Loopcloud Local - User Content Guide

Loopcloud Local is new in Loopcloud version 3.0. All your samples stored on your hard disks can be added to Loopcloud.

You will enjoy the same tagging, searching and preview benefits of Loopcloud on all your User Content. You can browse and search User Content alongside all your samples bought from loopmasters.com and the Loopcloud Store.

You are able to:
  • Add sample folder(s) - just drag the folders into Loopcloud
  • Add, remove, and rename samples and folders on disk and Loopcloud will automatically synchronise those changes
  • Search your samples - both your own and those you’ve bought from Loopmasters simultaneously
  • Preview your samples in sync with your DAW using Loopcloud’s advanced features
  • Benefit from auto-tagging features, using file name and deep audio analysis to detect features
  • Curate your samples with comprehensive tagging features

Importing Sample Folders

 
There are two ways to add samples to Loopcloud...
  • Click on the + icon in the top right of Loopcloud
  • Locate and select the folder you wish to add to Loopcloud and click Open



Or you can drag and drop any folder directly into Loopcloud.




Each folder that you add will be refered to in this guide as a 'base folder'. All content and sub folders in the base folder will be added to Loopcloud.

What you can add
  • one or as many base folders as you like
  • multiple folders at the same time. (i.e. you don't need to wait for the analysis to complete before adding a new folder)
  • folders containing any files types, all file types will display in Loopcloud, but only audio files will be analysed
  • folders from any type of internal drive or external USB, Firewire, Network drive etc.

What you cannot add
  • single or multiple files on their own - they must be in a folder
  • a folder that is a subfolder of a base folder that has already been added
  • a folder that contains a base folder that has already been added
  • the Loopcloud Library folder (as defined in your preferences)
  • a folder that contains the Loopcloud Library folder
  • a folder that is stored on iCloud (you may experience issues with other cloud services)
  • a 'link' or 'alias' to a folder

Indexing files


Once a folder has been added, the contents will be counted and scanned. During this process, you will see the files and folders appear in the tree view. The status bar at the bottom of the UI shows a how many files have been scanned so far.



If you accidentally added the wrong folder, then press the CANCEL button to abort the import process. If indexing has completed before you are able to cancel, then you must remove the folder - right click on the folder and select 'Remove from library'.

Indexing is completed when all files have been added to the Loopcloud database. Loopcloud will now analyse all the files and automatically generate tags.

Auto-tagging your files


The following tags will be generated on your files.
  • Content Type - file format (.wav > wav, .mid > MIDI, etc)
  • Instrument
  • Key
  • Oneshot / Loop and BPM

The analyser first looks at the file name to generate tags. If tags cannot be generated from the file name, audio analysis is done on the file to generate these tags. For example:
  • Bass_Guitar_Am_128.wav  Tags are added based on the name.
  • Fatneck_noodle.wav Tags are added from the audio analysis.
  • Bass_Guitar_Groove.wav Tags are added based on both file name and audio analysis

Auto-tagging could take a considerable amount of time to complete depending on how many samples you add, the speed of your computer and hard disks. If files are well named, then this process will be quicker, but files that need to be analysed will take longer.

The status bar at the bottom of the UI displays info on how many files are analysed and the total number of user content files.



The default speed is FAST. Loopcloud analyses your files quicker, but at the expense of your computer using lots of CPU and RAM. The process runs fastest if you are not using lots of other programs at the same time, so close other programs if you are not using them. If you want to use your computer for other demanding tasks, such as running a large session on your DAW, select another analysis option

Select LOW CPU to allow other apps to have more system resources. User Content files will now be processed more slowly.



Select PAUSE to stop Loopcloud performing any analysis.


Browsing User Content Loopcloud


Your User Content folders are displayed in Loopcloud tree view alongside all your cloud content.

'Loopcloud Local' User content is shown as a folder with filled blue colour.



'Cloud' content, i.e. bought from Loopmasters.com or from the Loopcloud Store are shown in folders displaying just the outline.



Files showing a blue 'spinning wheel' have not yet been analysed so will not yet have been tagged. They are in the queue to get analysed.


If you have samples on removable disks and the disk is not connected to the computer, Loopcloud will display the folder greyed out. If you reconnect the disk, right click on the folder and select re-index and it will be avialable to use.


 

Renaming Base Folders


You can rename the base folder so that it is easier to find in the tree view.

Right click on a base folder and select 'Rename in library'



Give your folder a new name and press OK



Note
  • Renaming the base folder in Loopcloud will not change the name of the folder on your disk
  • Do not rename the base folder name on disk - Loopcloud no longer display that folder as the reference has been lost

Renaming Subfolders


You cannot rename subfolders in Loopcloud. This is because Loopcloud synchronises to changes made to folders on the hard disk. If you want to rename a folder you must do that in OSX Finder, or Windows Explorer.

Keeping Loopcloud in sync with folders and samples on your disk


  • Loopcloud will not make any changes to files and folders on your hard disk
  • Changes to any files and folders made on your hard disk will automatically synchronise in Loopcloud
  • You can add, remove, rename any file or folder within your base folder
If any folders or files are added to or removed from the base folder, you will see these changes update in Loopcloud a few seconds after the change was made on disk.

If Loopcloud is closed when you make changes to your folders, then Loopcloud will scan for changes when it restarts.



Click 'Disable Future Scans' to improve startup time, but changes made while Loopcloud was closed will not be reflected unless you manually re-index the folder(s).

Right-click on the user content base folder and select 'Re-index this folder'.

Scan folders on startup' tick box is found in the preferences page.


Moving and removing base folders


You may want to remove a base folder if you are no longer using this content, or if you may want to move samples from one drive to another.

In both cases, you must remove the content from Loopcloud first. By doing this Loopcloud will make a backup of all the tags for the content that is to be removed.

To remove a folder right click on the base folder and select 'Remove from Library'.



In the status bar, you will see the number of User Content files decrease. This is as your tags are being backed up before the file is removed.


Re-adding a folder


To re-add the folder, simply drag and drop the folder back into Loopcloud. The folder will be re-indexed, and all files that had previously been tagged will be restored.

Manually Analysing and Editing User Content


Loopcloud auto-tagger does a good job of finding tags, but it may make the odd mistake!

If you want to re-analyse a file or folder then right click and select one of the following options.
BPM

Loopcloud auto-tag runs the Auto BPM (wide) scan. This will catch all BPMs, but if your file has the wrong BPM (e.g. 2x or 1/2 speed)
  • Select 'Auto BPM' and the BPM range that you think is closest to the actual BPM
  • 'Set to one-shot, if the file has been tagged loop, when it is in fact a One-shot
  • 'Clear BPM and tags' will remove the BPM and the One-shot / Loop tag.
Key
  • 'Detect Key' will re-run the key analysis
  • 'Clear key' tags will remove any existing key tag
Instruments
  • 'Re-tag instruments' will scan the file/folder searching for possible instruments tags.
Tag Editor

If you want to do more detailed tag editing you can do this with the tag editor. More info can be found [here]


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