Curious what everyone else does to organize loads of samples but also identify, tag, or bookmark favorites? As of writing, Ableton still lacks a proper system of tagging and bookmarking. Live 10 added the "collections" pane but IMHO it doesn't go deep enough to make it very useable, especially for stuff like drums for which you'd ideally want to create subfolders organizing individual samples (e.g., KICKS, SNARES, HATS, etc.) rather than lump them all within the same "collection." Don't get me wrong, I like the collections feature for what it's worth, but I need something more comprehensive for my workflow.
Now I've heard some people say "just pick 10 of the best kicks/snares/whatever and delete the rest." To me that's a very limited view on production, especially for those of us who collaborate with other artists and work within several different genres. Even within one genre, every song is different, and let's say I have 10-20 kicks/snares/etc it doesn't necessarily mean that they will be right for all songs and styles. I do like to reach for favorites when starting a song, but sometimes I like to surprise myself with a new sound every now and again.
So for now, I've built a main folder in my user library of samples/instruments that I would possibly use and have been tagging the filenames contextually (source, instrument, bpm/key, whatever relevant searchable info). All of it is organized under folders, so for example under Drums I have:
Within those, I may have a couple hundred of each instrument/drum that I may or would be willing to try in a song. If a sample pack has sounds I would never use, I delete and don't bother storing here (or anywhere for that matter).
Then, I've been making a !FAVORITES! folder at the top of this section. Under that, it has the same exact sub-folder structure as the master folder, for organizational and consistency purposes. Within each subfolder, I am keeping it limited to my tried and true go-to favorites, so really 10-20 samples each folder. If I don't find something here that inspires me, I have the master folder to refer to, organized the same way.
It's all very logical, but it's tedious and inefficient creating separate folders for each. I really wish I could just star specific samples within the master folder– not add to a "collection," but just quickly see when I search what is a go-to sample for me.
I have a friend who adds stuff like +++ or *** or his initials before his favorite samples' filenames, but to me that also gets messy really quickly, and seems rather clunky.
Curious what you do for your workflow? Looking for new ideas. Thanks!