Quick tagging Energy, Genre & Mood (with customized foobar)
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    Default Quick tagging Energy, Genre & Mood (with customized foobar)

    Ever felt like the genre of d/led tracks are simply not right?
    Ever felt like energy-level on auto-pilot using MIK for ex. are not doing it right?
    Ever felt like u wanted the mood of a song in your tag too?
    Ever felt like u wanted the characteristics of a tune showing in your DJ app?
    ...But there was no simple easy fast solution?

    PROBLEM
    Genre tags in audio files are simply not correct.
    Whether downloaded from popular source like iTunes, Beatport or d/led elsewhere,
    It seems due marketing they intent to put a different tag, a less explicit genre in there.

    If you google on this topic, u will see there is no real solution.
    Scripts try to grab the genre based on last.fm tags or on lyrics, which doesn't lead anywhere solid.
    People may even have a different opinion what kind of genre a track is.

    And what about Energy level?
    MIK seems to be the only automatic software out there and does a so/so job IMHO.
    What about mood?

    To listen to them yourself and right-clicking them > edit id3-tag, and fill in the right genre, energy & mood is a tedious job.
    What if this could be semi-automated by providing an app that provides a straight-forward method to do this?


    SOLUTION
    An app that lets the user (and therefor the whole DJ community + music lovers) quickly tag pre-defined tags to the Metadata of a music file, preferably in Comment tag, since all mediaplayers can handle it.

    In the fight of getting my music-collection in shape, I found out about foobar and its cool plugins.
    I've made a demo + tutorial, how to quickly tag genre, mood and energy to your music in 15 seconds per track!



    Download foobar quicktag themed (Portable):
    https://mega.nz/#!xdh1BYxB!Ro5BRHKQw...4zbjVksRP3zcGg

    0) ENTER to Play; SPACE to Pause/Play;
    1) using LEFT & RIGHT to skip backward/forward in the track;
    2) Using custom buttons made in Photoshop;
    3) Energy-wise using 1, 2, 3 for Low, Mid or High;
    4) Using shortkey 'G' to open Genre tag;
    5) Mood-wise using 'D' for Dark , 'C' for Chill, 'H' for Happy, 'S' for Sad; 'A' for Aggressive
    6) Using CTRL-DEL to delete file;
    7) Starrating will be automatically filled in based on amount of energy;
    8) CTRL-S to save;
    9) Using foorbar2000 only.

    How to make your own customized version?
    See tutorial:


    Let me know what you guys think
    Need any help? Just ask!
    Last edited by bascurtiz; 05-18-2020 at 05:07 PM.
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    I changed my mind and decided to use dedicated fields (instead of putting all info to the comment field).
    Since not every field is read the same in the Big 4 (Traktor, VirtualDJ, Serato, Rekordbox)
    I had to make 4 portable variants, each pre-themed and pre-configured so it works out of the box.

    Also added CHARACTERISTICS (like Vocals, Instruments, Vibe...) but you can add your own descriptions too.

    All are fully MP3 compatible, with a bonus, Traktor variant is fully FLAC compatible aswell.
    Others are partly FLAC compatible, see also:
    https://www.virtualdj.com/forums/225...__program.html
    https://serato.com/forum/discussion/1688020
    https://forums.pioneerdj.com/hc/en-u...to-manipulate-

    The shortcut keys are all the same:
    Open (CTRL+O)
    Energy low/1 star (1)
    Energy mid/3 stars (2)
    Energy high/5 stars (3)
    Genre (G)
    Happy (H)
    Sad (S)
    Dark (D)
    Chill (C)
    Angry/aggressive (A)
    Save (CTRL+S)

    Pause/Play (SPACE)
    Skip forward (->)
    Skip backward (<-)
    Up & Down
    Select (ENTER)
    Select all (CTRL+A)
    Delete file (CTRL+DEL)

    right-click a picture > open in new tab > to zoom in



    Traktor themed (FLAC + MP3 compatible)
    Download link: https://mega.nz/#!dQZHkaIS!PFPsp00ye...etGE_tILYUt83o
    FLAC:
    Energy = RATING WMP
    Mood = MIXARTIST
    Characteristics = ORGANIZATION

    MP3:
    Energy = RATING
    Mood = REMIXED BY
    Characteristics = PUBLISHER




    VirtualDJ themed (MP3: Set rating to 1,3,5 / FLAC: Set rating to 20,60,100)
    Download link: https://mega.nz/#!dBIBGa5b!H1m4Ukh0s...ZKI-zoktNB72hE
    FLAC:
    Energy = RATING
    Mood = REMIXER
    Characteristics = COMPOSER

    MP3:
    Energy = RATING
    Mood = REMIXED BY
    Characteristics = COMPOSER




    Serato themed (MP3 compatible)
    Download link: https://mega.nz/#!MVJxzAZC!2yqct4GDf...kddFQT2Nlgt90Y
    FLAC:
    Energy = COMPOSER
    Mood = n/a
    Characteristics = n/a

    MP3:
    Energy = COMPOSER
    Mood = REMIXED BY
    Characteristics = PUBLISHER




    Rekordbox themed (MP3 compatible)
    Download link: https://mega.nz/#!xBYjxAKI!3q2hL2LyU...G84XF3n4dz-evM
    FLAC:
    Energy = n/a
    Mood = MIXARTIST
    Characteristics = LABEL

    MP3:
    Energy = RATING
    Mood = MIXARTIST
    Characteristics = PUBLISHER
    Last edited by bascurtiz; 05-18-2020 at 05:01 PM.
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    Default Thankyou!

    Thank you for this work, what a great idea
    I'm trying to use your portable version for Traktror, my
    only question is how do I pull up the charecterstics menu,
    it isn't on the ride side of my foobar's window?

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    Quote Originally Posted by devs View Post
    Thank you for this work, what a great idea
    I'm trying to use your portable version for Traktror, my
    only question is how do I pull up the charecterstics menu,
    it isn't on the ride side of my foobar's window?
    Thanks

    Strange?
    What is the resolution of your screen?

    Just tested it, should show up , out of the box, see:
    https://gyazo.com/f0c6fddc6ea3394340e0bd655e48bd47
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    @devs try this one (optimized for low resolution screen (1280x800):
    https://mega.nz/#!0QQSkawC!1THPY9sTE...1gsgO4bsyz_jKI
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    Can’t believe I missed this first time round...

    Amazing work, mate.

    Why on earth did Serato choose to save RATING in the COMPOSER tag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    Canít believe I missed this first time round...

    Amazing work, mate.

    Why on earth did Serato choose to save RATING in the COMPOSER tag?
    Thanks bro

    Alternative would be something like Beatport Pro for Desktop, but it doesn't have these handy keyboard shortcuts built-in + it's not customizable to your own values/likings.

    Regarding Serato:
    Serato using its local database for certain values.
    This way the rating value for example, can't be written directly to the file through any other program.
    Hence I had to use a standard field (like Composer) in order to write the value to the file, as a work-around.

    You can change where to write those values to, field-wise though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bascurtiz View Post
    Thanks

    Strange?
    What is the resolution of your screen?

    Just tested it, should show up , out of the box, see:
    https://gyazo.com/f0c6fddc6ea3394340e0bd655e48bd47

    Ahhh, it was a resolution thing! Changed to a lower res and now it's there haha...
    Thanks dude

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    One other bug I seem to have is that when I save a genre, it minimizes foobar. Any ideas?

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    This sounds good, is it available for Mac?

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