Playlists, or named lists of songs, are an essential aspect of Foobar2000. Whenever you add a song to Foobar, you are adding it to one of Foobar’s playlists. Foobar allows you to create and maintain different playlists, which are just entitled lists of your audio tracks (files). The playlists link to audio files in a ‘many to one’ relationship; that is, there can be many tracks on different playlists that reference the same audio track. Foobar can import and exports playlists in a variety of formats; and stores its own playlists as .fpl files.
Playlists can be created manually by adding individual songs, or automatically by specifying a set of conditions in a query with the result displayed as an “Autoplaylist”. Manually created playlists are static, they don’t change unless you change them; Autoplaylists are dynamic, that is the results may change whenever the Autoplaylist is queried.
Playlists created manually can be edited directly, while Autoplaylists are edited by modifying the query. However, you can save the results of an Autoplaylist as a new static, and therefore editable, playlist.
Creating an Autoplaylist of an Albumlist item like genre:
Select by genre from the Albumlist view selector
Select a genre from the list of genres
Right click that selected genre and select Create Autoplaylist
You will now have a new Autoplaylist listed on the playlist manager tab with the name of the genre you selected. Playlists created this way are called an Album List branch.
Creating an Autoplaylist of a folder’s contents:
Select the Search tab
enter %path% HASreplace this with the actual path in the search field
Frome the same developer who brought you Foobar2000 comes Boom.
Boom is an easy to use audio player intended for casual computer users who do not wish to spend their time on figuring more sophisticated software out. All of its most important features are easily accessible out-of-the-box.
No installation or administrator rights required! Just download and run.
Gapless playback of properly encoded files. Enjoy smooth transitions between tracks.
ReplayGain support. External software is currently required to write ReplayGain information to file tags to utilize this functionality.
Contents of your music folders are shown, in a convenient structured genre/artist/album/song view.
By default, contents of “my music” folder or Windows Music library folders are shown. You can configure Boom to index music from any other folders though.
You can install Boom to removable media and have it index contents of the folder it is installed in.
Are your files badly tagged or missing tags all together? No problem, Boom can browse your music library by its folder structure.
Supports variety of popular audio formats, including: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Musepack (MPC), WavPack, WAV, AIFF, MP4/M4A, WMA.
For emergency tagging needs, Boom includes a simplified version of the foobar2000 Properties dialog.
You can extend Foobar2000 functionality by increasing the information the player maintains. Installing the foo_playcount component allows Foobar to both keep track of additional data, and adds the following user available fields:
Date and time a track was first played ~ %first_played%
Date and time a track was last played ~ %last_played%
The number of times a track has been played ~ %play_count%
Date and time a track was first added to the Media Library ~ %added%
Although rarely used, there exists the capability for standardized emphasis in Red Book CD mastering. As CDs were intended to work on 14-bit audio, a specification for ‘pre-emphasis’ was included to compensate for quantization noise. After production spec was set at 16 bits, quantization noise became less of a concern, but emphasis remained an option through standards revisions. The pre-emphasis is described as a first-order filter with a gain of 10 dB (at 20 dB/decade) and time constants 50 μs and 15 μs ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emphasis_(telecommunications)#Red_Book_Audio
Emphasis came about because of early converter design. The entire sampling process was new, and A to D converters exhibited low level noise because of bad linearity in the conversion process. This process added some high frequency broadband noise to the digital signal. Manufacturers overcame this byproduct by boosting (emphasis) the high frequencies during the conversion from analog to digital, and then rolling off (de-emphasis) the high frequencies by the same amount after the conversion back from digital to analog. This process was optional and there was a switch to select emphasis on each track during record. A flag was set in the digital bit-stream, which automatically activated de-emphasis during playback. All CD players, DVD players, and DAT machines detect this flag and turn on a high frequency roll-off in the analog domain during playback. If the digital signal contains emphasis and the flag is missing or turned off, then the roll-off does not occur and the audio will be brighter than normal.
This emphasis feature was the biggest reason why different CD players sounded different when playing back the same CD, or DAT machines differed playing back the same DAT tape. The digital part and the conversion to analog were basically the same in all of the machines. The de-emphasis circuit was implemented in the analog domain using the least expensive circuit to perform the operation. There was high-end EQ on the output of every digital playback device, and there was no standard or calibration for how it was performed. If you played back a CD without emphasis, then all of the CD players sounded pretty much the same. If you played a CD with emphasis, then each playback device sounded very different from every other player.
Producers and engineers started turning off the emphasis switches. Converters were getting better so there was less converter noise, and the use of de-emphasis circuits was eliminated. ~ Roger Nicolls
Greatly extend the information in your music files by using the foo_discogs component to tag albums with Discogs information. Once the additional Discogs release information is stored in the song tags, it’s possible to search for catalog numbers, secondary artists or studios, etc. You can now also create toolbar buttons which open the corresponding artist or release pages in Discogs, the artist’s own website or other links.
download Discogs album and artist artwork
retrieve more information than most taggers
goes that extra length to make sure retrieved data is correct and well formatted
flexible tag mapping allows you to write only what you want, where you want
use meta-data in tags to display Discogs artist / label / release web pages able to later update specified tags (useful in update ratings)
Foobar2000Playlist Viewers display the current playlist of songs. Different playlist viewers offer various capabilities such as formatting, grouping and visual options. A playlist viewer is usually the central panel and main focus of a Foobar2000 interface.
Do you have albums where the artist’s names are in the track title field, and the title of the track is in the artist name field?
Start by checking the file names. If the file names have both artist name and track title information, then the fix is easy, just retag the files using the Automatically fill values function.
First, select the files, then open the Properties dialog window.
Right click and select Automatically Fill Values…
Then with the source set to File names, fill in or select a Pattern which puts the information in the correct fields.
After you select Ok, Foobar will retag the files properly.
However, if the file names don’t contain both artist names and track title information, you’ll have to rename the files from the tags first. Select the files then right click and select File Operations>Rename
and after the files have been renamed, carry out the rest of the above procedure.
Add-on components greatly extend the appearance and functionality of Foobar2000.
Open the Foobar Preferences dialog (File | Preferences or press CTRL+P)
Go to the Components page (click components at the top of the list)
Click the “Install…” button and select the component archive (zip) file, or drag the component’s file to the Installed components list box.
Press “OK“, you will be prompted to restart foobar2000 in order to load the newly installed component.
If the component has a visual element, you’ll need to add the component to the DUI (Default User Interface) now. Toggle View\Layout\Enable Layout Editing Mode and then add a new panel or tab. Right click the new panel or tab area and select “Add New UI Element …“, then select the new component from the list. You may need to adjust borders to fit. Exit layout mode.