Managing Samples

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Member Since: Mar 01, 2005

Can anyone point me to some decent Sample Management or library software running on Win XP?

I have about 12,000 Samples from various sources which are currently sorted by Sample type (hit, pad, loop) then by instrument, then by bpm for loops and finally by 'set' i.e. the original sample group.

Tracking down samples that I want is becoming a real pain, I thought of trying to use the media manager in WMP or WinAmp but surely theres a dedicated sample librarian application somewhere.

How does everyone else with a large sample collection manage this task? Do you sort them manually like me or is there a great program I don't know about?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 01, 2005 08:43 am

I agree, it's a hassle to do, I generally just try to keep good track of them via the directories and subdirectories they are stored in to drill down categories.

I personally would love to see such a tool as well...

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Mar 01, 2005 11:09 am

[quote directories and subdirectories they are stored in to drill down categories. /quote]

yupyup lots of folders!!

i got my samples organized by type, ie : synth, percussion, strings ect....then my loops are by bpm, 110, 120, 130, 140 ect...

if you don't have them sorted out already, spend a day or two organizing them by hand. it's cool cuz you'll find samples/loops you never knew you had! lol then it's just a matter of tidying up every now and then.


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 01, 2005 11:52 pm

jubal, I have a library that size at least. And I too am of the sort by folder persuasion. I have never actually looked for any type of librarian program although now that you mention it I dont know why I havent. I may go on a search, and also may inquire from some other source to see what I can come up with. I'll let ya know i this thread.

Since: Mar 01, 2005

Mar 02, 2005 02:09 am

Looks like everyone does pretty much the same thing as I do.

Folders, sub-folders, sub-sub-folders ad nauseum

I think I am going to try using WinAmp 5 Media Library, it's pretty flexible

I'll report back to this thread on how well it works.

I'm going to keep sorting by directory and renaming with FileRenamer Basic (free) to make sorts & searches easy

Since: Mar 01, 2005

Mar 02, 2005 05:58 am

I have found a general purpose media manager which seems to fit my needs,

Its called Media Monkey

It has 3 x Custom Tags and a built in BPM tag

It seems to suit my needs so far, here's what I did:

Set Custom tags as Form (Loop or Sample), Instrument and Sample Set

I'm tagging files folder by folder then using the very customisable 'save location by tag data' to construct a consistent folder heirachy as I go along

The app also monitors directories as well so I just need to add samples to them to have them added to the library.

I'm also using an add-on script called magic nodes to set up custom directory displays (like the left window in Windows explorer) using tag data to filter samples

I think it might be worth a look in the absence of a dedicated sample manager, especially since it's free!

...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Mar 03, 2005 08:24 am

i think coco likes media monkey, but im not sure...

Since: Feb 18, 2004

Mar 06, 2005 04:12 am

On accident I found this and remembered that somebody asked in the forum, samplifile and samplibrowser, but they seem like something old :

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