Software to catalogue classical music collection

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Are you planning to digitise the whole lot? Indeed, the work is daunting. If you are - you probably know this already - you would need one of those USB turntable/tape decks to digitise the LPs and tapes and software to clean up the resulting files (usually bundled with the device). 

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

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I was wondering whether or not anyone here has tried the most recent version of Collectorz? I was thinking of purchasing their "Pro" program. I was wondering how easy it is to add things like the names of multiple performers on an album or track and also how well one can sort including multiple fields or things like time periods or country, etc.?

Best wishes,

Petra

p.s. I noted some of the earlier comments here about it and didn't know how much their program has changed--hopefully improved since then.

p.p.s. I own a fairly recent Mac.

 

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Nazlo wrote:

A lot of great suggestions, but I still haven't found one that is practical for a large collections [6K+]:

unfortunately Orange, CATtraxx & musicnizer are Windows only

Collectorz seems easy to use [and the support folks are very nice], but it's not really classical-friendly, i.e., it lists every track of every CD - not good if you have multiple recordings of Vivaldi concerti

Readerware has a horrible user interface

Delicious is very cool and easy to use - you merely hold the CD's barcode up to the built-in iSight camera, and it quickly reads it and enters it into the database; unfortunately, it lists only by album, not composer or work -- again, not classical-friendly.

(Sigh...)

Hopefully someone out there knows of another option.

Thanks in advance.

 

 

Hi Nazlo! I was just going to ask all here whether or not anyone has tried Delicious Monster (I also have a Mac). At the moment, it appears that Version 2 is the latest. Do they provide regular updates BTW? Which version do you have if I might ask? I sent them an email recently with some questions as to available fields for classical music and as to how well one can sort (and also with some thoughts as to fields that I would like to see--if they don't already have them).

Also, I just wanted to clarify that you can't sort by composer? As in to see which CDs you have with which works? I know that you can do that in iTunes, so that seems rather surprising that they wouldn't have at least that basic option.

Best wishes,

Petra

 

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I am wondering if anyone has experience with finding software for 'very large' collections? Does anyone, perhaps, have experience with this programme?

http://www.musichi.eu/

I know it has a free trial version. 

I'm attracted to the fact that they have 4 applications in one suite (Player, Ripper, Tagger, Library Manager),

RE: Software to catalogue classical music collection

I am wondering if anyone has experience with finding software for 'very large' collections?

http://www.musichi.eu/

I realize it has a free trial. ...I'm attracted to the fact that it includes a player, ripper, tagger, and library manager.

My caution, is that there don't seem to be many reviews posted and would expect there to be if it was really good.

 

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tm806891 wrote:

I am wondering if anyone has experience with finding software for 'very large' collections?

http://www.musichi.eu/

I realize it has a free trial. ...I'm attracted to the fact that it includes a player, ripper, tagger, and library manager.

My caution, is that there don't seem to be many reviews posted and would expect there to be if it was really good.

 

Hello! I haven't tried that one before. I have a Mac, so am somewhat limited by the programs that I can use. After looking into some different programs, I decided to use Apple's Numbers program (their version of Excel). Works pretty well (I'm self-teaching). Am probably doing some things wrong, but have come up with a pretty workable spreadsheet. Though I might give in and just get a scanner and do it that way and pass on some of the "refinements" as it's rather time consuming. 

Do you have a PC or a Mac? And does this progam have versions for both?

And good luck!

Best wishes,

Petra

 

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Hello I am the designer of Musichi Suite, our application was designed from the ground up for classical, we have out of the box, a composition field [on top of the Album tag], multi-lines tag for instruments and performers, a Genre that goes beyond the word "Classical" and a timeline tag "Style or Period"so for example
Composer>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)
Composition> Mozart, Flute & Harp Concerto K299 in C-M; Rampal, Laskine, Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Album Artists>
Rampal, Jean-Pierre [Flute]
Laskine, Lily [Harp]
Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard
Instruments>
(04.03) Winds>Flute
(03.13) Strings>Harp
Genre>
(02.02) Concerto>Double
Period>
(06) Classical

All metadata is stored inside the audio file so you are never a prisoner of any library format or proprietary software....all that for mp3, wav[yes we can tag wave],flac, m4a and a few more. Plus a reference data base and a search engine to clean composers, performers and 6000 compositions in the catalog.

I doubt that there are many software out there that offer so much to classify and play in HiFi our favorite style of music.....

 

 

 

 

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I've explored many of these solutions and none are perfect. Custom meta fields are necessarily portable to different applications. I've settled on using the comments field in iTunes to fill in gaps. I don't import by CD, but rather by work. An example entry for, say, Mozart's K.626:

Period: Classical; Genre: Choral Music; Work Type: Requiem; Conductor: Jordi Savall;

Smart play lists can then pull by period, conductor, soloist, or any combination of elements. If something's well regarded by Gramophone, I may include a "Gramphone: Strongly Recommended", which gives further options.

It takes a bit of time, but simple scripts make it easier to tag automatically based on existing meta data from a CD. There's much to be said to being able to automatically pull all Romantic chamber music played by Hilary Hahn. The benefit is that this system isn't limited and it's cross-platform and application compatible.

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Hi,

I have just started looking at MusiCHI, but it seems to only relate to cataloguing music already on a computer - i.e. I can't catalogue vynil, say.

Is this so?

 

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For MusicHI, indeed you need to have files for the metada to be saved, for Vynil you can make you own database in MsAccess or any ssimple DB engine. Excel does not cut it becasue it is basically a single table

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