I think the area of software for cataloging a personal library of
recordings has had some discussion on the list but I don't recall that it
has come up recently and my recollection is that most of the programs put
forward did not readily allow for linking up specific performers with the
particular work they performed if there were multiple pieces with varying
artist groupings on a recording.

I am interested in software that can download full MARC records and not the
sort of program that uses crowdsourced info like GraceNote and cddb to
populate its records. I realize that even a MARC record has its limitations
as far as what I want to accomplish is concerned but it is far better than
the other system which tends to produce sketchy records at best and are
more involved with assigning genres than creating meaningful access points.

Is there such a product as the one I am seeking available at a reasonable
price (up to a few hundred $) out there?

I have no exact count on the number of recordings that would need to be
cataloged, but I figure roughly 10-15K, so I don't think creating a
database from scratch without downloading records is a practical reality. I
have some professional experience as a cataloger, though very little at all
in the area of sound recordings, so I don't mind a system that gets a bit
technical (within reasonable bounds).


Peter Hirsch