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DJ Tips: Media Monkey To Fix And Update Your Audio And Video File Tags

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We hear about it (and see it) all the time, DJs have audio tags and video tags within their music library that have no continuity – tags are a mess or otherwise outdated.

DJs get their music from many sources: record pools, CD’s, sites like iTunes etc.  This means a DJs library usually contains variants in audio and video tags, and depending how old the files are, tags could be un-synced and not contain more recent fantastic tagging features such as album art.    Album art is a supported feature in the new PCDJ DEX 3 browser, which can help more easily visually locate a song.

PCDJ DEX and RED Mobile both support basic tag editing.  It’s great if you need to update or correct a few audio/video tags here and there.  It’s not however designed for batch editing tags, automatically and intelligently tagging files based on filenames, or for even more advanced functions such as automatically identifying movies and tracks that are missing information, whose tags are not synchronized, or that are duplicated elsewhere.  Not to mention, applying album art where required to both audio and video files.

Thankfully, there is a great option many of our customers are using and subsequently brought to our attention.

Media Monkey, specifically the gold upgrade version, is a perfect companion for tag and file management (and ripping) for PCDJ DJ software, here’s a preview of what this powerful media management and audio/video tagging program can do for you and your DJ library:

 

MANAGE YOUR MEDIA

Manage a movie / music library from 100 to 100,000+ audio/video files and playlists*; whether Rock, Classical, Audiobooks, or Podcasts; Movies, Home videos, or TV shows; whether they’re located on your hard drive, CDs, or a network. Organize, browse, or search music by Genre, Artist, Year, Rating, etc., and never waste your time trying to find the files you know you have.

MediaMonkey is the movie and music organizer for the serious collector.

* Supports MP3, AAC (M4A), OGG, WMA, FLAC, MPC, WAV, CDA, AVI, MP4, OGV, MPEG, WMV, M3U, PLS, etc

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IDENTIFY TRACKS

Automatically identify movies and tracks that are missing information, whose tags are not synchronized, or that are duplicated elsewhere.

Fix Tags with automatic lookup and tagging of album art, lyrics and other information from Amazon.

Lookup CD information on Freedb or via CD-TEXT, and find missing track details through music-related sites such as Allmusic.

If you have a large media collection, MediaMonkey will help you update your tags quickly and accurately.

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TAG

Tag music easily using industry-standard formats. MediaMonkey includes an MP3 Tag editor (an ID3 tag editor supporting ID3v1 &ID3v2), AAC tag editor (for M4A/M4P files), an OGG tag editor (for OGG and FLAC files), a WMA tag editor, an APE2 tag editor (for APE files), a RIFF tag editor (for AVI/WAV files), and an MP4 tag editor. Update and correct mislabeled tracks via drag-and-drop from one artist/genre to another or use the categorization toolbar allows you to quickly set ratings, mood, and other information as you’re listening to music or watching a movie. Automatically and intelligently tag files based on filenames with the Auto-Tagger.

The serious or classical music collector can also assign a broad range of more advanced attributes, such as composer, original year and album, lyrics, etc., and attach multiple attributes per field (e.g. Artist=U2, B.B. King

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ORGANIZE AND RENAME

Automatically organize and rename music / video files on your hard drive into a logical hierarchy. Instead of storing your files haphazardly all over your hard drive, MediaMonkey’s auto-organizer can organize them into folders and filenames of your choice based on attributes such as artist, album, track title and track number; or series, season number, and episode number.

If you need to organize a media collection exceeding 10,000 files, MediaMonkey is the movie / music organizer for you.

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AUTOMATIC LIBRARY UPDATES

Use the File Monitor to automatically update your music library or video collection to reflect any changes on your hard drive or network (e.g. MP3 music downloads or movie purchases) . Additions, deletions, and changes to your music and videos made by other applications are all automatically reflected in your library.

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DOWNLOAD MUSIC AND PODCASTS

Download audio content using the integrated Podcatcher, or use the web downloader to download media files from any website. Define your subscription rules, and let MediaMonkey take care of downloading and syncing the content.

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SYNC/BACKUP ANDROID, IPHONE IPAD AND MORE

Sync with most* Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad and other portable Audio/Video Devices. Sync audio and video files, and related properties such as Album Art, ratings, play history, and playlists with a broad range of portable devices*. With Volume Leveling, music tracks will even play back on your device at consistent volumes!

MediaMonkey will also allow you to backup the content of iPhones and iPods and any other MP3 player.

NEW! MediaMonkey will sync wirelessly / bidirectionally with MediaMonkey for Android orMediaMonkey for Windows 8 tablets.

Try MediaMonkey if you want painless media 

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RECORD AND CONVERT

Record CDs to your hard drive using the high quality LAME MP3 encoder*M4A encoder*,OGG encoderWMA encoder, or FLAC encoder). MediaMonkey’s CD Ripper copies the CDs, automatically filling in track properties viafreedb.

Convert audio / video files from almost any audio / video format and preserve tag information**, using the MP3 converter, AAC/M4A converter, OGG converter, WMA converter, WAV converter, FLAC converter, AVI (MPEG4) converter, WMV converter, and MP4 (H.264) converter.

* The MP3 encoder is limited to 30 days in the free version. The M4A, AVI, and MP4 encoders are available separately and are limited to 30 days unless purchased.
** Tags are preserved for MP3, AAC/M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, MPC, WMV, AVI, MP4, MKV.

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BURN

Burn Audio CDs using the integrated burner powered by PrimoBurner™. Just select any audio tracks or playlists and quickly create CD masterpieces using the most reliable CD burning engine around.

Burn Data CD/DVD/BDs to backup your movie / music collection or for playback on any MP3-capable CD or DVD players. There’s no need to manually copy and arrange directories — simply choose which Artists, Albums, or Playlists to include, set the disc’s format, and burn!

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REPORTS AND STATISTICS 

Create Statistics and other Reports of your music collection as Excel, html, or xml files, so that you can show it to others.

If you’re anal-retentive about your music, MediaMonkey gives you all the reports you’ll need.

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CUSTOMIZE

Customize MediaMonkey with Skins, visualizations, plug-ins and other addons to make it do what you want it to. Integrate it with other applications such as sound editors, metadata lookup addons, customized reports, customized views, or create custom Auto-DJ rules. You can download addons created by other users, or write your own ; either way, you can easily extend MediaMonkey’s functionality.

If you’re a control freak, MediaMonkey gives you all the control you’ll want.

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WHAT YOU GET WITH THE RECOMMENDED MEDIA MONKEY GOLD UPGRADE FROM THE FREE VERSION ($24.95 No Upgrades License, $49.95 FREE Upgrades For Life License Options)

 

MULTIPLE MEDIA COLLECTIONS

‘Collections’ allow large media libraries to be segmented, customized and managed independently. For example Classical Music, Jazz, Kids Music, Home videos, TV, etc. can each configured with custom views and playback rules. For example, a Classical Music collection can be configured to display a Conductor node and an Original Year column, and play with cross-fading disabled, whereas Contemporary Music wouldn’t.

MediaMonkey gives you all the tools you need to manage large music / movie collections.

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ORGANIZE FILES AUTOMATICALLY

Automatically organize and rename audio / video files on your hard drive into a logical hierarchy of your choice according to a set of rules that you define. Classical music can be organized by Composer and Home Videos by Date and MediaMonkey will take care of organizing them automatically as a background process.

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AUTO-CONVERSION AND LABELING

Auto-conversion allows you to automatically sync, share (over DLNA) or burn tracks, converting tracks on-the-fly to a format that is supported by your iPod/iPhone or other portable device or CD/DVD/DLNA player, while retaining all metadata.

Auto-conversion can also convert tracks to lower bitrates to make more effective use of the limited storage capacity on a portable device. This is especially useful for lossless music collections, which can’t fit on a portable device.

In addition, Auto-leveling levels track volume on-the-fly so that tracks play at a steady volume on CDs/DVDs and on devices that don’t support volume leveling (i.e. most devices besides iPods).

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PROFESSIONAL QUALITY CD RIPPING

Secure Ripping detects when a CD has been damaged and throttles the disc’s rotation until it is sufficiently slow to deliver identical reads on at least 2 occasions. Once a disc has been ripped, MediaMonkey can validate that it was bit-perfect by comparing the resultant data to that of the AccurateRip database.

MediaMonkey delivers professional quality ripping in consumer-friendly software.

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MORE GREAT BENEFITS FROM MEDIA MONKEY GOLD:

  • Automatically lookup Artwork and lyrics so that you don’t have to. MediaMonkey can also download the metadata without updating the tags so that it isn’t saved until you approve.
  • Find music with advanced search functionality that digs through your collection to find tracks according to almost any criteria that you can think of. Search for Composer, Year, Beats per minute; find Lyrics, etc. and stop pulling your hair out trying to find music you know you have.
  • Encode unlimited MP3s without having to manually install a new MP3 encoder (the free version of MediaMonkey includes a time-limited LAME MP3 encoder. If you’re so inclined, you can manually replace it with the free LAME encoder, or you can just upgrade to MediaMonkey Gold).
  • Catalog your physical CDs and use the Virtual CD feature to keep track of what CDs you own and at the same time see which subset of tracks from those CDs are copied to your hard drive. Instead of tracking your CDs and tracks separately, the virtual CD function gives you an integrated view..
  • Import and save audio tracks from Audio CDs and MP3 CDs with unprecedented flexibility using the Virtual CD. It allows you to sample tracks from various sources, select which ones you want to import, and then import and save the files in a single operation.
  • Create Previews, short samples of audio tracks, that you can use when trying to decide which audio files you want to add to your collection.
  • Burn CDs at the maximum speed permitted by your hardware