Session Organization Software

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Michael Fossenkemper, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Ok, I need some ideas for organizing and tracking sessions in 2010. I used to use Apogee session tools but over the years (like 20 it seems) it's just become outdated. I've realized now that I have like 10 different programs keeping track of sessions, now I need something to pull it all together in a way that makes sense for todays sessions,

    Calendar, invoicing, payments, emails, files, shipping... basically something that pulls all the info into some kind of usable format. Maybe it "starts" a session with a calendar entry, this automatically creates a "session". I can then somehow link or it's a smart folder that consolidates all of the info for that session into one place.

    What are some of you using, either mac or PC? Plus'-minus'?
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I'm not busy like you so Quickbooks 2010 does most of what I need. Many piano techs and instrument repair techs use Shop Tracker Pro.
     
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Paper (analog). Although I have to admit that over the years, I've always wanted to print up a "job sheet" to my own specs - But my own specs change so frequently that I've never actually nailed it down.
     
  4. natural

    natural Active Member

    We bought Filemaker Pro and created our own database program to do what we needed it to do and modified it as things changed.
    Mostly for linking client databases with invoices, and for automating writing invoices to reduce math errors. (it's gotten quite complicated and detailed over the past 15 years)
     
  5. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    That's what Apogee session tools is, a customized filemaker pro database. the problem is that it doesn't search outside of itself and I can't pull or share info with anything other than itself.
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You could try to create your own version with either Access or a less proprietary version of Filemaker Pro. The raw program is very powerful (Filemaker Pro). It's used as the basis for many many database commodities. I believe there is a database component of Open Office as well.
     

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