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Question for all of you who use cataloging software -- is there a program that allows me to create a 
database in reverse from the digital library, for which I've cleaned up and uniformed all the 
tagging info. It would be great if a program "crawled" my library folders and retrieved all the tag 
info from MP3, ALAC, AAC, FLAC and WAV files, then put it into a database.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 7:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record cataloging tools


> Sam--
>
> I use Music Collector from Collectorz [ http://www.collectorz.com/ ], a Dutch software company. 
> It uses recording & track information from Amazon in the US and around the world, as well as a 
> database that Collectorz members help maintain.
>
> It's not perfect, but it works well enough for both my classical and popular music collections 
> (CDs, LPs, music files).  Some categories (composer, label, artist, catalog number, etc.) are 
> built in. You also can create as many categories as you like, and indicate location, format, 
> recording & issue date, etc.  For example, I can search my collection for all symphonies, or all 
> 19th century symphonies, or all symphonies by Beethoven, or all Beethoven symphonies recorded by 
> Karajan.   (I do a weekly radio program, and that kind of classification/search is very helpful.)
>
> When adding a recording to your database, the program does best when reading information directly 
> from a CD or from downloaded audio files.  It's less helpful when you type in the name of a 
> recording, composer or performer, and have it search for possible matches--because in some cases 
> there can be multiple editions (and reissues) to sort through, before determining which is the one 
> you want to add to your catalog. (I purchased the company's barcode reader, and used that a lot 
> when first setting things up.  However, I've hardly used it since.)
>
> Music Collector also finds cover (front and back) images for you, then displays the artwork when 
> you bring up that recording in your database.  You can add your own notes about a recording, as 
> well.
>
> Echoing Tom's comments, I sometimes have to do some manual cleanup of the downloaded 
> recording/track info.  Editing is pretty fast, though.  (Unfortunately, there's no global 
> search-and-replace, although the developers tell me they have that on a to-do list.)
>
> As I said, it's not perfect, but it's way better than the database I had created from scratch, 
> using MS Access.
>
>
> Stephen Peithman, Producer/Host, “Connections”
> Capital Public Radio | capradio.org | 7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826
> http://www.capradio.org/classical/connections/
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Sam Brylawski" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 5:35 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Record cataloging tools
>
>
>> Greetings,
>>
>> I'm taking an informal survey to see what kind of database
>> applications any subscribers are using to catalog their personal
>> collections. Brian? Beyond Category? An Access app? A Filemaker one?
>>
>> I know there are a lot of file tag utilities out there. I think Tom F.
>> especially recommended PerfectMeta (correct me if I'm wrong). But what
>> I'd really like to know of are tools that you use for personal
>> cataloging of CDs, LPs, 78s, etc. In particular, tools you really
>> like!
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Sam Brylawski
>>
>>
>
>