SongKong for Melco
SongKong is an intelligent music tagger app designed to make the task of managing, organizing and cleaning up your digital music collection easy. It is both fully configurable and fully automated so you can get your music library just as you want it. It is available on a number of platforms including MacOS, PC, Linux and Nas servers.
Over the last two years we have worked closely with Melco to bring SongKong to the full range of Melco Audio Nas servers, SongKong for Melco is the result
SongKong for Melco has been designed with the support of Melco so that it is optimized for the Melco Servers. It can now be installed and updated directly from the Melco Front Panel OLED. It comes with a special set of preconfigured profiles designed for use with the MinimServer 2 server, this is now the preferred Melco uPNP server.
Songkong and MinimServer work very well together, and this has led to the Melco Intelligent Music Library, nicely explained by Alan Ainslie from Melco
For Naim customers coming to Melco we have special support for reading the metadata created with Naim UnitiServe.
You can fully control all of SongKong using any regular web-browser, this could be a smart phone, iPad, Google tablet, MacOS or Windows computer. SongKong uses the latest responsive web design technology.
SongKong can be controlled from a remote device using a regular web-browser,this could be an iPad, Google Tablet, smart phone or computer.
This means that once you have installed SongKong on your Melco you can then use it from another location in your home, for example your Melco may be in your living room but you can control from your phone in your kitchen. You can run all analysis tasks, configure all options and run all administrative tasks.
Because SongKong is running directly on your Melco the actual reading and modifying of your music files does not have to be done over the network meaning fast and reliable matching, especially with large lossless files.
Automatic Song Matching
SongKong is designed to be the easiest and fastest way to organize your music – identify songs, fix misspellings and add missing album art.
SongKong uses intelligent acoustic matching from Acoustid to listen to your songs and find matches even when they have no information at all, but also takes advantage of existing file information to ensure you get the best album match.
Add High Quality Cover Art
Evoke the feeling of your old LPs and CDs with SongKong’s album artwork feature. SongKong finds high quality album cover artwork to add colour and interest to your digital music collection so you no longer have to look at grey notes in your music player where the missing album cover art should be. SongKong uses the Cover Art Archive to find high resolution album cover art in just a few seconds.
SongKong gives you the freedom to automatically resize images to whatever size you like.
Also Artist, Composer, Conductor and Performer Photos
SongKong can also add artist photos or pictures automatically, and not just the album artist, we also add artwork for track artists, composers and conductors.
Having artwork at this level makes browsing your music collection, much more attractive
Delete Duplicate Songs
Removing duplicate tracks makes it easier to organize and enjoy your music and frees up space. SongKong finds duplicates based on the actual audio. You can choose how SongKong finds duplicates (for example, by ignoring albums). SongKong lets you decide what to do with duplicates songs once they are found, you can choose to prioritise particular formats or select the earliest version found.
SongKong allows you delete duplicates immediately, or move for review - giving you complete control.
Click here to find out more about deleting duplicates.
Configured for MinimServer
DNLA/UPnP is the mechanism used by network audio servers such as Melco N1 to stream music to your network streamers. For a good user experience your songs must have metadata and your UPnP server configured to make best use of this metadata.
SongKong comes with predefined profiles that provide all the metadata required for the four standard MinimServer profiles: Basic, Classical, Pop/Rock and Jazz.
It has special support for MinimServer, for example SongKong writes classical music work information directly to MinimServers Group field so that Classical music can be displayed properly without further configuration required.
Read NaimUniti Wav metadata into the Wavs
The Naim UnitiServe is a cd ripper and library store. When you use it to rip a CD the UnitiServe rips to Wav format, it then looks up metadata from the All Music Guide or Cddb but this metadata is stored in a file called amginfo.xml or cddbinfo.txt within the same folder as the Wav rips for the album rather than stored within the Wav files themselves. If you edit your music using the Naim App then these edits are stored in a UserEdits.xml file.
This is not a problem as long as you only played your music via Naim UnitiServe but if you copy the files elsewhere and serve the files using a different system then no metadata would show up for the Wav files, this occurs even if the metadata files are copied as well since only Naim UnitiServe can parse these metadata files.
With SongKong if you have any folders that contain Naim wav rips plus any of these metadata files then the metadata is now easily embedded into the Wav files themselves, this can now be read and used by most applications and players. Because the files are local and no searching on the Internet is required this process is extremely fast.
See full details here
Edit Song Metadata - Available Free!
The concept behind SongKong is that your songs can be identified automatically, and this can give you a complete and consistent music library. However we realize that 100% music identification is not quite a reality yet, so SongKong also provides manual metadata editing as well.
Because Manual Editing is available via a web browser you can edit your metadata remotely. After each manual edit session SongKong creates a report so you have a record of exactly what has been changed and SongKong saves all changes to a database so that you can use Undo Changes in exactly the same way as you can do for automatic edits.
Manual Editing comes free in SongKong Lite
Status Report - Available Free !
The Status Report task is a very useful tool for taking a snapshot of your music collection. It has three main features, it creates a metadata completeness report and a spreadsheet of your songs existing metadata
The Song Metadata Completeness Summary section of the report creates a bar chart showing the percentage of songs with each type of metadata, this is very useful for finding holes in your metadata. Complete and consistent metadata is necessary for the best enjoyment of your music and optimum browsing experience and SongKong can help you with this by automatically identifying songs and albums and adding in-depth metadata.
The Browse By sections enable you to browse your music collection in various ways, Album Artist then Album, Album, Composer then Work and Folder. You can see what has been fully matched, and view all the metadata in each music file.
A spreadsheet is also created containing all of your songs existing metadata, this is created using the standard xlsx format supported by all major spreadsheet applications.
The Status Report comes free in SongKong Lite
SongKong understands Classical music. The metadata demands for Classical are very different to Pop/Rock music, credit is usually given to not only the performer but also the conductor, orchestra and composer. In Pop/Rock an album usually represents the artistic intent of the artist, i.e. the album was conceived and created as a single body of work.
In Classical it is more complicated, Classical composers work in terms of Symphonies or Sonatas rather than albums, we call these Works. These works comprise movements or sub works with their own movements. When Classical music is released as an album it may only contain part of a work, or conversely multiple works, so the album grouping may not be the most important grouping.
SongKong identifies Classical releases and captures this additional information in dedicated metadata fields. It can also identify other Classical information such as the Opus No and the performers with their instruments. Click here to find out more about Classical Music Tag editing .
SongKong sets no limits. It is powerful and flexible – whether you need to fix a couple of folders or a 100,000 song library in one hit then SongKong is the solution.
But although simple to use SongKong has a host of preferences that you can adjust, take a look at the online help for details.
Beats per Minute
Knowing the BPM (Beats per Minute) of your songs is great for many purposes, its required for proper beatmixing when DJ-ing, matching your BPM to your running pace can help when running, and it allows you to create better playlists by using the BPM as an indicator of the mood, but calculating the BPM is not something you can easily do yourself.
SongKong can now get the BPM for millions of songs as they are matched to MusicBrainz, and because the BPM has already been calculated for these songs it takes no extra time to add the BPM.
Mood and other Acoustic Attributes
SongKong can use acoustic analysis of a song to determine the mood of the song, great for creating playlists to suit your mood or an event such as a dinner party or romantic evening.
It can also also help determine lots of other attributes, all of them help you to create better playlists. For example it can detect if a track is most likely an instrumental, song or spoken word track. Does the track use acoustic or electronic instruments. It can detect the main key scale of the song, and if the song tuneful or more discordant.
Making Your Mind Up
All changes are stored in a database so changes are not lost when you close SongKong or restart your computer. If you later decide that you do not like changes made by SongKong then simply use Undo Changes to change the files back to how they were before the fix.
This undo facility works even if the files have been moved or renamed and can be applied to subfolders and individual files as well.
Supports all popular audio formats
SongKong fully supports all popular audio formats including Mp3, Mp4, Aiff, Wav, Flac, Ogg, Wma and Dsf. Some of these such as Aiff are not supported by many other tag editors, you can find out more about different format support here
What’s in a Name?
SongKong lets you rename your song files using any of your metadata fields so if you want to name them according to song title, artist, or album name SongKong gives you the flexibility to do it – organizing your music collection to suit you. SongKong uses powerful expression syntax, and comes with a number of preconfigured rename masks making it easy.
This feature is important because it not only helps to personalize your music library but it ensures compatibility with music player systems.
Knowledge is Power
SongKong allows you to see exactly what changes have been made to your music. It creates a detailed report showing exactly which songs it matches and what changes it makes. The report shows you where your fixed data comes from, such as which songs it matches to the MusicBrainz and Discogs databases; which tags and artwork it adds or changes for each matched song, and how your songs are reorganized and renamed. This feature gives you the benefit of automated fixes and the power to review the results – giving you complete control.
Keep a Lookout...
SongKong can set up a Watch Folder for you, so that as new music is added to it, SongKong detects it and fixes it automatically. This continuous monitoring is like a housekeeping service for your music collection so you hardly have to think about organizing your music any more.
SongKong support comes direct from the developer. As the developer I am determined to make SongKong the best tagger available for all platforms, and therefore I actively encourage comments, bug reports and questions. SongKong uses the professional JIRA issue tracking for tracking issues that cannot be resolved within a day. I value your feedback and queries and aim to be as responsive as possible
I have also previously done some work a developer for MusicBrainz, responsible for writing their search code. This includes what people use to search for albums on MusicBrainz and their web service. My MusicBrainz know-how has led me to construct the dedicated Albunack Music Server, updated regularly from MusicBrainz and Discogs to provide a web service optimized for tagging from SongKong. This means SongKong users can enjoy a fast, accurate fix for their music collection every-time.