A search function.
A search function to make it easier for finding objects in large music libraries.
The closest thing is using search on the Tags page, but this is an exact match and it shows files, not albums. This might at least give you an idea what album it is!
Nigel Goode commented
My wife asked me to play the album we always listen to, 'the one with the red curtains that's opera arias' ...
Neither of us could remember the name.
Is there a way to search by genre, so I could look for an opera record, rather than artist or "starts with"?
(Turns out it was "Classic FM - The Operas Greatest Arias", found after a Google search...
Nathan Freedenberg commented
Please...with a cherry on top. A search function would make my life more bliss.
I'd like to be able to search for an album or artist by entering a string in an entry box. A partial match maybe even with a simple wild card would be great.
would match Jim Croce as well as Tim Buckley
Certainly no reason other than it hasn't been implemented yet ;-)
Ralph Martin commented
We can search for albums by initial letter - why not the same for artists? And why no free text search?
Should not be too strict - I have so many albums whose titles starts with "the". I would want the search to work even it I didn't type "the". As someone else suggested, matching artist and album name at the same time would also help.
Kent Williams commented
As I suggested to Dan, a compact searching box with drag & drop would make working with Ableton Live easier.
Kent Williams commented
Neil Bird commented
Yes, it'd be nice to see an interactive (like google) matches-anything search (title, artist, genre, maybe filename, etc.).
I merged Matt Jenkins idea into this one:
"Being able to search your database for artists, albums, albums of a specific genre, etc would be a huge bonus.
When you have thousands of albums spread amongst many hundreds of artists finding the album or artist within the artist and album displays is an onerous task. A simple search box that returns simple text matches for artist, album, genre, etc., would be a good start. Advanced searches where you can search for strings within the specific topics of artist, album, genre etc., would be even better."
I agree. As more stuff is added to the interface, a search function becomes one of the easiest way of finding things.
I think it should be top level (accessible from any page) and it shouldn't just search for albums, artists etc.... it should also search for bliss concepts. E.g. search for 'settings' - suggests a settings page. Search for 'albums' - suggests the album overview page. Anyway, that's a vision, maybe first step would just be album/artist search as you say.