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Search Bar

The Search Bar is where all the magic happens! You can search through all your files metadata and the results of a search are displayed on the Results Page.

For a quick intro into the search bar see the Getting Started section

Search Boxes

There are 4 search boxes that that can be combined to search your collection. Each search box can be set to search any field in your database and all 4 boxes can be changed to any available fields in your database. 

Searches are performed from top to bottom so the top search box will query for results, then the next field will search within the returned results for matches to narrow things down. You can use any search box on its own tho allowing for multiple custom search boxes.

The bottom 2 search boxes offer extra “Browse Arrows” that will list all the available results for you to select from for the selected field category : 

Linking of the bottom two browse arrows to filter off each other is also possible. Just click the link icon that is between them now to enable this new mode.

This below image show the difference when clicking the Browse Arrows when linked compared to un-linked.

In this case when while browsing [directories] linked (the bottom image) it only shows values with records that also have “GR2” in the [category] field also.

The top image is un-linked hence it showing many more Directories when browsing. Also…the Browse Arrow are linked now to ‘Imports’ & ‘Groups’ starting in version 5.x so if one of these is focused or hidden the values will reflect the same in the Browse Arrow popup boxes also.

In the top left corner to the left of the “Description” field is the Green Back/Forward that works similar to a web browser quickly showing previous/next searches.

You can also press the Backspace button to cycle back and when you see the search you want you can press Ctrl/Cmd+Enter to search it to avoid too many mouse clicks. Also Ctrl/Cmd+Backspace will cycle forward thru the list.

You can still of course CLICK on it also to go back or Ctrl/Cmd+CLICK to go forward.

Search Operations

You can use typical Boolean searches to filter your search results.

“AND” Search

If you type in a search term with Spaces the search will perform an “AND” search and look for results that contain all of the words entered. It will not search for an exact match for the sequence you type, only if ALL words are found in the field

“NOT” Search

You can exclude a word match by prefixing a minus (-) to the word. This will exclude any result that has this word as a match.  In this example, results will be listed if metal AND hit are found but only if crash and hollow were not found in the description.

“OR” Search

You can perform an OR search that will return results when either word is found by adding a capital OR between words

“EXACT” Search

If you need to search for an exact match, place your search “within quotes” 


(Ultra Only)

The Thesaurus is available in Ultra versions of BaseHead and opens up the ability to search for “like” terms using a comprehensive inbuilt word library specifically curated for sound designers.

In addition to searching an internal word database, users have the option to exclude or add their own words to the database.

Enable the Thesaurus feature by pressing the green T icon to the right of the search bar.

As you enter a word in the top search box, matches will be displayed in the second search box. You can choose to modify the thesaurus match if you need to add/remove a word from the search.

Each word you enter will show the root word you have entered and any thesaurus matches found within ( ) brackets. Boolean searching still applies.

Terms from the thesaurus are separated with the double pipe || characters which indicates an OR condition

If you wish to edit the thesaurus library see the Thesaurus Options


[Video] using The Thesaurus

Search Specific Libraries

When you perform a search your entire database is searched for results which will display in the Results List.

You can simply click on any library in the PeakTree to apply the current search to only that library.

To revert back to searching all libraries just click the first search box and click enter to use the same search term or clear all search boxes, select the first search box and press Enter to clear the search and display all results.

Hold Ctrl/Cmd + Click multiple libraries to perform searches only in the selected ones (these will be highlighted) and repeat this to deselect the libraries again.


Favourite / Recent Searches

(Ultra only)

In the PeakTree you will find a “Favourite Searches” and “Recent Searches” node available. If you do not see these and are using the Ultimate version of BaseHead, check the PeakTree options to see if these nodes have been hidden from view:

Recent Searches lists a history of previous searches that you can reload the results by simply clicking. Each query stores all the search box parameters that were set for the search when pressing Enter.

Favourite Searches is a place to put the searches you use all the time.
You can add them to this node by pressing the green plus icon from the Recent Searches node.

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