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Hi, I was hoping someone could help me out. I have approx. 40K songs in MP3 format, but I am also in the process of ripping my entire CD collection (500+) in WAV format to my Slimserver. There are a lot of duplicates, I was hoping that I could sort songs/files by bitrate on the SB2 in similar fashion that you can browse by album title or artist? My server has 5 HD's, two are for MP3's and one is currently being used for WAV's. I am sort of getting arround the issue at the moment by using my wav directory/HD as the SS music source directory and then dropping in windows "shortcuts" which point to the MP3 folders on the other HD's. This will work if work if I choose to browse by file folder on the SB2, all the wav files are configured in a directory structure "artist/CD/songtitle.wav" And of course in the root I also have MP3vol1,MP3vol2, etc. I was hoping there might be a better way?
First off, it's highly recommended that you use FLAC rather than WAV. You'll save some space, and (IMHO more importantly) get reliable tagging which is essential to managing a large library.
Secondly, your's is a problem I also face, and I have yet to find a solution. My girlfriend has a large itunes based library which is all ripped at 128kbps AAC (yuck). Mine is of course all FLAC. I'd like to combine the two, but there are some dupes and that leads to problems (albums end up with twice as many tracks as they should have etc). I'd love to be able to tell SS to pick the higher quality version, but even that would be dependent on being able to recognise the dupe - there's no guarantee that the tagging between me and her is consistent.
I decided it was an intractable problem and put the project off :)
I do have approx. 150G in FLAC/SHN format, (internet music archive). However I also use some other music app's on my Home theatre PC such musicmatch and a DJ app call mixmiester. I use these apps quite a bit, and they don't support FLAC.Therefore I rip in WAV format using musicmatch which does a good job with the ID3 tag. Like most people on this forum, I listen to MP3 @ home only when it is the only version of the song I have, however I listen to MP3's exclusively in the car, boat and @ work. So in a nutshell thats why I rip to WAV and mp3 and end up with duplicates.
I'm curious - what do you use Mixmeister for on an HTPC?
[QUOTE=radish]I'm curious - what do you use Mixmeister for on an HTPC?[/QUOTE
Typically I use it to make mixed 6-8 hour party music mix's (my wife and I are Parrotheads). I remote desktop into the HTPC ( which is connected to my Home theatre and networked into my music server in the basement) from the remote desktop session on my laptop I spark up the mixmiester application and start creating music mix's. It will allow you to mix and match WAV/MP3's etc. It also cross fades between songs/ or lets you do your own mixing. it's quite a nice app with a user friendly GUI. I have the house "wired for sound" so I can pretty well build and monitor these "mixed playlists" from most rooms in the house. Usually it takes me a few weeks working on my spare time to make a party mix, but I find it really enjoyable dropping in songs and trying different combinations, it usually involves a little imbibing and combustables if I am lucky :)
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