As a producer/mixer, I get a lot of different session files sent to me. Some are nicely structured, but too many are all over the place. So here's five quick and simple tips from my experience that can not only keep things organized, but help you find them months or even years later if you need a recall.
Create a master project folder
On my main hard drive, I create a folder for each individual project. For example, if my hard drive is called RT MAIN DRIVE, and I'm doing a show for ESPN, I'll be able to click on RT MAIN DRIVE > ESPN and quickly find the project every time. I will often make that working folder Green (Control-click or right -click to label a file or folder on a Mac), so my eyes catch it immediately when opening each day's work. Easy to do and a no brainer for organization.
Create individual song folders
Within each master project, I will create a folder for each song. Again, this lets me keep thing separated and easily organized visually. I will often make each song a different color depending on how far along I am with it. Yellow means in progress, Red always means I'm done with it '" print it!
Create a Bounce or Print folder
It's important to keep track of your final mixes of each song. I create a folder called '