Author Topic: CD Albums catalog workflow  (Read 227 times)

Dizza17

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G’day All,

I wasn’t sure weather to put this in here or general discussion, so I apologise if it needs to be moved.

My Father is winding down in life and has given me his record/CD Album collection of around 350 albums at a guess. He’s requested a list of all the albums he’s got in case he wants to borrow one in the future. I was thinking of making a PDF Catalog of some sort that he could print and flick through complete with artwork.
What would the best workflow for this? My thoughts are the additional tags plug in library reports for the final report, but what template would suit this project.

Any advice, suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers Dizza


boroda

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Dizza17, i think that tag tools plugin is the right choice in your case. i'd advise trying one of 2 options (in any case 1st filter currently display tracks, e.g. by adding required tracks to playlist and selecting this playlist in the left pane):

option #1. select the predefined preset "ALBUMS & TRACKS", generate a preview, and export the report as an "HTML Document (grouped by albums)". You can then "print to PDF" this file using any browser if you have some virtual PDF printer installed or open an HTML file in, say, Excel, reformat it as you wish, and export it to PDF.

option #2. select the predefined preset "CD BOOKLET", generate a report, and export it as "HTML Document (CD Booklet)" (ignore singular; there will be exported as many "booklets" as needed). then, again, open an HTML file in a browser or spreadsheet editor to finish your task.

hiccup

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My first thought here is about the effort of getting those physical releases into some digital repository.
if it was me, and I would not need to have the music itself available to me, I would consider creating some listing of them by adding the these CDs/LPs to a web service such as such as Discogs, RateYourMusic, MusicBrainz etc.

They will have some app available that allows you to simply scan the barcodes of the LPs/CDs using your smartphone , and add them to some personal 'records that I own' list.

After that it shouldn't be difficult to get a nice overview of those albums, that you could then either make available to your father either by providing him with a simple weblink, or by extracting the information from the website and transforming it into some csv or Excel sheet.

Dizza17

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@hiccup,
That’s a very good suggestion. I hadn’t thought about using discogs for this. But the more I think about it the more it makes sense. You’re right, the thought of scanning each individual album, ep, vinyl was a daunting task.

hiccup

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@hiccup,
That’s a very good suggestion. I hadn’t thought about using discogs for this. But the more I think about it the more it makes sense. You’re right, the thought of scanning each individual album, ep, vinyl was a daunting task.
Great.
In case it's helpful, here is a guy explaining how to add physical releases to 'your collection' using the Discogs smartphone app to scan barcodes (or catalogue numbers) in a YT video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6aLJum40T0

I am guessing the apps for MusicBrainz and RYM will work similarly.
You could try which one of them at the end presents an overview of your collection in the most useful way, and which one has the best 'export to...' options.