zooey Posted November 5, 2017 Share Posted November 5, 2017 I've mentioned before that I've been working on an app to help with some aspects of IR management, presets too, a bit. It's coming along pretty well, but I thought I should check in with the community to see if its workflow fits with how you do things. Apologies for the length of this msg, I couldn't figure out how to be much shorter and still clear. The basic idea is that the app reads a nested directory of Helix backups and analyzes them. From there, it can show you what IRs are and aren't used and by how many presets, and what presets do and don't use IRs. Version 1 probably won't actually DO anything, only tell you what you've got. At this time, it doesn't read setlist or bundle files, only actual IRs and presets, and because of that, it expects your backups to be laid out in a certain way. Which brings us to my first question: How do you organize your backups? What I do, and what the app currently requires is something like this: firmware 2.212017-11-05 IRs Presets Setlist Foo Setlist Bar It doesn't actually care what the directory structure above your IRs and Setlists directories looks like. Doing by firmware version then backup date makes sense to me, but it's not required. You tell it the root directory to look in, and it can scan for directories under there that contain both IRs and Setlists directories. Once you've done that, it can scan for new or changed files, so it doesn't have to process everything all over again. It treats each directory containing both IRs and Presets directories as a backup set, whose name in the app is the path to it from the root, like "firmware 2.21/2017-11-05". It assumes that... Your IRs are directly inside the IRs dir Each IR filename has a 3-digit numbered prefix, like "013 Allure 59_Tweed_P10N"That prefix thing has been pretty standard in the community for a while now, since you need it to load them back into Helix after a firmware update etc. The directories inside Setlists are named with setlist names Your presets are directly inside those individual named setlist directories Does that seem like it'll work for you? Alternatives I should consider? Second question: How many backup sets do you have? I'm just trying to get a ballpark idea. Of course over time there will be more and more, but still, I don't want to be completely in the dark here. Third question: What sort of output would you like from this program? The app itself is pretty good at showing you what you have and the relationships between presets and IRs. However, if you want to reorganize your IRs, like to get rid of unused ones and make room for new stuff, I thought you might want to export some usage info into Excel or something. You'd use that data to plan out your IR renames, and to know which presets should end up pointing to which new locations. Of course we all expect Line 6 to completely obsolete this program, with much better IR management tools integrated right into the editor, but in the mean time, hopefully this will help folks out some. It helps me :) Any other thoughts are welcome, of course. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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