Hi Peter,

Back to Peter's original question which has nothing to do with extraction
of tags from the audio files (at least as I read the original question). I
know no specialized software for this purpose, but I would make my own
database/spreadsheet until I find something more suitable. Spreadsheet is
good because it allows you to experiment with the fields you need and it
exports in other formats well enough. So it should be future proof enough
for you and you can start today.

For a few hundred items spreadsheet should work fine. When it grows to
where that's not handy anymore, I would put (import) it in database (some
sql database or Filemaker or Access database). I know that's not really
what you want, but it's cheap and you can start today.

As I understand you use this data primarily for yourself, so you should be
able to figure out what fields you really need by trail and error and you
don't have to rely on any professional data standard. If you do want more
professional data standard, for any reason, perhaps look at IASA
cataloguing rules ( It's
based on what big libraries do with commercial recordings.


PS: Another idea, perhaps, you could also try bibliographic software that
people use to keep track of the publications they cite, such as the very
affordable and high-quality Swiss program Citavi at I use that
for books. It allows you to document audio files, but I never used it for
that purpose.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 6:36 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> This is another good one:
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> Randy's recommendation may offer more features for $0.
> I've used Tag&Rename since my early days of MP3 in the 90s and it's
> evolved to being very robust (perhaps too robust for those desiring a
> simple editor).
> Here's a piece of software I'm seeking -- perhaps someone knows of a
> Windows program that does the following: if I've ripped a CD to WAV files
> on my hard drive, if I convert those files to FLAC with a batch-converter,
> is there any program that can then go and retrieve the tag information for
> me? Or do I need to burn the WAV to a CD (or find the original CD among the
> pile of thousands) and then rip the CD to FLAC using one of the many
> programs that retrieve the tag info as part of the ripping process? I
> grabbed hundreds of CDs to WAV before I got into FLAC, so it would be
> really convenient not to have to go back to the CDs.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Randy Lane" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Metdata editors
>  MP3Tag is my personal recommendation.
>> On Apr 29, 2013 7:19 PM, "Peter Hirsch" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>  What sort of software are you using to record and attach metadata to your
>>> soundfiles? Regrettably, I have not been good about this so far, merely
>>> relying my file naming conventions and memory (particularly not a good
>>> thing to rely upon) to keep track of what I've got (this is not a
>>> professional operation I am talking about, just audio captured or
>>> transferred from various sources as part of my personal collection), but
>>> I
>>> am determined to make amends now that I am finding files that I can only
>>> identify by listening to them, if then.
>>> Primarily, I would like to record information about the performance
>>> (players, piece of music, date, location, etc.) and its provenance
>>> (cassette tape, off-the-radio, live, LP). More technical data about the
>>> file itself is less important for my purposes. Simple would be good, but
>>> I
>>> am game to learn any system that is well organized and suits my purposes.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Peter Hirsch