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See if you can make contact with the guy who writes Tag&Rename. He's figured out how to hook into 
several sources including Amazon and AllMusic to find tag information for music files. He might be 
able to port over what he's done to fill in a catalog or database instead of writing tags into FLAC, 
WAV and MP3 files. If he can grab info out of Amazon and AllMusic, I don't think it would be a huge 
challenge for him to grab info out of MARC.

If you want the database to fill faster, see if he can hook into a barcode lookup system and use a 
barcode scanner on your CDs.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Loftus Becker" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sound recordings cataloging software


> Peter,
>
> You might want to ask some database developers how much it would cost to develop a custom database 
> that would do the job you want. It shouldn’t be terribly hard — I just looked up MARC record (I’ve 
> never used them) and though they’re a little complicated they do seem to be pretty well described. 
> Probably the cost would be more than you want to pay … but you might find enough other people 
> interested that a group of you could get together. As I understand your needs you definitely want 
> a “relational” database but those are available for Windows, Mac, and (I’m sure) for Linux.
>
> I do a lot of custom database programming for myself — quick and dirty things to get the job done 
> (I teach law). My rough guess is that it would take me a day or so to get a functional, not 
> pretty, version working, and I’m not nearly as good as a professional would be. Moving from 
> “functional” to “pretty”  and “elegant” involves a lot of work.
>
> I don’t know of anything available off the shelf. I’ll be following this thread to see if there is 
> something.
>
> -Lofty
>
>
>> On Nov 20, 2014, at 5:06 PM, Peter Hirsch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> 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).
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Peter Hirsch
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