Saving Tracks (and other 'Batch' Operations)
 

Saving Tracks (and other 'Batch' Operations)

Clicking on the Save Tracks tab will take you to the Save Tracks window. In this window, you can:

Save tracks
Save tracks in DSD format
Copy these files to your MP3 Player or iPod
Import these files into your Windows Media Player library
Import saved tracks into iTunes
Declick some or all of your albums in 'batch' mode
Normalise some or all of your albums in 'batch' mode
Convert existing recordings to other file formats
Delete multiple albums or album components from your collection
Change the status of multiple albums
Move or copy albums between collections
Print part or all of your collection


Saving Tracks

VinylStudio can generate files in many formats, one per track, for any or all of the albums in your collection. These can then be played in Windows Media Player or iTunes, or copied out to your MP3 player or memory stick. Formats supported are MP3, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, OGG and, on Windows only, WMA. On the Macintosh, VinylStudio can also save tracks in AAC (MP4) and Apple Lossless (ALAC) format. These are the file formats favoured by iTunes (although iTunes can also play MP3 files perfectly well). Note that you can save your tracks in any format (or multiple formats), regardless of the format you recorded to.

Select the albums you want to save and then click on the Save Tracks button. The process may take a while, although VinylStudio will skip any tracks that have been saved before (unless they have changed). To force VinylStudio to save all tracks regardless, check the 'Always save tracks, even if saved before' box. You can also save individual tracks by selecting Save Track As from the Track menu in the Split Tracks window.

By default, saved tracks are saved in the following folder:


        <Name of your collection>

You can change this in the Settings dialog under the Options menu. You can also browse the folder from this dialog and you can change settings used for file encoding (e.g. the level of compreesion to be used) when saving tracks.

VinylStudio will automatically update the album status for each album saved to help you keep track of your work.

Please note that if you are running VinylStudio Lite this feature may be unavailable. To upgrade, select 'Upgrade to Full Version' from the Help menu.

Tip: to select several albums in a block, click on the first (make sure it is ticked) and then shift-click on the last.

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Saving Tracks in DSD Format

Starting in VinylStudio 8.6, you can save your tracks as DSD files provided you recorded to DSD format in the first place. To do save as DSD, tick the 'Save DSD recordings as DoP' checkbox in the confirmation dialog displayed when you save your tracks or choose a 'native' DSD format (.dff or .dsf). Files saved as DoP are stored in standard WAV, AIFF, FLAC, CAF or Apple Lossless files and can be played back directly by a compatible DAC.

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Copying Files to your MP3 Player or iPod

To copy tracks to an iPod, iPad or iPhone, use iTunes. You will need to save your tracks first as described above.

To copy tracks to an MP3 player, first save them as MP3 files as described above. Then plug your MP3 player (or memory stick) into a USB port and click on the Copy to Player button. VinylStudio then displays the following dialog:

VinylStudio displays a list of drive letters which it thinks might be MP3 players or memory sticks. Select the one you want from the list and VinylStudio will then open two side-by-side, with your saved tracks on the left and your MP3 player on the right. You can then drag and drop files from one to the other in the usual way:

When dragging files across, be careful not to create too many folders on your MP3 player. Many players have a fairly low limit (10 or so) on the number of folders they can handle.

If you want to know how much space is left on your MP3 player, right-click in an empty part of the right-hand pane and select Properties.

Please note that the Copy to Player function is not available in the App Store version of VinylStudio.

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Playing Files in Windows Media Player

There are two approaches to this: you can either have VinylStudio generate playlists, one per album, or you can import the MP3 files you have generated into Media Player's library directly.

To create playlists, select the Create Playlists for Windows Media Player option from the File menu. VinylStudio will then generate a playlist for each album in your collection and store them in the following folder:


        <Name of your collection>
            Playlists

(You can change this folder from the Settings dialog under the Options menu).

You can then open or import these playlists into Media Player in the usual way. They have the advantage of maintaining the identity of the albums in your collection.

To import your MP3 files directly into Media Player's library (which is the more common approach), click on Media Player's Library tab, and then on Add to Library. Alternatively, you can tell Media Player to monitor your My Music folder. Then, all MP3 files that VinylStudio (or any other program) generates in that folder - or any folder below it - will be added to the library automatically. This is the default for Media Player 12 and later. To see what folders Media Player 12 is monitoring, click on Organise, and then Manage Libraries - Music.

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Importing Saved Tracks into your iTunes Music Library

VinylStudio does this by default on the Mac. If you prefer it not to, uncheck 'Add saved tracks to iTunes library' in the confirmation dialog which is displayed just before the tracks are saved. And if the process stalls, check whether iTunes is displaying some kind of message box.

You might consider configuring iTunes to not copy tracks into its media folder when they are added to the library. This can save a lot of disk space. You can set this option in the 'Advanced' section of iTunes' Preferences window. Alternatively, use VinylStudio's new 'Delete tracks saved by VinylStudio after adding to iTunes' option. Don't use both together!

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'Batch' Declick

To declick some or all of your albums in a single operation, select the ones of interest in the list and then select Scan Selected Albums for Clicks from the menu under the More button. You will be prompted for the scan settings to be used and then VinylStudio will perform the scan. For more information on what the various scan settings do, please refer to the Scan for Clicks help topic. Each album side takes about 1 minute on a modern computer.

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'Batch' Normalisation

To normalise some or all of your albums in a single operation, select the ones of interest in the list and then select Normalise Selected Albums from the menu under the More button. You will be prompted for the volume level to be used and then VinylStudio will set to work with no further manual intervention required. Processing time varies depending on what filters you have selected for the albums in question. The Hiss filter is particularly CPU-intensive.

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'Batch' File Conversion

VinylStudio can convert existing recordings from one file format to another. You might, for example, have recorded or imported your recordings in WAV format but now wish to convert them to FLAC format to save disk space. You can do such conversions in this window - just select the albums you want to convert in the list and then select Convert Recording Format of Selected Albums from the menu under the More button.

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Deleting Multiple Albums or Album Components

To delete multiple albums at a time from your collection, select them in the list and then select Delete Selected Albums or Album Components from the menu under the More button.

In addition to deleting the albums themselves, you can elect to just delete certain components, such as your 'raw' recordings, while retaining the albums themselves in your collection as a reminder of what you have done. If you are exporting tracks to iTUnes, there is some mileage in deleting the tracks saved by VinylStudio, as these are duplicates of the copies stored in the iTunes library.

If you have plenty of disk space, consider keeping your albums around. That way, you can always save your tracks again if you need them in another format, for example.

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Changing the Status of Multiple Albums

You can use the album status to keep track of the stage you have reached working on a particular album or albums. To change the status of multiple albums at a time from your collection, select them in the list and then select Set Status of Selected Albums from the menu under the More button.

VinylStudio supports upto 5 'custom' status settings which you can use for whatever purpose you choose. You can give these names of your own by selecting 'Set Custom Album Status Names' from the Options menu.

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Moving or Copying Albums Between Collections

This option can be used to merge two or more collections. To move albums from collection A to collection B, proceed as follows:

  1. Open collection A (Menu -> File -> Open Collection, or Menu -> File -> Recent Collections).
  2. Go to the 'Save Tracks' window.
  3. Select the desired albums in the list (or use 'Select All').
  4. Under the More button, select 'Move or Copy Selected Albums to Another Collection'.
  5. Navigate to collection B and select your desired options.
  6. Confirm that you want to proceed.

VinylStudio will then take care of the rest.

Options available at step 5 are:

Generally, moving albums is what you want.

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Printing Part or All of your Collection

To print part or all of your collection, select the desired albums in the list (or use 'Select All') and then select Print Selected Albums from the menu under the More button. You can control exactly what is printed in the 'Printing Options' tabsection.

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