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123 Music Rip & Replay User Guides

123 Music Rip & Replay is a revolutionary new way to capture streaming music from the Internet or any external source into MP3 files or CD’s. And it’s really easy to use, too.

For best results, we suggest you use one of the following high-quality streaming music services:

  • Rhapsody™
  • AccuRadio™
  • iTunes™
  • Pandora™
  • Last.fm™

Some player programs may need to be configured to work optimally with 123 Music Rip & Replay. Here’s how to configure the popular ones:

Rhapsody:

For the best track recognition when recording from Rhapsody:

  • Turn off Rhapsody’s equalizer. Click on Tools, Equalizer and set it to the OFF state.
  • Keep Rhapsody’s main volume level to at least mid-range.
  • As with all player programs, be sure to open 123 Music Rip & Replay PRIOR to opening Rhapsody.

When you use 123 Music Rip & Replay, it needs access to the Web to look up the song information. Often times, your firewall may not allow 123 Music Rip & Replay access. Here’s how to configure the Windows Firewall to play nicely with 123 Music Rip & Replay:

  1. Open Windows Firewall from your Windows Control Panel.
  2. On the left, choose: Allow an app or feature through the Windows Firewall.
  3. Click Change Settings…
  4. Click Allow another App… Then choose 123 Music RIp & Replay from the list provided.
  5. Click OK. 123 Music Rip & Replay will now be able to access the Web to lookup song information.
  6. Please note that if you have another Firewall application installed, you may need to configure it as well.

IMPORTANT: When recording, be sure to open 123 Music Rip & Replay first, THEN open the music player program or browser you’re using. If recording from a website, be sure to see number 14 below.

Here’s how 123 Music Rip & Replay appears when you open it:

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To start a recording session:

  1. Open 123 Music Rip & Replay by clicking the 123 Music Rip & Replay icon music-icon-1 on your desktop.
  2. Open your browser or music player program.
  3. In 123 Music Rip & Replay, click the Start Recording button. The Start Recording Session dialog appears:
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  4. Optionally, enter a name for the Artist and Album. This is used if 123 Music Rip & Replay can’t determine the artist or album name.
  5. If you select the “Always tag with Artist/Album name above” option, 123 Music Rip & Replay will use whatever you have entered aboce as the Artist and Album for that entire recording session. This overrides 123 Music Rip & Replay’s Album/Artist lookup.
  6. Enter a Defualt Genre. If 123 Music Rip & Replay cannot determine a genre, then this one is used.
  7. Check Always tag with Genre name if you want to override 123 Music Rip & Replay’s genre lookup.
  8. You can customize how files are saved into subfolders using Directory Format.
    • \%a will save each file into a folder with the name of the Album.
    • \%A will save each file into a folder with the name of the Artist.
    • \%G will save each file into a folder with the name of the Genre.
    • You can also combine tags — for example, %A\%a will create an artist directory with the artist’s albums as a subdirectory.
  9. If you want to automatically stop recording after a certain time, enter a value next to End recording after. Otherwise, just leave it blank.
  10. Add Tracks to Windows Media Player: If you want your recorded tracks to be added to your Windows Media Player music library, check this option. Tracks are added after the recording session ends.
  11. Add Tracks to iTunes: If you want your recorded tracks to be added to iTunes automatically (for syncing to your iPod or iPhone), check this option. Tracks are added after the recording session ends.
  12. Open a Recording Session: Selecting this option will prompt you to open a saved recording session to edit track information or to continue recording.
  13. Save Recording Session: Selecting this option will prompt you to save your recording session to a file so that you can open it again later to edit track information or to continue recording.
  14. If you will be recording from a website, click the Record From Website button to open your browser. Then browse to the site that you will be recording from.
  15. Click OK. The recording session starts.

To ensure 123 Music Rip & Replay is recording, look for the VU Meter graph moving rapidly on the main screen. This lets you know that 123 Music Rip & Replay can “hear” the audio to record. If you do not see movement in the VU Meter, then 123 Music Rip & Replay is not detecting any audio. Make sure that you always open 123 Music Rip & Replay PRIOR to starting the application that you will be recording from.

After each song ends, 123 Music Rip & Replay determines the artist and track name, and displays those names in the recorded songs list.

After you’re done recording, click the Stop Recording button. This ends the recording session.

If you’ve specified that a CD is to be created, or if you want to add songs into iTunes, then those operations will occur at this time.

Occasionally a track will tag a track as unrecognized. However, you can give 123 Music Rip & Replay another chance to tag unrecognized tracks.

To query the music database and attempt to tag a track again:

  1. If the track was from a previous recording session, 123 Music Rip & Replay can import it into the track list. Right-click on the main window and select import mp3 files. Or, you can open a previously saved session from the start recordingbutton and select open recording session then click ok.
  2. Once the track that you want to tag is listed in the main window, right-click on it and select Tag Track. If the track is recognizable 123 Music Rip & Replay will tag it. Keep in mind that newly released albums may not yet be in the music database.

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You can edit information that is saved along with each recorded song. This allows you greater control of how songs are labeled, or allows you to properly tag a song that is unrecognized by 123 Music Rip & Replay. You can edit tracks one at a time, or several at once.

To manually edit track information for a single song:

  1. Click the song to edit.
  2. Click Edit Track(s). Or right-click on the track to edit and select “edit track” from the menu options.
  3. The Edit Track dialog appears:
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  4. Change the title, artist or album, track number or genre fields as you like.
  5. Click Update Art to check the music database for album art. If none is found you can choose Load Art to attach your own.
  6. Click OK and the song data is now changed in the MP3 file.

To manually edit multiple tracks:

  1. Highlight the tracks to edit.
  2. Click Edit Track(s). The Edit Multiple Tracks dialog appears:
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  3. Change the Artist, Album or Genre tag. If you don’t want to change a tag, leave it blank.
  4. Click OK when finished.

To move tracks: Right click on the track to move and select “Move Track(s) to directories according to directory format”. This allows you to move already recorded songs in the track list to the same folder selected in the “Directory Format” text box found in the “Start Recording Session” dialog box. This is good for organizing songs.

Sometimes when recording from radio or live footage, there is no cues for the end of a track, and you may want to split tracks manually. You can do this by clicking the Split button while recording. The split button looks like this:

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During or after a recording session, you can sort the track list by artist, album or genre as follows:
Click S# to sort songs in the sequence which they were recorded.
Click T# to sort by album track number.
Click Title to sort by song title.
Click Artist to sort by artist.
Click Album to sort by album name.
Click Genre to sort by genre.enre.

After recording, you can delete tracks you do not wish to save. You can delete tracks using the “delete” button, or by right-clicking on the track and select “delete” button, or by right-clicking on the track and select “delete” from the menu options.

To delete tracks:

  1. Select the track or tracks to delete.
  2. Click the Delete Track(s) button

or

  1. Right-click on the track to delete.
  2. Select “delete” from the menu options.

123 Music RIp & Replay lets you configure some parameters for optimizing the recording experience. Start by clicking the Settings button, and the Settings dialog appears.

Input

  • Pick a folder to hold recorded files: This is a folder where your MP3 recordings are saved. Actually, they are saved in a subfolder under this folder, with the same name as the album name. So, if this setting is “D:\Music”, and the album you’re recording is named “Eagles”, then songs are saved in “D:\Eagles”.
  • Input Source: For most streaming recordings, use Audio Driver as the input source. Windows 7 and Vista users who experience skipping or have trouble picking up an audio signal should select the Windows Audio Driver option (only available to Windows 7 and Vista users)…
  • Tag with Template: 123 Music Rip & Replay does a great job of automatically tagging tracks for you, but sometimes you may want to take the tag data directly from the browser. Some online music sites will list the track information in the browser’s title bar for each individual track that is currently playing. If you’d like 123 Music Rip & Replay to get its track information directly from the browser’s title area, enable this setting along with the format that the site uses. For example, Last.fm prints the artist and song title information in the browser title area like this %A-%T-Last.fm. As always, %A=Artist, %T=Title of song, %a=Album. This will work with any website that lists the track tag information in the browser title bar.
  • Stop Recording After Idle: If you’re doing an unattended recording session, you can have 123 Music Rip & Replay automatically stop recording once a certain amount of idle time is detected. Set this to zero to disable this feature.

Splitting Tracks
In general, the default settings for these parameters will work with most of the popular Internet Music sources. Only change these if your songs are not being split properly.

  • Automatically Split Tracks: Enable automatic track splitting. If you uncheck this, then no track splits take place while recording.
  • Ignore audio close split: Use this option if tracks always split prematurely at the same place
  • Minimum milliseconds of silence between tracks: WHen 123 Music Rip & Replay records, it splits songs into individual tracks, primarily based upon detecting silence between each track. If tracks are not being split properly, adjust this setting. (Note: 1000 milliseconds = 1 second.)
  • Do not record or split track if less than _second(s):
    Occasionally when recording, you may get partial tracks or unwanted interludes. This setting lets you choose to eliminate tracks under a certain length you decide.
  • Volume Level Cut-off: When 123 Music RIp & Replay determines silence, it uses a minimum volume threshold for deciding what “silence” is. For example, if you’re recording from a vinyl LP, there may be some detectable background noise. You can increase this value if recordings are not being split properly, if you think that some background noise is occuring.
  • Here are our suggested defaults:
    Minimum Milliseconds: 500
    Do Not Record: 15 seconds
    Volume Level Cutoff: 500 – 900 range.

Proxy

Pro123 Music Rip & Replay needs to access the Web to determine the artist and track title for each song. If you connect to the Web using a proxy server (most connections DON’T), then set the proxy Address and Port here.xy

Output Options

123 Music Rip & Replay can create MP3 files, or automatically burn CDs for you.

  • File name format: This setting allows you to customize how your files are named. The symbols used for formatting are:
  • %T = Track name
  • %A = Artist name
  • %a = Album
  • %G = Genre
  • %t = Tracl number
  • %s = sequence number
  • The default is %T-%A which means the track name will come first, then “-“, then the artist name.
  • Track & Sequence number File name digits: Setting this option to “2” will add leading zeros to track number in the file name for better file sorting.
  • Recording Volume: Move the slider to increase or decrease how loud songs are recorded. If your recordings are always faint or too loud, this will help you adjust the volume.
  • Normalize: Select this option to obatin consistent volume in your recordings. You can also import files from your music library into 123 Music Rip & Replay and normalize them as well.
  • Automatic Tagging: You can turn off tag lookups for artist, title, album and genre information when this setting is unchecked.
  • Record to MP3s: Makes individual MP3 files from each song. If this is selected, you can choose the bit rate for the MP3 file. Note that saving to a bit rate higher than the original recording has no effect on the quality. Normally, 128 Kbps or 196 Kbps is sufficient for excellent quality.
  • Record to WAV: Makes individual WAV files from each song.
  • Burn to MP3 CD: After the recording session ends, all your recorded tracks are burned to an MP3 Data CD. (You will need a CD Player that can read MP3 CDs to play this.)
  • Burn to Audio CD: After the recording session ends, all your recorded tracks are burned to an Audio CD. These CDs hold a maximum of 74 minutes of audio, and will work on virtually all CD players. (Note: when burning audio CDs for use on older CDs players, be sure to use CD-R discs, not CD-RW discs may not work in older CD payers.)
  • WHen reach 700 Mb Max: This ends the recording session, and burns the MP3 DATA CD once the total size of recordings become 700 Mb, the maximum capacity of an MP3 DATA CD.
  • When reach 80 minutes max: When burning audio CDs, the CD creation process will start once 80 minutes of songs have been recorded.
  • Kbps: Select the bit rate of the final file. Generally 128 Kbps gives great quality, but you can go up to 320 Kbps. Note that recording a 128 Kbps stream and outputting it to 320 Kbps won’t give you any better sound quality.
  • CBR or VBR: CBR stands for Constant bitrate and VBR stands for Variable Bitrate. CBR is the older encoding method, so all MP3 players recognize this encoding method and a player can easily calculate the length of the MP3 recorded with this method. VBR is a newer encoding method so the recorded files will usually be smaller compared to CBR, but some players do not recognize this method and may have a hard time measuring thelength of the MP3 recorded.

123 Music Rip & Replay can burn CDs automatically from your recordings. Both Audio CDs and MP3 DATA CDs can be created. Plus, you can make CDs on-the-fly, or pick tracks to place on a CD after a recording session has ended.

To make a CD:

Click Settings, and choose one of the CD output options: Burn to MP3 CD or Burn to Audio CD.
Click Start Recording to start your recording session.
Click Stop Recording when finished recording.
Follow the instructions which appear for burning all recorded tracks automatically or just selected tracks.
The CD will be created.

You can also use 123 Music Rip & Replay to record LP’s or cassette tapes as MP3 files or CDs. Here’s how:

Hook an AMPLIFIER output attached to your audio tape recorder to the line-in or mic port on your PC. (Hooking up the turntable or tape recorder directly to the PC won’t produce any sound.)
In 123 Music Rip & Replay’s Settings, change the Input Source to Line-In or Microphone (depending upon which port you connected to in step 1). Click OK when finished.
Click Record, and play your tape or LP.

Ctrl = Moves forward through the tabs in settings.
Ctrl + Shift = Moves backward through the tabs the tabs in settings.
Ctrl + R = Record button.
Ctrl + A = Selects all tracks in track list.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + A = Sort album in track list.
Ctrl + Alt + A = Sort artist.
Ctrl + Alt + G = Sort genre.
Ctrl + Alt + S = Sort sequence number.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T = Sort time.
Ctrl + Alt + T = Sort title.
Ctrl + Alt + Alt + N = Sort track number.
Ctrl + S = Split track button.

Legal Notices
Song recognition uses technology licensed from Rovi Corporation and AMG.

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