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how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby eenzo » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:16 pm

Yo guys!

I've been wanting to organize my sample folder for ages, but I'm having trouble with the file structure/deciding what to put in what folders. The thing is that having a giant clusterfck of a sample folder is actually kind of creatively stimulating. I don't want to remove all of the spontaneity, but I really want to have something organized so I can find stuff that i like. How do you guys do it?

btw here's a cool example of what i'm looking for: http://www.anthonyarroyodotcom.com/thea ... -workflow/

Thanks!

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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby Rufus_FrequentFlyers » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:29 pm

I do a pretty similar system to the one dude from Ableton Cookbook explains in your link.

I've already written about it (at length) here: http://futuregarageforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6951

It's not perfect but for the most part it works. In some ways I prefer the slightly simpler way the guy in your link does it. I think when I upgrade my laptop (next year sometime) I'm going to start building a new library from scratch with some improvements to file structure.

I've also just started using a free program called Mutant to navigate my folder structure and audition samples. I find it a bit easier to use than Ableton's built in browser partly because I can have it the full size of the window and partly because it searches lightning quick (I find Ableton's search pretty much unusable it's so slow).
It also had a great bookmark feature which lets you bookmark specific samples and have a whole separate file structure for your bookmarks. I've just been going through my samples and marking some of my fave drum samples so I can build kits a bit quicker. This probably isn't too big a deal if you've got a smaller library but if you have quite a big one with stacks of sample packs from all over thrown in it's pretty good for those days you just wanna get up and producing quickly!
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby eenzo » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:02 am

thanks for the reply rufus! Yeah your method seems eerily similar to this guy's, and I already use your method of saving ableton racks (I think I remember seeing that thread somewhere before, and i just forgot about the sample organization part :oops: :lol: ).
Keep 'em coming guys!
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby [email protected] » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:42 pm

Ugh. I don't. Shame on me. Seriously.
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby blnd! » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:51 pm

[email protected] wrote:Ugh. I don't. Shame on me. Seriously.

no shame in this game mate ;)
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby ehbrums1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:46 pm

I have an organized mess
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby Deep Theory » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:47 am

Firstly by genre

Or for things that are multigenre I just make them a folder ie... Organs, Airhorns, etc

Then further I have:

Drum Machines
Commercial Packs
My drums (made from scratch or layering/enveloping)

I keep the names simple for example DT-HOUSE-909-001.wav

... heres a flick for context...

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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby charlux » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:45 am

My organizing system is top notch.
Download pack>Put in packs folder>Use
I dont know, it doesn't seem worth it to organize...
Also, not to get off topic, but I'm wondering about everyones packs folder size. Mine is 21.3GB. I just want to see what the average around here is.
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby ehbrums1 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:20 am

mines 20.22 gigs
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby Deep Theory » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:47 am

charlux wrote:I dont know, it doesn't seem worth it to organize...


i used to feel the same way. until i realized how greatly it affects workflow
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby charlux » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:53 am

Deep Theory wrote:
charlux wrote:I dont know, it doesn't seem worth it to organize...


i used to feel the same way. until i realized how greatly it affects workflow

I mean, If I were new in the game and just started building a library, sure I would organize, but I would go mad If I tried organizing them now.
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby blnd! » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:35 pm

charlux wrote:My organizing system is top notch.
Download pack>Put in packs folder>Use
I dont know, it doesn't seem worth it to organize...
Also, not to get off topic, but I'm wondering about everyones packs folder size. Mine is 21.3GB. I just want to see what the average around here is.

I have 2 main folders, my own samples (6.5GB) and another one for sample collections/packs and game sounds (11.7GB)
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby smplxmpl » Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:44 pm

it goes:
HATS
-short
-long
-shakers
SNARES/CLAPS
-soft
-hard
KICKS
-punchy
-sub
-acoustic
PERCUSSION
-misc
CYMBALS
-ride
-crash
-splash
PERC LOOPS
-misc
TONAL LOOPS
-key/instrument
FX
-gated
-long
-short
-bleeps
-processed
VOCALS
-gender
-genre
-key

keeps everything super easy to jump through. and makes workflow a BREEZE. it takes a lot of work to do it, but in the end it is SOOOO worth it!
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Re: how do you guys organize your sample folders?

Postby vrmclt » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:29 am

+1 to smplxmpl

organize samples as far down as I can break up sample packs. have a section for sample sets and what not that don't really make sense to break up or would be too much work.

1st layer goes:
Acapellas
Album Stems and Loop Sets
Drums
FX
Real Instruments
Synths
Unclassifiable

further layers are styles instead of individual sounds (so i have like funk drums, progressive house drums, glitch sounds, etc that further break down into things like kick, snare, hats)
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