gnudb.org ~ CD metadata database

gnudb.org ~ a new home for the freedb database

How to use gnudb.org:

Configure your CDDB or freedb-aware software to point to gnudb.gnudb.org as your CDDB / freedb-server.

All official gnudb servers are running cddbp at port 8880 and http at port 80

The path for http-access is /~cddb/cddb.cgi

Access a xmcd file directly when you know the genre and discid at:

http://www.gnudb.org/gnudb/genre/discid

Example ~ http://www.gnudb.org/gnudb/rock/390f1215

Source: gnudb.org CD database

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.

EAC – Ripping – Archiving Albums

EAC is often used to create an exact copy of a CD which can be stored in a digital media archive or library. The goal is to preserve all information from a CD, such that the CD can be recreated from an archive and or is playable from a library. With EAC, the original audio files and a .cue file, an exact copy can be made and with FLAC files, a lossless music library may be built. Creating a folder which contains the audio files and a cue file is done via the following method:

  1. Open EAC and insert the CD you wish to archive.
  2. If using the freedb plugin, select the correct cover art
  3. Verify that the downloaded information is complete and correct
  4. Convert all CD information to title case
    Ripping - Upper All First Characters - Cropped
  5. Remove any extra spaces
    Ripping - Remove Unwanted Spaces - Cropped
  6. Detect the CD’s gaps
    Ripping - Action - Detect Gaps
  7. Create the cue sheet and album folders
    Ripping - Create Cue Sheet - Current Gap Settings
  8. Rip the CD in Burst Mode, which creates the individual audio files
    ripping to FLAC
  9. Switch to Secure Mode and re-rip tracks any tracks that did not rip accurately

This process also creates an EAC log file in the same folder.

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.

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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Mp3tag – Universal Tag Editor

Mp3tag is a powerful and easy-to-use tool used to edit the metadata of audio files. It supports batch tag-editing of ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE tags for multiple files at once, covering a variety of audio formats.

Furthermore, it supports online database lookups from Amazon, Discogs, MusicBrainz or freedb allowing you to automatically gather proper tags and download cover art for your music library.

You can rename files based on tag information, replace characters or words in tags and filenames, import / export tag information, create playlists and more.

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Export Configurations (customized reports)

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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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