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AudioExpert - Cleaning up music libraries was never that easy!

 

AudioExpert is a Music Organizer Software to tidy, manage, clean up, align, sort, join/merge, and organize music archives resp. music libraries. Supported formats are  MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, OGG, OPUS, FLAC, AIFF, MPC, WAV and AAC.

 

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AudioExpert offers a large number of features that will support you on the tasks to manage your audiofiles. The main tools will be described below. You can view a video introduction on youtube

 

Main features

Joining music archives

AudioExpert can merge multiple archive-parts or distributed collections into one structured hierarchy.

You have two or more large music libraries? And you know that your collection contains the same title more than once? And you don't feel like sitting there for hours and do the work on your own? Here's the solution! Simply let AudioExpert do the work for you! AudioExpert will find the duplicates itself, while scanning the different archives. It will only copy those files that are not in your archive or have a better quality.

Detecting duplicates

AudioExpert detects duplicates and picks the one with the better quality, the others will be sent to the trash folder.

The detection is done either via MD5 Hashsum (regarding the pure audiostream only) and/or via the recognized tags. AudioExpert decides which file will be taken over by the bitrate, the stereomode, the length of the title and the samplingrate. In the preview you can check, and if necessary, modify it.

You can always check the results by taking a look in the trash folder; no files will be deleted unless you tell AudioExpert to do so.

Verify bitrate / analyze frequency spectrum

AudioExpert can detect musicfiles that were re-encoded with a higher bitrate

Re-encoding audiofiles with a higher bitrate does NOT improve the quality, it just claims that it is better. In reality, the quality gets even worse. AudioExpert can help you to identify those songs and fix this by re-importing a better version.

Drag & Drop

You can easily reassign single songs or whole albums to another interpret / album via drag & drop or context-menu

The program will learn and memorize, when an association was adjusted. At the next import of a similar file it would automatically end up in the correct folder. In addition, also the (id3-)tags of the musicfile and the file names will automatically be adjusted when committing the preview.

In addition, AudioExpert can update the ID-tags of the files and adopt playlists containing these songs so they will still work after moving or renaming the files.

The most common actions can be repeated by hitting the F4 key. The memorized action will be shown in the statusbar.

 

Sampler-detection

AudioExpert will detect compilations and keep the songs in one album.

No more taking apart from sampler to interpret. The song "U and Ur Hand" from "P!nk" stays in the sampler "Bravo Hits 55", and it won't be misfiled under the interpret "P!nk" as an own album "Bravo Hits 55" with only one title. Of course the title will stay in the album "I'm Not Dead" from "P!nk" in addition..

Large archives

Even if your archive contains more than 100,000 tracks, AudioExpert will still run fast and easy.

Importing a test-environment containing more than 150,000 songs took less than 2 hours (internal SATA drive, no computation of checksums or fingerprints)
The commit-run, including copying all 150,000 files from one internal SATA drive to an external eSATA drive, took less than 6 hours. AudioExpert allocated 500 MB RAM.

Working with a database containing 50,000 tracks you will normally not have to wait for AudioExpert to completing a regular task like searching or renaming a track. If your database grows, some requests might take a moment.

The following time measurements were taken on Intel® Core™2Duo,  3GHz, and a database containing 150,000 songs

  • Searching for artists that contain the string "Abba": Ca. 2 seconds (quickfilter) resp. 0,2 seconds  (detail search) with a resultset of 1,000 matches.
  • Searching for tracks containing "more": Ca. 3 seconds (quickfilter) resp. 0,5 seconds (detail search) with a resultset of 1,000 matches
  • Searching for all tracks with a year between 1980 and 1985 and having a genre containing "rock": Ca. 3 seconds (quickfilter) resp. 0,2 Sekunden (detail search)  with a resultset of 1,000 matches.

Refreshing the whole view took less than 5 seconds, on an i7 much faster.

Tip: If you are batch-renaming a lot of artists, albums or tracks on a large database, you can deactive the automatic refresh in the settings. Manually refreshing the view is always possible by striking the F5 key.

For research purpose, the detail search is recommended on large databases (menu "Search / Search in database").

Updating playlists

AudioExpert can adopt your playlists so they will still work after renaming or moving files.

Playlists in m3u or pls format will be processed prior to renaming the files. AudioExpert will firstly adopt the playlist, then move the files. AudioExpert can not repair playlists: If a playlist contains a reference to a file that can not be found or is not in the AudioExpert database, this line will remain as it is.

Preview mode

All changes in AudioExpert will be done in the database and will affect your files only within the commit run.

While working with AudioExpert, no files will be copied, moved or deleted. AudioExpert always shows a preview of how your files will look like after the commit process. You can easily see which files will be modified, because they will be shown in a different color. The undo-feature allows you to undo the last step.

If you are satisfied with the preview, you can launch the commit run to save the changes to your files. If you rollback all changes, everything will stay as it was prior to edit in AudioExpert.

Manage USB/SDHC devices e.g. for your car

If you want to perpare an usb-stick to use in your car, you can easily mark the desired tracks in AudioExpert and put them to a library. Libraries can be synchronized with an USB drive and can be reformatted (folder structure and filenames). It's possible to maintain more than one library. Within the sync process, only changed tracks will be copied.
If your library contains audiofile in a format that your car does not support, you can easily transcode the format within the export-process

Burn data- or audio-CDs (DVD / Blu-Ray)

AudioExpert can burn selected songs to CD, DVD or Blu-ray. In case of data-CDs, you can also transcode the format of your audiofiles if your library contains songs in different formats.

Copy songs to mobile devices such as MTP-capable, portable devices

If your device is recognizes as a portable device by Windows, you can easily copy songs to this device using one of AudioExpert's export functions, e.g. "Right-mouse-key > Export selected tracks". Also available within the synchronization of libraries or exporting playlists.

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Integration of external applications

Working with iTunes

You can import your iTunes media center to AudioExpert and export changes back to iTunes.

Import your iTunes media center to AudioExpert, edit, cleanup and rearrange your tracks and export your changes back to iTunes. AudioExpert will remove nonexisting files from your iTunes media center (if you want this), adopts filenames and the naming of artists, albums etc. Your iTunes playlists can also be adopted. The detailled export dialog lets you access full control of the export process.

AutoTagging

Completely untagged or mistagged files can be identified by the autotagging feature

AudioExpert uses the.echonest (http://the.echonest.com). AudioExpert can not guarantee a level of quality for this service.

last.fm

Scrobbeln your songs to last.fm

Normalize loudness (ReplayGain / MP3Gain)

You can normalize the output level of your audiofiles by ReplayGain or MP3Gain.

Using the functionality provided by MP3Gain or ReplayGain you can normalize the loudness of your files without having to re-encode the files or losing quality. ReplayGain is not supported by all players, but only modifies some few ID-tags. MP3Gain works on almost all players, but does heavily changes to the MP3-files (without re-encoding it).

Import CDs

AudioExpert can import CDs and convert them to MP3 using the LAME encoder. Experts can integrate any other command-line based encoder like LAME.exe

Searching albumcovers

AudioExpert can search albumcovers using Google or Amazon.

Searching lyrics

AudioExpert can search for lyrics on LyricWiki.

Searching genre and release date

AudioExpert can search for genre and release-date at last.fm.

Tag-Editor with MusicBrainz integration

The most common tags can be edited directly within AudioExpert. Using the MusicBrainz online-service, you can save a lot of time.

The inline editor allows editing tags directly in the listview. If you have selected more than one track, all selected tracks will be set to the new value.

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Tools

Unifying notation

AudioExpert can adjust the notation by using several options, e.g. all lowercase, all uppercase, titlecase etc.

Converting Codepages

You can convert any codepage to unicode. Simply specify the sourcelanguage and AudioExpert will show you a preview of how the ANSI-text will look in unicode.

Converting UTF8

If you have UTF8 encoded texts that were saved in a wrong format you can easily reconvert them to a readable format.

Removing comments

If you want to, you can advise AudioExpert to remove unwanted tags from your mp3 files.

Structured hierarchy

You define the naming convention and folder hierarchy. AudioExpert sorts your files using these patterns. You can not only define the naming convention for the musicfiles. The folder structure and folder naming convention can also be defined.
You can also define an individual naming schema

Sub-libraries / multiple collections

You can define sub-collections and synchronize them with external devices. You can switch between different databases.

Using different databases you can maintain completely distinct sets of files.

Sub-libraries are a cool feature if you intend to copy subsets e.g. to a MP3-player or if you want to create a small subset for an external drive for a party.

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Research

High performance search feature

Even if your database contains more than 200,000 songs, AudioExpert still finds your files within seconds

When working with a good hardware equipment, you don't need to fear large libraries that are containing more than 200,000 tracks. The detailled search process will return the results fast - even on large databases.

The following example-queries were measured on Intel® Core™2Duo, 3GHz, with a database containing 250,000 tracks.

  • Show all songs between 1980-1985 having more than 3 stars (< 3 seconds)
  • Show all songs with a genre containing metal or rock that were puiblished after 2009 (< 3 seconds)
  • Show all songs containing "train" from 1980 or 1985  (<1 second)

Regular expressions

AudioExpert supports regular expressions (PEARL-Syntax) for detail search or mass-change purpose.

Finding music files with encoding errors

AudioExpert can search for tracks that have significant encoding errors or cannot be played back at all.

Inspection of completeness

Using this function, you can check: Are your albums complete or do they miss titles? If so, which? Also, when you only know the name of the album, AudioExpert will check and complete the missing title informations out of the internet. To use this functionality, you need to have access to MusicBrainz online service. Also, enough time, bandwidth and an appropriate download-contingent (depending on the size of the archive).

MusicBrainz online research

AudioExpert offers searching for tracks live on the MusicBrainz database. This is interesting for research purpose.

Phonetical search

You don't know how exactly to spell an interpret's name? Is it y or i? F or ph? No problem! The phonetical search will find the interpret, album or title, even if you are unsure.

The phonetical research is optimized for german and english language.

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Even more features

Export playlists

If your MP3-player does not support playlists, you can simply export any playlist to a folder of your choice. AudioExpert can include a sequence number to your files, so the desired order is compiled to the filename.

Auto-recognition of mistyping or different spelling

For example, AudioExpert recognizes that "Marilyn Manson" and "Marylin Manson" is one and the same artist. The identification unfortunately is not working by 100% and sometimes even makes mistakes, but it is very easy to adjust. Corrected once, the program is informed and won't do the same mistake again.

Using subfolders

Classic music, comedy, charts - you don't have to mix this all to one subfolder! AudioExpert helps you to keep your archive clean by using subfolders. Simply assign your artists or albums to the desired folder via drag & drop - that's all.

Using user-defined tags

You can tag any of your tracks with user-defined tags. The import wizard offers to define a tag within the import-process, so all files will be tagged, even if they were not imported because they do already exist in your database.

Metadata

AudioExpert supports Metadata. Your Albumcovers, lyrics etc. will be kept, even if you rename or move an album.

Identifying tags

Identification of interpret / album / title for untagged data files via filename

The identification is reliant on the required informations of the file names and file paths. Unfortunately, there is no way of an identification by 100%. A fingerprint searching function over an online-service like MusicBrainz is planned for future releases.
This is also possible anytime using menu "Edit > ID-Tags > Extract tags from filename". This dialog offers a preview, so configuring is very easy.

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