Organize Your Library
Created for writers, by a writer.
Composer Catalog was born from a basic necessity. Being a busy music composer for film/TV, my music library was constantly growing. I first started to keep track of my catalog with a spreadsheet, and I found out pretty quickly that I was going to need something a little more advanced. For example, a publisher would e-mail and say, “I need an whimsical track that sounds like (insert band here) and features glockenspiel. We can offer an exclusive deal, so the track cannot be signed to any other publishers. It must be at least two minutes. Do you have anything?”
After a while, it was painfully obvious that scrolling through a spreadsheet was not the best method or the most reliable. I put the plan in motion to utilize my programming experience and create something specifically targeted towards music composers and their libraries.
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Composer Catalog was born.
Composer Catalog allows you to take control of your music library by using specific metadata that is geared towards what a composer needs, not just the generic “genre, bpm, author” fields you find in general audio media libraries. With this specifically targeted metadata in place, you will quickly be able to get the information you need. You can also link any music audio files that you have on your system to a track in Composer Catalog. If you have more than one mix, link all the mixes and designate one as the main mix. It does not matter where your audio files are.
With the ability to search your library in great detail, you can quickly find the right music.
Composer Catalog Features
Composer Catalog will allow you to keep track of all writers, publishers and session musicians used on every track in the catalog. All contact information can be saved for instant access.
You can import library tracks from an Excel spreadsheet, a comma separated text file, or just point the program to a directory that houses audio files.
Composer Catalog allows you to tag advanced metadata to your track. Some metadata examples are as follows: the track is registered or signed, key, beats per minute, lyrics, track description, moods, instruments used, TV shows that fit the feel, bands that sound alike, non exclusive/exclusive, genre, and composers/publishers/musicians that contributed.
With Composer Catalog, you can select any field and put it in any order for your csv export. You also have the option to save the export structure to a template for use in the future.
With track profiles, you can create a profile that will auto populate most of the fields when you add a new track. So when you create a new track and bring up the form, the fields that you have filled in for your track profile will populate the form. If you know that you will reuse this profile down the road, you have the ability to save it.
Composer Catalog allows you to search on ANY metadata that you enter for the track. The more detail you fill in, the more detailed searches you will be able to perform. When that publisher requests tracks that sound like “insert hip band here”, you will be able to find the result in an instant! All search results can be exported to PDF or Excel spreadsheet.
There are reports that can list tracks by publisher, genre, signed/unsigned, registered/not registered and exclusive/non exclusive. All reports can be e-mailed, exported to PDF/Excel formats and printed. If you are looking for more visually appealing data (a.k.a. “cool looking charts”), you can check out the bar graphs that show the volume of tracks that are signed compared to unsigned, distribution by publisher or genre breakdown.
You can also set up reminders for certain occasions. Say your track is coming upon the reversion date for a publisher. You can set up a reminder that will notify you that the reversion date is coming up. Maybe you want to remind yourself that the big television show project you have been working on is due in a month. Just set up a reminder!
“Composer Catalog is unique to the industry. There aren’t a lot of alternatives. The is a superb product. The Composer Catalog software stores all of the information you’ll need about your cues.” – Writing Production Music for TV (author: Steve Barden)