Your Music Library
The Music Library will contain all the songs on your computer, which includes:
Songs you downloaded
Songs from CDs you ripped.
Recordings you created
Anything in MP3, OGG, WMA or WAV format that is longer than 1 minute
(1 minute is the default minimum length and can be changed in the Preferences.)
Any changes made can be undone if you make a mistake. Simply click "Ctrl+Z" to undo and "Ctrl+Y" to redo any changes.
If you don't see the "Music Library" window pictured below, click the button on the toolbar.
Scanning For Songs Browsing Your Library
Retagging Your Songs Quick Retag
Deleting Songs Playing Songs in the Music Library
Clean Library Delete Library
Scanning For Songs
The software will automatically look for new songs on your computer. If you have downloaded or copied new songs to your computer, you'll need to scan them into DJ Twist & Burn.
Click the "Scan" button to start scanning for eligible songs. By default, it will look for MP3, WMA, OGG & WAV files over 1 minute in length. You can change where and what it scans by changing the "Sound Scan" Preferences.
Browsing Your Library
You can browse your library in 2 ways:
By Artist and album
(Sting, Alanis, Bach, Toad, Miles Davis, etc.)
By Genre (or style)
(Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical, etc.)
To browse by artist, click the + sign by the "Browse by Artist" item. It will expand and show you all of your artists. Then click the + near an artist you'd like to expand and it will show you all albums and songs under that artist.
The above shows the Music library in action. In this case we have selected 4 songs under "Alicia Keys".
Retagging Your Songs
In a perfect world, we wouldn't have to do retag our music, but in many cases the songs that you download or rip aren't titled or tagged correctly.
Simply right click on a song to correct any erroneous information and the following dialog box will appear.
You can edit the song information for individual songs this way.
Title (The name of the song)
Artists (self explanatory)
Album (self explanatory)
Year (The year the CD was made.)
Track (original track number on the album)
Genre (The style of music)
Comment (Whatever you'd like)
In addition to editing a single song, you can correct albums and artists by right clicking on them and editing their information.
One of the neatest tricks in quickly retagging or fixing your music library is by drag and drop.
In this example, I have 2 albums related to Sting. One is lower case and one is upper case. I simply click on 'sting' and drag it onto 'Sting' with the capital S, and viola, the small case 'sting' and all of it's songs and folders are automatically retagged to be correct.
You can also do this with individual songs or albums or for reorganizing by genre.
You can use the Music Library to clean up songs that you don't want. Simply right click on an artist, album or song and click "Delete". Alternatively, you can drag and drop artists, albums or songs onto the trash icon.
If you accidentally delete a song, simply click "Ctrl+Z" for undo. (Alternatively, you can select "Undo" from the "Edit" menu.)
Deleting these songs do not delete them permanently from your hard drive. They are simply in the DJ Twist & Burn 'trash'. To permanently remove these songs, albums and artists, click "Empty Trash" on the Trash icon or by clicking "Empty Trash" from the "Library" menu.
What happens when you click "Empty Trash"? There are 3 options.
The first choice will actually move the songs into the Window's "Recycle Bin". ** BE WARNED AND BE CAREFUL - Some of the sounds could be important to some programs and games on your computer and could cause them not to run properly. Make sure that these songs are ok to delete! Acoustica cannot be held responsible for any lost sound files that are deleted this way.** The final step is to go right click on your Window's Recycle Bin and select "Empty Recycle Bin"
The second choice removes the song(s) from your library, but does not remove the songs from your computer. After removing it, it brings up the Preferences "Sound Scan" screen which allows you to add a directory to the "Exclude List" so that the song is not re-scanned. Why would you do this? If the sound scan is picking up songs from a game for example, you can add the game directory to the "Exclude List". IE: If you had a ton of songs from a game located at C:\Program Files\Star Wars\ then you could simply add this directory and they won't be picked up again in the next scan!
The third choice simply removes the song from the library. The next time a sound scan occurs, it will re-import the song!
Playing Songs In Your Library
Once you've amassed a collection of songs, it's nice to be able to play them! Simply click the play icon to start a song playing.
Continuous play - will automatically advance to the next song.
Random play - If continuous play is on, the next song will be a totally random selection from anywhere in your library.
I like to play in continuous and random play to keep things fresh when I'm working along. J For more on playback, click here.
Cleaning The Library
Get out the broom and dustpan! J Not. This process simply removes any songs that can no longer be found on your computer. (They've either moved or were on a temporary device like network drive, CD drive, etc.) To clean your music library, select "Clean Library" from the "Library" menu.
Deleting The Library
If you've imported a bunch of songs that are of the wrong length, or wrong directory, it's sometimes easier to just start over and delete the library. Select "Delete Library" from the "Library" menu. (Note that this will cause the software to restart, so you'll need to save any work.)