How do you sort your projects?

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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Acsii » 20 Jan 2014 04:40

I have all my projects in the same folder but sort them on the album that they are for and stuff like that...
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Facade » 20 Jan 2014 10:51

Acsii wrote:I have all my projects in the same folder but sort them on the album that they are for and stuff like that...

i kinda do that after i render them i put them in the folder for the album they will be in
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Paianni » 25 Jan 2014 10:46

I used to keep just one folder on my USB stick for virtually all my Logic projects, which I backed up probably less regularly than I should of. From December last year all new projects are stored in my internal MacBook drive, with no means of backing up for now. At least I'm pretty confident it's not going to fail anytime soon. Bounces and MIDI files are copied to the USB stick when needed.

In time, when I switch to an Arch Linux-based studio production system (hopefully next year) I will transfer bounces and audio files for all the instruments I have ever used to the new system for future mastering. That will, thankfully, allow for backing up as it will be much easier and less convoluted than my workstation is right now.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Luks » 25 Feb 2014 16:29

I have an folder called "Projects". When I'm starting an new project, I'll make subdirectory with name of the project and save everything about that project there. I'll change also FL's project path to this folder, so everything keeps perfectly organized.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Stuntddude » 26 Feb 2014 17:13

I don't. And so far I haven't needed to. I finish a song on nearly half of all project files I every create(whether it's the one I was intending to make there or not), so I don't end up with a lot of clutter. Also, I've gotten excellent at memorizing what entire folders full of projects with names like "whatup" and "power out" and "that one thing i did" are for.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby MrBronyPlan » 25 Mar 2014 08:54

I have one folder for stuff I want to finish. And one for stuff that I don't want to finish, but keep just in case they are special later on.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Fl Brony » 28 Mar 2014 07:51

I have the problem of, I don't sort mine. I just name them the song name/something random if I'm just playing with things it's chaotic, but it works for me.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby itroitnyah » 28 Mar 2014 08:58

I have main folder where I keep all my projects, and then in that folder I have a folder for each individual project, and in each individual project's folder I keep the project file, WIP exports and the finished project.

For inside of the song itself, I color code everything so that I can easily tell what belongs where and I name everything appropriately.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby GCKrastin » 31 Mar 2014 11:23

Short answer: I don't.

Still pretty short answer: I have a folder will all my random nonsense projects (default FL project file folder) and another folder inside that one with more serious stuff.

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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby MrBronyPlan » 01 Apr 2014 17:20

GCKrastin wrote:Short answer: I don't.

Still pretty short answer: I have a folder will all my random nonsense projects (default FL project file folder) and another folder inside that one with more serious stuff.

Pics:
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Random nonsense:
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Slightly less random nonsense:
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I thought I was the only one with a big ass folder of random projects that like I'll probably never go back to.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Stuntddude » 02 Apr 2014 06:57

Recently I've actually taken to keeping a separate well-maintained list of music TODOs in a text file, and tbh I find that a lot easier than properly organizing my stuff (also, I'm scared to ever move or change anything since I've had terrible experiences with broken dynamic links in projects).
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Feedback » 09 Apr 2014 02:26

One main folder everything goes in. Random ideas and junk that's jut taking notes for potential future songs sit in the main folder, and get very descriptive filenames("Metallica-ish slow arpeggio riff in Db" is one example) so I know them at a glance. Anything for a project goes in specific subfolders for whatever project it belongs to.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Freewave » 10 Apr 2014 11:49

I have a Pony Projects folder which has all my completed and not completed tracks. I then keep track of "what i'm working on" via unpublished blog notes on mlpforums so i can plan what to work on next, what stuff will make future albums, etc. Of course i'll often write lyrics for songs which i then either work on the next available free time or that i never get around to. It's important to write down lyrics or ideas whether you run with them or not.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Feral FurE » 11 Jul 2014 23:58

I went through a phase where I decided to call all the projects I was working on really, and I mean REALLY, random names. One project was called "Soup Can," took me about 5 minutes every day to remember what was in that project as I squinted at other projects entitled "DWHGBJSDVJNewubhnlsEUWGBSDBBQ" and "Xavier can suck my bawls" in addition to "broken window sills" and "stuff semi-related to clocks." Just a note, btdub, I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYONE NAMED XAVIER.

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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Wisp » 24 Jul 2014 10:23

Wow I'm probably the least organized person here lol
I just save them all to my documents xD
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby itroitnyah » 24 Jul 2014 12:29

I don't understand how you could do that. How do you find anything?
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Wisp » 27 Jul 2014 08:05

itroitnyah wrote:I don't understand how you could do that. How do you find anything?

I just try to save the project as a memorable name. But usually I use "open recent projects" in ableton lol.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Triple_B » 15 Oct 2014 21:42

Projects I am working on;

Dropbox > Projects (Ableton) > Freebies (mostly remixes)
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[Very few loose doodles]

Inside the album/freebies folder are the project folders that Ableton makes, and then the actual project files. .als or somethin'

Finished projects or scrapped projects just get thrown into files either called FINISHED or SCRAPPED. This file is on the desktop of both my computers and every now and again, I back those up to identical files on my external hard drive. Then I delete the copies on the desktops.

I also keep the folders for remix stems and such in the project folder for the remix itself, so that the stems AND the project sync between my computers via Dropbox.

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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby NightmareRare » 01 Nov 2014 18:35

Well I use two main folders, finished and project. In the finished folder I have a folder for done songs and one for songs that need to have a final mixdown and mastering done. Then in the project file I have folders marked project 1, 2, 3 ect. 1=my first year writing and practicing, 2= seconded year and so one. This way I can look back at my mile stones as well as it keeps everything nice and oginized :D
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Injustrial » 09 Nov 2014 17:20

Did I mention my giant folder full of .txt files labelled "lyrics"? Because it's getting ridiculous and I probably won't use them at all.

Related: Who wants some free lyrics from me?
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby OuTbREaK » 14 Mar 2015 13:42

I sort them into files based on state of completion, if they're released or not, etc.
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Re: How do you sort your projects?

Postby Pulse Wave » 01 Dec 2016 06:06

Sort my projects, you mean, like on any one of my computers?

Not at all. Mostly because all I ever have on my computers are lyrics and LilyPond sheet music if I write any. And all that isn't even much.

The music itself only exists as sound and routing settings in my hardware devices plus maybe sequences in one or both of my workstations and/or drum patterns in my MPC. Not much sorting possible; besides, there isn't any sorting required since I don't and will probably never have that many WIP started in a whiff and dropped just as quickly, also because loading a project for me is a whole lot more than loading a file in FL Studio. I've created a certain degree of remote-controllability, but there's only so much you can do with MIDI program changes.

Once the music (as in audio) hits a computer, I consider it pretty much completed except for the downmix. And the hardware premix is usually identical with the final mix. If anything, I have to add some fade-ins/fade-outs that I've yet to work out how to sequence in hardware.
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