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MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Ignore List
« on: September 19, 2010, 03:45:11 AM »
Can you describe the problem you're trying to solve with that feature?
If you're having MusicBee scan some folders automatically in the background, couldn't you just tell it to scan a narrower set of folders and store your unwanted files somewhere outside of that set?

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Video
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:36:14 AM »
boroda, you should have a look at XBMC. It is supposed to be a complete HTPC interface (like Windows Media Center), but works quite well as a video player. Besides a gorgeous interface, it maintains a database of your video files and movies, scrapes information - fanart, cover images, actor information, etc. - from various internet databases. Some examples from my work PC:

A movie list:

Various seasons of Scrubs:

It also does music:

XBMC is not much of an organizer, tho; then again, you don't usually have thousands of video files on your harddisk, so organizing videos manually in Windows Explorer isn't that big of a deal. The only thing you need to bother with is to give your files good names - "Title (year)" for movies, and "Title 1x02" (where 1 is the series' season and 02 is the episode number), and there are tools to help with that. Everything else - the descriptions, plot, nice images and cover art was retrieved by XBMC without me doing so much as lifting a finger. ;D

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Enhance duplicate files finding
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:18:55 AM »
Sooo... how 'bout "R&B"? ;D

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Waveform seekbar
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:17:12 AM »
About downmixing to mono - you are probably right, but what if both channels are very different?

Then you're either listening to some pretty weird music or synthetic files. :) (Or possibly audiobooks.)

Joke aside, any features you're most likely to recognize visually in the waveform will most likely appear in both channels - such as drum hits or a solo guitar. If a sound is coming exclusively from one side, the other speaker will either be rather silent for the full effect, or it'll be overshadowed by louder sounds anyways.

one should wait few seconds for start of the playback until the waveform is generated, watching some message "Please wait...", instead of listening music :(

Wow, great way to turn nice eyecandy into an annoying misfeature. :o Luckily, Steven apparently knows how to use threads, so I'm fairly sure that, if he ever sets his mind to fiddling with eyecandy instead of more important features, he'll do it properly. ;)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Waveform seekbar
« on: September 13, 2010, 11:19:23 AM »
Best explanation of how loudness affects audio is IMO this YouTube video:
They say, a picture explains more then a tousand words; that'd doubly true for sound when you're reading about music. ;)

A useful application of this suggestion would be replacing the trackbar with a single mono-downmixed waveform. That would give the trackbar additional information: if you wanted to skip to a specific part of your favorite song, you could see where that part begins and find the exactly right position instantly. (The stereo variant with separate waveforms for each channel doesn't add more information, unless you make the trackbar area of the MusicBee main window much, much larger.)

The biggest problem is probably that waveforms don't exactly render themselves. It takes a second or two to decode an entire 6 minute track and convert all those samples into a bitmap, even on beefy CPUs.

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Matrix Mixer
« on: September 01, 2010, 07:57:47 PM »
Ok, this works.

But in the interest of other users and other, even weirder locales, and similar future problems, wouldn't it be easier to generally encode data written to XML files in a locale independent format? I'm sure no user expects to find locale-appropriately formatted numbers in an XML file anyways. :)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Buttons to clear Now playing list and search box
« on: September 01, 2010, 04:38:01 AM »
Good point, actually. That's a rather basic function that probably shouldn't be hidden in a second-level context menu. :)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Matrix Mixer
« on: September 01, 2010, 04:35:36 AM »
Bit of a problem: floats aren't parsed / stored properly.
Parsing: ".5" is read as float 0.5, "0.5" is read as int 5.
Writing: float 0.5 is written as "0".

Nevertheless... love it. :D

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Matrix Mixer
« on: August 26, 2010, 10:57:11 PM »
Steven, I'm sorry to dig this thread up again, but I have to revisit this topic.

My setup has changed a bit and the driver builtin 5.1 upmix via Dolby PLII is now unavailable, or at any rate nonfunctional; apparently, digital audio output is handled quite differently by Windows, so the driver can't mess with the audio data applications want to send.

Now, I would like to have MusicBee upmix stereo audio to 5.1, but that doesn't work for me; because what I actually need is 5.0 -- due to wallet-related constraints, I don't own these but have to do with this, and the Logitech receiver has a hardwired LFE crossover built in. The result is that the woofer plays much (*MUCH*) too loud since a portion of all other 5 channels is spliced out and added to the LFE signal provided by MusicBee.

IMHO, the Right Thing is to either provide a variable cutoff which filters frequencies below x Hz from non-LFE channels and mixes only those into the LFE, or ignore LFE completely and trust that the user owns either full-spectrum speakers or a receiver that does the proper crossover in hardware. Frankly, tho, I'd still prefer the matrix. ;D (A simple option to axe the LFE channel should do, tho.)

By the way, Win+<Number> hotkeys are in use by default under Windows 7. Win+1 starts, activates or switches between windows grouped under the first icon on the startbar; Win+Shift+1 launches a new instance/window of that application; Win+Alt+1 opens that icon's jumplist. :-)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Epiphany: MusicBee is what Songbird ...
« on: August 19, 2010, 09:11:47 PM »
Quote from: Debby747
I don't care much for this whole Web 2.0 social "tell your friends / add me / digg it / like it" stuff.

Where can I "like" that statement?


Wait. Nevermind. ;D

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: Epiphany: MusicBee is what Songbird ...
« on: August 18, 2010, 08:38:02 AM »
People nowadays judge software by looking at a feature matrix.

Does it support custom decoders?
Does it support DSP plugins?
Does it support other kinds of plugins?
Can you customize the UI look'n'feel?
Can you create custom UI content?
Does it brew your coffee?
Does it wash your socks?

The really important questions, if it actually works, if it does the job you expect it to do, if its core features are even complete -- those get bunched up, ticked off and ignored, because -- oh, look! That one's got more green checkmarks in its column, so it must be better! more shiny!

Tips and Tricks / Re: enhanced file organisation rules
« on: August 12, 2010, 02:37:25 PM »
Here's another example for the ?null() syntax:

<Album><Custom2?null(: [%])>

As before, if the Custom2 field is not used, nothing happens. If it is set, however, the tag's value becomes " [<Custom2>]".
So for any tracks for which you do set the Custom2 field, the end result may look like this:

Metal\Within Temptation\Mother Earth [Limited Edition]\01 Mother Earth.mp3
Metal\Within Temptation\Mother Earth [Digipack]\01 Mother Earth.mp3

Any other tracks (those without the Custom2 field set) will neither have the tag nor the brackets in their filenames or path. :)

MusicBee Wishlist / Re: More "granular" volume control
« on: July 10, 2010, 08:30:45 PM »
It's the same when using hotkeys with volume up/down assigned, not just the mousewheel.

MusicBee Wishlist / Rating options in player context menu
« on: July 06, 2010, 12:33:02 PM »
A quick suggestion: When right-clicking the currently playing song's rating stars in the player pane, show the ratings menu (as seen in the library) instead of the player context menu (with "locate playing track", "shuffle settings" and so on). :)

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