The MediaMonkey Player

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Introduction

The MediaMonkey Player has 3 different modes which can be switched from using Player Type button.

  1. The Standard player. This appears within the main MediaMonkey window and has the most functionality.
  2. The MiniPlayer. This smaller version of the Player has reduced functionality and is optimally used for loading ready-made playlists. The MiniPlayer stays on top of other applications. Using the Playlist icon you can show/hide the Playing window.
    MediaMonkey MiniPlayer


  3. The MicroPlayer. This version of the Player sits next to the system tray as a toolbar in the Windows Taskbar and offers only very basic functions for when playlists have already been loaded, or the Auto-DJ is set. (The MicroPlayer is not available for Portable Installs).

Note: to enable the MicroPlayer to be displayed, you must Right-Click on the Windows Taskbar, and enable Toolbars > MediaMonkey Player.


Open Files

You can open specific files and URL's using File > Open URL or File from the Main Menu to select a specific file on your PC or to use the URL of a specific internet stream. This will not add the file or stream to the MediaMonkey Library.

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Shuffle Mode

Enabling Shuffle causes all of the Files in the Playing queue to be played in random order. This can be enabled/disabled via Play > Shuffle from the Main Menu. Shuffle will pick a random next media file from the Playing queue each time it switches to the next media file.

Shuffle overrides the Play Next action in that it will not play media files added via Play Next next, but instead pick a random media file. Use Randomize List before using Play Next to get a random Playing, disable Shuffle and then use Play Next to be able to have files added through Play Next to be played after the current playing media file.


Repeat Mode

MediaMonkey features two Repeat options available from Play > Repeat in the Main Menu. You can have it Repeat All or Repeat One. Repeat All will repeat all the files in the Playing queue whereas Repeat One will keep repeating the same file. Setting Repeat to Off will stop Repeat. Enabling Repeat will stop Auto-DJ from adding files unless a file near the end of the Playing queue is played per Auto-DJ settings.


Stopping Playback

MediaMonkey has 3 Stop methods available:

  • Play > Stop from the Main Menu will immediately Stop playback
  • Play > Stop after > Current file from the Main Menu will stop playback after the current playing file is finished.
  • Play > Stop after > Every file from the Main Menu will stop playback after every file automatically.
  • Using Play > Stop after > Off from the Main Menu either stop after method can be disabled again.


Auto-DJ

Enabling the Auto-DJ causes Files to automatically be added to the Playing queue as it nears the end of the queue, depending on the settings for Auto-DJ.


Equalizer

Allows you to customize audio to suit your equipment and environment using a 10-band equalizer. Be sure to save your settings so that you can reload them in the future. This can be configured via Play > Equalizer from the Main Menu. The equalizer allows you to:

MediaMonkey Equalizer



  • Change the Balance between left and right.
  • Increase or decrease the volume with preamp.
  • Change the levels at the different frequencies.
  • Save Preset allows you to save the Equalizer settings.
  • Load Preset allows to import saved MediaMonkey Equalizer settings. A few pre-configured settings are available in the Equalizer folder where you installed MediaMonkey.
  • Reset allows you to reset the Equalizer to the default values.


Visualization

If you wish to view a visual effect synchronized to the beat of the music enable View > Visualization from the Main Menu. Visualizations are shown in the Preview window and it needs to be enabled to be able to enable the Visualization from Play in the Main Menu. Right click on the Visualization and from the Context Menu you can:

MediaMonkey Visualization



  • Select the type of visualization. The choices are: Basic Bars, Line Fade, Milkshake and Basic Oscillator.
  • When using Milkshake you can use Select Preset to choose one of the available preset visualizations.
  • You can Maximize the Visualization with has it use the full MediaMonkey window.
  • You can go Full Screen for the Visualization.


Customizing the Player

You can customize what is shown in the Player under File > Options > Layout > Player from the Main Menu. This has settings as to which buttons and information should be shown as well as set the Seek bar to show as a standard seek bar or a Waveform bar.

MediaMonkey Options Player Layout



You can also customize what information is shown about the Playing file under Tools > Options > Playback Rules from the Main Menu by changing the Display format for 'Track summary' (e.g. in Player) setting. This is done per Media Type.


Configuring Output

MediaMonkey comes with various Output Plugins to choose from which can be selected and configured under Tools > Options > Audio Output (plug-ins) from the Main Menu

MediaMonkey Options Audio Output (plug-ins)



  • MediaMonkey DirectSound
  • MediaMonkey WASAPI
  • waveOut (legacy Output Plug-in)

Configuring the Output Plug-in allows to select what Audio Device on your computer should be used by the Output Plug-in. Default Device or Primary Sound Driver (depends on Output Plug-in) is generally the best and uses what is set as default audio device in Windows. Other options affecting playback like hardware acceleration, crossfading, silence removal and smooth pause/seek/stop can be accessed in the Output Plug-in configuration (depending on the Output Plug-in). Using Exlusive mode in the MediaMonkey WASAPI Output Plug-in means only MediaMonkey can use the selected Audio Device.

Video Files

For Video files the Audio Device setting is under Tools > Options > Codec / Input (plug-ins) from the Main Menu in the MediaMonkey Video Player plug-in.

Bluetooth

MediaMonkey can play via Bluetooth if the device running MediaMonkey can connect to a Bluetooth device for playback.

  • Either set the Audio Device to Default Device or Primary Sound Driver and switch Windows output device to Bluetooth. (In the Windows Control Panel search for Sound Settings). This will have MediaMonkey switch back to another sound device when the Bluetooth device becomes disconnected (if Windows switches to another sound device).
  • Select the Bluetooth device as Audio Device to be used in the Output Plugin settings. This means that you have to switch it to a different Audio Device when the Bluetooth device is no longer connected!

DLNA Streaming/Chromecasting

MediaMonkey can stream to DLNA clients and cast to Chromecast clients which is discussed here: Sharing/Casting your MediaMonkey Library with UPnP (DLNA)/Chromecast Clients

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