Forgive me if this has come up before, I couldn't find anything related in the discussion archive. I am a composer who works quite extensively with very many large sample libraries - sets of computer files for music and sound creation. I would like to design a FM database to manage thousands of sample instruments (not audio, just the data files), but the metadata to define their various distinguishing features is presently either non-existent or in an incompatible format. What I'm after is this - I want to be able to:
- select a large group of instrument files, say 200 at a time, and create a record for each, in a single batch operation
- select a subset of them and tag them with a general keyword, say "viola"; then select a smaller subset and tag them with another keyword, say "divisi", and so on, enabling a lot of info to get tagged in relatively quickly
- click a button on the record to load the corresponding file into its parent application
- click a button on the record to load the corresponding file into the top plugin window in my audio workstation
I realize the last one introduces a lot of variability and may be impractical, but if I had to do that manually it wouldn't kill me. I just want to be able to create many records quickly and then tag them en masse in a selective process. Drag and drop creation seems a no-brainer in FM, but I can't seem to drag and drop multiple files to create a record for each. And I'm not sure how to go about mass tagging. Can anyone suggest any tools or scripts for this, or if there's a template that could be modified? Thanks for any help you can offer.