What Do You Use to Catalogue Your Collection?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by L J, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. L J

    L J Member

    I had a good shareware programme on another computer and had put a lot of time and effort into cataloguing my collection of CD's - which at the time were about 250.
    I lost that computer and the programme and have now been trying to find a good cataloguing programme that I can sort my collection of over (my wife reminds me it is too many) 1500 CD's, which are both Brass Band, and Classical - the latter which would include vocal such as Rutter's music and others like some of the great composers' messes etc.
    Has anyone out there catalogued their collections and if so, what has worked well for you?
  2. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I set up a database in Access. It holds all the information I want it to, to try and sort out my 800 or so CDs and 500 vinyl records. I don't bother with tapes because I've never had many. I think I might have to start adding DVDs to it sometime.
  3. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Mine are also logged on an Access database - one of the reasons why I can often respond quickly when people are seeking recordings of particular works. They are listed under performer, title (of recording), title (of piece) and format (cd,lp,ta). I give each recording an index number (alphabetically according to the name of the performer) and so each alphabetical section (I use a separate file for each letter of the alphabet for the titles of the pieces) gives the title, that reference number and the format, which can be checked if necessary against the separate file listing performers/disc titles.
  4. Hornblower RN

    Hornblower RN Member

    I use Excel...so simple. Just done the band's library using this as well. You can print off the list by any column sequence.
  5. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I too use Excel for my CD Collection (well over 1500 and my wife too says its way too many ).

    I find it easy to use but am not familiar with any other database type of program. I list Performer; CD Title; Music Title; Composer; Soloist.

    CD's featuring mnore than one band don't fit into that format and so, to be consistent, I also list the CD Title in the Performer column and the Performer in the Soloist column. It's not perfect, but it works.

    Good luck whatever process you choose.
  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    With multiple artists, I either list each band or soloist separately (as with, say, the European Highlights) or else list the artist under "various".
  7. L J

    L J Member

    I guess the message that I didn't relay was the fact that one of the database shareware products I was looking at (Audiophiler) was the fact that you popped your CD in your drive and the programme read the info from the disc and thus you did not have a bunch of typing to do.
    Perhaps if anybody has used this they can advise if it helped them or not with B B CD's etc.
  8. tsawyer

    tsawyer Member

    Sounds like it uses freedb. (www.freedb.org) This is an internet based service that (I assume) is keyed on the number of tracks on the CD and the length, and can tell you the names of tracks on the CD, and the artist etc.

    It's a bit hit and miss on brass CDs, some work, some don't. It's bad on CD singles (not enough info to go on I guess) and sometimes gets it wrong.

    I would not recommend using an obscure software program to catalog CDs or band music. If you do, and the software is not updated, it may not work on the next version of windows and you'll be stuck entering your data again. Even with Access you have to buy a copy of Access to read the data, so you should really be using open file formats. But don't get me started on that one...

  9. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  10. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    The former Librarian had 2 systems for music for the band - Excel and the classic Card system. While my CD collection is currently not as exciting, my mp3 collection is sorted by genre, artist and/or album in it's storage.

    The MS Access probably would be the best way to create your database, if you decide to send it to another computer or send it to a friend, as the software is fairly common. Using specialist software you run the risk of losing the software and never being able to access it again. This is for CD's and music, btw.
  11. Wonky_Baton

    Wonky_Baton Active Member

    I just use my finger but I only have about 10 CD's.
  12. AJSOP

    AJSOP Member

    I also created an Access Database as part of a college project. Ashamed to be using Microsoft really but oh well.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2004