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Sound Effect Library
Database Manager

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FXDB is a
FileMaker Pro
Database Application

About FXDB

FXDB turns FileMaker into a powerful sound effect library access and management tool, simplifying and extending the standard FileMaker user interface through an extensive system of layouts, buttons, and scripts. FXDB allows sound editors to catalog all their commercial, site, and personal sound effects libraries together within the same database– no matter what medium or format– for quick and easy single-point searching of all the available sound material. No more seperate searches in the DAT library, and then the CD library, and then the 1/4" library, and then the mag loop library...

To build an FXDB database for a show, download the FXDB.Template and the FXDB-format data for each of your commercial CD sound effect libraries, then click a button to import the data into the template. Also import any existing personal library databases you have (instructions included in the Help in FXDB.Template). And as new material is recorded for a show, log it in FXDB.

Now all your sound effects library material is cataloged in the same place, FXDB, and single-point searching becomes possible.

When it's time to search for sounds, click the green Search button to bring up a Search page, then enter your search criteria in the fields, then click Search Now to look in all of the sound cues, in all of the sound libraries that have been added to the database– CD, DAT, 1/4", even mag– FXDB searches all of them at once.

This easy global searching is possible because FXDB stores all descriptive words, including categories, in a single Description field.

For example: click Search, type "lap water " into the Description field, hit the Search Now button, and FXDB will find all cues with references to the word "water" or the world "lap". You can also narrow down and search only certain formats or libraries when you need to by using standard FileMaker techniques like multiple Find requests, or Exclude.

The blue buttons at left provide will adjust the view of the data fields for the current cue, each emphasizing the corresponding group of fields. The grey << < > >> buttons below navigate through the cues.

To help in collecting refences to your most promising sound cues, FXDB has a Selection mechanism, controlled by the purple buttons. Whenever you do a Search, FXDB focusses the database down to the "found set" of cues that matched your criteria, but every time you Search, the set goes away. With the Selection, you can build a list of favorites that doesn't get cleared away at every Search. As you browse through that found set and spot promising candidates, click the Include button for the ones you like. This usually involves doing several Searches and adding a few cues to the selection after each Search. To look at the current Selection set at any time, click the List Selection button. For a hard copy of your selections to use while pulling and auditioning the sounds, click Print Selection. And remember to click Clear Selection before starting to build your next Selection.

When listed or printed, the cues in your Selection are sorted first by Medium (CD, DAT, etc.), then by Volume, then by Track/Location to make it easier to pull the material for auditioning; checkboxes and spaces are left for writing notes, as the following example shows.

In this example, 5 cues have been selected: two on DAT, and one each on CD-R, optical disk, and 1/4" tape. The DAT selections are program 4 on the DAT volume called 'ChrisFX001' and program 34 on 'ChrisFX022'; the CD-R selection appears in track 1 of the disk called 'ChrisFX011-CDR', starting at time 6:00 and running until 17:00; the optical disk selection is on 'LIB:COMM2' in the directory 'broadcast/radio' in a file called 'talk'; and the 1/4" selection is on the reel 'Dalton Reel 093', starting at 5:22 and running through 6:30.

Data Entry Pulldown Menus

Here are the pull-down data entry menus in their factory-fresh states. Note that you can modify the contents of any menu to adapt to your own requirements.

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