Long-form Essays and Reviews
The following software was written to help you rip, tag and play classical music more effectively. There are also some utilities that will help you make sure your digital music files maintain their internal integrity and accuracy, and allow you to convert between different audio formats (for example, FLAC to MP3). In the table below, I list each piece of software, it’s function and it’s release history: check back here frequently to make sure you’re using the latest version of any of them. Not all old software versions are available for all software and so I only list the old versions I’ve managed to keep hold of: I’m better at keeping version history these days, but it’s a new thing for me!
All scripts have been tested to run on the latest Fedora, Ubuntu, Manjaro and OpenSuse distros.
|Links to Software Manuals||Function||Latest Release||
|Absolutely Baching Music Player (AMP)||A randomising FLAC classical music player||1.11||1.00, 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.07, 1.08, 1.09, 1.10|
|Classical CD Ripper (CCDR)||An accurate, command-line Audio CD ripper||3.04||3.01, 3.02, 3.03|
|Classical CD Tagger (CCDT)||A utility to tag audio files with metadata||3.05||2.06, 3.00, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03, 3.04|
|Composition – At – Once (CAO)||A utility to merge per-track FLACs into super-FLACs||1.04||1.00, 1.02, 1.03|
|Dizwell Tag Cleaner (DTC)||Cleans FLAC tags to leave only ‘core’ tags||1.05||1.03, 1.04|
|Absolutely Baching FLAC Checker (AFC)||Checks FLACs haven’t become internally corrupted||2.03||2.02|
|Universal Audio Converter (AUAC)||Converts audio files from one codec to another||2.00||1.11, 1.13|
|Volume Maximiser Utility (MAXV)||Maximises the absolute volume level in a folder of FLACs||1.03||1.02|
|Set Performer Utility||One-off batch generation of PERFORMER tags||1.00|
|Auto-Ellipsis Script (AES)||Strips “..” or “…” from file names, replaced with “…”||1.00|
Running Music-related Software on Windows
- Most of the above scripts work fine on Windows. This article explains what’s needed to make that happen. It also highlights when the scripts work slightly differently to the way they do under native Linux.