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Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby FrankF » Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:56 pm

Greetings pop pickers,
I have amassed hundreds of poorly named audio doodles over the years, and I'm hankering after a utility that will allow me to preview a multitrack .WAV file just by hovering over it, rather than having to open it in a DAW.
I don't mind if I have to nominate a folder or two to be "processed" so that these previews can be created, and then subsequently called into service every time I hover over the associated .WAV file.
I downloaded a tiny program called "wavprev", but it crashed with memory problems on a medium-sized file, although it's supposed to work with multitrack .wavs.

Does anything like this exist, or is there perhaps a DAW that does some kind of "drag and drop preview" as a 2nd best option?
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby desmond » Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:03 pm

You don't mention your platform, but on the Mac, in the Finder you can just select a file (eg step through the files with a cursor key) and hit the spacebar and the audio file will play.

(If you leave the file playing, you can just hit the down arrow to go to the next file and it will play automatically, as a quick one-key way to step through and audition a list of audio files).

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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby FrankF » Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:19 pm

Hi Desmond,

that's exactly the kind of thing I'm after, but in Windows or in a DAW. As I say, I don't mind creating hundreds of preview files first (or getting the s/w to do it): just the first 20s of a multitrack .wav would do it.

I guess at worst I could just try a few DAWs (I have Reaper), and see which one loads up a file the quickest, but that's just what I'm trying to avoid.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby desmond » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:05 pm

FrankF wrote:I guess at worst I could just try a few DAWs (I have Reaper), and see which one loads up a file the quickest, but that's just what I'm trying to avoid.

Don't most DAWs have some kind of audio preview window? Logic has, Live has, I'm less familiar with other DAWs but I would have thought this was a fairly standard feature?

I'm sure there also probably also other Windows tools to let you catalog and preview audio files, but I'm not the person to tap for Windows software recommendations!
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Postby James Perrett » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:16 pm

Take a look at the Media Explorer in Reaper (in the View menu). You can set it up to automatically play a file when you click on it.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby The Elf » Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:51 pm

There's certainly an auto-preview in Cubase, and in Kontakt.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby FrankF » Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:17 pm

James Perrett wrote:Take a look at the Media Explorer in Reaper (in the View menu). You can set it up to automatically play a file when you click on it.

Thanks for that, that's almost perfect! If only it had a hover "option", then I'd be made up.
I reckon Global Warming is caused by excessive mouse-clicks, so I'm trying to cut down.


The Elf wrote:There's certainly an auto-preview in Cubase, and in Kontakt.

Is that Kontakt Player? Do you have to click the file, or can you hover over it?
I've just bought Reaper, so I couldn't justify buying another DAW just for this feature, but I think Player is free, so maybe I'll download it and have a go.
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Postby The Elf » Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:34 pm

FrankF wrote:Is that Kontakt Player?
Don't know. As you say, download it and give it a try.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby FrankF » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:09 pm

The Elf wrote:
FrankF wrote:Is that Kontakt Player?
Don't know. As you say, download it and give it a try.

Ah, sorry, I thought you were using it. Do you mean Kontakt Player?
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby The Elf » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:43 pm

FrankF wrote:
The Elf wrote:
FrankF wrote:Is that Kontakt Player?
Don't know. As you say, download it and give it a try.
Ah, sorry, I thought you were using it. Do you mean Kontakt Player?
I use Kontakt, not Kontakt Player. I'm suggesting you download Kontakt Player and give it a try.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby desmond » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:45 pm

FrankF wrote:Thanks for that, that's almost perfect! If only it had a hover "option", then I'd be made up.
I reckon Global Warming is caused by excessive mouse-clicks, so I'm trying to cut down.

Don't use the mouse for this stuff - select one item and move the cursor up down with the keyboard to move through the list. Accurately moving the mouse to the next file one by one has a much higher physical and cognitive load.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby FrankF » Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:04 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, chaps, I'll give them a go.
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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:45 am

For previewing loads of audio files on my PC across a range of formats, I use Resonic.

This is (for me anyway) a stunningly fast utility with a host of features (the one I use most often is comparing versions of mixes, as you can switch back and forth between files while maintaining the current playback position), but at its heart it does what you're after. "Resonic makes extensive use of multi-core processing. Every important part is optimized for speed, which results in extremely fast browsing, seeking, and playback."

Resonic Player is free for personal and non-profit use from - feature set here:

https://resonic.at/player

Personally I have a Resonic Pro license, since this version is a powerful sample manager, audio browser, and creativity tool for audio professionals and comes loaded with a unique set of inspiring and workflow-enhancing features, audio extraction, slicing, REX auditioning, and an extensive metadata system. Here's a comparison of the two versions:

https://resonic.at/product-comparison

Hope this helps!


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Re: Is there such a thing as a .WAV previewer on planet Terra?

Postby FrankF » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:35 am

Thank you, Martin, that looks muy interesante!
I've downloaded the Player version and shall check it out this aft.
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Postby Martin Walker » Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:09 pm

Good luck with Resonic Player, and do let us know your feelings about it Frank.


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