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Tips for Organizing Your Catalog
Whatever your naming scheme, be consistent and stick with it!
- Singular vs Plural, e.g. Viola vs Celli
- Shorthands, e.g. Pizz vs Pizz. vs Pizzicato
- Capitalization, e.g. Pizz vs pizz
Avoid redundancy and abbreviations in patch names
While your CineBrass 6 French Horns track might be named
CB 6 FH, your patch should be named simply, e.g.
6 Horns with CineSamples, CineBrass and Horn in their respective metadata fields.
Use just the right amount of metadata
- Too many different tags and the filter lists can become unwieldy
- Be consistent, e.g. don’t use both
French Hornin the instrument field. Pick one and stick with it.
- Use multiple tags instead of a “combined” tag, e.g. a
Tremolo Sul Pontarticulation should have tags for
- Avoid redundancy: if
Pizzis sufficient, no need to also tag it as
Choose a consistent color scheme for patches and switches.
That often means specific colors for each family of instruments. For extra elegance, use the same color scheme as you have in your DAW.
You can also color the individual switches within each patch. You may prefer to use different shades of the same color or different colors altogether to indicate specific articulations, e.g. lighter for shorts and darker for longs.