Since you are interested in MARC, be aware that any investment you make now
in a database that is MARC based may need additional investment if/when
BibFrame is implemented as a replacement for MARC.

See the AV Modeling Study
released this past year. It explores the relationships you mention between
varying performers and performances on one album. You can also play with
filling in fields they have proposed in their testbed editor

There are other options as well, such as PBCore <>. They
just held a How-to <> webinar about a month ago
which is available online.

You may also consider contacting the ARSC Cataloging Committee

Best, Carla Arton

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

> 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