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post #61 of 114

David, incredible work.  I'm sure it's very enjoyable when you want to kick back and "explore".  The 'as sideman' category, ingenious.  I've just ordered an Apple Remote, I'd actually forgotten about Front Row before reading this thread.  Now I can finally get away from my desk!  I'll eventually buy a cheap used ipod touch to use as a remote as I really feel staring at a screen takes away from the listening experience.  How did you get the 'as sideman' category to work exactly?  Is it a smart playlist or manually done?

post #62 of 114
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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

David, incredible work.  I'm sure it's very enjoyable when you want to kick back and "explore".  The 'as sideman' category, ingenious.  I've just ordered an Apple Remote, I'd actually forgotten about Front Row before reading this thread.  Now I can finally get away from my desk!  I'll eventually buy a cheap used ipod touch to use as a remote as I really feel staring at a screen takes away from the listening experience.  How did you get the 'as sideman' category to work exactly?  Is it a smart playlist or manually done?


Thanks!  Not exactly a smart playlist, though I have the smart playlist include the comment section if the artist's name is mentioned.  Let's say the sideman is Cannonball Adderley and I'm filing the album "Kind of Blue", I create a Kind Of Blue playlist for all members of the album's lineup.  So in this case there were be 6 independent playlists made for Kind Of Blue, all titled Kind Of Blue but filed in different Artist sideman sections.  For Miles Davis, it would appear as a regular album, but for John Coltrane there would be a playlist named Kind Of Blue in his sideman folder, as would Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.  It becomes tedious, but this way I never forget whose on what. :)

post #63 of 114

^ I was afraid of that.  = ]

 

David, can I ask why you don't use one of the 'audiophile' players for Mac?  (Amarra, PM, etc.)  As far as I know they are all incompatible with Front Row.  = /

 

 

post #64 of 114
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I guess I'm not sure what the point of those are.  There are some bugs in FR but I can use other FR like programs like Plex and still use my navigation system.  I get bit perfect playback from the Mac using this so I don't see at all how another program would enhance anything at all.  The DAC and transport would be the same, so maybe I'm not sure what the point of those options are except for someone who doesn't want to make a system like this. 

 

Is there something I'm missing? I'd be curious to know if I am.  I wish FR was a little more audiophile friendly in terms offering a meter and some minor features like that, but in terms of it sounding any different, can it?

post #65 of 114

VERY impressive! I WANT! lol

 

I spend a lot of time organizing my music (I feel it's very important for listening to music...especially if you have a lot of albums), but I'm nowhere near your level of customization. Very cool!

post #66 of 114

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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post

I guess I'm not sure what the point of those are.  There are some bugs in FR but I can use other FR like programs like Plex and still use my navigation system.  I get bit perfect playback from the Mac using this so I don't see at all how another program would enhance anything at all.  The DAC and transport would be the same, so maybe I'm not sure what the point of those options are except for someone who doesn't want to make a system like this. 

 

Is there something I'm missing? I'd be curious to know if I am.  I wish FR was a little more audiophile friendly in terms offering a meter and some minor features like that, but in terms of it sounding any different, can it?


I recently demo'ed the new Fidelia and found iTunes/FR to be, just by a hair, smoother and warmer than Fidelia.  I prefer iTunes/FR.  The difference most definitely isn't worth losing the convenience of FR as a UI.

 

But since you have your setup dialed in so perfectly to your liking, I don't see any reason to switch.  

 

Side-note: Enjoying the new Apple remote.

post #67 of 114
This is truly amazing! I have seen many great music collections but this is by far the most well organized and intuitive, not to mention extensive system I have ever seen. This is a true testament to your love of music. I can only imagine what kind of effort it took to get all of this put together, but I suppose now that you've finished the main body the maintenance is much more manageable. Much respect here for your great dedication to this outstanding project!
post #68 of 114

This is the greatest and meticulous way someone has ever done his music library. To do it for 6500 songs (Telugu, Hindi and English), it took six months of my time. Doing it for 12,000 CDs, I bow to thee!!

post #69 of 114

Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

I am inspired

post #70 of 114

David, you must be single.  My wife thinks I spend too much time fiddling with my music as it is and I don't have anything as elaborate as you do.  I don't have much need for the organization you have.  I usually shuffle by album though my library (3500 CDs).  I do which I had more information on sidemen. 

 

I'm curious about how you listen to classical music.  Do you listen to albums or just to a single piece from a playlist?  If single pieces, how do you listen to short pieces like Chopin waltzes?

post #71 of 114
In my Classical library, I join tracks into complete pieces as a rip. All the movements of a symphony get joined into one piece. If it's a series of short pieces, like Chopin Mazurkas, I rip them all together. If I ever need to find a specific Mazurka, I have my CDs. Shuffle ability is most important to me. I would rip my hair out if shuffle just pulled up the second movement of a symphony.

I don't want to be limited to just shuffling by album and have to play through a whole CD before getting to the next one. I want overtures and shorter pieces Used to fill out the length of a CD to stand alone.
Edited by bigshot - 5/11/11 at 11:00am
post #72 of 114
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David, you must be single.  My wife thinks I spend too much time fiddling with my music as it is and I don't have anything as elaborate as you do.  I don't have much need for the organization you have.  I usually shuffle by album though my library (3500 CDs).  I do which I had more information on sidemen. 

 

I'm curious about how you listen to classical music.  Do you listen to albums or just to a single piece from a playlist?  If single pieces, how do you listen to short pieces like Chopin waltzes?

Hahahaha, to the first comment. 

 

I'm not married but I'm not single and my girlfriend thinks I'm "crazy", but moreso for my headphone expenses and collection rather than my music server. 

 

I listen to individual pieces.  So if I'm listening to the Nocturnes for example, I'll have them grouped into Op. #....Op. 27 being my favorite (the pair in C# and D-flat), but let's say the pianist put out a recital oriented CD and only covered one of the pieces which, in the case of Chopin, happens more often than complete Op. being released at once, I'll have a folder which starts of as Op. 27...then it will lead you to two choices [Complete] or [Segment]....and I'll drop in the playlists accordingly.  For pianists like Rubinstein or Pogorelich whom have recorded all the segments of specific genre simultaneously, for instance....The 4 Scherzos, I'll have an extra folder where once you click on [Scherzos} you have the choice of [Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor (Op. 20)] [Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor (Op. 31)] etc......but then at the top it will also have [Complete Scherzo Performances] as an option so that for the pianists who released the scherzos as a complete set, I can hear it this way as well. 
 

 


Edited by DavidMahler - 5/11/11 at 11:47am
post #73 of 114
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In my Classical library, I join tracks into complete pieces as a rip. All the movements of a symphony get joined into one piece. If it's a series of short pieces, like Chopin Mazurkas, I rip them all together. If I ever need to find a specific Mazurka, I have my CDs. Shuffle ability is most important to me. I would rip my hair out if shuffle just pulled up the second movement of a symphony.

I don't want to be limited to just shuffling by album and have to play through a whole CD before getting to the next one. I want overtures and shorter pieces Used to fill out the length of a CD to stand alone.


I've waffled back and forth on this.  In the days before iPods shuffled by album, or didn't do gapless playback, I ripped everything as one track.  A CD like Karajan's Mahher's 9th is horrible without gapless playback with it's 20 or 30 tracks.  Since iPods have done shuffle by album and gapless playback, I've ripped albums tracks as is, but I sometimes modify album names to isolate a piece or to make a piece that spans disks play as one.  A good example of this is the Rosalyn Tureck II from the Great Pianists of the 20th Century set.  For most of those CDs, I tag the album with a disc 1 and disc 2.  For Tureck's, the album includes the Goldberg Variations that overflows the first disc and includes the first six tracks of the 2nd disc.  I've coded all of those tracks as one album, and the rest of disc 2, which includes the French Overture, Italian Concerto, and 4 Duets, as a second album.

 

I almost always play with shuffle by album with either iTunes or my iPod, which contains around 60% of my library.

 

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Hahahaha, to the first comment. 

 

I'm not married but I'm not single and my girlfriend thinks I'm "crazy", but moreso for my headphone expenses and collection rather than my music server. 

 

 



My wife just doesn't like the time I spend tagging my music.  To her the crazy is why someone so into music would marry someone who's deaf.

 


Edited by scompton - 5/11/11 at 2:27pm
post #74 of 114

Very impressive!
It's amazing how much time you've invested in your server ... I have a modest collection around 1.5TB now and organizing is painful to say the least. Hardly get a chance to listen to any of the newer stuff after the organizing - and I don't even bother with the album art nor the tagging. blink.gif

post #75 of 114

I was so impressed with this thread, I started doing a better job organizing my music collection using itune but my year old ASUS was not up to it .

 Good news: most have been backed up into external drive. 

 

Thanks again, for inspiring me 

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