Staying organized

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pascual
KVRist
426 posts since 15 Jul, 2003 from costa rica / oregon

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:27 am

Over a decade of making music with software (and guitars, bass, mics), and I’ve never really sat down to organize my 3rd party vst’s. As far as I’ve gotten is to have the browser (ableton) show two main folders; effects and instruments.
I’m thinking about getting more specific, specially inside the efx folder.

I’d love to see how others do it. How do you keep things organized to speed workflow? Sub folders with compressors, reverb, etc? Company names? Most used vs. really used?

Let’s see....
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DJ Warmonger
KVRAF
3558 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: Staying organized

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:37 am

Ableton Colections.png
That's what I did. "FX" stands for special effects, while "mix" is about specific tools to do the job.
Most used vs. really used?
I only put often used plugins and Ableton racks in these categories, so they're always at hand. Some rare M4L devices or 3rd-party sample packs would only clutter the view.
Company names?
Zodiac sign? Dick size? What does it matter?
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pascual
KVRist
426 posts since 15 Jul, 2003 from costa rica / oregon

Re: Staying organized

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:32 pm

DJ Warmonger wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:37 am



Zodiac sign? Dick size? What does it matter?

Well.....
Depends who you ask.

So is the collections section on the browser a Ableton 10 thing?
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zoidkirb
KVRist
63 posts since 9 Jun, 2019

Re: Staying organized

Post Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:17 pm

pascual wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:32 pm
DJ Warmonger wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:37 am



Zodiac sign? Dick size? What does it matter?

Well.....
Depends who you ask.

So is the collections section on the browser a Ableton 10 thing?
Yes ableton 10, very handy. I like the cubase system better though, as it allows unlimited amounts of folders and even different folder configuration profiles.
As for company names, it's sometimes useful. I like to list all of my glitchmachines and melda plugs in their own folders.
Generally organizing by plugin type is best.

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BlackWinny
KVRAF
4508 posts since 17 Jun, 2013 from very close to Paris, France

Re: Staying organized

Post Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:55 am

It can be done also in Cakewalk by BandLab, since the beginning.

And also in Mulab (since the very recent version 8.3.3). For that, you now click the cog-wheel above the list of plugins at the right side of the screen, then you open the new menu "Open VST plugin manager", and it will allow you to organize all your plugins in any categories that you can create with the button "Options" of that new feature.
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Eirikur
KVRist
94 posts since 24 Feb, 2004

Re: Staying organized

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:40 pm

I liked how EnergyXT allowed me to categorize things in regular folders, which I could simply manage with any file manager.
I've been using Reaper for years now, but I miss that feature a lot.

yellowmix
KVRian
1447 posts since 11 Aug, 2012 from omfr morf form romf frmo

Re: Staying organized

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:09 pm

REAPER lets you make custom folders. But rearranging them is annoying. So I use an external tool (the folders are saved as text but the numbering makes it hard to do it manually). https://jahudka.github.io/rearrangefx/

REAPER doesn't let you make sub-folders but I use a slash to emulate it and it's good enough.

I fine-grained where I need it.
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AnX
KVRAF
5996 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Staying organized

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:10 pm

one folder C/VST64

i dont have enough plugins that requires me to organise it more than that

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