How to Search

Welcome to the Westar Music Search Tutorial

This page will help you to explore, browse and search the contents of our music CDs and sound effects more effectively, so that you can easily purchase and download the perfect music and sound effects for your production.

How to Browse Music CDs by Category:

The best way to browse music CDs by category is to start at our Home Page. Simply click on any music category picture in the Home page slideshow. This will take you directly to the selected music category page, which provides a list of all the CDs in that specific music category. A set of music category text links is also available on the Site Map page.


The music category pages display basic information for each of the available CDs, including:

- CD title
- Brief description of the CD
- More Info button - this takes you to the specific page for that music CD.

Click on any CD cover image or the More Info button and the selected music CD page will be displayed.


How to Browse Music CDs by CD Number:

If you know the CD number for one of our discs and wish to locate its product page quickly, use our CD Master List page.

Music CD Pages:

There is an individual page for each of our music CDs. Each page provides the following information:

- the CD Title
- a description of the CD contents
- a music track chart which includes -
   - a Play button to listen to a music track. Toggle the playback on and off with the button.
   - a Save button to mark the track for easy retrieval later. (see How to Use the Save Feature below)
   - a Buy button to purchase a lease for any individual music track.

Clicking on the Buy button adds the track to your shopping cart. (For more information about the lease purchase & download process, see our How to License page.)

Each music CD page also contains a link to a PDF track list that provides the composer and publisher information for each track in the CD.


Music Search Page:

From any page, click on the Music Search link in the ribbon banner just below the top navigation bar.

This action will take you to our Music Search page. You control the search function by using the 4 dropdown menus - for Music Genres, Instruments, Styles & Tempos, plus the Keyword field. You can combine your keywords with selections from any or all of the dropdown menus in order to locate just the right piece of music for your application.

And, you can purchase a license for any individual track from the search results table.

The search results table will let you know how many tracks match your search definitions and will display up to 200 matches. So, if you type the word "Bold" in the Keyword field, you will see a message in the shaded grey area that says "More than 200 matching music tracks found. Only the first 200 are shown. Refine your search through additional keywords."

You can narrow your search as you add more details. For example, you can search for Genre = "Easy Listening", Style = "Mood - Gentle", Tempo = "110-119", and type the word "Strolling" into the Keyword field. You don't need to click on a Search button - your search results will appear almost instantly. You can see that from the more than 9,800 music tracks available, our search engine will display the details about a song called "Partly Cloudy".

You can broaden your search and get more matches by removing or changing any of the search details that you have entered.

If you wish to search for a specific CD by its number in Music Search and you know its CD code (either a 5 character code like WCM01 through WCM12, or a 6 character code like WSR101), simply type the code into the keyword entry box in the Music Search interface.

Remember that you need to use the exact code - WCM## or WSR### (without any spaces), in order to get the search result.

Doing this will display tracks from that CD in your search result. If you would like to see all tracks from that CD on one page, simply click on one of the links in the CD Name field of the search results, and that will take you to that CD’s product page.


How to Read the Music Search Results Table:

The search results table includes:

- a Play button to listen to a music track. Toggle the playback on and off with the button.
- a Save button to mark the track for easy retrieval later. (see How to Use the Save Feature below)
- a Buy button to purchase an individual music track.

Clicking on the Buy button adds the track to your shopping cart. (For more information about the lease purchase & download process, see our How to License page.)

The search table results also provide more descriptive information about each track, including the length and price of the individual track, as well as the CD on which the music track is published and a link to that Music CD page.

You can sort the results in this table by clicking on the following column headers at the top of the table: Title, Time, Style, BPM, CD Name, and Price. Clicking on the same column header a second time will reverse the display order of the tracks. If you let your mouse hover on top of any detail in the search results table, the full contents of that field will be displayed.


How to Use the Save Feature:

As you explore the Westar Music Web site, you will find many music tracks that you like. After you have been searching for a while it is easy to lose track of specific music you were interested in.

Use the Save button to mark these tracks as you find them. Later you can click on the Show Only My Saved Tracks button at the top of the Music Search page. Only the music that you have saved during your explorations and searches will be displayed, making it easier for you to compare the tracks and determine how each one might suit your needs.

You can purchase a lease for an individual track by clicking on the appropriate Buy button. The track will be added to your shopping cart. (For more information about the lease purchase & download process, see our How to License page.)


How to Use the Sound Effects Search Engine:

Westar Music offers more than 70,000 sound effects - from Sound Ideas, the world's largest publisher of sound effects for broadcast, post-production, podcasting, game development, film sound design and interactive media.

Searching for sound effects at Westar Music is easy - you can either use a keyword search entry box, or browse our collection by category and refine your search from there. Here are some simple directions.


Keyword Search Instructions:

Start your search by typing a keyword in the entry box at our Sound Effects Search page. If you get too many matches, refine your search by adding one or more additional keywords. All keywords in the entry box should be separated by a space.

When you type more keywords into the box, your search becomes more specific (because ALL of the words must appear in each sound effects track found), and this will refine your search to locate the sound effect you need.

When you pause your typing, a table of results will be produced automatically. You do not need to click on a Search button or hit the Enter/Return key on your keyboard.

If your search produces more than 200 results, you will see a message at the top of the results table that says:

More than 200 matching sound effect tracks found. Only the first 200 tracks are shown. Refine your search by typing additional keywords into the entry box.

Mouse over any detail in the search results table to display its full contents.


Searching for Specific CDs of Sound Effects:

You can use the keyword entry box to search sound effects from specific Sound Ideas sound effects CDs (or to search a specific sound effect if you already know its Sound Ideas CD - Track - Index reference).

To do this, type the CD code into the keyword entry box - for example, type "3005". All 17 tracks from this CD will be displayed in the search results table. If you know that you specifically want track 15 (Airport, Exterior - Ambience in Parking Garage, Voices, Cars Planes), then type "3005-15" into the keyword entry box.

If the track that you want has more than one index point, use the complete CD-TR-IN code to specify exactly the sound effect you need. A PDF list of Sound Ideas Products and CD Codes used for each product is available, so that you can tell which sound effects library is represented by the CD code that you see in the search results. Look for the link near the top of the Sound Effects Search page. The list is presented in 2 ways - in order by CD Code, and in alphabetical order by Sound Ideas product name.


Browsing for Sound Effects by Category:

Our sound effects search engine was built by creating an extensive database. Every sound effect in our online collection has been assigned to as many of the 20 primary categories and more than 600 sub-categories as are appropriate.

For example, medical supply cabinet doors can be found in both the "Doors, Opens & Closes" category and in the "Fire, Emergency & Medical" category.

To locate sound effects using this system, start by choosing one of the primary categories - click on one of the 20 icons found on the Sound Effects Search page.

Within each category, you will find a listing of sub-categories and the number of sound effects that each sub-category contains.

You can immediately enter a keyword to search all of the sub-categories in that category for a specific type of sound.

You can also click on a sub-category link to see the sound effects available within the sub-category. And, once the results of the sub-category search have been displayed, you can enter a keyword to search for something specific from within just that sub-category's results.

Remember that when you enter a keyword after a sound effects category or sub-category has been selected, the keyword search will be performed in only that category or sub-category.

To perform a keyword search in the entire sound effects database, click on the Start Another Search button.


How to Use the Save Feature for a Sound Effects Search:

As you explore our sound effects categories and sub-categories, you will find many sound effects that you like. After you have been searching for a while it is easy to lose track of specific tracks you were interested in.

Use the Save button to mark these tracks as you find them. Later you can click on the Show Only My Saved Tracks button at the top of the Sound Effects Search page. Only the sound effects tracks that you have saved during your explorations and searches will be displayed, making it easier for you to compare the tracks and determine how each one might suit your needs.

You can purchase individual tracks by clicking on the appropriate Buy button. The track will be added to your shopping cart. (For more information about the purchase & download process, see our How to License page.)


Troubleshooting:

If Your Keyword Search Produced Too Many Results:

- refine your search by adding one or more additional keywords
- make sure that all keywords in the entry box are separated by a space
- when you type more keywords into the box, your search becomes more specific (because ALL of the words must appear in each sound effects track found)

If Your Keyword Search Produced Too Few Results:

- try different versions of the same word - our search engine is very specific - it looks for exact string matches only
- for example, searching "duck" generates 43 sound effects
- try searching for "ducks" as well as "duck" - this offers 65 additional tracks to consider

If Your Keyword Search Produced No Results:

- check for typographical errors
- try a different version of the same word (make it plural or singular, add -ing, try alternative spellings)
- remove extra keywords so that your search is broader in scope
- make sure that the CD code that you have typed in is actually in the database - check the PDF List of Sound Ideas Products and CD Codes to be sure
- make sure that you have not selected a category to browse first and that you are searching the entire database
- to be certain that you are searching the entire database, click on the button that says Start Another Search
- try browsing through one of the categories offered in the Browse by Category search feature