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

The NODETree

The NodeTree is the far Left Hand Side Bar and has many different nodes and it like the command station that truly shows what sets basehead apart from all others!

You can Show/Hide it by pressing [E] and show the settings for this sidebar by clicking the 3 dot menu in the upper right.

There is a lot of flexibility in how you can use some of the node features of basehead depending on how you like to work and there are no hard rules.





(Ultra only)

The Collections feature is a flexible way to manage favorite sound effects or “collections” of sounds such as a favorite collection you are using in a project that you need quick access to.

  • Collections are “Virtual Folders” that are NOT attached to any database and stay visible always.  This is by design.
  • You can add files also directly for your desktop into a collection folder. Perfect for using temporary recordings or edits that you do not want in your database.
  • You can create a folder structure quickly for a collection using a structure from your computer by selecting the gear (options) for a collection and selecting to “Import Folder Structure”.
  • You can import/export a collection structure to be easily reused or recalled. This is especially useful if you use collections as a temporary project bucket while working on different projects to store your files while you work.
  • You can export a collection to create a library or even generate a new database for one.

When a Collection has been exported and transferred all the files are dimmed inside marking they have already have been transferred. You can mark them ‘Un-Transferred by right clicking the files or folder inside the Collection.

NOTE: Collections, unlike the below ‘Groups’ and ‘Imports’ are NOT attached to the database by Design so you can create them and switch between databases and they will still be visible and available to use.


(Non-Lite versions)

Imports are the libraries you create from your content. To get files into basehead so you can then use the database you need to create an Import Library

We suggest sub-dividing your Database into applicable libraries to give you more control for adding and removing chunks of your library like in the picture I have my 400,000+ database divided into 6 ‘Imports’ for easier maintenance.

Things you can do with Imports….

  • Click the left purple eye icon to hide them from searches
  • Single CLICK them to show ALL inside the ‘Import’ in the Results List and browse them
  • Ctrl/Cmd+CLICK to focus on selected libraries for searches. When force focusing this will only display results from the selected libraries
  • Press the Green Rescan icon to check for newly added or removed files and update them in the Database.



(Standard or Higher)


Groups can be created from the NodeTree and can have any custom color set to them.

You can colorize Groups and import into them OR drag files into them OR change Groups of selected records from the Details panel

Some things you can do with Groups…

  • Click the icon to the left to hide them from searches.
  • Single CLICK them to show ALL inside and browse the Group.
  • Ctrl/Cmd+CLICK them to highlight them yellow and do a focused search inside them only and ignore the rest of the database.
  • You can also Ctrl/Option +DRAG items from the Results list to the ‘Groups’ node to add them to the Group.


CloudPacks are an online resource of stream-able SFX packs you can browse, preview and import directly into your DAW project without having to leave the basehead workflow.


Favorite / Recent Searches

(Non-Lite versions)

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.

Favorite 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.

Play History


Shows a recently auditioned so you can go back easily to the ones you heard and liked quick. 





Shows all files that have been recently transferred with both source and destination.   This is handy if your DAW crashed before saving to help you see all your recent files you recently sent to it to help get you back to square one quickly.

The Orange Target Icon plays the target sound file that was transferred out of basehead



We have hardwired integration for Audioknetic’s Wwise allowing you to toss files back and forth while retaining full parameters from

Make sure to turn on the node in the NodeTree Options

Check out the Wwise Integration Help Page for more info.

[Video] NodeTree Overview

Check out the following video to discover all the features of the NodeTree




UCS Categories


For users who use the Universal Category System you can switch between the NodeTree and the UCS Category Browser using these buttons found at the top of the Left Side Bar

The UCS category list is an auto-populated list of categories and subcategories using the UCS metadata formatted onto the front of filenames. Any files that have a matching UCS category code will have an automatic Category/Sub Category assigned on import (if enabled in options) and will  automatically be populated into this category browser. Additionally, any existing files that have category/subcategory labels that match a UCS label will also be included automatically.

Use keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD + C to open the UCS browser and focus the cursor to the category search box

Tagging Files with UCS

You can apply UCS based tagging easly by simply selecting files in the Result List and dragging them into a category/sub category.

To assist with category assignments, hover the mouse over a sub category to see the explination and synonyms

Dragging files directly onto a main category will assign only the Category. Dragging to a sub category assigns both the Category and Subcategory. 

A confirmation dialog is shown to prevent accidentally assigning the wrong categories but you can hold ALT/CMD while dragging to override this dialog and instantly tag files.

Strict UCS Browsing
only shows exact matching UCS category/sub category files. With this option OFF, any record that has a match within the category/sub category (even partial) will be listed in the UCS browser

Add CatID to [filename]
adds the UCS CatID code onto the front of the filename (renames file). This will also update the database details automatically to reference the new filename.

Burn into Metadata also
writes the new UCS category data into the iXML chunk within the file. If this option is OFF the data is only written to the BaseHead database and not saved in the file 



Show UCS Records Only
This will cause the UCS browser to only display UCS compliant files in the browser. Only files that contain a UCS valid CatID tag at the start of the filename will appear in the UCS browser. This filter only affects the current view and resets when selecting a new category or doing a search.

Show Non-Compliant UCS Records
This will display files that do NOT have a valid UCS CatID on the front of the filename. This filter only affects the current view.

NOTE: Category/Sub Category field updates depend on the option set in the UCS/Metadata Chunks Options Panel which sets if these fields are overwritten or only updated if blank.  


[Video] Managing UCS METADATA & Files

Video demonstrating how to import UCS tagged files, auto populate category information and even retag your existing files with UCS metadata quickly and easily.