I am looking for an OSX editor software that can take an input file and find similar sounding files on my system based on its spectral content.
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The difficulty with the problem presented is that "spectral content" is not just a number you can compare to find degrees of proximity. You need to have complex analysis algorithms, comparing multiple parameters depending on the intended application, and define proximity criteria, normally based on statistical methods. This is true even for relatively "simple" sounds (musical instrument samples, or short natural sounds, for example), if the sound is too heterogeneous along time, the task is almost impossible and/or meaningless.
So in theory there could be (and perhaps there is, I don't know) a ready made tool to do, within certain constraints and field of application, the type of cataloging and searching described in the question. But what can be found more easily (normally within the realm of academic and scientific research) are resources and tools to allow to build such a tool to suit one's specific needs after (normally a lot) of experimentation and tuning.
One such tool is Essentia, a very powerful open-source C++ library for audio analysis and audio-based music information retrieval. This library has functions to evaluate dozens of different properties of sound spectra. A look at the Algorithms overview page, particularly the MIR (Musical Information Retrieval) functions is worth a look, to get an idea of the different audio properties that must potentially be considered.
This question at the Music.SE can also help to understand the approach to this kind of problem.
In order to do that, the software would have to read each and every audio file, I think this would be impractical, unless there was an initial scan, which took time to scan all audio files, created corresponding spectral information file/s to look back on whenever you did a search. I don't know of anything like that, most are tag reliant I think.
Synth patches would be different, they probably search for similar parameters(and therefore, sounds) which is much quicker(as they aren't audio files). Saying that, I'm sure they use tags as well.