A sound library that is well organized to fit your needs will allow you to find specific sounds quickly and easily, keeping your workflow fast and your ideas fresh. This page will give you some ideas, tips, and examples of ways you could organize your own library to be the most efficient for you. So watch the video below, and read through this page; then get started organizing your own library in a way that makes sense to you. Even if this doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing to do, it’s much better to do it now than later when you have tens of thousands of unsorted samples… Trust me; I only recently started organizing my library, and everything that is still unorganized is a nightmare to find anything in.
How to Organize Your Sounds:
The first thing you need to do is think of how you normally try to find sounds in your library. If there’s a certain sound pack you use very often, you might want that pack at the front of your library along with the categories you’ve divided your sounds into. Or maybe you have a few sample packs that are your favorites and will choose to have a folder called “Favorites” so you have quick access to each of these without them distracting from your other main categories.
If you find yourself thinking, “A clap sound from sample pack X would fit well with the rest of these sounds,” you might want to keep your packs more intact. However, if you find yourself thinking along the lines of, “I need a light and airy clap,” or, “I need a punchy clap,” then you may consider sorting your claps into these kinds of folders. If you simply think, “Now I need a clap sound,” I would advise against having a folder called “claps” and throwing all of your clap samples in there, but maybe keep the clap folders from your sample packs intact or have some other kind of organization to avoid having one folder with thousands of mismatched files that you’ll get lost in.
These are the kinds of things you should be thinking about while you break your samples down into different categories and subcategories; the more finely organized you are, the easier it will be to find exactly what you’re looking for. Below are a few examples of how someone might choose to organize their sounds to give you some more ideas. Your library will probably have a lot more categories than these, because these are just small examples to give you some ideas on how you might break things down. If you would prefer to view these examples in a folder structure, you can download the zip files by clicking on the headers: