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This Page of the this User Manual is still in Progress to be updated for version 2024.

Options Menu / Page

Dim Played Records
When ON this will slightly dim the records you already played to give you visual feedback.

Retain Dimmed Records
When ON keeps track of which records you clicked on already until manually cleared. You will see the number of records increasing near the Results Tab. To reset it to back zero simply click on the greenish number that will appear under the Results tab:

Expand Rows Dynamically
Turn ON if you do not want to see multi-line descriptions (previously called “fix row height”)

Disable Split File Matching
disables Split Files that were Grouped/Matched during importing that have an Orange Split Icon next to the record.

Double Click to Open in Wave Editor
When checked ON will Open the double clicked File in the set Waveform Editor

Options Page

Now let’s take a look where most options reside….

(click the Options Tab at the middle/bottom of the program to access this page)

Wave Editor and Wave Editor2

Choose a wave editor like WaveLab or Sound Forge if you want to have the option to edit files in an external editor.

Press (W) to toss the selected file to Wave Editor 1
Press (Ctrl/Cmd+W) to open the file in Wave Editor 2


Transfer Settings

Transfer settings apply when creating new files only.

IMPORTANT:  For Spotting function to work correctly you must set the Sample Rate to the same value as your DAW Session Sample Rate.

 Create Unique Filenames
When ON will always add , (3), (4)… onto the end of files if the same name appears in the transfer folder already instead of using the existing file for functions like ‘Spot to Track.

Force Reference
all files will be referenced and Xfer’d whole untouched without going thru processing or sample rate conversions

Target Application [Spot-To-Track]

This is where to set a destination DAW the transferred files will be tossed to using Spot to Track (S) and X-fer to Pool (X).

Supported Target Applications:

  • Nuendo/Cubase
  • Pro Tools 
  • Logic Pro X
  • Premiere Pro
  • Media Composer
  • DaVinci Resolve (Coming Soon!)

Delay Slider (PC)
When using a DAW with generic support you might need to raise the delay slider up to slowdown the key commands being fired to your DAW if it’s tripping up.

Bring to Foreground
the selected target application will jump into focus in the front.
Note: This state can be temporarily reversed, if you need to drag a file to another location or internally inside BH, by holding the ALT key on PC or Cmd key on Mac.

Use Description for Region Name
sends the [description] to the region name instead of the newly generated [filename].

Follow Session Folder (Standard/Ultra)
the Transfer Path follows the audio files folder for the current Active Project automatically.

IMPORTANT Pro Tools Mac Users:
“Follow Session Folder” can not be used with macOS Spaces or in FULL SCREEN mode cuz macOS blocks messages between programs in this state

Spot with Handles (Standard/Ultra)
additional seconds will be added to the start/end of the file when spotting to DAW with (S).

Spot Multiple Files In-line (Standard/Ultra)
places spotted files head to toe on the same track instead of up and down on the timeline. 

IMPORTANT:  For Spotting to work correctly with “Multiple Files Inline” , “Spot with Handles”  OR any Spotting function, you must set the “Transfer Sample Rate” on the Option Page to the same as your DAW Session Sample Rate AND “Reference File When Possible” must be OFF.

Active Project (Standard/Ultra)
shows what project is active in your DAW. Used for ‘Auto-Switching Paths’ and ‘Follow Session Folder’ if supported.

DnD Application
Use this to choose a Target app you want to bring to the foreground after DnD is initiated if it’s not in the Target App popup box already. Click the tiny button with the (X) to the right to clear this selection.

Misc Options

Max Records Returned
Lets you limit how many records to be returned to speed up the Results List.

NOTE: The lower the number the faster BaseHead will return results.
Never set this to (all) besides for temporary special circumstances.



Auto Toggle M/S Decoder (Standard and Ultra)
auto-switches the M/S Decoder ON/OFF when the tag M/S is found in the [microphone] field. Simply add this tag to your M/S recordings to have it auto switch with this option.

Disable Split File Matching
When ON Detection of Split Files (.L .R .C… OR _1 _2 _3…) with Grouped Playback is Disabled.
The waveform will no longer turn orange with split files grouped.

Fold Down Field Recordings
attempts to auto-detect multi-track field recordings will occur and fold down the tracks to stereo output for monitoring.
This functionality can also be toggled on/off from the Fold button on the QAP.

Note: You can force this auto-detection by adding F/R in the [microphone] field.

Optimize for Cloud NAS

Turn this option ON if you have files on a Cloud NAS server like LucidLink or Google Drive with File Streaming.

This will improve performance when accessing files stored on a Cloud based NAS server. This can also be used in a local network environment to help improve performance on slow networks.

For Google Drive users that wish to use cloud streaming, be sure to set your drive option to allow file streaming:


Advanced Options

Backup Database
Enable this option to create automatic weekly backups of the database. Backups will be stored in: ~Documents/BaseHead 5.x/DB Backups You can also choose how many to store with the combo box next to this option.


 Metadata Chunks Panel (F3) (Ultra Only)
This advanced user only panel gives you full control of what metadata is imported, edited and added to newly transferred file. If this panel makes no sense to you, then close it and never open and look at it again 8)

Drive Re-Mapping (Ultra and Standard)
When checked ON will allow you to map new locations if folders have been moved in the top 4 boxes or let you compensate for a path between PC and Mac databases for files that are not at a normal network path. Simply add the source path you want to change in a left box and what you want to change it to in the right box.

Example: To change the path of D:\OldDrive\SFX\Metal Impacts\ to E:\NewDrive\SFX\Metal Impacts/
First press the settings icon and open the Re-Name Panel:

Then just type D:\OldDrive\ in the left box and E:\NewDrive\ in the right box

NOTE: Make sure you check the option ON on the options page otherwise it won’t be enabled

applies changes to the database.

So how do I re-map a drive scanned on a Mac to a Drive Letter on PC?
Mac and PC local drive paths are very different. One has a drive letter that changes constantly (PC) depending on when it was plugged in and where and the slashes are opposite also.
We create both [folder] (PC) and [path] (Mac) on import, but we can only guess or get you part of the way there.
You need to tell BH what the other path is a bit still via Drive Re-Mapping
So if you scanned a drive on mac that pulls up as G: on PC then…
First…look at the path it’s looking for in the Details Panel.
It might be like \\localhost\FlashDrive\SFX\
So to remap this to G: path put in any left box put \\localhost\FlashDrive\SFX\ and in the matching right box put G:\SFX\

NOTEALWAYS! swap out paths from the very start! Re-Mapping won’t swap out in the middle.
IMPORTANT:  If you are moving locations a lot on PC, you’ll want to switch to Importing via Hard Drive ID’s


[Video] Drive Remapping Example

Auto Complete (Standard/Ultra)
fills in the search boxes with previous successful searches. Click the settings icon to be able to remove items from this list..


(Ultra Only)
When ON the thesaurus feature uses “like” search terms which will be displayed in the middle search field if a match to your search is found. You can edit/add/remove any of these automatic matches in the displayed field to help narrow your search further:

This can also be turned on from the green T icon on the search bar.
You can edit this internal thesaurus and disable any of the included thesaurus matches or add your own rules in the User Tab
Click the settings icon next this checkbox on the Options Page to show it and make changes.

[Video] Using The Thesaurus

Check out this video for a detailed overview on using the Thesaurus and adding your own search terms.

Audio Engine


Playback Quality
Can be set for 0-3. For best performance leave it at 0. If recording the output of BaseHead with then raise it up higher if you desire.

If you are using a multi-channel audio setup choose between Film, SMPTE and DTS channel orders for your setup here.

Mono to Center Channel
When ON and more than 4 speakers are detected all Mono and Solo’d sources will play out the center channel speaker instead of front L/R channels

Release driver
Check this to release the driver in background when switching between applications so BaseHead can release the driver for another application to use.

Exclusive Mode (PC)
Turn ON to grab exclusive control of your audio hardware.

Latency Slider
raise up if you are hearing pops and clicks during playback.


Server Settings

Enable Server Databases
The BaseHead server feature uses a central server database to allow multiple users to connect to the same database at the same time. Enable this option and enter your server location and database credentials to allow a BaseHead client to connect.

Head over to the BaseHead Server product page to learn more about this add-on option.