odd to get more results as I choose more tags because I see selecting multiple items as a way of fine-tuning or whittling-down my search.

This is also why I reindexed my entire collection of Unify presets to something that makes more sense to me. As I mentioned in a different thread, I repurposed categories and tags to mean "instruments" and "attributes" and changed all patches to match this system. This allows me to find presets way more quickly. For example:

instrument: GUITAR; attributes: ACOUSTIC, CHORUSED, STRUMMED

instrument: BASS; attributes: ANALOG, DISTORTED, MONOPHONIC, SUB

instrument: SYNTH; attributes: GATED, GRANULAR, LATCH, MULTI, POLYPHONIC

 

Having unrestricted choice of tags has led to a system that makes it very difficult to track a sound down. Imagine being unable to recall a sound you liked because you clicked on the "SPOOKY" tag but the preset was tagged as "SCARY". I think those subjective and ambiguous terms are best left in the preset's Comment field where they can still be found via the text search box. In fact, as part of my re-indexing effort, the first thing I do is append whatever is in the Tags field to the Comment field so that this data is preserved for searching.


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