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egd
2006-02-11, 23:26
Just installed a SB3 connected directly to PC via ethernet crossover on spare NIC. Great to rediscover my music collection and finally be able to listen to all the FLAC albums on my HDD's without going through a sound card. When my ReadyNAS NV arrives I'll be bypassing the PC altogether, which I'm looking forward to.

Two immediate issues I would like to address are:
- I didn't configure all my initial cd rips to incorporate replaygain so I'm getting a few volume jumps on random play.
What is the easiest way to have replaygain info added to the tags of existing files, while leaving alone those that already contain replaygain settings?
Is there a tool that can automatically do the above for a whole series of folders?

- is there any tool out there that can recurse a series of folders, use existing tag information obtained from the audio files, hop onto the net and fetch the album cover?

- finally, is there an app out there that can use tag info to look up an album on Amazon, Allmusic etc. and add in only that information missing in the tags (especially Genre - I was also dumb enough not to store Genre on my initial rips). I'd love to be able to select random playlists on Genre and get results that incorporate all the relevant albums.

Thx in advance & congrats to slimdevices on a great product, I'm really impressed!

ceejay
2006-02-12, 00:42
- is there any tool out there that can recurse a series of folders, use existing tag information obtained from the audio files, hop onto the net and fetch the album cover?

http://louhi.kempele.fi/~skyostil/projects/albumart/



- finally, is there an app out there that can use tag info to look up an album on Amazon, Allmusic etc. and add in only that information missing in the tags (especially Genre - I was also dumb enough not to store Genre on my initial rips). I'd love to be able to select random playlists on Genre and get results that incorporate all the relevant albums.


I thnk you might struggle with this one: Genre information is IMHO subjective and the various sources that there are have quite inconsistent ideas of what Genres to use, still less which music fits into each one.

My suggestion would be to do it manually: if your file system is organised by Artist, you can easily grab the whole Artist directory (or many Artists Directories) with Mp3tag and set the Genre in one go.

Then, once you've started with this fairly crude approach, go back in and do the more subtle adjustments.

One of the more rewarding afternoons I've spent with Slimserver was going through my (classical) music collection and, with the help of allmusic.com and actually listening to the stuff, lovingly tagging it. I found out all sorts of things I didn't know before... so much better than just copying someone else's ideas.

Ceejay.

egd
2006-02-12, 02:05
thanks for the tips, much appreciated.

Patrick Dixon
2006-02-12, 02:31
- is there any tool out there that can recurse a series of folders, use existing tag information obtained from the audio files, hop onto the net and fetch the album cover?
I recommend Victor Brilon's AlbumArtCover program which is in the plugins section http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?PluginsAudio

It requires you to install ActiveState Perl (if you use it on Windows).

htrd
2006-02-12, 05:12
On Sunday 12 Feb 2006 06:26, egd wrote:

> What is the easiest way to have replaygain info added to the tags of
> existing files, while leaving alone those that already contain
> replaygain settings?
> Is there a tool that can automatically do the above for a whole
> series of folders?

I couldnt find a nice tool to this either..... attached is a crude python
script which I use to automate this using metaflac.
(http://flac.sourceforge.net/documentation.html#metaflac). The script crawls
through every subdirectory of the one named in the script, and adds the
replaygain tag if it does not already exist.

You dont mention which operating system you are using, so I assume Windows ;-)
Im using this script on linux, and you will probably need to do some tweaking
and debugging to get this working on Windows. Please let me know if anything
does or doesnt work.

On windows you will need to install python (http://www.python.org/download/),
the python win32 extensions
(http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=78018), and metaflac.

--
Toby Dickenson

mecouc
2006-02-14, 09:29
I found foobar2000 which is free, but only available for Windows.
It will scan your music folder, and apply replaygain to those that don't have it, and (if you tick the right box) leave those that already do.

I haven't explored what else it does. It has a handy "fix mp3 header" option, which fixed some files I had which displayed the incorrect track length in slimserver.

www.foobar2000.org

Robin Bowes
2006-02-14, 09:49
egd said the following on 02/12/2006 06:26 AM:
> What is the easiest way to have replaygain info added to the tags of
> existing files, while leaving alone those that already contain
> replaygain settings?
> Is there a tool that can automatically do the above for a whole
> series of folders?

http://projects.robinbowes.com/apply_replaygain

R.

Robin Bowes
2006-02-14, 11:47
Robin Bowes said the following on 02/14/2006 04:49 PM:
> egd said the following on 02/12/2006 06:26 AM:
>
>>What is the easiest way to have replaygain info added to the tags of
>>existing files, while leaving alone those that already contain
>>replaygain settings?
>>Is there a tool that can automatically do the above for a whole
>>series of folders?
>
>
> http://projects.robinbowes.com/apply_replaygain

Erm, bear with me. I'm re-configuring my website so there may be a few
problems for a while.

The new URL will be:

http://projects.robinbowes.com/trac/apply_replaygain

The old URL will re-direct to the new one.

Oh, and I'm using https now - http will re-direct to https and you'll
most likely need to accept my self-signed certificate.

Apologies.

R.

Robin Bowes
2006-02-14, 15:35
Robin Bowes said the following on 02/14/2006 06:47 PM:
> Robin Bowes said the following on 02/14/2006 04:49 PM:
>
>>egd said the following on 02/12/2006 06:26 AM:
>>
>>
>>>What is the easiest way to have replaygain info added to the tags of
>>>existing files, while leaving alone those that already contain
>>>replaygain settings?
>>>Is there a tool that can automatically do the above for a whole
>>>series of folders?
>>
>>
>>http://projects.robinbowes.com/apply_replaygain
>
>
> Erm, bear with me. I'm re-configuring my website so there may be a few
> problems for a while.
>
> The new URL will be:
>
> http://projects.robinbowes.com/trac/apply_replaygain
>
> The old URL will re-direct to the new one.
>
> Oh, and I'm using https now - http will re-direct to https and you'll
> most likely need to accept my self-signed certificate.

OK, normal service has resumed.

Please drop me a line if you encounter any problems.

R.

egd
2006-02-18, 01:17
> http://projects.robinbowes.com/trac/apply_replaygain
>
> The old URL will re-direct to the new one.
>
> Oh, and I'm using https now - http will re-direct to https and you'll
> most likely need to accept my self-signed certificate.[/color]

OK, normal service has resumed.

Please drop me a line if you encounter any problems.

R.

Is your website down - haven't been able to load it for the last few hours.

Thx

Robin Bowes
2006-02-18, 04:14
egd said the following on 02/18/2006 08:17 AM:
> Robin Bowes Wrote:
>
>>>http://projects.robinbowes.com/trac/apply_replaygain
>
>
> Is your website down - haven't been able to load it for the last few
> hours.

Yeah, sorry. I'm having a few problems with the machine hosting my
websites (I host at home over my ADSL link).

Should be sorted now.

R.

egd
2006-02-18, 17:08
Thx, got it now.

nicky6
2006-02-19, 15:48
http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/