Foobar2000 & Discogs – foo_discogs

Add to, and greatly extend, the information in your music files by using the foo_discogs component to tag albums with Discogs information. Once the additional Discogs release information is stored in the song tags, it’s possible to search for catalog numbers, secondary artists or studios, etc. You can now also create toolbar buttons which open the corresponding artist or release pages in Discogs, the artist’s own website or other links.

foobar - foo_discogs - resulting tags
Files tagged with Discogs information

      1. Install foo_discogs
      2. Configure foo_discogs (Tagging/Discogs/Configuration)
      3. In Foobar, select an entire album on a playlist
      4. Right click and select Tagging
      5. From the submenu select Discogs
      6. Then select Write Tags…
      7. Click Search then select the correct match and click Next
      8. Confirm that the tracks match the files and click Write tags

Your audio files should now be tagged with the additional Discogs metadata.

Foobar2000 – Components – Playlist Viewers

Foobar2000 Playlist Viewers display the current playlist of songs. Different playlist viewers offer various capabilities such as formatting, grouping and visual options. A playlist viewer is usually the central window of a Foobar2000 interface.

Default Playlist
SimPlaylist
ELPlaylist
ESPlaylist
JSPlaylist

foobar2000-simplaylist-groups-v1

SimPlaylist

Foobar Advanced Tagging – Fixing swapped artist | title info

Do you have songs where the artist’s name is in the track title field and the track title is in the artist name field?

Reveresed artist - track title - playlist

Check the file names. If the file names have both artist name and track title information, then the fix is easy, just retag the files using the Automatically fill values function.

First, select the files, then open the Properties dialog window.

Reveresed artist - track title - properties

Right click and select Automatically Fill Values…

Automatically fill values

Then with the source set to File names, fill in or select a Pattern which puts the information in the correct fields.

Reveresed artist - track title - auto fill values.PNG

After you select Ok, Foobar will retag the files properly.

Reveresed artist - track title - properties - fixed.PNG

However, if the file names don’t contain both artist names and track title information, you’ll have to rename the files from the tags first.

Reveresed artist - track title - rename.PNG

and then carry out the rest of the above procedure.

Foobar2000 – How to install a component

Add-on components greatly extend the appearance and functionality of Foobar2000.

  1. Open the foobar2000 Preferences dialog (File | Preferences or CTRL+P)
  2. Go to the Components page
  3. Click the “Install…” button and select the component archive, or drag it to the list of already installed components.
  4. Press “OK“, you will be prompted to restart foobar2000 in order to load the newly installed component.
  5. If the component has a visual element, you’ll need to add the component to the DUI (Default User Interface) now. Toggle View\Layout\Enable Layout Editing Mode and then add a new panel or tab. Right click the new panel or tab area and select “Add New UI Element …“, then select the new component from the list. You may need to adjust borders to fit. Exit layout mode.

foobar - preferences - components - install

Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

Additional Resources:

New Feature Monitor ~ foo_whatsnew

DADA – Date And Duration Adjusted Auto-Rating for Foobar2000

Date and duration adjusted (DADA) auto-rating algorithm for foobar2000

The DADA Auto-Rating algorithm (DAR) automatically rates music according to a variety of statistics collected by foobar2000’s official “playback statistics” plugin.

If done well, an auto-rating algorithm will simply tell you what your favorite (and conversely, least favorite) music is, and the rating will be derived from and reflect actual listening behavior. This is quite different from manual ratings (e.g. 1 – 5 stars set by the user), since there’s very often a disparity between what we’d like ourselves to like, and what we actually like. For those interested in uncovering their actual musical tastes, a good auto-rating formula can be quite illuminating.

DADA Auto-Rating for foobar2000 – Giant Pygmy Audio

Foobar - Ratings and DAR - cropped

 

LazyUSF (foo_input_usf) – Foobar plays Nintendo 64

LazyUSF (foo_input_usf) an input plugin for Foobar2000.

USF is a format which allows emulation of the sound of an Nintendo 64, which would allow (almost) perfect replication of the music in games. USFs are then played through a player, with a suitable plugin, which allows it to be played.

Website

Foobar – Default User Interface – Installing Analog VU Meters

Add an analog VU meter to the Foobar2000 DUI

Foobar 2000 Four Panels - Default Analog VU Meters

Foobar2000 – DUI – Four Panels – Default Analog VU Meters

Required component: foo_vis_vumeter.dll

Instructions:

  1. Download Make custom VU.zip and extract foo_vis_vumeter.dll
  2. Navigate to File \ Preferences \ Components
  3. Drag foo_vis_vumeter.dll to the component window
  4. Click Apply and then Ok to restart Foobar
  5. Copy any .bin skin files to the ...\AppData\Roaming\foobar2000\user-components\foo_vis_vumeter folder
  6. Select View \ Layout \ Enable layout editing mode
  7. Right click the tab area in a panel and select Add New Tab
  8. Right click the new tab and rename it “Analog VU Meter” or whatever
  9. Right click the new display area and select Add New UI Element
  10. Select Analog VU Meter from the list (Playback Visualization)
  11. Disable layout editing mode

Parameters:

Right-click the meter:

  • Layout submenu / Horizontal or Vertical / Dual or Single / Mono / Lock Aspect Ratio
  • Select skin

Preferences / Advanced / Display / VU Meter:

  • VU meter sensitivity – Default left and right preamp (db): 20 and rise time(s) 0.20s

Scroll wheel

  • Adjusts meter sensitivity

Files:
Make custom VU.zip:
http://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6yNdh9XmSWKX1lJQ0ZFOWdJTlU/edit

Analog VU Meter Skins:
http://mire777.deviantart.com/art/Vu-Meter-Skin-for-foobar2000-321797393
http://tedgo.deviantart.com/art/Blue-LCD-Style-VU-Meter-skins-556501458
http://www.deviantart.com/art/Technics-RT-671nz-645880032
http://www.deviantart.com/art/Technics-RT671nx-skin-by-noel-615415211
http://www.deviantart.com/art/DENON-V6-analog-vu-meters-skin-by-noel62-626647183
http://noel62.deviantart.com/art/Teac-nx-593983615

Sources:
http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=33939
http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=106793
http://www.head-fi.org/t/616963/the-foobar2000-resource-thread/45#post_9382013
http://foobar2000.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5012 (Russian)