It needs a field for the location of the record in the collection- shelf 
number, category, any one of a number of ways of organizing a big 

Operatic titles are another problem.  Is it sung in the original language? 
Is it in the collection more than once, under a title in more than one 
language and under a nickname as well?  Do selections from operas file by 
title or in the sequence of the work?

This looks like another pop cataloging system claiming more universality 
than it merits.

Design a system from the most difficult to the less.  Don't count on 
grafting on pieces of the program later to accommodate the more arcane 
problems- it never works!  Do it right.

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message----- 
From: Sam
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 8:17 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record cataloging tools

I'm using the following 78rpm cataloger (as a BETA tester).
Software should be available free - early/mid April

It has been designed specifically for 78rpm record and cylinder
collectors in mind - featuring the ability to catalog 78rpm
records/cylinders in a simple, fuss free way. The program allows users
to catalog both sides of a 78rpm and cylinder recording and has a
built-in feature to streamline the process of duplicating information
about a specific recording when needed.

On 31/03/2015 9:56 am, Tom Fine wrote:
> 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 [ ], 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 | | 7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 
>> 95826
>> ----- 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