My Current DJ Track Notation

dj_track_notation.pngMaybe most of us agree that space is at premium when looking at files and clips inside Ableton Live. There’s not much screen estate. Having long names, even with meaning, is tough.

Here’s my current solution to encoding information to both files and clips.

The first part is the key and BPM, the second is artist, and the third is name.

Let’s look at each part, using d#25 Lucine-Slur.

d# means d sharp minor. If it would be major, I would use D, that way I don’t need to put in another word or character into the encoding. Thus, lower case is minor, and upper case major, and if it’s a sharp, I put a # after the key.

25 means 125 BPM, 90% of my tracks are in the 100-200 bpm range, so there’s no need to put in the lonely 1. If I have ballads, I just add a 0, as in c#090.

The next is the artist or group name, if it has more than one word, I use camel caps notation (any programmer would know this one, at least those doing Macintosh programming), hence MatthewDear.

After the dash I have the name of the track, again using camel caps notation if needed, to save the space, as in DrEiff.

All this is to save screen space, as you see in the screen shot I could see much more info in a small audio track view. Some might want to place the artist name first, for sorting purposes. The reason I like the key and bpm first is that I could quickly look at combinations in a listing.

Anyway, this is just a suggestion, you could build your own personal encoding systems — but try to stick to it, if you modify it along the way, you could easily get confused, and it’s tedious to recode hundreds of files/clips.

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