Sonic Visualiser ~ View & Analyze Audio Files

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

We hope Sonic Visualiser will be of particular interest to musicologists, archivists, signal-processing researchers and anyone else looking for a friendly way to take a look at what lies inside the audio file.

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Amarok ~ Cross Platform Audio Player

Amarok is a powerful music player, with multi-language support, for Macs, Unix/Linux and Windows. It has an intuitive interface and makes playing the music you love, and discovering new music, easier than ever before – and it looks good doing it!

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Foobar2000 ~ Playlists & Autoplaylists

Playlists, or named lists of songs, are an essential aspect of Foobar2000. Whenever you add a song to Foobar, you are essentially adding it to some playlist.

Playlists can be created manually by adding individual songs or automatically by specifying a set of conditions in a query with the result displayed as an “Autoplaylist”. Manually created playlists are static, they don’t change unless you change them, Autoplaylists are dynamic, that is, the results may change at times.

Playlists created manually can be edited directly, while Autoplaylists are edited by modifying the query. However, you can save the results of an Autoplaylist as a new static and editable playlist.

Creating an Autoplaylist of a Albumlist item like genre:

  1. Select by genre from the Albumlist view selector
  2. Select a genre from the list of genres
  3. Right click that selected genre and select Create Autoplaylist

You will now have a new Autoplaylist listed on the playlist manager tab with the name of the genre you selected. Playlists created this way are called an Album List branch.

Creating an Autoplaylist of a folder’s contents:

  1. Select the Search tab
  2. enter %path% HAS replace this with the actual path  in the search field
  3. Select ...
  4. Select Create Autoplaylist
  5. Rename the new playlist (with the path)

AutoPlaylist query examples:

Lossless ~ “$info(encoding)” IS lossless
Lossy ~ “$info(encoding)” IS lossy
Never played ~ %play_count% MISSING
No Dynamic Range info ~ %dynamic_range_album% MISSING
No ReplayGain info ~ %replaygain_track_gain% MISSING
Played often ~ %play_count% GREATER 9
Randomly sorted ~ ALL SORT BY “$rand()”
Recently added ~ %added% DURING LAST 1 WEEKS
Recently played ~ %last_played% DURING LAST 1 WEEK
Recently modified ~ %last_modified% DURING LAST 2 WEEKS

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foo_audioscrobbler ~ Foobar2000 & Last.fm

Last.fm is a web service that maintains a history of what you’ve listened to. You’ll need a Last.fm account and a player that can scrobble. Scrobbling is uploading the artist’s name and song title of your currently playing track to Last.fm’s server. foo_audioscobbler allows Foobar to keep your Last.fm profile current.

  • It replaces the Last.fm client application.
  • It supports the current submission protocol.
  • It sends “now playing” notifications to your Last.fm profile.

Optionally, it can import played tracks from your iPod via the foo_dop component.

After you install foo_audioscrobbler, you’ll need to log into your Last.fm account in Foobar’s Preferences menu.

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foo_verifier ~ Foobar2000 Audio File Verifier

Checks specified media files for decoding errors. Note that with most formats, its accuracy is limited to detecting errors that abort the decoding process.

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After installing this Foobar plugin, you’ll have two new menu choices under the right mouse click context menu: Utilities > Verify integrity and Utilities > Verify album with Accuraterip

It’s also possible to see more information if you go to File > Preferences > Advanced > Tools > File Integrity Verifier and enable Verbose AccurateRip Output

CUETools ~ CD .cue file tool & ripper

CUETools is a tool for lossless audio/CUE sheet format conversion. The goal is to make sure the album image is preserved accurately. A lossless disc image must be lossless not only in preserving contents of the audio tracks, but also in preserving gaps and CUE sheet contents. Many applications lose vital information upon conversion, and don’t support all possible CUE sheet styles. For example, foobar2000 loses disc pre-gap information when converting an album image, and doesn’t support gaps appended (noncompliant) CUE sheets.

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