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pmx

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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2011, 10:42:56 am »

recorded premasters get named rec_01_title, revisions become 01a etc. if all is approved the master files get the prefix mst_01_client_title. maybe not the most readable system, but there's no room for mistakes which is more important imho, especially when doing post/sd/rerecording jobs.
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2011, 11:20:23 am »

what interesting responses  :D

my naming convention is to start with a sequential number, then a space, then the official name of the track as it should appear in the CD-Text.  when new versions are generated the old file is renamed to V1 (or V2, etc. . .) and the newest file has no postfix.

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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2011, 12:24:05 pm »

I just do "song name_mv1".  The mv1 stands for "mastered version 1".  If I get a revision the next version will be "mv2".  Simple and it works for me. 
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2011, 01:28:14 pm »

Project files I tend to name:

Client Name - Artist Name - [Track Number] - Track/Album Name

and

Client Name - Artist Name - [Track Number] - Track/Album Name - Limiting

Digital Delivery Files I name:

Artist Name - [Track Number only if known] - Track Name - Subsy Master [revision version if not the first]

[info in square brackets optional and only used when known]
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2011, 04:08:27 pm »

01.SongTitle.MV#.110419

(Track #.SongTitle.MasteredVersion#.YearMonthDay)

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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2011, 04:35:20 pm »

Mine go:

TrackNumber_RevNumberIfNeeded_SongTitle_Format

ie:  01_RockSong_16441.wav

I like adding the format-suffix in case there's a higher rate/wordlength version saved for any reason, or to distinguish between multiple MP3 bitrate versions at a glance, (if they're in the parts order/file-pile) ... and I avoid spaces and punctuation in the title to make them more URL friendly.

Also, if there's any kind of comparison/shootout going on, I'll add my name or studio name and of course, zip the file along with 2 other, brutal/horrible-sounding versions of the song, each with one of you-guys' names subtly added to the filename.

ie: unzips to deposit the following in the client's comparison pile: 

RockSong_Sonopod_16441.wav
Docksong_Blackwood_really_did_this.wav
rock_song_McCaigs_best_possible_work_really.wav

If the client seems exceptionally difficult I put Tom Bethel's name on 3 copies of the 'good' one. 

good times, good times.
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2011, 06:09:06 pm »

you are on fire in this thread.

i'm a simpleton, long file names and underscores make my eyes cross, so it's just "Rocksong Master" here.  if a revision is needed i creatively add "v2".

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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2011, 06:15:06 pm »

I usually record from the outboard at 32 float, so I label those captures with the full track title, followed by 32.
I'll keep em that way for assembly, fades, PQ, etc.

Any separate files that I dither to 16, I'll just label with just the track title.
Any revisions, I'll just put V2 afterwards
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2011, 06:02:41 am »

Depends, if it's a few tracks so long as the track has a name I just add the word "master" and the SR. If it's a compilation it gets T1,T2,T3 this stuff should not really need to be asked about. It's pretty embarrassing to even see a post about it. Nothing gets easier. :-\
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2011, 07:18:11 am »

Song Number (if given) and Song Title

Then:

HM (Hermetech Master - means it has passed through the DAC-outboard-ADC loop)

E (means it has been limited with Elephant)

And then either:

CD (has been dithered down to 16 bit)

or

24 (24 bit)

So when a project is finished the file name ends up something like:

01TheTroubleWithTribblesHMECD.wav

I don't like underscores, so never use them. If the project is not at 44.1kHz, I'll sometimes add that to the file name too.

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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2011, 07:23:24 am »

It's pretty embarrassing to even see a post about it. Nothing gets easier. :-\

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/mastering-forum/
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2011, 08:05:31 am »

Barry, you find people's curiosity over how others do thing embarrassing?

If so, maybe internet forums aren't 'your thing'...
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2011, 08:59:23 am »

I have to admit I find it interesting seeing how other ME's label their audio.
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2011, 01:29:01 pm »

I have to admit I find it interesting seeing how other ME's label their audio.

Same here. This information is certainly more useful for me than "are EQ's made of Play-Doh better than EQ's made of space age wonder material". I may even incorporate some of these ideas into my less than stellar file naming conventions.
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Re: file naming conventions
« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2011, 03:34:36 pm »

I may have the most boring system of all... I just let the Sadie's auto-take do it's thing.

So "Song One" original file becomes "Song One [01]" once mastered. A second revision or remix is "Song One [02]".

Seems to work for me. If I really get stuck on what version is what I can check the folder from Windoze to check the file date and/or edit time.
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