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Introducing the concept
of Flavors

As different styles of music have different logic and personalities, we introduced the concept of “flavors”, which modifies slightly the interface, the information shown by the audio tracks, and the tagging pick list, depending on the style. We provide two (Classical and Jazz), but you can create your own and share them. Thus, by changing flavors the interface of the program changes to adapt to the specific needs of each kind, or flavor, of music. We created some new custom tag fields for all seven major formats, FLAC (our favorite by far audio format), Mp3, APE, Wma, WAV, AIFF and M4a/mp4: composer, composition, period or “époque” (Baroque or Swing), instruments and altered the meaning of genre becoming more like a style within its parent group. More specifically, the pick lists available for the three following fields - Genre, Instruments and Period/Style - will change. For example, in Jazz, in the Period/Style field, you have among others New Orleans, Swing etc. In Classical, in the same field, you have Renaissance, Early Baroque etc.

Or, symphonic music or chamber music for classical, big band or trio for jazz (although you can use it perfectly as usual) and finally Album artists (or performers). Both “Album artists” and “Instruments” are multi lines.

We also altered the meaning of genre to be more like a style within its parent group. For example, Chamber music-> Trio in a classical music library (although you still can use it as previously intended). Furthermore, MusiCHI Suite offers the possibility to use the one provided or not, or creating new ones. It is like you may have various languages dictionaries installed English, Japanese, Spanish and French, but you want to do a mixed document English-Spanish and so, you can unregister Japanese and French. It will NOT delete the files; just make them unavailable for the application momentarily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MusiCHI CLEAN: the reference database for classical music and jazz

MusiCHI CLEAN is made up of a very complete database for classical music and jazz including composers, performers or ensembles and compositions (over 200,00 entries). It is the composer and performer dream cleaning tool. All entries have been “cleaned”, i.e. properly normalized with full respect to their local spelling. With this tool, you can submit an incomplete name and its intelligent search engine will show you a list of possible correct choices. Useful in case that you have composers with the same name, such as Haydn (Joseph had a brother, Michael, also a composer), or Bach (where the whole family was composing) - you can identify who you want to select. Our composers’ database is quite extensive and we include most composers, correctly written in the language of the composer’s origin since the database understands foreign characters, i.e. is fully Unicode compliant. Sometimes a performer also has many hats, for example, Mr. Rostropovich is a famous cellist, but also conducts at times, so we provide the possibility of selecting the “right hat”. Having spent endless hours to correct data found on the Web, we have composed this detailed database, to make your life much easier. We have also the complete catalog of most popular composers (and we keep adding new ones often) so you can normalize your compositions and choose the display format.

 
 

Overview

MusiCHI Suite is the music organizer for the demanding collector comprising of 4 independent applications (MusiCHI Player, MusiCHI Tagger, MusiCHI Library Manager, MusiCHI Ripper) that work seamlessly together plus a Portable version. Able to handle large music libraries, with no number-of-files limits, the MusiCHI Suite is designed with flexibility and consistency, allowing you to find easily and in no time any track or music file, any composer or composition, any album or performer/artist.

Recognizing that different styles of music have different logic and personalities, MusiCHI Suite has introduced the concept of “flavors”, which slightly modifies the interface, the information shown by the audio tracks, and the tagging pick list, depending on the style. We provide two (Classical and Jazz) to start, but you can create your own and share them. Whether located on your hard drive, CD, NAS or network drive, the MusiCHI Suite keys allow you to open and explore the magical world of music.

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MusiCHI Suite is the only digital music suite that:

  • actually plays and organizes your classical music, or any other demanding data-wise genre in an intelligent way, introducing the concept of flavors, incomparable tagging capabilities and a multilibrary system of organization.
  • has newly introduced and custom fields (Instruments, Composition, Period, Performers, Style, Audio spec.) relevant to the music which can be utilized by the whole suite. Furthermore, we offer 4 custom fields (ours or from other sources) which you can label as you please.
  • allows you to scan an enormous amount of data which can be grouped and sorted in any possible combination instantly, so you can clean the meta data of your collection at blazing speed, since all the records are in memory
  • gives you the advanced and flexible interface that allows you to pick individual columns (Title, Artist, Album, Comments, etc.) from all tagging internet sources offered by the suite instead of being forced to use 100% of one or the other. Allows you to change not only the order, but also the number of columns on the screen, so you can find your tracks in the most flexible way (composers, artists, compositions, albums, genre, instruments, performers, etc.)
  • is equipped with a complete reference database (MusiCHI Clean)
  • take your music everywhere with MusiCHI Portable
  • provides native support for International alphabets using Unicode and Text Proccessing Tools so that you can build correct music libraries with respect to the slightest details without having to worry about local spelling mistakes and accents.
  • supports the best audio formats. We favor the best audio sound, open standards and flexible capabilities in every aspect of creating digital music libraries. The MusiCHI Suite is designed with freedom of proprietary file formats and libraries. We support FLAC, mp3, mp4, m4a (lossless too), wma (lossless too), ape, WAV (taggable), AIFF and if you want to load your portable music player you can always convert music to MP3.

 

MusiCHI Music Player

The MusiCHI Suite is a multi library product; we find it more logical to have different libraries for classical, jazz, rock, world music etc; so you can take advantage of the powerful customization possible with our software (for example, with classical music Composer/Composition is more valuable data than Artist/Album).

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Moreover, we did not want to give any more importance to the libraries than keeping (temporarily or not) your audio files tags and to speed up the searches. As all information resides inside your audio files, so, if you copy, move your files, lose your library, it does not matter, by scanning again your folders and you are back in business!

The MusiCHI Player offers many and sometimes unique features to the audiophiles:

  • Bit perfect
    MusiCHI Suite has support for WASAPI and ASIO Drivers (ASIO4ALL), allowing to by-pass the Windows sound mixer and achieving bit perfect digital output (checked by performing bit transparency tests with a Weiss DAC 202).
  • Memory playback
    The file is loaded entirely in memory first and then is played from RAM. Possible contamination by electric noise during playback due to reading the track from disk or by the processor decoding the audio is completely eliminated, likewise mechanical noise of the hard drive.
  • Unlimited number of files
    The MusiCHI Suite has been designed to support large music collections, providing all the necessary tools to make your music explorations an easy tour. The program can effectively manage 100000+ audio files, without bogging down.
  • Flexibility in the number of columns displayed 
    Capability to display and order up to 8 columns on the top part of the search panel, an order that is also switchable, allowing you to adapt your player to the different personalities of the music you have chosen.
  • Possibility of composition or albums’ view (please click on the image to enlarge them)

    In Classical you have the option to look at by album or by composition. Useful when you want to see everything you have on Handel, for example, regardless if they are entire albums or compilations. On the other hand when you may want to hear a specific album, the possibility is easy with just a click.
  • Possibility to change the order of the columns
    To allow you search for your music in a flexible way, the possibility to drag and drop the columns in the desired position is offered.
  • A skinning engine with 20 skins
    To allow you to select the color theme you find appropriate.
  • Outstanding searching possibilities
    Due to its cross-indexing capability, MusiCHI Player is able to access your tracks in the most flexible way, even by instruments or performers. 
    Library wide filtering on any combination of columns: sometimes there is a need to search the entire library for a text, for example, for Richter you may not remember his first name, or for an album you remember just a word or a part. 
    Each column also provides the possibility for incremental search (once the column focused/selected you can type the first letters of your objective).
  • Rating
    The MusiCHI Player offers the possibility to assign (stars) rating to your music. The tracks can be filtered easily: select 5 stars and it will select all the tracks with a 5-star-rating which you can listen at your leisure. While listening, if you like to give rating to a piece that you like or dislike, pick stars and it will save your rating (both inside the audio file and in the library).
  • Flexibility in listening
    We also provide the possibility to play your program in random order with the following options: By Titles/Tracks, by Albums and by Compositions: a real "treat" for classical music aficionados, as it allows to build a large playing program, played randomly, but still having the integrity of a piece respected. Therefore, each composition will have its movement in order, as the composer intended, by Albums (same as above, with album being the grouping criteria).
  • Separate playing queues and searching
    In the MusiCHI Player, the playing queue and the searching panel are separated. This feature provides the possibility to play your music and perform your search on the side at the same time.
  • Copy & convert files – sync with portable players
    You can copy and/or convert to Mp3 a selection of files. This feature is very useful, if you want to extract and bring with you a subset of your collection on a USB drive, or convert it from FLAC/Wma Lossless to Mp3 and be able to copy and listen to them in a portable player.
  • Playlist in easy XML format or the popular m3u format
    With the MusiCHI Player you are free from your library. Usually the playlists are in a binary format and locked inside the library. In the MusiCHI Player the playlists format is based on the SMIL playlist, open source XML specifications and/or m3u (Ansi or Unicode) i.e. text files, hence that they can be viewed and edited manually, if need be. Besides they can be located anywhere and be easily retrieved or copied. With the MusiCHI Player you can create playlists with various criteria for all your special moments (a quite dinner program or all you have on guitar from Early Baroque to nowadays, with cross-library possibilities).
  • Supporting the best sound audio formats
    MusiCHI Suite supports FLAC, Mp3, WAV, AIFF, APE, Wma and M4a/mp4, having created some new custom tag fields for all these four major formats. We favor the best audio sound, open standards and flexible tagging. FLAC is the clear winner in our mind and if you want to fill up your portable music player you can always convert some music to the popular Mp3, when sound quality does not matter too much. By the way, there are, also, plenty very capable portable music players who support FLAC natively.
    MusiCHI Suite provides a simple converter to that effect (Flac->MP3 or Lossless WMA-> MP3). As MusiCHI Suite is not about converting all possible audio formats, if you need a more complete conversion job, we recommend Audio Transcoder or DBPowerAmp.
  • Select the last CDs you introduced in the library
    The last 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 albums.
  • Possibility to play a random program
    5 albums or 20 compositions based on any criteria, for example Baroque Oboe or Handel Chamber music.

 

MusiCHI Tagger

The MusiCHI Tagger provides very powerful, yet easy to use tools to satisfy the novice and the most demanding user. It is equipped with many key features and advanced attributes that will help audiophiles to tag properly their audio files quickly and without manual effort. The MusiCHI Tagger uses three main external data sources to fetch data from: FreeDB, Amazon.com and GD3.

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Key Features:

  • Very fast in memory can accommodate 100000+ audio files
    The result of your scan is kept in memory, resulting to an extremely fast sorting, grouping, etc. We have tested MusiCHI Tagger with around 100000 songs and it still performs at blazing speed. Furthermore, you are asked upon exit, if you want to save your grid to avoid scanning again next time, provided you want to continue to work on the same set of tracks. Upon starting the program, it will very quickly load the last saved grid.
  • Flexibility in choosing data

    The MusiCHI Tagger uses three main external data sources to fetch data from: FreeDB, Amazon.com and GD3. With Amazon.com and GD3, you can also download the cover, learn more about the CD or buy/evaluate similar music. As an album may be present in more than one data source, you may witness that some columns in one source have a better data quality than in the other and conversely, MusiCHI Tagger offers you the flexibility to pick and choose the columns you prefer from each data source, to be written in your audio tags, instead of force feeding 100% of one or the other.
  • Amazing flexibility in grouping and sorting

    • Possibility to group columns: A data group represents a set of records combined and organized by certain columns. The following image displays grid data grouped by two columns, Albums and Artists and the corresponding ungrouped view. On the large collection, this allows you to spot, very easily, any inconsistencies or missing data, on any criteria you may choose. By a simple click you can also ungroup columns.
    • The column data can be sorted either in ascending order (A->Z) for the chosen criteria, or in descending order (Z->A), with a simple click.
    • The width of the visible columns can be adjusted easily, just by moving your mouse cursor on the bar
    • The columns order can be modified, by dragging and dropping the column where you want it to be situated
    • You can show and hide the columns you want, pendant on what you are working on. Given that we cater to twenty seven fields, the screen is never large enough, even if you remove the "card view" and "external data source" panels (left and right respectively), to show all data without scrolling. Therefore you may want to show only a column subset depending on what fields you are trying to clean up.
  • Organize your collection with new fields
    MusiCHI suite is a tailor-made program, respecting the particularities of classical and jazz music. This respect is reflected in all parts of the program, resulting to a detailed customization in every possible aspect. In the MusiCHI Tagger this feature allows you to organize your collection properly with various new fields such as composition, time variable period/ style (for example baroque in classical, or swing in jazz), instruments (oboe or electric guitar), artists/performers, genre (chamber music vs. big bands), apart from the usual ones (composer for classical music and album/ artist for jazz music). When you edit tracks, the pick lists available for the three following fields - Genre, Instruments and Period/Style - will change, according to the flavor, as illustrated below in the pick lists available for the Period/Style field and below the Genre field. As you can see in Jazz, in the Period/Style field, you have among other New Orleans, Swing etc. In Classical, in the same field, you have Renaissance, Early Baroque etc. Additional flavors can also be defined or the present ones modified.
  • Text processing tools

    Text processing tools help you correct properly and in no time, while at the same time avoid rewriting texts, such as:
    • Proper capitalization: to be used when you inherit tags which are all in upper case or lower case. With this tool you may rectify this in the field of your choice (for example JOHN DOE IS MELLOW -> John Doe Is Mellow).
    • Correct track number: if your track numbers are numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. instead of 01, 02, 03; when you sort by track number you will get 1, 10, 2 (because they are strings i.e. text and not true numbers). With this tool, this will be corrected it in no time.
    • Text processing utility for cleaning: this very powerful feature helps move, cut & paste, swap, search & replace text, from field to field. New! The possibility to save these text actions to execute them in batch later, which is equivalent to have at your disposal a scripting language. Our experience has shown that the information from the Web can be quite mediocre (especially with classical music: most of the time there is no composer field); this tool will save you hours!
    • Tag from file names: Get tag information from file names. To be used when the audio files have no meta data at all and FreeDB does not have (or does not recognize) the CD.
    • Composition builder: A tool that grabs data from various fields and helps fill the composition field.
    • Clean album artist (aka Performers): Removes unwanted characters such as / : ; and extra blank lines from this field.
  • External data sources by columns
    As you may have observed, some columns in one data source have better data quality than in another and vice versa. The MusiCHI Suite provides the possibility of selecting the columns you prefer from each data source to which the program is connected (FreeDB, Amazon.com and GD3).
  • Possibility to read all metadata physically written inside any audio file
  • Renaming the file names from tags

 

MusiCHI Clean

MusiCHI CLEAN is made up of a very complete database for classical music and jazz including composers, performers or ensembles, and compositions (over 200,000 entries). It is a dream tool to speedup your workflow by having automatically your composers, compositions and performers spelled right and uniformly! No more typical pop style names as Ludwig von Beethoven but Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827). Sick of having the same compositions under different names like:
Sonate für Klavier und Violine F-dur Opus 24 [Frühling]
Sonata No. 5 "Frühlings - Sonate"
The Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major “Spring”, Opus 24
The Cleaner will take care of it and supply all the relevant information like name, nickname, key, opus/catalog and year of the composition. In all previous examples the result will be:
Violin and Piano Sonata No.5 "Spring" Op.24 in F Major (1801)
You can even put all the elements like Opus or Year in a custom tag of your choice on the fly.

 

MusiCHI Library Manager

The MusiCHI Suite is a multi-library system, allowing for one more level of grouping, for example Classical, Jazz, World Music and even for a musician a library for sound samples, and this unique feature provides incompatible possibilities to MusiCHI Library Manager, creating easy-to-manage libraries.

Key Features:

  • Create and manage multi-libraries
    The MusiCHI Library Manager is a crucial link in our MusiCHI suite. It creates new libraries, fills them with audio file tags meta data and cross index all this data, so you can access all your music in a fast and flexible way.
  • 2-ways synchronization between your library and the file system
    So if you edit, rename or move files, it is very quick to have these changes reflected in the library.
  • Scan your library for missing information
    If you have blank tags on important fields such as Artist, Album, Genre, Composer, Composition, etc then MusiCHI will identify the culprit tracks.
  • Restoring metadata from the library to the files
    In case of a crash, you can restore the metadata content of the library to your backup drive.
  • Export your library in a text file so you can load it in a spreadsheet or print it
  • Managing the unique MusiCHI Portable Edition
    The MusiCHI Library Manager manages the "Portable edition"(link to Portable edition), which once configured properly, allows you to take your USB drive, filled with ALL your music and plug it on any PC, notebook and enjoy. Your whole collection will be available via the MusiCHI Player Portable, the way you are used to, without any prior installation. Just move around with an external disk and a sound cable to connect to a stereo and the party may begin anytime and especially, anywhere.

 

MusiCHI Ripper

The MusiCHI is more than just a simple ripper. Being equipped with the same powerful tagging capabilities as our MusiCHI tagger, it allows you to create a consistent digital music collection, fast.

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Key Features:

  • Same powerful tagging features as the tagger
    For the MusiCHI Suite "Tagging is the key". Given that the libraries just read and cross-index what is stored inside the tags of your audio files, proper and consistent tagging is of utmost importance. By ripping a great number of classical music CDs (more than 100000 tracks), we have experienced firsthand the inadequacies of the data provided in the internet, especially for classical music. To cope with this problem, we have built into our MusiCHI Ripper very powerful tagging features, the same we provide in the MusiCHI Tagger, to allow you have the perfect tagging results. Of course, you can always polish the job later with the MusiCHI Tagger.
  • You are free to use an external ripper
    Our ripping engine is of the highest quality (Bass audio), if you wish, we give you the possibility to use another ripper, as, for example, Exact Audio Copy. As the MusiCHI Ripper has very powerful tagging possibilities, you can prepare all the tagging information in our application and rip with any ripper of your choice. Later, you can scan the folder, where EAC has put the files with the MusiCHI Tagger and recover your tags.
  • WAV files are fully tagged!
    This is done by writing ID3V2 style tags.

 

MusiCHI Portable

The portable version is a unique product. No more wasting time to choose the music you want to take during your vacations or trips. With the MusiCHI Player Portable Edition you can take it ALL!

The steps are simple:
once installed, you take your USB drive or external Drive, filled with music and plug it on any PC, notebook and your whole collection will be available via the MusiCHI Player Portable, the way you are used to, without any prior installation. Just move around with an external disk and a sound cable to connect to a stereo and the party may begin anytime and especially, anywhere! The MusiCHI Silver Portable Edition includes two applications: the MusiCHI Library Manager and the MusiCHI Player.

Key Features:

  • Excellent performance
    We have tested the MusiCHI Portable Edition with libraries more than 30000 tracks, on a small notebook with excellent performances, the searches are very speedy and now with USB 3 coming, the sky is the limit.
  • Works seamlessly with the other members of the MusiCHI Suite
    MusiCHI Portable is designed with the same principles and functionality that are present throughout the suite, taking advantage of features such as the concept of flavors(link), highly efficient tagging(link), support for International alphabets, flexible interface and more.
  • Easy to use 5-step Procedure
    1. Create a folder called “Music” and copy your music on a connected USB drive
    2. Install the MusiCHI Suite Portable Edition
    3. Create a library, give it a name and get connected
    4. Fill up the library, by just pressing “selecting directories to scan”
    5. Play your music from the USB drive

 

Technical Details

MusiCHI Suite runs: On XP, Vista and Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 
On Mac, using VMWare Fusion, Paralels or Bootcamp
We use Firebird, an open source database system which has very small footprint

 

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