YAFS – Changing song order on USB sticks

 

Some players display, or play files, in the order that the file was originally copied to a USB drive or stick. YAFS (Yet Another FAT Sorter) allows the order to be changed to whatever you prefer. YAFS is a multi-platform, open source, freeware, command line utility with a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

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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

ReplayGain – Advanced Volume Normalization

ReplayGain is … a technique invented to achieve the same perceived playback loudness of audio files.~ Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

ReplayGain … allows players to normalize loudness for individual tracks or albums. This avoids the common problem of having to manually adjust volume levels between tracks when playing audio files from albums that have been mastered at different loudness levels. ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReplayGain

If you’re using track gain, every song is played at 89 dB; no song is any louder than any other. If you’re using album gain, tracks will be played at 89 dB plus or minus a few dB, depending on how much louder or quieter each track is relative to the other tracks on the album. By definition, album gain is not going to make all tracks as loud as possible; the quieter tracks are going to remain that much quieter than the louder tracks, and they’ll average out to 89. ~ https://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=96391&view=findpost&p=804610

Using ReplayGain in Foobar

  • Select Files / Right mouse / ReplayGain / Scan selection as single album (adds album and track ReplayGain tags)

Context - ReplayGain

ReplayGain - Scanning - small

  • Setting the recommended ReplayGain values

Preferences / Playback
Source mode: album
Processing: apply gain and prevent clipping according to peak

Preferences - Playback

Preferences / Preamp / Without RG values: -8.0 db

If you are also playing tracks which aren’t RG-tagged, they’ll be playing quite loud in comparison to the RG-tagged ones. To mitigate that, you can set the “Without RG info” Preamp level to, say, -11.9. This will make the player pretend they have -11.9 dB album gain. Thus if you played a non-RG-tagged copy of that loudest track, it would be played at 89 dB instead of its natural 100.91 dB, and would thus match the level that all the RG-tagged tracks are played at. However, then the quieter non-RG-tagged tracks would still be that much quieter. So you may find -8 or so to be a better “without RG info” preamp level, on average. ~ http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=96391&view=findpost&p=804610

I usually set my non-RG pre-amp to somewhere in the range of -7.0 dB to -9.0 dB. ~ http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=66453&view=findpost&p=593150

I recommend setting the slider labelled “Without RG info” to -8.0 (that’s minus eight) or less. ~ http://www.bobulous.org.uk/misc/Replay-Gain.html

If you listen to modern music -7dB/-10dB value should be correct. If you listen to older music, keep the value a bit lower because the average level of recently released tracks are higher. ~ http://eolindel.free.fr/foobar0.9/Replaygain.php

 

Foobar ReplayGain Override component

Provides a way to specify which ReplayGain modes to use for each playback order. Track gain is probably desirable for random playback while with regular playback album gain is more suitable.

Preferences - ReplayGain override.PNG

http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_rg_trn

 

ReplayGain in Winamp

WinAmps’s use of these RG tags is enabled / disabled via the General Preferences – Playback – Replay Gain options ~ http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=345520

Additional References:

http://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=ReplayGain_1.0_specification
http://replaygain.hydrogenaud.io/proposal/index.html
http://replaygain.hydrogenaud.io/proposal/calibration.html
http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=96391
http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=35255
http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/foobar/index.shtml
http://stephan.win31.de/music.htm#rg-levels

Ex Falso / Quod Libet – Cross Platform Music Editor / Library / Player

Quod Libet

Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It’s designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don’t worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file, for all the file formats it supports.

Unlike some, Quod Libet will scale to libraries with tens of thousands of songs. It also supports most of the features you’d expect from a modern media player: Unicode support, advanced tag editing, ReplayGain, podcasts & Internet radio, album art support and all major audio formats – see the screenshots.

Ex Falso is a program that uses the same tag editing backend as Quod Libet, but isn’t connected to an audio player. If you’re perfectly happy with your favorite player and just want something that can handle tagging, Ex Falso is for you.

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freedb.org – metadata lookup service

freedb is a free CD and music data base service to look up textual metadata about music, audio or data CDs. This is done by a client which queries the freedb database. As a result, the client displays the artist, CD title, track list and some additional information. Clients are for example CD players, CD rippers and CD burning software.

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