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Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby Mike Stranks » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:56 pm

Of late I've had to transcribe hundreds of CD tracks into MP3 format and index them. No big deal, but they've got a combination of either spurious gunk at the front or end of the filename or filenames that say 'Track 1' etc.. Before you ask, no; libraries such as Gracenote know not of these tracks' existence...

Three little free utilities have helped hugely:

1) Bulk Name Utility - allows you to manipulate the file name - eg. delete the first 5 characters; add extra stuff on the end etc.
2) Mp3tag - allows you to copy the filename into the tag information - and do much more besides.
3) Karen's Directory Printer- allows you to export all sorts of information from the directory tree structure either to print or as a file to be used in Excel etc. Brilliant for compiling lists of songs as a library list.

All three thoroughly recommended and have saved me oodles of time.
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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby blinddrew » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:20 pm

Definitely one for the Useful Information Archive!
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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:34 am

Thanks Mike - always good to have some links to helpful Windows utilities :thumbup:

Just tracked down Bulk Rename Utility here:

https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php


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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:52 am

blinddrew wrote:Definitely one for the Useful Information Archive!
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Agreed... and moved!

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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby Philbo King » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:30 am

Another very useful utility. It reads the audio from CD, allows you to use the LAME mp3 encoder, and will pull in MP3 tag info and album art from the web (for commercially released CDs) as well.

http://exactaudiocopy.de/
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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby The Elf » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:57 pm

Two of those I use almost constantly, but I'd not come across the directory printer thing.

I'd wholeheartedy concur with your comments on those utilities - indispensable.
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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby ken long » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:38 pm

[quote="Mike Stranks"]
3) Karen's Directory Printer- allows you to export all sorts of information from the directory tree structure either to print or as a file to be used in Excel etc. Brilliant for compiling lists of songs as a library list.[/quote]

I use a batch script for directory lists:

1. Open Notepad
2. Copy and paste the following: dir *.wav /b > list.txt
3. Save As Batch
4. Double click to run
5. A new .txt is created in the same directory

you can replace .wav with anything else.
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Re: Transcribing CDs to MP3 - 3 helpful utilities

Postby The Elf » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:42 pm

Applause!

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