Continuing the series of my favorite music tools, The MusicIP Mixer
(the mixer formally known as Prince
, er I mean Music Magic Mixer!) is primarily a playlist generator. I use this app quite a bit, when not using the scrobblerdj script (discussed in my first journal entry).
The mixer uses some technology called MusicDNS, which is a patented music analysis which allows the mixer to generate playlists based on acoustic properties (acoustic fingerprint), among several other things.
The basic premise is that various music has acoustical relationships with other music that we may not even be aware of, and the mixer uses these properties to generate the playlists of hopefully good music we would enjoy based on the seed song(s)/artist(s).
This is somewhat similiar to how last.fm builds music relationships based on users and how they play their music, but acoustically driven instead of user/submission driven.
The mixer has quite a few adjustable perameters and options to adjust the variety/consistency... you can even right click a track and replace it/the artist, or say you want 'more like this' or 'less like this' to be integrated to the current mix.
A few other features include syncing of various usb mp3 players, basic tag editing, generate a list to help find duplicate tracks, fix inconsistent artists, etc, can use as a UPNP server for use with streaming clients, can run as windows service, and many more features to come in the future.
While the mixer has a lot of positive things going for it, there are a few annoyances and potential pitfalls you should be aware of... Currently the 1.6 version has some issues with non-ansi characters, like Motley Crue
and such. If you chose the 'archive analysis' option (which saves the analysis info to the tags, you can end up with some mangled tags... so its better for now to just leave that option disabled.
While the basic mixer is free, several of the advanced features do require a 'registered' key to enable.
One rather large annoyance is the time it takes to fully analyse your library. Depending of course on the size and how 'common' the tracks are, it can take from several hours, to a couple days, to a few weeks to fully analyse everything...
and while the analysis is processing it can use quite a bit of cpu and ram making it difficult to do other stuff... best to run at night or change the priority using task manager to low priority so your other programs do not get bogged down.
The good thing is that you can generally get started mixing relatively quickly, as the mixer will make a quick identifcation pass by name before diving in to any full analysis required. Any track that is 'green' is mixable with others.
Another really good thing is that MusicIP has partnered with MusicBrainz
to provide the MusicDNS fingerprinting identification techonology for use with the MusicBrainz Picard Tagger... as more tracks get associated with the musicbrainz database, it becomes a very nice way to get your tags metadata cleaned up and made consistent. (my journal on musicbrainz should be posted in the coming days)
The fingerprinting library (but not the analysis techology) is even available open source to be added to any other apps that wish to use the features MusicIP has available.
edit: Here is an example 80 minute playlist generated (based on my current settings) with the track Project Pitchfork Timekiller (And One remix)
as the mix 'seed'.
J:\Music\P\Project Pitchfork\Project Pitchfork
- 2004 - Timekiller - 05 - Timekiller (And One remix).mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Das Ich\Das Ich
- 1996 - Kindgott - 01 - Kindgott.mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Icon of Coil\Icon of Coil
- 2004 - Machines Are Us - 08 - Transfer-Complete.mp3
- 2000 - Neurology 1994-2000 - 04 - Defeated (Neurosonic mix) 1999.MP3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Techno\Techno - [Random Techno] - Initial D
- Burning Desire.mp3
J:\Music\I\Icon Of Coil\Icon Of Coil - 2006 - II - 13 - Situations Like These (album version).ogg
J:\Music\_NEW_\Das Ich\Das Ich - 2000 - Re_Laborat - 02 - Das Ich im Ich (And One remix).mp3
J:\Music\I\Icon Of Coil\Icon Of Coil - 2006 - II - 01 - Former Self (V.1. 0).ogg
J:\Music\_NEW_\In Strict Confidence\In Strict Confidence
- 2002 - Herzattacke - 08 - Herzattacke (single version).mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Das Ich\Das Ich - 1997 - Destillat - 04 - Chroma (Soldano version).mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Assemblage 23\Assemblage 23
J:\Music\_NEW_\Project Pitchfork\Project Pitchfork - 2005 - Kaskade - 02 - The Future Is Now.mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Neuroactive\Neuroactive - 2000 - Neurology 1994-2000 - 205 - Media Player (radio edit).MP3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Das Ich\Das Ich - 1997 - Egodram - 07 - Krieger.mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Project Pitchfork\Project Pitchfork - 2005 - Kaskade - 07 - Abyss.mp3
J:\Music\_NEW_\Project Pitchfork\Project Pitchfork - 2002 - Inferno - 08 - Awakening.ogg
- 1997 - Transistor - 03 - Galaxy.mp3
The mixer has recently started 1.7 beta, you can learn about joining the beta here
(to be continued...)