How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

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How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by mikeclarkusa » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:04 pm

I have ripped all my CDs into a WAV collection on a hard disk, and this seems to work well so far.

Is there any way to catalog all of the actual CDs stored on Sony CD 400 disc CD player? I don't need to control the player necessarily. I just want to show which slot the CDs are in on my computer.

Thanks for any advise. -mike

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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by MMan » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:35 pm

I don't know of any automated way to have your Sony player talk to Monkey. If all you want to do is have the slot # recorded in Monkey database, if you are willing to give it up for multiple disk sets, you could use the Disc # field. It allows three digit values so that could work. I personally don't use the Disc # field for multiple dis sets. I like each physical CD to show up as its own album. So I use the format <Album Name> - Disc <#> in the Album field. If you don't want to give up that field for the slot number, you could just use one of Monkey's custom fields to track the slot number. You can rename the custom fields in the <Tools> <Options> <Library> <Appearance> window.

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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by mikeclarkusa » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:46 am

Thanks for the good advice. Your solutions for MM sound good for cataloging.
Regarding multiple discs, I have been tempted to combine multiple discs in WAV format into a single disc. This seems more convenient but I haven't looked at the downside.
I still need to learn if my overall media system RF control can access MM remotely and display it on a TV. Otherwise, I will have to construct or find another catalog system of some sort able to access and display the stored WAV files or CDs.

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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by Lowlander » Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:26 pm

MediaMonkey can't feed other devices. You can install MediaMonkey on a PC with the TV or use a PC with remote desktop to connect to MediaMonkey.
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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by Peke » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:44 pm

Unfortunately there is no way to control device due the fact that it only uses Sony additional controller standard (I have not found any PC connection specs).

I do not own Sony CDPCX455 but I added all my Audio CDs to MediaMonkey one by one and added Number Prefix to CD Name so when I search for "Wayne Fontana - Groovy Kind Of Love" MM "Media" Column shows "0121. Heartbreaker Hits! of the 50´s, 60´s & 70’s (CD 1)" which I can insert in CD-Rom and Play.
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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by MMan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:43 am

mikeclarkusa wrote:Thanks for the good advice. Your solutions for MM sound good for cataloging.
Regarding multiple discs, I have been tempted to combine multiple discs in WAV format into a single disc. This seems more convenient but I haven't looked at the downside.
I still need to learn if my overall media system RF control can access MM remotely and display it on a TV. Otherwise, I will have to construct or find another catalog system of some sort able to access and display the stored WAV files or CDs.
There are systems that can control both CD players and digital music both on their own hard drive and on other devices on a network. One example is Escient. However, they are very expensive. The base Escient system with no hard drive (just controls CD/DVD players and plays digital music from a network source) is $999. Escient will allow you to access all the music with a remote through your TV's display. Unfortunately, the Ecient interface and cataloging capabilities are slow and nowhere near the power of Monkey's. Additionally, it doesn't provide the same flexibility to use your music with other devices.

For what it's worth, I had the Escient system controlling two Sony 400 disc players for the last 10 years. About 2 years ago I started ripping my 800+ CDs to FLAC files and cataloging them in Monkey. I have found it to be fantastic and unbelievably flexible relative to anything else I have seen. The piece that was missing was how to play the music through my relatively high end home audio system. I solved the problem using a high end sound card with the ASIO output plugin in monkey to play the FLAC files. I now only use Monkey to play music on the system and my Escient system sits idle. The benefit is that I can also use all the music with the family's ipods.

As Lowlander said, the last piece is finding a way to remotely control the PC that is physically connected to the audio system. I am just starting to play around with that and will post back when I get the remote access to the PC from a laptop accross the wifi network up and running. The switch from physical CDs to digital is a lot of work and very time consuming to rip and correctly tag everything. However, when it's done the benefits are amazing relative to using the CDs, even with the Escient system.

If you are interested, here are some posts on my system setup and some things to think about if you are going to rip your collection. Good luck.

http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewto ... &sk=t&sd=a

http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewto ... &sk=t&sd=a

http://www.mediamonkey.com/forum/viewto ... &sk=t&sd=a

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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by Peke » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:13 pm

@MMan
I would go with ATi Remote Wonder Plus (Remote Wonder 2 if you are able to find it, I own Remote Wonder 1 and Plus) or as last resort using FireFly as RF Remote Controler.

Both Are highly supported with various applications from oldest Girder to free Eventghost or even possibly intelliremote (Maybe the best one especially as it directly support MediaMonkey and Author is willing to cooperate)

Currently my personal project is using MM with http://www.soundgraph.com/Eng_/Products ... eftMenu=46 unfortunately I don't have enough time to work with it :(
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Re: How to catalog a physical CD collection with MM?

Post by MMan » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:52 pm

@Peke

Thanks, I'll check them out!

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