Essential software tools for music producers

Be organized, be fast, know what happens inside your pc, and forget projects data lose, have your projects everywhere you are.

These days music creation is closely related with computer use, software incompatibility and OS stability is key question. For me system stability is important such as creation process. What I want to recommend you useful also if you are not music producer. So let me introduce..
Want you to recommend few useful programs for daily using.

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1. Scanner – cant’ findout where the BIG files are hidden, view your hard drives with visual support
This tool uses a sunburst chart to display the usage of your hard disk or other media. The chart shows all major files and folders from all directory levels at once.

Scanner

 

2. UnlockerDownload – forget windows “denie” problems
It has many other flavors:
Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
Unlocker is the solution!

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3. 2BrightSparks SyncbackDownload – backup your projects
SyncBack is  program that helps you easily backup and synchronize your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive. As You know it’s very important to have backup of Your music projects.

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4. NotelinerDownload – simply note Your project tips, ideas, schedule
Noteliner is an outlining tool for keeping track of todos and other information about projects.  Noteliner lets you create a hierarchy of notes to track and structure your work.  You can also give these notes due dates, indicate which ones need attention, assign people, prioritize, or mark them complete.  Different views allow you to see all the notes assigned to a particular person, those that are over due, need attention or are dated.
It is very stable, there was one elusive bug that I recently caught.  It saves every minute if changes are made, I haven’t lost data in over a decade.

Noteliner

 

5. DropboxDownload – share and backup you projects online

Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they’ll be instantly available on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!). Because copies of your files are stored on Dropbox’s secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.

With Dropbox, your files are always in sync.Let’s say you’re editing a document in the Dropbox folder at home. As soon as you press Save, Dropbox will sync this file to all your other computers and mobile devices instantly and automatically. It’s as if you saved the document to all of your computers. This gives you the freedom to work anywhere and always have the files you need.

With Dropbox, your files are always in sync.You can easily share entire folders or photo albums with Dropbox. Simply put the folders you want to share in your Dropbox, and invite people to them. You can also send people links to specific files within your Dropbox. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects.

With Dropbox, online backup is automatic.Any file you put into your Dropbox folder is automatically backed up to our servers. Even if your computer has a melt-down, your files are safe on Dropbox and can be restored at any time. While our free 2GB account is perfect for backing up your documents, we offer larger accounts (up to 100GB) for backing up your music and video collections.

Dropbox lets you go back in time to undelete or undo changes to files.Every time you save a file in Dropbox, Dropbox syncs it to our secure servers. Dropbox keeps a history of every change you make so that you can undo any mistakes and even undelete files. By default, we keep 30 days of history for all your files. We also have an unlimited undo option called “Pack-rat”.

Dropbox is better.Dropbox replaces:

  • Emailing file attachments to yourself and other people
  • Using USB drives to move files between computers
  • Renaming files to keep a history of previous versions
  • Complicated backup software and hardware
  • And more!

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6. SandboxieDownload – trying new VSTi, software for you music producing? Isolate installation and prevent from viruses, or installation files spreads to Your computer.
Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
The red arrows indicate changes flowing from a running program into your computer. The box labeled Hard disk (no sandbox) shows changes by a program running normally. The box labeled Hard disk (with sandbox) shows changes by a program running under Sandboxie. The animation illustrates that Sandboxie is able to intercept the changes and isolate them within a sandbox, depicted as a yellow rectangle. It also illustrates that grouping the changes together makes it easy to delete all of them at once.
Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox

  • Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
  • Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.
  • Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.
  • Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.

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sandboxie

7. Executor ?

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This is a multi purpose launcher and a more advanced and customizable version of windows run. The program originated as I was sick of spending too much time searching for programs through my ever growing windows start-menu, and also I missed a tool that could ease and optimize my daily work flow. There was of course already programs like this available, but each had it’s annoyance or missing features or too(!) geeky.

8. Camel Disc Catalog – where is that cd?

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If you are music producer or maybe DJ like most any computer user these days you have lots of optical disks – MP3 collections, software, plug-ins and samples. They represent a small personal fortune and contain everything you need to keep your life going. Finding a disk in such a big collection is no easy task unless you have a good memory or a CD organizer like Camel Disc Catalog.
Camel Disc Catalog is a nice CD catalog software that generates a computer database to keep track and find any disk in a snap. Just insert the disk into your CD-ROM drive and scan it. The program will automatically index the structure of files and folders, record file names and create a disk snapshot. Once the disk is scanned, you add it to the database and assign to a particular category – ‘Video’, ‘Music’, ‘Photo’ or ‘Software’. You can then add additional comments to the snapshot, such as its location in the house or the name and contacts of your pal who you lend out your disk. When you need to find the disk, run Camel Disc Catalog, browse to the snapshot and see where you put it or who borrowed the disk. Not bad, huh?

9. XNote Stopwatch – control your time

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XNote Stopwatch is a versatile and flexible multifunctional digital stopwatch/countdown timer software to measure time intervals in decimal seconds, seconds, minutes, and hours. Suitable for timekeepers at sport competitions, time tracking of work, or even as a metronome.

# Stopwatch mode and countdown timer mode: When the timer gets to zero, it can sound a warning signal, play an audio file, run an application, and even command external devices!

# Customization of displayed time: You can eliminate hours, minutes, and/or decimals, pad leading values with zeroes, customize decimals to represent 10, 100 or 1000 of second, 24, 25, 60 TV frames and so on. These changes are lossless and can be carried out at any moment.

# Ability to capture the time of chronograph at any moment (split time feature). The interval from a previous recorded time and percentage weights are calculated (lap time feature). You may add a comment to each noted time. Finally, the whole list of results can be copied through the clipboard for further processing. It is even possible to record the time directly to MS Excel cell without awkward export/import operations!

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