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It's a creative workaround, for sure. Might need to be a wish list request, in the end. It seems like intentional behavior, but my concern was mainly the duplicate posts. Makes it hard to keep the topic together.

so ....
I managed to force the dot by editing the config file with musicbee closed, launching it & synchronizing immediately

and.... the end result wasn't so great

it seems (although I'm not entirely sure, I may be mistaken due to the unknown internal workings of it) that musicbee wifi sync would not see the files & resync the whole selection each time....

I had better results with just renaming on the device from .music to music then sync then rename back to .music, the syncing seemed faster

So in the end, it seems like this would indeed need to be a wishlist request as you said

EDIT: Worked fine with a cable though (so editing the config file to .Music then skipping music bee wifi sync)

EDIT2: and as long as I don't go into device settings, the ".Music" configuration stays in between restarts of musicbee

I have only tested this there but pretty sure the "." in front of folders is a universal thing accross the whole of music bee though
sure making folders that start with "." is pretty uncommon
though I commonly have folders starting with underscores ... "_" so from that to "." is not far fetched

I first did a question cause I didn't know

then did a bug cause I thought it could be an unwanted oversight
that's all

sorry if I made a mistake

.nomedia would hide files within a hidden folder... so unless the app can unhide files... it won't work

whereas .folder just hides the folder, as long as your app can point to a folder manually directly you can bypass that
just my 2 cents

example :
.Music\<Album Artist>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> - <Title>
will become
Music\<Album Artist>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> - <Title>
---Media Storage

and to my knowledge the "templates" language doesn't have any escape characters

why is it undesirable ?
-if you want a folder name starting with a dot (which is valid in windows)
-if you want to copy files to a hidden folder on android

two ways I see to change this behavior :
-1 globally allow dot in front of folder names
-2 alternatively make a specific character sequence that allows escaping others just like in regex & similar languages that deal with strings

for the purpose of using musicbee wifi sync with my android phone
I want to tell music bee to store music into
.Music\<Album Artist>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> - <Title>
---Media Storage

why ".Music" folder instead of "Music" ?
because if I store into "Music" folder then all the albums get listed into my photo application as "albums"
which is a problem cause there is too many

on the other hand if I store into ".Music" then it's hidden by default & will not get displayed
and I can tell Musicolet (my audio app) to find music into this folder in particular

now the problem is :
.Music\<Album Artist>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> - <Title>
gets changed by musicbee after saving & closing & reopening the configuration into
Music\<Album Artist>\<Album>\<Disc-Track#> - <Title>
without the dot

is there any escape character for templates or something to force the dot into staying around ?

Thank you

 You should be able to set a lower volume in Windows for your games that will persist the next time the game is opened.
the issue is that on first launch it's always loud and accessing the windows mixer from within a game is not always practical
it would be nice if there was a way to default all apps to a certain volume in the windows mixer


Yes, try WASPI in exclusive mode:
You bypass the Win audio completely.
MusicBee will also have a exclusive lock on the audio device.

You might also have a look at Windows application volume control, maybe MB is at 33% as well.

musicbee with WASAPI exclusive mode is still dependent upon windows main volume control .....

as for the volume control in windows mixer it's at maximum which when the global sound is @33% is 33% ....

A lot of music is mastered ver loud (the loudness war) hence already close to 0 dBFS.
Even a small boost might result in clipping.
I'm already using smart gain with default 89dB target

Questions / system wide sound volume too loud & music bee too quiet
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:32:45 PM »
hello there

I have a slight issue/adjustment that needs to be made somewhere, and I'm wondering if you guyz have any idea

In short : volume of music bee @100% volume (of music bee/volume mixer) is a bit low
and I'm unwilling to increase global windows wide volume which is @ 33%

Long explanation :
-I'm a gamer in addition to a music lover, many games are loud by default so a 100% windows volume would just blast my ears out
sure I adjust most games internal music volume AFTER the game is finally in the menu, but by then it's often too late my ears are already destroyed, hence a global windows wide volume of over 33% is highly undesirable

-and when windows wide volume is 33% and SMART gain is ON, the volume of music bee @100% is too low in most cases

Any ideas ?
Any way to for example bypass windows wide volume only for music bee ?
is applying an equalizer preamp boost a good idea ?
is relaunching volume analysis with higher than default 89dB a good idea ?


not really what I'd call a critical issue
but would be great to have

particularly when coupled with the plugin "music bee remote" which allows control of music bee through phone

Plugins / Re: MusicBee Remote (Remote Control for Android)
« on: December 25, 2019, 07:12:27 AM »
Thanks for an amazing app & plugin.
I can't seem to make it work
Computer is detected by phone (proper IP & port) but
the phone says : "Socket Closed"

phone : Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
OS : MIUI 10.3.6

computer : MusicBee 3.3.7261
OS : Win10 Build 18363

Firewall : went all out on this one
enabled network discovery
tried automatic rule setup, since that created a rule but didn't change the "socket closed" issue I tried opening it even more
(allow any connection from anywhere, any port) without success

NOTES: I filter both inbound & outbound traffic though musicbee.exe is already allowed to go out.

at this point I wonder if the phone is not the issue

EDIT: it works, I focused on the connection screen that would say "socket error" but it was working all this time along
it was an interpretation thing more than anything  :)

below remains true though

other notes : I had to "allow all" in address filtering
otherwise "Range" wasn't working and the plugin would say : Status : Stopped
however that's actually redundant with firewall that is perfectly able to filter out unwanted connections with a proper configuration, so imho this configuration is unneeded

one more thing though, if the maximum was set to 255 it would cause errors, that were only fixable by editing the xml file directly
(it would crash musicbee
MusicBee v3.3.7261.33657P  (Win10.0), 25 déc. 2019 6:54:

System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
   at MusicBeePlugin.InfoWindow.HandleSaveButtonClick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

Portable Devices / Re: Device Sync & cover artwork options change issue ?
« on: December 24, 2019, 02:26:59 PM »
Are you aware that MB can now sync via WiFi? There's a sticky thread about this in the Portable Devices section.

Thanks for the information, read a bit about it and it seems to work better than MTP over cable so great (if a bit weird)
however my current WIFI doesn't work too well at my desk so it's a bit unpractical for me at the moment, although that may change in the
somewhat near future (next 6 months ?)

Anyways, from what I understand this wouldn't change the way that data is synced, right ? e.g. it wouldn't update my artwork if there's no music sync to be done....

Also what would be great is if I could have some direct access to files through wifi I guess, therefore circumventing the limitations from MTP
and allowing me full access from within windows, that would then allow advanced file viewing/sorting/searching, renaming, replacing or whatever I want to do with them

which from what I understood is outside the scope of musicbee wifi sync...

In the end, I'm probably over-complicating things, deleting all the music then re-syncing just works.

Portable Devices / Re: Device Sync & cover artwork options change issue ?
« on: December 23, 2019, 07:48:18 PM »
and I just realized all my covers artworks are fugly ...  :'(
now let's redo it all again  ;D

This made me realize how practical it is to have your data on an SD card
(remove the SD card, insert into PC, with USB key if needed, then do whatever advanced file operation you need that you can't do directly over PTP protocol ...)

Portable Devices / Re: Device Sync & cover artwork options change issue ?
« on: December 23, 2019, 05:51:47 PM »
hummmm could I trick musicbee into thinking there's a slight change in music files or something ? (1 music file per album is all that's needed)

or maybe I should stop saving a few kb of storage space & just embed the artwork in music files after all...
will need to think it over....

Portable Devices / Re: Device Sync & cover artwork options change issue ?
« on: December 23, 2019, 05:22:17 PM »
Yeah, I think that's a known issue. You'll probably have to work around it until Steven can sort it out.
Alrighty, but is my only option to delete all songs & redo everything or is there another way that you'd know of ?
maybe I could delete all existing JPG on the phone would that work ?

or else I wonder hummmmm
I wonder if I could batch rename all JPG images....
problem is the MTP connection doesn't allow everything AFAIK

Portable Devices / Device Sync & cover artwork options change issue ?
« on: December 23, 2019, 03:54:17 PM »
I did a device sync with several albums, worked very fine, all music is found inside the device
however I did a slight mistake in regard to cover artwork storage

so I went in musicbee again, plugged the device, changed this option :
from "copy to the same folder as the music file"
to "copy to folder.jpg"
then validated my changes (save & close)
then synchronize again....

and .... none of the cover artwork was renamed or copied as "folder.jpg"
Not a huge issue but sounds to me like an oversight ?

any workaround ? or should that be patched ?, could also delete everything & resync if necessary but that seems a bit much for just covers ;)

Thank you for reading and best wishes for the festive season !

Questions / volume bar gone beyond an additional click ?
« on: December 10, 2019, 12:46:54 AM »
pretty much this
the volume bar is beyond an additional click now
is there an option to make it back ?


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