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I am working at a studio (with their library) and I have an interesting dilemma.
There are duplicate (and triplicate) sounds in Soundminer. The interesting part is that the file names do not match and neither does the metadata. So several of smaller libraries have been renamed/converted and re-entered into the database.
Is there any way to find these files other than manually? Since none of the naming or matadata matches , Soundminer does not recognize them as duplicates.
I've experienced this many times and I'm afraid you're kinda out of luck re. automated removal of identical recordings. Since both the filename and description / metadata are both unique, there is no way for Soundminer to identify which ones are the same. Your best approach (should you even choose to undertake it) is to delete already existing files when you encounter them.
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One way to possibly speed up the process could be to find a bad/unwanted duplicate, then hit the SAME FOLDER button and/or REVEAL SELECTED IN FINDER and see if all the bad duplicates are in the same folder - that way you might be able to trace back which groups of files should not have been added to the library database....
Don't forget to make a backup of the library database before you do anything destructive, so you can go back a step
Well, I know my answer may just end up half helping, but I would be glad if it did (half-helped). If Im not wrong, apps like shazam and soundhound for smartphones use a technology that identifies similar soundwaves from what they are listening to and search it in their database.... THAT I don't know how they do it, but if you find the way, you could play the sound and let the mysterious process find the similar files, and delete them.