Irksome Sample Manager User Experience issue fixed by user instead of Audiofile Engineering

Esa(Lackluster)Ruoho
2 min readApr 14, 2023

Hi. Sample Manager is an excellent piece of software from Audiofile Engineering. However, even excellent batch-processing applications like Sample Manager have their quirks and issues.

Here’s what I’ve had to do thus far to get a very specific feature to work.

  1. Load a wavefile into Sample Manager.
  2. Realize it is broken, and can’t thus be Analyzed or Calculated.
  3. Right-click on said wavefile and click on “Show in Finder
  4. Click on Sample Manager’s top bar menu entry Sample Manager
  5. Click on Audio File First Aid
  6. Drag said wavefile from Finder to a miniscule “Drag File Here” portion of the screen.
  7. Have Sample Manager’s Audio File First Aid analyze said file.. and
  8. Click on Truncate to get the file to work.

I’ve reached out to Audiofile Engineering multiple times about improving the sample library portion of the app so that one can drag a file to the Audio File First Aid and click Truncate and continue. No response.

But, what’s actually missing is having “Diagnose” available in the right-mouse button context menu of the Sample loader window. How can this get solved?

Well, I did file a feature improvement request to Audiofile Engineering, but are they going to do it? Probably not.

So here’s what I did.

  1. Go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts
  2. Select App Shortcuts
  3. Click the + -sign
  4. Add Sample Manager as a short-cuttable app
  5. Menu Title: Diagnose
  6. Keyboard shortcut: Shift-CMD-D

And lo & behold, suddenly life is so much easier.

Audiofile Engineering, I love you guys. You’ve made a top app. Now, if only you’d add this Menu Title into the context menu, and made it so that 72,4dB and 72.4dB are the very same thing. You know, cos like stuff.

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Esa(Lackluster)Ruoho

Electronic music composer, free-energy archivist/librarian. Some form of thinker.