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General Discussions / Is there a "Genres Browser" in musicbee ?
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:00:54 PM »
I was using calibre recently to manage my ebooks collection, and it got me thinking
what if you could edit genres in musicbee the way you can edit authors,tags & such in calibre ?

There is indeed an awesome tool called the "alter tag browser"

the way it works is open a new small window with a table where all tags are shown (alternatively all authors or all something else)
and a column with the number of times this tag is represented in the library, a column that represent the previous value of the tag (blank at start), and that's all.

inside this table you can rename on the fly any tag to any text including the label of another tag
when you close the tag browser, it will then rename all references of said tag to the new text.

what could you do with it in musicbee :
-easily see that "R B" genre has 3 tracks inside & the "R & B" genre has 30, then proceed accordingly
-easily change electro genre to "electronic music" if you wanted
& so on....

here's two pics that shows how it works somewhat :

here you can see I renamed two categories to "SciFi", if I click cancel, nothing is done (of course)
otherwise the software will go through all 31 book instances to change the tags accordingly (note: there will be one less tag at the end.)

Questions / Re: virtual tags & rating
« on: September 06, 2016, 06:45:38 PM »
wow I completely forgot this  ;D
thanks for the replies.
Unfortunately it doesn't work
example :
<Year> , <Album Rating> , $Replace(<Album Rating>,100,*****)
an album in 2012 with 5 star album rating will output
2012 , 100 , *****

the stars are left as is, so simple text it is...

I'm a bit lost with lyrics & musicbee as of now
For example, musicbee displays lyrics fine by default but when I go to "edit track", then "lyrics" tab, it's empty
Is there a way to retrieve your whole library lyrics ?

Also in "now playing" tab in "artist picture" mode, I can't seem to either :
-increase the space available to display lyrics over
-nor increase the font size
(currently using main panel left side for lyrics but right panel is the same result)

Finally I heard about synched lyrics, I tried searching but again I'm lost
I saw there's mainly two competitors ? (right ?)
-minilyrics which relies on an external application ? (and an optional plugin?)
-& lyrics reloaded which works from within musicbee directly

is there any list of pros & cons of each ? can you guyz advise me ?
Any input appreciated,


Skins / Re: Light Styles series
« on: September 06, 2016, 01:02:53 PM »
so I just today upgraded to v3 & noticed some differences
I suppose it might have been reworked on purpose ?
in which case I'd like to ask if it's possible to get back the lighter colored A-Z jump bar ?

Bug Reports / UI behavior when user browse settings ?
« on: September 06, 2016, 12:39:08 PM »
might not be a bug per se, but it's definetely a weird behavior
I'm not sure how to describe it so here's an example :
-step 1 click "configure layout"
-step 2 click the "playing tracks" settings button
-step 3 click the "arrange panels" button

-step 4 now make a modification such as : remove a panel "playing tracks" for example (just uncheck it)
-step 5 click "save" notice: your UI modification is validated & saved
-step 6 click "save" & "save" again
-and there you just reverted your UI modification

why ? because there was two "arrange panels" settings windows open, you modified the arrangement on the last one, but that didn't change the first "arrange panels/configure layout" settings, therefore clicking save on that last one reverts any changes you made

now... this is relatively minor, I mean I got trapped by this once, I won't be trapped again ;) also the user should probably just cancel the last two windows  (but if he made modifications on the 3 of those he might be confused as to where & when to save...)

suggestion : restrict "layout/arrange panels" windows to only 1 open at a time, meaning when you click on arrange panels at "step 3" the "step 1" window should be brought up again ???

note: other ways could probably be thought of, if you deem the "issue" worth it.

Skins / Re: Light Styles series
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:00:05 PM »
After a lot of pondering, between several skins wood brown got my vote ::)

Questions / Re: switch from music bee 2.5 to music bee 3
« on: July 04, 2016, 02:23:01 PM »
ok from this thread :
I read that apparently settings are stored in different locations so it shouldn't pose any problem to upgrade/downgrade

Questions / [solved]switch from music bee 2.5 to music bee 3
« on: July 04, 2016, 12:32:53 PM »
so I read the update notes for switching from 2.5 to 3
I was wondering if you can install both of them on the same machine without problems ?

reason  I want to try out music bee 3 to see if I can set it up like my custom configuration of music bee 2.5
then I'll uninstall music bee 2.5 if I'm satisfied, otherwise I'll uninstall music bee 3

Is it possible ? can there be any problem with the database with such a configuration ?

Questions / Re: Stats for numbers of 5 star songs per album by album
« on: June 25, 2016, 09:47:49 PM »
Wouldn't the function : "Auto Calculate album rating" be what you're looking for by any chance ?
it's in preferences - Tags(1) - tag storage

Questions / virtual tags & rating
« on: June 25, 2016, 09:45:25 PM »
so I like the view : "Album & Tracks" a lot  it's my main view
I use the fields : "Album,Year,Genre,Date Added,Album Rating,Comment" next to each album
now there's a lot of space beside year & album rating
so I was wondering on a virtual tag to combine both to make them to occupy a single line
I've tried : "<Year><Album Rating>"
but it doesn't display the stars of the album rating, I searched but found no results on how to do this.
Any tips ?


Bug Reports / CDRIP : volume analysis fail
« on: June 25, 2016, 07:11:06 PM »
sometimes the CDRIP process goes through a bunch of tracks and at the end you'll get the message "volume analysis failed" & couldn't find "filename.fileextension"

what happens is that a specific track will have had errors (recovered or not), and the application will not have given the choice to "encode selected" for this track, despite the fact that it didn't encode it. hence it's missing a track & therefore throws the message "volume analysis failed"

when that happens there is two distinct cases:
-cases 1 : it suggested encode selected but didn't preselect some of the tracks that need encoding anyway : in this case the user doesn't have much way to know if a track was encoded or not (particularly the message "recovery done" sometimes leads to a file being encoded sometimes not as far as I could see)
-case 2 : it didn't suggest encode selected at all & just present "volume analysis failed" directly

Questions / Re: spectrum customization ?
« on: November 11, 2015, 01:21:17 AM »
just saw your reply & yes that's what I was talking about

and I'm not sure it's the frames per second
it just looks weird imho

I was listening to "Feder - Goodbye"
and watching closely
and while on foobar I can identify the beat looking at the bars moving
on musicbee I can't
I wish I had the abilities to do a video side by side comparison of the two in synch, but I don't xD

but hey musicbee is much more complete than foobar as a music manager so I'm not complaining xD


I thought it would be great if you could have the option for
"the track ripping results to be automatically filled in one of the many custom tag fields"

reason :
I've been ripping a lot of scratched/damaged CDs lately from a relative collection as a service to him
however sometimes even though it completes, it's not always right

for example I got a CD that ripped just fine, (with a bit of difficulty though) but when playing it back the sound came out all garbled
and since I'm not verifying everything, it could go unnoticed. (hey come on! it's already a big service I'm giving him)

This example was pretty clear right away, however I would hazard that it is possible for a ripped track to have a couple of distorded sounds here & there, that you only hear if you listen closely to the whole track, but that afterward once you identified the errors could become annoying to the listener.
A custom tag holding the cd ripping results would therefore help identifying the cause (is it me ? is it my hearing ? is it my audio subsystem ?)
and maybe then act on the source of the issue (ask for a CD replacement to the publisher, buy a new CD, buy the track itself on the web....... )

Just saying.

This new executable seems to fix the issue, so thanks a lot. No need to restart musicbee anymore yeah !

though I'm not sure if it's related or not so maybe I should make a new post I'm not sure.
Anyway, I saw something new which I'm not sure how to repeat yet.
It seems like sometimes the cd ripping skips the "encode selected" step & go directly to "volume analysis"

1 - the cd ripping will do its thing.
2 - At the end it will say : "volume analysis failed"
2.5 - and indeed if you check in explorer a specific track was not encoded
3 - so I restart with just that one selected, it works fine but presents the "encode selected" option (which is fine)

so I believe what happens is that volume analysis happens and skips the "encode selected" step for some reason. Each time only 1 track was concerned.

Reason I posted this here is because I'm not sure if it's related to the new executable or not.

Questions / Re: how do you maximize the Rip CD window after minimizing ?
« on: November 07, 2015, 05:51:06 PM »
and here it happened again
here's the complete procedure
-1 started a rip
-2 minimized musicbee
-3 I hear the "bip" rip completed
-4 I maximize musicbee
-5 the cdripping window is missing
-6 double clicking "cd rip complete" does nothing
-7 using ALT-R brings up a new window which refreshes all the results (e.g. the status column is empty)
(same if using the tools menu)

EDIT: modified the title of the thread to better reflect what I think is a slight issue, I believe it does this because there is nothing else to do, it's like ... fully completed.

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