You can download the latest version of Search here.
    • Watch our “Getting Started” video for instructions.
    • Download the latest installer here. (Only available for MacOS)
    • Run the .pkg installer
    • When running Search for the first time, either click “Try” to begin your 7-day trial, or click "Activate" and enter your purchased iLok activation code.
      • If you click "Try", if you already have an iLok account, enter your credentials and the trial iLok license will be deposited to your account. If you don’t have an iLok account, click “Create New Account” to visit the iLok.com website and create an account. Once your account has been created, come back to Search and enter your ID and password.
      • If you click "Activate", enter your activation code (delivered via email), and you will be required to sign into your iLok account. The iLok license can be activated to an iLok dongle (second generation or later), iLok Cloud, or to your machine.
    • Once Search has finished loading, drag and drop your sound FX library folder to Search to add to the currently selected database.

When you run Search for the first time after installation, a window will pop up to allow you to either “Try” or enter an activation code. Clicking "Try" will begin your free 7-day trial.

If you already have an iLok account, enter your credentials and the trial iLok license will be deposited to your account. If you don’t have an iLok account, click “Create New Account” to visit the iLok.com website and create an account. Once your account has been created, come back to Search and enter your ID and password.

Check out this video for a step-by-step tutorial.

There is no limit to the number of sounds you can database with Search!

Simply drag and drop the files (or folders) you’d like Search to scan. All .wav, .aiff, .ogg, .flac, and .mp3 files will be scanned into the currently selected database.

Check out the "Scan Your Library" video in the Search Tutorial Series for a step-by-step tutorial.

There are a few ways to get sounds from Search into your project:
  1. Drag and drop from your search results
  2. Make a selection within the waveform. Then, click and drag from the bottom half of the waveform to initiate a drag export of just that selection.
  3. Simply use the keyboard shortcut “S” to spot to Pro Tools on the selected track at the timeline selection. This will spot with handles (extra audio on either side of the selection). Handle length can be set in Search preferences.

Check out the "Sending Sounds to Other Applications" video in the Search Tutorial Series for a step-by-step tutorial.

Search currently reads and writes to the following formats:
  • iXML
  • BWAV

Feel free to report bugs and request new features using this form. Or, join in on the conversation with other Search users in the Search Slack Group.

Not yet! But we’re working on it. Sign up here to be notified when a Windows version is available.

First, try the following steps:

  • Remove Search from Security & Privacy>Privacy>Automation by:
    1. Unlocking to make changes
    2. Selecting Search
    3. Clicking the minus sign
  • Restart Search, then try spotting to Pro Tools again.
    • You should get a message asking you to grant Search accessibility permissions — Click "Open System Preferences" and make sure Search is checked in Accessibility.
  • Next, navigate to Security & Privacy>Privacy>Automation and make sure both "Pro Tools" and "System Events" are checked under Search.

If they are already checked and you're still experiencing issues, let's try toggling those options.

1. Unlock to make changes.
2. Uncheck both "Pro Tools" and "System Events."
3. Click the lock to save those changes.
4. Unlock once again and check both "Pro Tools" and "System Events."
5. Click the lock to save the changes.

We have a lot of requests on our radar, so stay tuned for updates — Be sure to submit a request here and join the #feature-requests channel on our Slack Workspace and let us know what you'd like to see in future updates!

For metadata to be written to the file (as opposed to just being edited within the database), you can embed the metadata by selecting the sounds you'd like to embed to, and navigating to "Database" > "Embed metadata for selected."

Soundminer encrypts their metadata, so Search is unable to read it. We recommend exporting a CSV from a Search database that you can use as a template. Then you can edit, and paste in metadata from your exported Soundminer databases. This should reimport without any issues as long as you maintain the headers exported from Search.

Databases are organized in the order they are created. Organizing the order of databases is on our radar - stay tuned for updates!

The documents folder is the default “Transfer Path” for dragging selections of sounds to your DAW. Search has to create a new file in this case since it’s only taking a part of an existing file.

If you’d like to change the transfer path, you can click the folder icon above the meters and set a new transfer path. We’re looking at prompting the user to set a transfer path when first dragging a selection in future versions. This will make it a little more clear what’s happening.

For existing General Library owners we are offering Search at 50% off. Please contact support@prosoundeffects.com for more details.



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