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Dan Goodinson
2005-09-01, 04:19
My music is normally ripped to MP3, but the same would apply to any
audio format... What is the best way to manage albums that are mixed
together? I actually try and avoid them as much as possible, but I
picked up a new CD yesterday that I didn't realise was a mix album. So
it got me thinking about the problem again. I've currently got a small
(but significant) number of CDs that I haven't ripped to my server yet,
as I don't really know the best way to do it...

It would totally bug me if SB was playing through a given genre and
picked up a track that started "part way" through. So instead of the
normal beginning of the track, it jumps in and you hear the end of the
last song on whatever album it came from. Same goes for the end of the
track, where you hear the next track on the album coming in before it
gets rudely cut off and SB picks up a totally different track from the
music library.

So how do you guys get around this? Do you just live with it, or do you
rip entire albums as a single audio file? Or choose not to rip the
albums at all?

There's got to be a good way to make this better, so would be interested
in any ideas...

Cheers!
Dan.

radish
2005-09-01, 06:25
Most of my music is mixed. They're all ripped as individual tracks, I just don't ever use "random" mode or whatever. I listen to albums from beginning to start. That's how mixes are meant to be heard, and it's the only way that sounds good. Who needs random playlists when a DJ has already put together a set for you?

Dan Goodinson
2005-09-01, 06:35
True enough - but by contrast, most of my music is not mixed. For me,
that is the best part of SB - so long as my music tags are correct, I
can tell SB to play me anything from the "Chillout" genre and it will
play whatever I've tagged as "Chillout". I've 'found' loads of stuff
that I never knew I had in this way :)

But it's tricky to integrate mix albums into the music library. I guess
I could create a new genre tag for each album... Either that or I'd
have to leave the genre tag blank - and I *hate* having incorrect or
incomplete tags. Perhaps I should keep all my mix albums near the CD
player, and play them via normal CD instead of SB.

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Most of my music is mixed. They're all ripped as individual tracks, I
just don't ever use "random" mode or whatever. I listen to albums from
beginning to start. That's how mixes are meant to be heard, and it's the
only way that sounds good. Who needs random playlists when a DJ has
already put together a set for you?


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radish

Justme
2005-09-01, 06:50
I generally rip full CD's by a single artist, but like most I also have mixed CD's.

I have run into the same problem, and I look at it this way:

Generally, I listen to music based on the artist, a particular CD from an artist, a genre or a playlist.

I never play mixed CD's unless I want to hear a particular song (a rare example maybe a soundtrack). So, since I never search for "these" CD's by CD name, I enter that field as "sampler".

This way, I don't have endless pointless CD names in my list when searching. I don't Care about playing a CD from front to back when itís from a sampler, only when itís from an Artist. Samplerís are just someone elseís playlist. If I want a playlist, I create my own.

Hope this helps. I have 8000 songs from hundreds of CDís and Vinyls I own and find it very easy to search for everything I need.

mikerob
2005-09-01, 07:13
The majority of my collection are mix CDs that I also rip to individual tracks.

I would listen to some mixes from beginning to end but despite the best intentions of the DJ, many mixes can get a bit samey after a while and have tracks that I would consider bad or indifferent in addition to the good ones.

I do therefore listen to a lot of "random" playlists generated by Music Magic Mixer. Yes, the transition between tracks is never seamless and some selections are a bit weird or don't work however it is a good way of revealing some tracks you may have passed over and it sometimes comes up with some really, really good combinations that has me scrambling to my computer to make sure I note them down.

MeSue
2005-09-01, 11:07
I guess I could create a new genre tag for each album...
Why would you need a different Genre tag for each album? If you put all the mixes under one Genre, then you could just not use random mode when you play that Genre.

Dan Goodinson
2005-09-02, 01:23
The albums wouldn't necessarily fall under the same genre. There's bit
of breakbeat, a bit of 80s electro-pop, at least 1 drum and bass
compilation etc.

Having a genre tags for each album means that I could more easily find
the album and play all tracks (not shuffled) from any given album. I've
been fairly strict with the genres, so don't have all that many. It'd
be easier to find the mix albums via genre by just looking down the list
- rather than trying to remember the album title an navigating directly
that way. I'm thinking along the lines of an genre tag like "Mix -
History Of Breaks" or something; e.g. each tag prefixed with the word
"mix".

Either that, or I guess I could create a new sub folder for mixed
albums, and browse to mixed albums via the music folder. Then I could
have just a single new genre tag called "mix" or something...

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Dan Goodinson Wrote:
> I guess I could create a new genre tag for each album...
Why would you need a different Genre tag for each album? If you put all
the mixes under one Genre, then you could just not use random mode when
you play that Genre.


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MeSue

Sue

PS: I want a Squeezebox boombox.