Database software might not be as exciting as the latest virtual instrument or DAW — but it can be even more effective in helping you get work finished.
After about 20 years of producing jingles and cues, my hard drives are crowded with sketches, projects ready to mix and complete tracks. Finding the right track can be a nightmare. Having all those tracks hanging around also makes me less productive, because I don’t have a good system for rating sketches to decide whether they are good enough to be finished or if it should be binned. The result is that I have lots of half-done projects that, with some effort, could have been finished and making money for me.
This article describes my search for the ultimate way of organising my tracks: a single system that can hold all the information I need in one place and make it easily accessible. Let me start by describing some solutions that I have tested through the years, but have stopped using for various reasons.
A well-organised hard drive is, of course, a good starting point....
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