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your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by RustyP » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:42 pm

hey folks,
After about a year of steady songwriting and about nine months of occasional cue production I have lots of songs and cues. Many are finished, and some still need work.
My main question is, how do you organize and keep track of your finished product?
how do you keep track of what you've submitted, to whom, ETC?
I know there is software for this music business stuff. what does the community recommend and use?

Any tips and suggestions are appreciated.


Thanks!

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by ttully » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:23 pm

Hi Rusty,

I usually just put a copy of the finished tracks in a folder (on the computer) that is named after the show or library they are used for. i.e..... Big Time Library Exclusive ... (etc) .


Simple and effective.


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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by eeoo » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:37 pm

Composer Catalog, created by Taxi's own Keith Lubrant!

http://www.composercatalog.com/

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by annayarbrough » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:33 am

eeoo wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:37 pm
Composer Catalog, created by Taxi's own Keith Lubrant!

http://www.composercatalog.com/
+1

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by cosmicdolphin » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:55 am

Sheets from Google Docs..Free..Cloud Based..Can share it with others

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by carel11 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:29 pm

Hey Cosmicdolphin:

thats a great sheet
lots of info there that is quite necessary, didnt even realize it was important til I saw it
thanks so much for the overview
I was inserting a pages(mac) sheet with some of the info..
but I will be expanding it
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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by Kolstad » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:01 am

eeoo wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:37 pm
Composer Catalog, created by Taxi's own Keith Lubrant!

http://www.composercatalog.com/
+1

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by cosmicdolphin » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:27 pm

carel11 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:29 pm
Hey Cosmicdolphin:

thats a great sheet
lots of info there that is quite necessary, didnt even realize it was important til I saw it
thanks so much for the overview
I was inserting a pages(mac) sheet with some of the info..
but I will be expanding it
carL
Thanks

So glad I set it up from day 1..been tweaked a little along the way. It has tabs as well , one for each Library but showing the names would be against the forum rules. My main co-writer has edit rights access as well. With it being a Google App we can both access it across all devices.

I wish I would have added a column with the key of the track on. Apart from that I think it's all good.

Everything is colour coded too, purple are signed to non-ex libraries, yellow is for exclusive, green is finished but unsigned, orange is work in progress.

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by markhimley » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:57 pm

Composer Catalog is fantastic. Highly recommend it. I used it diligently for awhile, until I stopped. No complaints at all - I just forgot to use it for a little while and when I remembered, the idea of going back and entering data on dozens of cues kept me from doing so.

Now I just use a google sheet. I pretty much only submit to exclusive libraries, and the ones that aren't I treat as exclusive. So I don't really need to keep much info honestly, just title and who signed it. Don't really need all the info of the piece like the tempo, key, metadata, etc because once it's signed it's signed exclusively. I also have another column on this sheet for unsigned tracks and another for taxi submissions with their current status. Pretty simple but works for my needs.

I label all my sessions in a way that makes it very easy to find what I need too, "year-month-day_publisher_brief_number of track in brief_title of track" - for example "2019-01-13_Publisher_Show name_01_Cue Title". I also have another sheet that I put together full of metadata keywords which comes in handy.

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Re: your advice please on organization and keeping track of cues and songs

Post by RustyP » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:25 pm

Thank you all so much!
there's some attraction for the simplicity of a spreadsheet like a google sheet.
I really do like the idea of Composer Catalog though because it's so inclusive.
I guess I'll have to make a decision some time. :)


I do like the idea of naming projects well and also depositing masters in to specific directories for each library.
But the beauty of being able to search for a track by any number of characteristics is really cool!

Thanks again!

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