Sound Particles releases Explorer, a free standalone audio file manager for macOS and Windows.

Explorer is a new standalone audio file manager that aims to help you spend less time searching for sounds and more time making music.

Sound Particles Explorer isn’t the first sound library management tool we’ve seen, and they all have a similar goal. But, Sound Particles has taken a more inclusive approach by supporting surround formats rather than focusing solely on mono/stereo files. The extended file support should be good news for composers who work with 5.1 systems.

The first thing that Explorer does is organizes your imported files/folders in an intuitive way that allows you to find what you need quickly. You can browse the Universal Category System viewing waveforms, formats, sample rates, useful descriptions, and more.

There are lots of search parameters that will make the process quick and easy. Explorer lets you search by tags, most-used, category, star ratings, etc.

You can preview sounds in Explorer; sounds are automatically decoded to your speaker layout.

Once you find a sound that might be suitable, you can add effects right inside Explorer, with the choice to export the original or edited version. It even has a Convert button that changes the file format as needed.

When you look at what it does, none of it sounds bad at all. I’m one of those people who are generally well organized, but when things get busy, I take shortcuts, and after a while, files are scattered between so many folders and drives I forget I even have them. Typically, I have a massive reset, and everything runs smoother until it doesn’t again.

So, maybe it’s time for me to try something like Explorer to make things easier.

There are plenty of options if you need help keeping things organized – which ultimately lets us work faster. Not too long ago, we looked at SoundBuddy, a content management system for your DAW.

Speaking of Sound Particles, their Energy Panner ($49 value) plugin was the May freebie at ADSR Sounds, but it’s still worth checking out if you missed it.

Explorer is free for macOS (10.12 upwards) and Windows (10 upwards).

Download: Sound Particles Explorer

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