Okay, we’ve got a new version of desktop software out, and manuals to help explain how to actually use it. The time is here – I’m going to convert my main library over and stop using the makeshift backup collection I’ve been using.
Everything I’ve been using to this point is on a USB. I have no real collection in EP on my computer. I’ve just dragged raw files directly onto the USB and set them up that way. I have been doing a little editing (cues, loops, etc) on the tracks directly from the players.
So here is my plan – and before I commit a large amount of time to this, I want to make sure it is actually all going to work the way I think it is.
Take all of my history playlists and copy them to a blank drive via EP. I figure this way I’ll have a record of every track I’ve actually played over the past eight months, including any editing I’ve done to them (lets call this my History drive). If I understand correctly, my history playlists should remain intact too. Hopefully this will not create duplicates of tracks that have been played at multiple shows.
Delete the database on my main computer and do a fresh install of EP (just to make sure I’m starting from a totally clean slate here).
Start adding my full library to EP. I haven’t decided yet if I want to keep this full library on an internal drive or an external drive (any thoughts or advice is appreciated).
Via EP, copy back all the tracks from the history drive to my main collection on my computer.
At this point, I should have everything I own in EP, and if I understand everything correctly, not have lost any editing I’ve done, and my history playlists should all be intact. From here I can just build new USBs for shows going forward, loading only what I need.
So, beyond finally converting my main library, my goals here are to keep my history playlists intact (I need to be able to look up what I’ve played at past shows), and I would like to keep any editing I’ve done intact (cues, loops, grid adjusts). Does this sound like it will all work the way I think it will? Any input @Gee_DenonDJ?