Frequently Asked Questions for the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition with True Blend™ Media Player System

The True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) is a bold new AUDIO MIXING design that also delivers an unprecedented level of SEARCH POWER, plus advanced PLAYLIST CONTROL.  The True Blend™ MPS offers automatic timing calculation and control that executes smooth, gapless, concurrently OVERLAPPING or concurrently ADJOINED transitions.

The True Blend™ MPS is currently available only with the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) Media Edition—as part of the download and optical disk distribution package known as the "core bundle".  See discounted price special offer.

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Quick News – 7/4/16:  The True Blend® Media Player System and the Codentity® EFX Player are tap-touch enabled and have been tested on Windows® 10 laptops and tablets.  For Windows® 10 devices with native 1920x1080 screen resolutions, the tap-touch capability is fully-compatible and has been shown to be effective with and without the interface resolution enhancements.  For users wishing to enjoy larger command buttons, larger screen fonts, and other enhanced visual cues when working at, for example, 1920x1080, it can be effective to invoke the NR options in the True Blend® Player Console and the Codentity® EFX Player.

All software downloads and optical disk distributions will include interface navigation and visual enhancements which improve ease-of-operation on compact displays (like 13.3", 11.6" PCs, or 10", 8" or 7" tablets).  This is a feature-rich maintenance release, and all registered users in the U.S.A. are eligible for a FREE upgrade.

Quick News – 5/3/15:  The True Blend™ Media Player System and the Codentity® EFX Player are tap-touch enabled and have been tested on Window® 8.1 laptops and tablets.  All software downloads and optical disk distributions will include interface navigation and visual enhancements which improve ease-of-operation on compact displays (like 11.6" PCs, or 10", 8" or 7" tablets).  This is a feature-rich maintenance release, and all registered users in the U.S.A. are eligible for a FREE upgrade.

Pease be advised that certain Codentity® LLC technologies in the Music MegaBase Catalog, and its True Blend® Media Player System and related titles, may be protected by patents or pending patent-applications.  To learn more, send a message to legal@codentity.com.

MMBC Media Edition FAQ Questions                      Last Updated July 14, 2016

   

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Hardware and Software Requirements

1.

What are the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) / True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) / Codentity® EFX Player HARDWARE requirements?

2.

What are the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) / True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS)  / Codentity® EFX Player SOFTWARE requirements?

3.

Are the hardware and software requirements different for the MMBC, the True Blend™ MPS, Codentity® EFX Player, and optional products?

4.

Are both standard aspect and widescreen format video displays supported?

5.

Is the MMBC Media Edition (and related core bundle titles) available for use outside the U.S.A.?

   

Product Format, Download Access, Free Trial Version, and Registration Requirement

 

6.

What are the available MMBC / True Blend™ MPS / Codentity® EFX Player product distribution forms—download or optical media?

 

7.

How do I access the DOWNLOAD page to get the FREE TRIAL software?

 

8.

Must I install the TRIAL software in order to purchase the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System?

 

9.

What happens if I choose not to register my installation of the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System with Codentity?

10.

Why is the  Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System / Codentity® EFX Player software only available for users in the U.S.A.?

 

11.

What happens if a user from outside the U.S.A. installs the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System / Codentity® EFX Player software?

 

12.

Is it true that only the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System / / Codentity® EFX Player software products are available as part of a free TRIAL offer?

 

Installation, Activation, Set-up and Operation

13.

Very simply, what do I need to do to start using the MMBC and its True Blend™ MPS (and related titles)?

14.

What is the quickest and best way to "test drive" (i.e., evaluate) the MMBC and its True Blend™ MPS (and related titles) on my PC?

15.

How do I Install Music MegaBase® Catlaog (MMBC) Media Edition core-bundle with the True Blend™ MPS, and Codentity® EFX Player?

16.

After installation, how do I activate the MMBC on my computer?

17.

How do I remove the TRIAL mode restrictions?

 

18.

After I purchase a MMBC Retail license and receive my unique Retail activation key / confirmation code set from Codentity, how do I apply the key to activate the MMBC in RETAIL mode?

 

19.

How do I set-up and personalize the MMBC with the True Blend™ MPS for use with my computer and my digital media files?

 

20.

How do I best organize and set-up my music folder structure in order to speed up the hyperlink insertion process?

 

21.

Will you explain the insertion process with an example?

 

22.

After completing hyperlink insertion, are there additional set-up tasks?

 

23.

I understand that the True Blend™ MPS is included with (and installed with) the MMBC Media Edition, however, does adding a MMBC Series optional product, such as the Keyword Compositor™, require re-installation?

   

Supported File Formats

 

24.

Which file formats are supported by the True Blend™ MPS?

 

25.

Can the True Blend™ MPS accept and operate with mixed file formats and mixed bit rates?

 

26.

Will video formats be supported by the True Blend™ MPS?

   

Security and Privacy

 

27.

Does Music MegaBase® Catalog software contain viruses, spyware, or adware?

 

28.

Why does the Music MegaBase® Catalog utilize macros?

 

29.

Does Codentity software collect user information and share it with other parties?

30.

What is Codentity License Manager?

31.

What are the primary functions of Codentity License Manager?

 

32.

Is it safe to download or purchase Codentity software (such as the Music MegaBase® Catalog) from sites NOT owned,  operated or authorized by Codentity LLC?

   

Known Issues

 

33.

Is it true that the Music MegaBase® Catalog (True Blend™ MPS, the Codentity® EFX Player, and related titles) require different navigation procedures for hyperlink insertion under Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 and Windows® 7?

   

Product Features

 

34.

Can I export and print catalog (database) summaries of various music lists from the MMBC?

 

35.

Can the True Blend™ MPS really produce automated and naturally-blended transitions?

 

36.

Does the True Blend™ MPS also provide other professional broadcast-style features like Auto Fade, Auto Level, and configurable Fade Slopes?

 

37.

Can the True Blend™ MPS create "mix CDs" or encoded Internet radio streams?

 

38.

Is the True Blend™ MPS capable of 24/7 broadcast or Internet radio automation?

 

39.

When compared with other products, how can the True Blend™ Media Player System be so different?

 

40.

What benefits would I gain by purchasing the optional Keyword Compositor™?

 

41.

Does the True Blend™ Media Player System provide EFX (effects) players to handle special audio tracks?

  42.

What benefits would I gain by purchasing the optional Value Key Activation™?

  43. Is the UI (user-interface) TAP-TOUCH enabled?

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MMBC Media Edition FAQ Answers                    Last Updated July 14, 2016

 

 

Abbreviation legend:
Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC), True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS), Codentity License Manager (CLM), PAF (Primary Audio File), ATL (Assigned Track List)

 

 

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Hardware and Software Requirements

 

1.

What are the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) / True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) / Codentity® EFX Player HARDWARE requirements?

 

 

  • Platform—Windows® personal computer such as a laptop, desktop, Ultrabook or Netbook (See Mac option here)

  • Processor—Dual Core 1 GHz or better

  • System Memory—256 MB as minimum, with 1 GB or better recommended

  • Video Display—1024x768 or better, with 1280x800, 1280x1024, 1360x768, 1366x768 or 1920x1080 recommended (with touch-enabled screens supported under Windows® 10 / 8.1; "touch" functionality not yet tested on Windows® 7)

  • Video Memory—64 MB available with 1 GB or better recommended

  • Sound—Standard two-channel sound card functionality or better

  • Input—Keyboard and pointing device like a mouse or touch pad (with optional Windows®-compatible controllers supported, however Codentity has not tested an interactive stylus.)

  • Touch and tap is now supported for devices with touch-enabled screens

Music MegaBase® Catalog software (including True Blend™ and the Codentity® EFX Player) detects video display resolutions, and automatically adjusts alignment presentation of key objects—for both standard and widescreen aspect ratios.  The MMBC display is optimized for standard aspect ratio (4:3) resolutions of 1024x768 and 1280x1024.  The MMBC display is optimized for widescreen (16:9) resolutions of 1360x768 and 1366x768; and 16:10 resolutions of 1280x800.  In each case, the MMBC is rendered naturally with excellent legibility and ease of access to screen objects.

Additionally, the following resolutions were tested and found to work well with both standard size and LARGE data banners:  1920x1080, 1680x1050, 1600x1024, 1600x900, 1440x900, 1280x768.  The following resolutions are compatible but not recommended: 1280x960, 1280x720, and 1152x864.

NEW 12/25/14:  Special interface navigation and visual enhancements have been added for compact display users.  This benefits configurations including Windows® 8.1 tablets with 10", 8" or 7" screens; PCs with 11.6" screens, and Netbooks with 1024x600 resolution.  Users with compact displays can easily realign objects in the True Blend™ player console, and the Codentity® EFX Player, by activating the Resize For NR (Netbook resolution) and the Use Compact Display Options commands.  Ready to dig deeper?  Review sample configurations and examine our Computer Lab Case Notes, and get an expanded look at hardware requirements here.

 

2.

What are the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) / True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) / Codentity® EFX Player SOFTWARE requirements?

 

 

  • Operating System—Microsoft® Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8, Windows® 7 SP1 or Windows® XP with SP2 or SP3  (Note: Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 is now supported because it has been tested and found to be fully-compatible)

  • Native Database—Compatible* version of Microsoft® Access™ (included FREE with Music MegaBase® Catalog)

  • Windows Media® Controls—Windows Media® player series 9 ActiveX® object(s) supplied with Microsoft® Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 or Windows® XP

  • ActiveX® Controls—Various ActiveX® Controls from FMS Inc.** (included FREE with Music MegaBase® Catalog)

*NOTE: The Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) executable file is an Access™ 2002 database file restricted to operation in RUNTIME mode and, as such, the MMBC requires Access™ as a shell program.  For best performance, Codentity recommends using the FREE Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit RUNTIME environment to power the Music MegaBase® Catalog and its integrated True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS).

Codentity is authorized to supply the Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit in RUNTIME*** files FREE of charge to licensed MMBC users.  They are installed with the designated Music MegaBase® Catalog set-up program, which is supplied with your Music MegaBase® Catalog distribution files.  To learn more about using other versions of Access™, click here See Access™ Compatibility table here.

Codentity has tested Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit operation under 64-bit Windows® 10, 64-bit and 32-bit Windows® 8.1 / 8, plus 64-bit and 32-bit Windows® 7, and 32-bit Windows® XP, operating systems:  there were no observed problems.  Additionally, for compatibility testing with Microsoft® Office 2010 programs, the Office 2010 Home and Business suite was downloaded and tested as compatible with a pre-installed version of Access™ 2002 (XP).  There were no observed Office "installer" issues, and Office suite programs, and the Music MegaBase® Catalog (with its integrated True Blend™ Media Player System), performed as expected.  Read more about this scenario in the Lab Case 2 notes.

For information about Codentity testing with Windows® 8, read Lab Case 5.

Access™ Update: ***Testing with Access 2002 under Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7, and XP, has demonstrated full compatibility, with no video graphics system latencies observed.  For the best user experience, Codentity recommends operating the True Blend™ Media Player System, and related software, using the FREE Access™ 2002 (XP) "runtime" files supplied by Codentity.   

Codentity has determined that, for example, Microsoft® Office 2013, featuring Access 2013, will operate normally when the Access 2002 (XP) runtime files were installed BEFORE the installation of Office 2013.  NEW: On 11/12/14, Codentity testing revealed that it is possible to install and operate Access 2013, and then later install the FREE Codentity-supplied Access 2002 (XP) RUNTIME files for use with MMBC software and operate both Access versions (2013 and 2002) as desired WITHOUT conflicts.  These tests were performed on a quad-core Acer® laptop configured with Windows® 8.1 and 4 GB of system RAM.

Operation of the True Blend™ software under Access 2013 and 2010, for example, did reveal certain latencies believed caused by the graphic rendering.  Get FREE download information here.

TIP: The Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) FORMS-driven interface is designed to be extremely intuitive, and users can control the various aspects of the MMBC through a combination of familiar point and click selections or keyboard commands.  The MMBC also includes built-in context-sensitive HELP.  Database training, and previous experience with Access™ it NOT necessary.  Get a look at product screen shots here.

**The various FMS Inc. ActiveX® Controls are owned by FMS Inc. and are provided to MMBC users under license from FMS.

 

3.

Are the hardware and software requirements different for the MMBC, the True Blend™ MPS, Codentity® EFX Player and optional products?

 

 

No.  The MMBC Media Edition includes the True Blend™ MPS.  They are installed as one product.  There is no requirement to use the True Blend™ MPS with the MMBC operations, but the MPS is there for users who wish to enjoy its benefits.  Using the optional MMBC Series products, such as the Keyword Compositor™ or ATL Image Manager™, requires acquisition of the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition.

 

4.

Are both standard aspect and widescreen format video displays supported?

 

 

Yes.  The MMBC / True Blend™ MPS will automatically detect, and optimally configure screens for, the following video display resolutions: 1024x768, 1280x800, 1280x1024, 1360x768, 1366x768, 1920x1080.  Other standard aspect ratio (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions are also supported.  (See question 1 above.)  For example, Netbook users with a 1024x600 resolution can activate the Resize For NR (Netbook resolution) command in the Player Assets form.  To learn more, follow HELP instructions in the MMBC product or go here.  This information also applies to all titles and options configured as part of the "core bundle" inclduing the Codentity® EFX Player, the Keyword Compositor, Codentity License Manager, etc.

 

5.

Is the MMBC Media Edition (and related core bundle titles) available for use outside the U.S.A.?

 

 

No.  At this time, product EULA (End User License Agreement) restrictions limit use of the MMBC Media Edition (and its components including the True Blend™ Media Player System, and the Codentity® EFX Player) to Codentity-licensed computers in the U.S.A.—and licensed computers must be using English-language versions of Windows® and Access™.

At launch time, and at other intervals, Codentity License Manager (CLM) will determine the installed Windows® operating system, the Access™ version, and other data including language versions.  If a non-supported language version is detected, CLM will close the Music MegaBase® Catalog.

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Product Format, Download Access, Free Trial Version, and Registration Requirement

 

6.

What are the available MMBC / True Blend™ MPS / Codentity® EFX Player product distribution forms—download or optical media?

 

 

Codentity is only providing the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) / True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) / Codentity® EFX Player software in the form of a TRIAL (i.e., free evaluation) DOWNLOAD for users in the U.S.A.  A "mail order" option to select a companion compact disc (for a nominal fee) may be offered on the Codentity Web store or via email notification to interested parties in the U.S.A.

 

7.

How do I access the DOWNLOAD page to get the FREE TRIAL software?

   

First, KNOW that when you access the DOWNLOAD page, you will be asked to send an email message to Codentity.  In the message you will request a special Web access LINK to the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) distribution package.

A new "universal" operating system distribution package is available for download.  This package is compatible with: Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 64-bit  configurations, Windows® 8 32- bit systems, Windows® 7 64-bit and 32-bit systems, and also with 32-bit Windows® XP computers.

Get LINK request address on the DOWNLOAD page.  To qualify, you should "sign" your message—see explanation.  Here's the recommended message that you can COPY and PASTE into your Email program:

Please send me a Web LINK to your MMBC TRIAL software for evaluation in the U.S.A. only. Since Microsoft® Access™ powers the MMBC, please include the FREE Access™ 2002 RUNTIME files. I understand that my LINK request, if approved, may limit my downloads, and I agree to read and comply with the terms of the applicable EULA (End User License Agreement). /me/

IMPORTANT: Users running a 32-bit Windows® 8.1 / 8 / 7, and Windows® XP operating systems can safely use the new universal OS distribution package for the MMBC TRIAL software.  Windows® 8 / 8.1 is now supported because it has been tested and found to be fully-compatible.  Codentity has not tested the MMBC with Windows® Vista. 

How To Determine If Your Installed Windows® 7 OS is 64-bit:

1. Open System by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, and then clicking System.

2. In the displayed attributes, under System, you can view the system type.

How To Determine If Your Installed Windows® XP OS is 32-bit or 64-bit:

1. Click Start, Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance link, then click on the System link.

2. When the System Properties window opens, on the General Tab, locate the System area to the right of the Windows logo.

3. Under System, you'll see basic information about the version of Windows® XP installed on your computer:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version [year] means you're running Windows XP 32-bit.

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Version [year] means you're running Windows XP 64-bit

After your email message is received and processed, Codentity will transmit an email response containing your download link—and YOUR download link password.  The link will expire, so please get your TRIAL software soon after receiving your link.  To access the product DOWNLOAD page, click here

NOTE: If Codentity determines that an email request for a DOWNLOAD link originates from a location or email address outside the U.S.A., Codentity reserves the right to withhold or suspend link access.  Codentity also reserves the right to limit the number of link access downloads.  This policy is subject to modification without further notice.

 

8.

Must I install the TRIAL software in order to purchase the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System?

   

Technically, no.  However, in order to successfully apply (i.e., use) a purchased RETAIL activation key, you will need to register with Codentity.  The registration process requires that you submit some user information and machine-specific data.  The required machine-specific data can only be created by the MMBC TRIAL software installation process.

For example, a User Name is required, and certain computer and operating system data is required.  During installation and initiation of the MMBC TRIAL software, encrypted data strings that allow Codentity to uniquely identify your installation computer are placed on your computer.

Codentity can use this information to create a unique activation key / confirmation code set that, when applied by the customer, will enable a RETAIL license and product functionality.  Codentity License Manager contains a Register Now button that retrieves and formats the required information for transmission to the Codentity registration address.

After installing the MMBC TRIAL software, and after you have purchased a RETAIL license and activation key set from the Codentity Web store, simply open Codentity License Manager and click the Register Now button.  Follow instructions to activate the RETAIL mode.

NOTEIn brief, here are the installation and activation steps:

1. Download, install and initiate (i.e., activate) the MMBC software in TRIAL mode; be sure to FOLLOW instructions in the READ FIRST and README PDF documentation files.

2. After a minimum of 5 open and close cycles, click the Purchase Retail button on the Status tab of Codentity License Manager—follow instructions.

3. When you have purchased a Retail license from Codentity, click the Register Now button on the Status tab of Codentity License Manager; follow instructions and transmit your registration form to Codentity.

4. Codentity will use the machine-specific and user-specific information retrieved by the registration form to produce a UNIQUE Retail activation key / confirmation code SET; and when you receive this data via Email, click the Apply Retail button on the Status tab of Codentity License Manager—follow instructions.

5. Between 30 and 40 days after you apply your unique Retail key, send an Email message to Codentity requesting your unique Retail-Renew key; for instructions, click the Get Renew Key button on the Status tab of Codentity License Manager.

6. Codentity will use the machine-specific and user-specific information retrieved by the registration form to produce a UNIQUE Retail-Renew activation key / confirmation code SET; and when you receive this data via Email, click the Apply Renew button on the Status tab of Codentity License Manager—follow instructions.

For customers who want to legally COPY their activated MMBC program file to a second computer, the Codentity Web Store offers a Value Key Activation™ (VKA) license.  Customers who acquire a VKA license enjoy immediate benefits because all "customization" tasks which you have already completed on the first computer, and all optional MMBC Series products you have purchased, are instantly replicated on the second computer.  Learn more about VKA advantages below.

ALL the audio automation mixing magic of the True Blend™ Media Player System, all the power of an unmatched suite of search and filtering mechanisms, all the efficiency of a superior unified playlist manager option, and all the enhanced productivity achieved with our clear, easy-to-read FlowCue® interface, can come-to-life on YOUR Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 or Windows® XP-powered computer!

The experience starts with a FREE evaluation download, and TRIAL license activation of our Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition software.

 

9.

What happens if I choose not to register my installation of the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System with Codentity?

   

If you choose not to register, or if you somehow supply incorrect information, Codentity will not be able to produce accurate activation key / confirmation code numbers.  This means that your installation of the product will stop working when the TRIAL period expires.

 

10.

Why is the  Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System / Codentity® EFX Player software only available for users in the U.S.A.?

   

There are several reasons for this policy: 1) The product has only been created for users of the English language.  2) Third-party licensing restrictions prevent distribution outside the U.S.A.  3) Codentity is a small company, and the resources required to offer the product in multiple languages would be prohibitively expensive.

 

11.

What happens if a user from outside the U.S.A. installs the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System / Codentity® EFX Player software?

   

If a user from outside the U.S.A. installs the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System software on their computer, it may not function.  Codentity License Manager (CLM) handles the installation process, and if CLM detects a non-English language version of, for example, the Windows® operating system, it will disable the program.

Note: In cases where a user may defeat the restrictions imposed by Codentity License Manager, Codentity reserves the right not to supply the user with product activation key(s) and confirmation code(s) because such a user is violating the terms of the Codentity EULA (End User License Agreement).

 

12.

Is it true that only the Music MegaBase® Catalog / True Blend™ Media Player System software products are available as part of a free TRIAL offer?

   

Yes.  Currently, users are permitted to install and "test drive" the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) / True Blend™ Media Player System / Codentity® EFX Player without cost for a limited time on their computers in the U.S.A.  Optional products like the ATL Image Manager™, Keyword Compositor™, or Keyword Query Toolset™, are not included with the free TRIAL.

Note:  The ATL Image Manager™, Keyword Compositor™, and Keyword Query Toolset™ can be purchased and activated during the MMBC trial period, but these optional products are non-refundable.  This means that users who purchase and activate MMBC companion products during the TRIAL period will enjoy the exciting productivity features these products provide, but continued use of these optional products beyond the free trial period for the MMBC will require purchase of a MMBC RETAIL license.

   

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Installation, Activation, Set-Up and Operation

 

13.

Very simply, what do I need to do to start using the MMBC and its True Blend™ MPS (and related titles)?

 

 

Install and "initiate" (i.e., activate) the product in free TRIAL mode.  You must use the Codentity-supplied Product Key to initiate the MMBC.

After setup, plan to insert hyperlinks connecting your digital audio files (in MP3, WMA, or WAV format) with existing (or user-entered) catalog (i.e., database) TITLES.  The hyperlinks will be associated with digital audio files on your storage media—such as a flash drive labeled D or greater.

Open the Player Assets tab.  Select music files you want to play, thereby loading them on the ATL (Assigned Track List).  Click PLAY.

 

14.

What is the quickest and best way to "test drive" (i.e., evaluate) the MMBC and its True Blend™ MPS (and related titles) on my PC?

Here's the best way to try the MMBC and its True Blend™ MPS on your Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / XP computing device:

  • A) Download, install, and activate the product in TRIAL mode (after agreeing to comply with license restrictions).

    Trial mode is FREE-TO-TRY for users in the U.S.A. and it provides 20 launch cycles, or 20 days of play time, (whichever occurs first).  FYI—the 20 days are measured from the installation date.  See the next two questions for installation instructions.

  • B) Use the product's hyperlink insertion tools to quickly insert hyperlinks connecting approximately 10 digital audio files from your hard drive (and in MP3, WMA, or WAV format), with their corresponding TITLES in the Music MegaBase® Catalog.

    For example, if you have a classic 1980s Madonna track like "Borderline" on your storage drive, open the AEMR (Add and Edit Master Records) form, use the Search Data tab to select "Borderline" by Madonna.  (Yes, it is already listed in the program's catalog—i.e., library.)  Move to the Media Assets tab, click Insert PAF Link.  Follow screen instructions.

    IMPORTANT:  Security restrictions require that digital audio file hyperlinks connect with audio tracks located on  storage media labeled D—or greater.  Since the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) will not permit hyperlink insertion to folders on the C drive, you should develop a storage strategy that uses drive D, or drive E, F, G, and so on.

    TIP:  Create a well-organized MASTER audio folder structure on, for example, a flash media stick labeled drive F: "F:\Audio\Genre\Rock" OR "F:\Audio\Artist\Gin Blossoms" OR "F:\Codentity\MMBC\Audio\Decades\1980".  Then place the appropriate tracks (i.e., audio files) in their respective folders.  With this scenario, you could setup the MMBC and its True Blend™ Media Player System to work on computer A, and later, if you acquire a secondary MMBC license (see VKA cost), use the SAME "drive F" on computer B.  Since drive F would be available to both computers, the audio hyperlink path would be the SAME—and you would only have to setup the hyperlinks one time.

    See MMBC FAQ music folder organizational question below for speed tips, and read the hyperlink insertion process question below for expanded instructions.  Plus, see Getting Started Help and Checklist Help—in the MMBC program—for additional "how to" instructions.

  • C) With hyperlinks inserted, open the Player Assets form, and use the search controls (such as Search By Title, Artist, Music Type, Decade, etc.) to find and select those same 10 digital files.

    To impress yourself—and enable faster selection—create a named Playlist (such as "My Test Tracks") on the AEMR form, and put all your newly connected hyperlink titles on the list.  Then, when it's time to find the 10 selections for playback in the embedded players, simply locate the playlist from the Search Lists tab of the Player Assets form.  Press the Match Playlist Name button, then click the Process Match Batch 1-15 button.  In about one second, each track on your named playlist will be placed on the Assigned Track List—and be ready for PLAY.  This is extremely intuitive, however, for guidance, refer to Player Assets Help in the MMBC program.

    NOTE
    : The Player Assets form includes the List Player tab that is the container for the embedded media players.  The Player Assets form can only "see" TITLES that have a hyperlink to a corresponding digital audio file.

  • D) With your selected digital files loaded (on the Player Assets form's ATL—Assigned Track List), press PLAY

    NOTE: Unless auto select is OFF, selecting files on the List Player tab—i.e., the tab that holds the embedded media players—will place tracks on the Assigned Track List.  To see which tracks are ON the Assigned Track List, and their assigned play order, simply click the TPA 1 or TPA 2 tab.  Read Player Assets Quick Tips Help or Media Assets Help to learn more.

  • E) Experiment with various behaviors by changing check box states on the Configuration tab of the Player Assets form (i.e., the SAME form that holds the embedded media players on its List Player tab).

    For example, toggle the True Blend™ mode ON and OFF to see how it affects timing calculations.  Or, place a check in the Display Large Data Banners box and enjoy larger typeface for playing Now and playing Next information.

  • F) Experiment with the various control sliders on the Transitions tab of the Player Assets form.

    For example, change the default Auto Fade duration period from 5 seconds to 3 seconds—and observe how the next transition is affected.

  • G) Observe how the True Blend™ Media Player System executes smooth gapless overlapping transitions with automatically calculated track durations.

    Then, to try MANUAL transitions, click the Play Next button at any time and notice that the system preserves the configured Auto Fade durations and Fade Slope values; and listen to how the system handles manually invoked transitions: There is no immediate "dump" of track A (as often occurs with other products); instead track A starts to fade out at the same time track B starts playing at normal volume. (Welcome to the magic of True Blend™!)

  • H) Enjoy the benefits of Codentity® FlowCue™ technology.

    FlowCue™ objects (and their core FlowFocus™ programming logic) provide an integrated set of LARGE easy-to-read graphics and text displays, with color-keyed cues that visually guide the user through the executing sequence of a transition event work flow.  An intuitive and highly legible interface makes this product easy-to-learn and use.

    For example, when a track is playing in the True Blend™ Media Player System, its TITLE and ARTIST information (and possibly additional data) is displayed in the NOW playing data banner (located beneath the large PLAY button).  And, at the same time, the information for the playing NEXT track is presented in DARK GRAY typeface under the NOW playing data banner.

    At the one-minute remaining time cue (referring to the NOW playing track), the color of the digital display in the Elapsed Duration timer changes from GREEN numbers on a BLACK background to YELLOW numbers on BLACK.  This is the operator's first clue that the track will soon end.

    Then, at the 15-second remaining time cue, the color of the typeface in the bottom playing NEXT banner changes from DARK GRAY to YELLOW.  At the same instant, the Elapsed Duration timer display changes to BLACK numbers on a YELLOW background.  These are the type of FlowCue™ optical enhancements that make it easy to know the state of the program's situational awareness logic at-a-glance.

 

15.

How do I Install the Music MegaBase® Catlaog (MMBC) Media Edition core-bundle with the True Blend™ MPS, and Codentity® EFX Player?

 

 

Begin by reading the ONE-page READ FIRST Quick-Start guide (provided in PDF and text format with the MMBC distribution files).  Users who want a comprehensive setup guide, with illustrations, should follow instructions included in the companion README PDF file.  The precise steps will depend on which version* of Microsoft® Access™ you will use to power the MMBC, and your selected Microsoft® Windows® computing device.

*NOTE: To achieve best performance, use the Codentity®-supplied Microsoft® Access 2002 (XP) RUNTIME files (which are provided FREE to valid licensed MMBC users).

 IMPORTANT: Codentity has successfully tested operation of these Codentity software products when powered by the Microsoft® Access 2002 (XP) runtime files on 64-bit Windows® 10 configurations, on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows® 8 / 8.1 / 7 systems, and on 32-bit Windows® XP systems.

Jump to requirements quick list, or read more detailed MMBC requirements page with comments on successfully-tested configurations.

 

16.

After installation, how do I activate the MMBC on my computer?

 

 

Follow instructions included in the READ FIRST and README files provided with the MMBC distribution files.  There is also step-by-step instruction built into the MMBC program.  Context-sensitive guidance will appear as you step through the first time activation process (i.e., the “initiation” process).

Essentially, you will input the Codentity-supplied product key, then READ and ACCEPT the terms of the product EULA (End User License Agreement), and next enter your required LU (Licensed User) information (such as name, company name, email address, etc.).

After completing the required steps, the MMBC will be prepared to function in TRIAL mode.  TRIAL mode will permit unpaid use of the MMBC software (subject to EULA restrictions) for 20 days or 20 launch cycles (whichever occurs first).  At the end of the TRIAL mode, the MMBC will “lock” and prevent access to its full functionality.*

*NOTEUsers who enter a significant amount of data during their TRIAL mode period should be aware that, when the TRIAL mode ends, their personalized data will be unavailable unless a valid RETAIL license is acquired and activated.

 

17.

How do I remove the TRIAL mode restrictions?

 

 

To continue using the MMBC after the TRIAL mode ends, you must purchase a license from Codentity LLC.*  From the MMBC Action Center (AC) Home page, click the Codentity License Manager (CLM) button.  On the Status tab, click the Update Key Status button or the Purchase Retail Key button.  Follow instructions presented on the screen.  Converting a TRIAL mode license to a RETAIL mode license does not require re-installation.

*NOTE: As disclosed in the EULA, the MMBC Media Edition (and its components) may REQUIRE periodic re-activation.  This requirement will allow Codentity to enforce EULA terms and, consequently, the MMBC products can be offered for license at a lower price.

 

18.

After I purchase a MMBC Retail license and receive my unique Retail activation key / confirmation code set from Codentity, how do I apply the key to activate the MMBC in RETAIL mode?

 

 

To activate the MMBC in RETAIL mode after receiving your unique Retail activation key, click the Apply Retail Key button on the Status tab of the Codentity License Manager.  Follow instructions displayed on the screen.  (Read more at the codentity.com/keys page.)

 

19.

How do I set-up and personalize the MMBC with the True Blend™ MPS for use with my computer and my digital media files?

 

 

In order to use the True Blend™ MPS, which is integrated within the MMBC, you will have to "tell" the MMBC which digital media file you want connected with a specific “record” (i.e., Title / Artist combination—and related data) in the MMBC database (library).

This is a one-time set-up process*, and it involves using controls on the MMBC AEMR (Add and Edit Master Records) form to insert hyperlinks which connect a digital audio file with a catalog record (a record is also sometimes referred to as a "TITLE").  For users with a logically-organized music folder structure, hyperlink insertion for a library of 1,000 songs will typically take about 3 hours.

*NOTE:  Since hyperlink insertion is a one-time-process that produces immediate and lasting technical benefits, we believe the set-up task is a small price to pay for unmatched SEARCH and FILTER performance.

Most other search implementations force you to thumb-scroll or gesture-navigate through a series of stacked music folders.  (And you had better know WHERE to begin searching, and remember just HOW you designed the folder structure—every time.)  In contrast, True Blend™ hyperlinks "know" the physical location of digital media files.  This eliminates the need for repetitive and inefficient gesture and scroll actions in the search process.  The result is a savings of time, and a reduction of "wear and tear" on your texting fingers!

And because the True Blend™ Media Player System uses the hyperlinks associated with record (i.e., Title / Artist combination) entries in the Music MegaBase® Catalog, users can invoke a "match filter" with one-click.  For example, find one John Mayer, John Mellencamp, or Johnny Cash music track on your storage drive—then click to instantly see (and have access to) ALL tracks by the SAME Artist.  Work the same trick with matching Decade, Tempo, Year of Release, Music Type (genre), and other attributes too.

 

20.

How do I best organize and set-up my music folder structure in order to speed up the hyperlink insertion process?

 

 

A) First, ORGANIZE your music folder structure using the techniques explained here.

For example, assume the user performs the initial one-time MMBC setup, and places music files in a folder structure located on the D drive of the licensed computer.  Such a path might be: "D:\Media Assets\Audio\Music".  In this example, "Music" is the name of the MASTER music folder.  Subfolders could then be placed in the master folder.

In order to simplify the logical subfolder structure, the user might create a series of folders named for the genre of music files they will store:  Rock, Disco, Techno, Country, Jazz, Blues, Soul, etc.  Using this formula, the PATH to the Rock folder would look like this: "D:\Media Assets\Audio\Music\Rock".

If desired, the user can further refine the folder structure by placing additional subfolders with the names of artists in the Rock folder.  Such a PATH might look like this: "D:\Media Assets\Audio\Music\Rock\Aerosmith".

B) Next, create a SHORTCUT* to your master music folder.

After establishing a smart folder structure and locating digital media files in the appropriate folders, create a SHORTCUT to the master music folder.  Then, place the SHORTCUT in the SAME folder that holds the MMBC executable file.

For example, on a 64-bit Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 computer, using the Codentity-supplied 32-bit Access™ XP (2002) "Runtime" files to operate the MMBC, this will probably be: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Codentity\MMBC”, but could be different on your system.  Consult the distribution READ FIRST and README files for clarification.

*NOTE: With at least one SHORTCUT in place, it will be easy and much quicker to jump to the desired music subfolder.

 

21.

Will you explain the hyperlink insertion process with an example?

 

 

This example assumes you have already created a logical music folder structure as described above, and that you have opened the AEMR form.  The exercise will demonstrate connection of one digital media file named “Follow_You_Down.mp3”, with its corresponding catalog* TITLE “Follow you Down” by artist Gin Blossoms.

A) Use search controls (such as Search By Title) on the AEMR Search Data tab to locate the intended TITLE in the reference catalog.


B) On the Media Assets (MA) tab of the AEMR form, click Insert PAF Hyperlink.


C) Use the presented dialog box to browse for the specific digital audio file you want to connect with the selected TITLE (and IF the recommended folder SHORTCUT is present—click it to speed navigation).


D) Double-click the FILE NAME (or select the file and click OK) to initiate automatic link insertion.


E) If the confirm hyperlink change box appears, press YES.


F) Optionally, click the Test PAF Link button to use the MA tab audio preview player in order to make sure the connected file is the appropriate audio file.

TIP: You can accept the default entry of "80" in the VLA (Volume Level Autoload) data box, or enter a different volume value.  For example, if you audition the track in the audio preview player and notice that is seems too loud, you can input a lower value such as "70" (for 70% of maximum).  Click the Test PAF Link button again, and if the new value is good, make no change.  Values entered in the VLA box are retained and used to set the level of each discrete track when it is played by the True Blend™ MPS.

*NOTE: The Music MegaBase® Catalog ships with pre-existing reference entries for over 4,000 “hit-music” recordings made popular from the 1950s through the 1990s.  It also includes some entries for selections from 2000 through 2010.  The largest number of existing entries includes TITLES from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  Users are permitted to add NEW TITLES to the MMBC.  If a TITLE you want to PLAY in the True Blend™ MPS is not already in the MMBC, you will have to enter it before you can insert a hyperlink.

The MMBC is a reference database, subject to editorial decisions, and it does NOT include digital media files.  Users who wish to use the True Blend™ Media Player System to PLAY digital audio files should make plans to create their own content, or acquire files from legally-licensed sources.

 

22.

After completing hyperlink insertion, are there additional set-up tasks?

 

 

No required tasks.  However, if you intend to purchase the optional Keyword Query Toolset™, Keyword Compositor™, or ATL Image Manager, you can complete your transaction at the Codentity Web store and activate options when desired.

If you follow this strategy, and then choose to purchase a Value Key Activation™ license for MMBC / True Blend™ MPS operation on a second computer, you will enjoy the benefits of a one-time set-up, payment and activation cycle.  This can be a low-cost way to copy your personalized version of the MMBC to a second computer.  Learn more here.

 

23.

I understand that the True Blend™ MPS is included with (and installed with) the MMBC Media Edition, however, does adding a MMBC Series optional product, such as the Keyword Compositor™, require re-installation?

 

 

No.  The MMBC Media Edition is provided with hidden and locked components for the optional Keyword Query Toolset™, Keyword Compositor™, or ATL Image Manager™.  If you decide you want to use any optional product, simply purchase a license at the Codentity Web store, and then activate the product using the Codentity-supplied activation key / confirmation code set.

NOTICE:  Do not attempt to circumvent license monitoring technology.  This activity is a violation of the product End User License Agreement (EULA).  Codentity License Manager (CLM) can detect and log entry of unauthorized product keys.  Repeated violations can cause CLM to LOCK the program interface (i.e., suspend functionality) and possibly terminate (i.e., revoke) your software license.  In some cases, CLM may also deactivate the software.  If termination or deactivation occurs, you will be unable to access or recover program-stored data.  Review the EULA for more-detailed guidance.  Learn more here.

   

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Supported File Formats

 

24.

Which file formats are supported by the True Blend™ MPS?

At this time, only MP3, WMA, and WAV file formats are supported for use in the True Blend™ MPS.  Files with other extensions will be rejected by the hyperlink evaluation mechanism.

Of course, users with libraries of digital audio files in formats not currently supported by the True Blend™ Media Player System have the option of using one of the many FREE, and widely available, audio format conversion programs.  Learn more here.

 

25.

Can the True Blend™ MPS accept and operate with mixed file formats and mixed bit rates?

Yes.  Since the True Blend™ MPS reproduces audio with the highly-popular Microsoft® Windows Media® player series 9 ActiveX® objects (which are supplied with Microsoft® Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 and Windows® XP), the True Blend™ MPS preserves the native functionality of the Microsoft® Windows Media® player series 9 ActiveX® objects.

When playing your music selections from its ATL (Assigned Track List—i.e., its dynamic playlist), the True Blend™ MPS will seamlessly execute transitions between audio files of mixed formats (MP3, WMA or WAV) and mixed bit rates.

See a discussion of the Unique Capabilities in the True Blend™ MPS here.  Review sample user scenarios here.  Learn more about how True Blend™ works.

26.

Will video formats be supported by the True Blend™ MPS?

Since the True Blend™ MPS is intended for use with AUDIO files, only MP3, WMA, and WAV file formats are supported.  However, the True Blend™ specification was designed with the potential for allowing video file extensions—in order to permit their AUDIO tracks to be played by the True Blend™ automation system.  A future release may accommodate select video formats.

   

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Security and Privacy

     
  27. Does Music MegaBase® Catalog software contain viruses, spyware, or adware?
   

No.  All Codentity® software (including the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition with the True Blend™ Media Player System, and its optional products) has been developed exclusively by Codentity LLC headquartered in Westmont, IL USA.

Since our software has been under our control every step of the way, Codentity can be sure that no viruses, spyware or adware has been inserted into our programs.

  28. Why does the Music MegaBase® Catalog utilize macros?

The Music MegaBase® Catalog and the True Blend™ Media Player System are powered by Microsoft® Access™—the world's most popular desktop database.  Access™ 2002 (XP) is recommended for best performance under Windows®7 and Windows® XP, and the Access™ 2002 RUNTIME is supplied FREE of charge to licensed Music MegaBase® Catalog users.

The intuitive point and click interface for the Music MegaBase® Catalog requires no database training, but it does provide the incredible search and filter power of a relational database.  To implement this power, the Music MegaBase® Catalog utilizes Access™ macros.  All macros are written and tested by Codentity and contain no viruses, spyware or adware.

IMPORTANT:  Depending on security settings, you may be presented with a "Security Warning" concerning macros when you start the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition.  Be sure to ALLOW macros.  (If you choose not to allow macros, the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition will not operate.)

  29. Does Codentity software collect user information and share it with other parties?

No.  Codentity software does not collect and share user information with any third party.  Further, Codentity receives no user information, unless the user decides to supply the information when requested.  Read our privacy policies here.

  30. What is Codentity License Manager?

Codentity License Manager (CLM) is an integrated component of the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition and its related products.  Codentity License Manager accepts and stores user information, and also maintains data concerning the key attributes of the installation device.  Codentity License Manager cannot be disabled.

  31. What are the primary functions of Codentity License Manager?
   

Codentity License Manager has two primary functions:

A) Provide license management interface—Codentity License Manager simplifies management of Codentity software on user's computers.  With Codentity License Manager, it is easy to activate and upgrade our Music MegaBase® Catalog series products.  Codentity License Manager also provides useful system environmental data to the user.  This includes information about the installed operating system, the licensed user, the Product ID, activation dates, and so on.

B) Protect our rights and the rights of users—Codentity License Manager is designed to protect our intellectual property rights by making it difficult for unauthorized or unlicensed users to enjoy the functionality of our products.  This allows Codentity to sell our software licenses at a lower price.

Codentity License Manager operates in the background to monitor certain types of program operations.  When Codentity License Manager recognizes activities that violate the terms of the EULA (End User License Agreement), it can inform the user, and guide them through the process of acceptable actions.  This capability discourages product tampering and enables us to maintain a safe user experience.

In practice, Codentity License Manager retains its diagnostic data within the CLM software on each computing device.  User data is not transmitted to Codentity unless the user chooses to share the information with Codentity for purposes of license eligibility verification, license upgrade implementation, technical troubleshooting, or operational guidance.  User data is not transmitted to any third party.

NOTE: Codentity does require limited information from customers who purchase a software license.  Typically, licensed user information (such as individual or company name, name of computer, date of Codentity software installation, etc.) is collected during the process of product installation.  This information is retained exclusively on the installation device during the TRIAL (evaluation) period.

When and if the user decides to purchase a Codentity software license, the user will transmit their requested data to Codentity.  When the accurate data is received, and upon verification of payment, Codentity can create a UNIQUE license key (and related confirmation code)—which is developed for use on a specific computer.  When the customer receives and successfully applies the Codentity-supplied license key / code, the related software product will be activated on his or her computing device.  Codentity software may require periodic reactivation.

Read about our privacy policies here.

  32. Is it safe to download or purchase Codentity software (such as the Music MegaBase® Catalog) from sites NOT owned, operated, or authorized by Codentity LLC?
   

No. Codentity LLC headquartered in Illinois, USA is the exclusive developer, publisher, licensor and distributor of Codentity software.  At this time, the only authorized Codentity software DOWNLOAD links, and the only authorized Codentity software license SALES links, are found exclusively at these Codentity controlled Web sties:

  • codentity.com

  • area89.com

  • musicmegabase.com

  • mediaplayermixer.com (retired)

  • Amazon.com (with offer from Mainstreet Sales of California)

  • eBay (from the Codentity outlet store)

To be clear:  With only 2 exceptions, Codentity has not authorized distribution of our software through other resellers or auction sites.  The exceptions are sales of Codentity software in the Amazon.com marketplace by authorized RESELLER Mainstreet Sales of California; and offers from the Codentity outlet store on Ebay.com.  (Amazon and eBay are registered trademarks in the U.S.A. and other countries.)

Web sites that offer to provide or sell Codentity LLC software, when those sites are not controlled by Codentity LLC, or sites that are not legally authorized to distribute Codentity LLC software, represent a threat to all users.

Codentity, the Codentity logo, Music MegaBase, FlowCue, FlowFocus, MusicPrint and True Blend are registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Codentity LLC in the USA.  Codentity USA, Media Player Mixer Express, and Keyword Compositor are trademarks owned by or licensed to Codentity LLC.  This list is not exhaustive.  Codentity does not conduct business operations outside the USA.  Codentity does not have software development, distribution or sales agreements with any foreign entity.

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Known Issues

33.

Is it true that the Music MegaBase® Catalog (True Blend™ MPS, the Codentity® EFX Player, and related titles) require different navigation procedures for hyperlink insertion under Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 and Windows® 7?

Yes.  When the Music MegaBase® Catalog (True Blend™ MPS, the Codentity® EFX Player, and related titles) are operated with the preferred Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime files under Windows® 7 64-bit (Service Pack 1), or with Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 64-bit or 32-bit systems, users are cautioned to avoid certain navigation techniques within deployed Insert Hyperlink and Edit Hyperlink dialog boxes.  Because of relative path restrictions under Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7, failure to follow the proper search and browse techniques could lead to a program crash.  This circumstance is easy to avoid when proper techniques are used.

NOTE: A help file in the program explains the best practices to prevent any problems.

To explain:  On the Media Assets tab of the Music MegaBase® Catalog AEMR (Add and Edit Master Records) form, a command button labeled Insert PAF Link  (and under certain conditions labeled Edit PAF Link) allows the user to open a series of dialog boxes that can be used to locate and select the specific digital audio file that will be associated with the current record (i.e., catalog TITLE).  (See questions above for more information.)

The potential behavior problem can be observed when the Windows® 7 user clicks inappropriate icons within the presented Insert Hyperlink or Edit Hyperlink dialog box.  If the user clicks, for example, the Up One Folder icon, a program crash may occur.  The Music MegaBase® Catalog can help prevent this problem by WARNING the user before it can occur.  In this case, for a work-a-round, the user simply clicks the Browse For File icon instead of the Up One Folder icon.

To PREVENT this potential problem:  Follow the instructions presented in the displayed context-sensitive screen messages that appear when you click the Insert PAF link or Edit PAF Link button.

When AEMR form warning messages are NOT intentionally suppressed, Windows® 7 users will see an offer to display the Music MegaBase® Catalog Hyperlink Guide for Windows® 7—before they enter the hyperlink dialog boxes.  The Guide features step by step instruction, and includes screen captures showing the user how to properly use navigation options within the hyperlink dialog boxes.  Additionally, context-sensitive warnings with step instruction will appear as appropriate.  Problems will be avoided if the user follows instructions.

Windows® XP users will not encounter this problem.  When the Music MegaBase® Catalog is operated with the Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime under Windows® XP 32-bit (with Service Pack 3), there are no known hyperlink insert / edit issues.  Therefore, the user can safely utilize all dialog box navigation buttons / icons.

   

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Product Features

 

34.

Can I export and print catalog (database) summaries of various music lists from the MMBC?

   

Yes.  From the MMBC Action Center (AC) Home page, click the UDS Manager button.  When the UDS (User Designated System) Manager form opens, observe the availability of two tabs: Print Reports and Export Lists.  Click the appropriate tab, then choose from special query (search) buttons on the tab.  Follow on screen instructions to formulate queries (search instructions) and either PRINT or EXPORT music lists.

 

35.

Can the True Blend™ MPS really produce automated and naturally-blended transitions?

   

Yes.  The patent-pending technology in the True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) is capable of automatically determining the optimum duration (i.e., PLAY length) for digital audio files.  It can recognize tracks (i.e., audio recordings) with a COLD (i.e., abrupt) ending, and tracks with a FADE ending—and compensate for those creative production styles.  The True Blend™ MPS then provides overlapped or adjoined transitions every time—WITHOUT the so-called DIP and CLIP effect typical of almost all other digital audio mixing products.  Read about the Case For True Blend™ Vs. Other Products.

Here's another True Blend™ bonus: True Blend™ does not require file preparation.  In the marketplace, there are digital DJ / broadcast programs that can provide overlapped transition timing, formed with assigned duration values or globally-estimated duration calculations.  However, to effectively execute natural overlapping transitions, all known implementations from other vendors do require some form of audio file preparation. 

For example, with other programs, users are notified that overlapping operations are best achieved when EACH DISCRETE AUDIO FILE has been "prepped" (i.e., edited).  Suggested editing tasks for these solutions include: Removing the trailing silence section often appended to mastered digital media files; Normalizing audio levels to prevent drastic changes in playback volume; Assigning a specific duration (i.e., play length) to each audio file, and so on. 

True Blend™ executes naturally-timed overlapping audio transitions WITHOUT the need for file editing or remastering.  For users with thousands of audio files, this can save lots of time.  And for users who may also want to assign precise play durations to files of their choosing, the True Blend™ Media Player System allows setting and saving durations for any discrete (i.e., individual) file to a tolerance of within 1/4 second.  Learn about user scenarios here

 

36.

Does the True Blend™ MPS also provide other professional broadcast-style features like Auto Fade, Auto Level, and configurable Fade Slopes?

   

Yes.  The patent-pending technology in the True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) is capable of automatically controlling each track's FADE state and appropriate levels and its default volume level Plus, the user can choose to go with default fade out duration periods and their fade slopes, or apply different patterns of fade durations and fade slope attacks.  The active (i.e., now-playing and visible player) always provides the standard audio level slider control.  All features are available in MANUAL and LIVE-ASSIST modes.

Additionally, the True Blend™ Media Player System also offers the following manually invoked audio level controls:  Power Fade (i.e., smooth fade-to-zero for active player); Shadow Fade™ (which is Power Fade applied to hidden player); Level Dip (one-click reduction to background level for active player—then simply one-click again to RESTORE to previous level); Shadow Dip™ (incremental multi-step reduction applied to hidden player); and Zero Now™ (a speed key—CTRL+Z—command that will instantly set the audio level of the hidden player to ZERO).   Learn more here.

37.

Can the True Blend™ MPS create "mix CDs" or encoded Internet radio streams?

No.  The True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) is an intelligent digital AUDIO SEQUENCING MIXER—a software tool used by mobile DJs, audio engineers, and home entertainment audiophiles to control the selection and automatic OR manual presentation of music and sound effects.  The True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) does not produce CD compilations, encoded Internet radio streams, or multi-channel recordings.  Also, the True Blend™ MPS cannot perform file editing or "ripping".

38.

Is the True Blend™ MPS capable of 24/7 broadcast or Internet radio automation?

No.  But True Blend™ Pro, in development, will be crafted for streaming radio applications.  A release date has not been announced.  Send your comments, or your "wish-list" suggestions, to sales@codentity.com.

Currently, the True Blend™ MPS provides the user's choice of manual, live-assist, and fully-automated transitions, but it does not have a scheduling module or a voice-track recording module.  The True Blend™ MPS is intended for LIVE mixing events like mobile DJ parties, corporate presentations, pep rallies, radio station remote content mixing, fashion shows, home entertainment systems, theatrical presentations, and house-of-worship venues.

*NOTE:  The True Blend™ MPS plays selections that have been placed on its ATL (Assigned Track List—i.e., its dynamic playlist).  The ATL holds a maximum of 30 tracks at any one time.  When the tracks on the ATL have an average length of 3 minutes, the ATL can provide approximately 90 minutes of LIVE blended music or effects—automatically.  The True Blend™ MPS has SHUFFLE and REPEAT capability that can produce random sequencing selections and extend the play time indefinitely.

Additionally, users with the optional ATL Image Manager™ can pre-construct named and ordered playlists, and then load those playlists with a few clicks.  And loading an ATL "image" (i.e., a pre-constructed playlist) does not interrupt playback of the music.  This permits the user to seamlessly load and reproduce playlists without interfering with music flow.

Read about track flow control Review The Case for True Blend™ vs. Other Products.

39.

When compared with other products, how can the True Blend™ Media Player System be so different?

The patent-pending technology in the True Blend™ MPS creates, among other things, new programming objects.  These new programming objects are designed to enhance the implementation of the conventional operational aspects of the native Windows Media® player series 9 ActiveX® objects used by the True Blend™ MPS.  One example of such a True Blend™ enhancement is the realization of "collaborative functionality".

Stated differently, the programming instructions in the True Blend™ MPS work behind-the-scenes to manipulate the various capabilities of the Windows Media® player series 9 ActiveX® objects, and enable the players to perform many advantageous operations.

Examples include: a) automatically-timed overlapping or adjoined transitions—executed with a creative content fidelity not seen in other digital audio mixing and sequencing programs; b) the ability to automatically retrieve and set a track-specific optimum audio level at runtime; c) granular track flow control—the user can choose to move forward or backward in the dynamic playlist—automatically or manually; d) playlist swap—with the optional ATL Image Manager™, the user can select and instantly replace the currently playing track list with a different named playlist—without affecting audio playback in the live player.

With True Blend™, the user need not be concerned with the technical details, and can instead enjoy simple, Search, Select for ATL Load, and Play functionality.  The magic in the system will manage the automation without further attention.

See a discussion of the Unique Capabilities in the True Blend™ MPS here.  Review sample user scenarios here.  Learn more about how True Blend™ works.  Review The Case for True Blend™ vs. Other Products.

40.

What benefits would I gain by purchasing the optional Keyword Compositor™?

The standard features of the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC), and its integrated True Blend™ Media Player System, offer a series of efficient and flexible SEARCH and FILTER controls that are faster, and easier-to-use, when compared with most other music player / music manager search products.

Standard Search Controls:  With standard MMBC and True Blend™ tools, users can search by Title, Artist, Music Type, Music Code (sub genre), Decade (of release), Year (of release), Playlist Name, Set Name, and AML (Administrative Maintenance List) Task.

Standard Filter Controls:  With standard MMBC and True Blend™ tools, users can filter by Artist, Music Type, Music Code (sub genre), Decade (of release), Year (of release), Tempo, PAF (Primary Audio File) state (as in digital audio hyperlink present or not present), Playlist Name, Set Name, AOD (Added On Date), AFC (Audio File Class— such as hit music track, radio jingle, sound effect, promo, dialogue track, etc.), MFV (Mark For Visit) True, HOW (House-of-Worship) True, Create PAF True, HPL (Hot Playlist) True, and more.

However, adding the capabilities of the Keyword Compositor™, or the  Keyword Query Toolset™, provides an even more powerful and INTUITIVE search and filter experience.  How?

The optional Keyword Compositor™ (KWC) amplifies MMBC search power with a series of 56 specially-crafted keyword queries (search instructions).  30 “single action” keyword queries, plus 26 “compound action” keyword queries, allow the user to input a series of category keywords that quickly produce flexibly sorted results—greatly refining search and filter control.  (The included Keyword Results form provides super filter flexibility—with special use 19 one-click buttons.)

With the Keyword Compositor™, it is easy to create a dynamic (i.e., composed "on-the-fly") layered keyword query that can instantly find catalog (i.e., database library) TITLES that match one or more user-specified terms.  Examples of layered (i.e., combined) keyword queries include: Music Type + Gender (of lead vocalist), Artist + Decade (of release) + Tempo, Music Code (sub genre) + Year (of release) + MMBC Dance Rating, and so on.

EXAMPLE 1: A mobile DJ, at a dance party, can easily locate and play all 1980s Rock tracks with a pre-assigned Music MegaBase® Catalog Dance Rating of 1 (i.e.—the highest ranking).  Using this layered query, Keyword Compositor™ results include: "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer, "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen, "Dancin' In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen, "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar, "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" by Billy Joel, "Lights" by Journey, "The Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis, etc.

And, if the user has acquired the optional ATL Image Manager™, any song in the Keyword Compositor™ query result list can be instantly placed on the active True Blend™ Media Player System playlist—the ATL or Assigned Track List.  Using the advanced SEARCH and FILTER capabilities of these products, DJs can locate, load, and play tracks in seconds—without wasting time "trying to remember" which tracks might best fit the music flow.

EXAMPLE 2: Imagine a situation where a mobile music DJ, home entertainment user, or live events producer (perhaps working at a pep rally, sports event, or fashion show) wanted to execute a query intended to find songs of the 1990s by female singers with the word "walk" in the title.  With other music search products, this type of refined search would be difficult or impossible; and if somehow possible, would take MANY steps.  With the Keyword Compositor™, this search can be efficiently accomplished in less than 5 seconds—in just TWO basic steps.  Here's how to do it:

Start with the Keyword Compositor™ Title + Gender query.  Use the terms "walk" (for the Title keyword) and "F" (for the Gender classification keyword).  Click the Display Results Now button.  The Keyword Results (KWR) form will open displaying all songs that fit the search criteria (totaling 14 in this example).  But the results will include songs of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, etc.  The objective here is quickly identify hit-music songs of the 1990s, with the word "walk" in the title, as performed by female artists.

Next, browse the returned results, and when a Title with a 1990 Decade of release appears, such as "Don't Walk Away" by Jade, click the Match Decade button.  When the first dialog box opens, use the SAME Title keyword ("walk"), in the second dialog box, use the SAME Gender keyword ("F").  The match filter will instantly limit the displayed results to, in this example, 4 songs from the 1990s:

"Don't Walk Away" by Jade, "Walk Away Renee" by Vonda Shepard, "Walkaway Joe" by Trisha Yearwood, and "When You Walk In The Room" by Pam Tillis.

At this point, use the data check boxes on the Keyword Results form to select or deselect various category markers such as Create PAF (as a reminder to assign a digital audio file to the corresponding Title), MFV (where the Mark For Visit check mark places the Title on a generic "to do" list), or PLB (Playlist Builder—to mark the Title as an intended member of a named playlist).  Later, when ready to work on marked lists, the user can invoke one-click filters to see, for example, all Titles on the MFV list, or the Create PAF list, etc.  This gives the user the ability to manage his collection and target select tasks.

TIP: Users with the optional Keyword Compositor™ and the optional ATL Image Manager™ installed can take "the Art of Search and Play" to an even higher level—when associated Titles have an assigned hyperlink to a PAF (Primary Audio File).  The Keyword Results form has two very useful buttons:

1) Add To ATL (Assigned Track List)—which places the current (i.e., selected) Title in the first OPEN position of the dynamic True Blend™ Media Player System playlist—the ATL or Assigned Track List.  2) PTA (Process to ATL)—which activates a very fast evaluation of query results, and sequentially inserts all Titles WITH assigned digital audio files (i.e., "PAF" Titles) on the ATL (until the ATL is fully-loaded).

NOTE: The associated Keyword Results (KWR) form provides 18 integrated sort and filter buttons to easily narrow or reclassify search results, and it is available to users of the optional Keyword Query Toolset™ and optional Keyword Compositor™.

 

41.

Does the True Blend™ Media Player System provide EFX (effects) players to handle special audio tracks?

 

Yes.  The standard True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) configuration includes one EFX playerEFX Player A—at no additional cost.  NEW: For all downloads or optical disks provided after 10/17/13, the improved EFX Player A is furnished at no extra cost.

What's new in EFX Player A?  EFX Player A now provides THREE concurrently available effects decks: EFX A, EFX A2, and EFX A3.  This permits simultaneous playback of multiple audio files such as music stingers and sound effects.  Plus, EFX Player A adds NINE "instant play" (IP) bars—which are very wide "play" buttons configured to display the TITLE and ARTIST information for an assigned digital audio file.

EFX Player A has also been upgraded to include an "IP Map" system.  This feature allows the user to assign up to nine tracks (i.e., digital recordings) to IP bars 1 through 9; and then, if desired, save the configuration as a named IP Map (i.e., effects playlist).  During a live event, the audio operator or the DJ can open EFX Player A, and scroll down to click the Open IP Map button.  With the IP Map form open, the operator can easily search or filter a list of pre-configured effects "maps".

By choosing Load IP Map, the associated tracks on the corresponding list are instantly assigned to the live action IP bars in EFX Player A.  Once an IP bar is ready with an assigned track, a click of that IP bar will immediately start the effect (or music track) playing from one of the three available decks in EFX Player A.  Read EFX Player HELP in the program to learn more.

Users who acquire the optional ATL Image Manager (i.e., the integrated, and very powerful, dynamic playlist manager) also have access to a second EFX player—EFX Player B.

The EFX players provide independent SEARCH, FILTER and PLAY controls.  The EFX players also offer timeline, volume, mute and "power fade" controls.  EFX Player B adds user-configurable repeat and speed variation capability.  (NOTE: The EFX players are not available in TRIAL mode.)

Both EFX players operate independently, and are not affected by each other or the True Blend™ automation.  This design permits the user to play sound effects, dialogue drops, promotional jingles, music tracks, etc., without interfering with the loaded track assignments on the ATL (Assigned Track List).

EXAMPLE 1:  Imagine the True Blend™ MPS is in use by a mobile DJ at a wedding reception.  The DJ has a classic retro '70s dance set underway, and he wants to punch up the crowd mood by adding sound effects such as sirens, cheers or party "whoops".  Using EFX Player A or B (or both), he can conduct a quick search for the desired sound effect without affecting the search controls or the current track assignment in the True Blend™ players.  The DJ can even apply a one-click AFC (Audio File Content) match filter to instantly see ALL SFX (sound effects) tracks, and then browse the list to select his target.

Because the EFX players add their audio to the mix by using an independently-controlled sound level (capable of automatic level assignment or manual adjustment), the effects can be presented as a subtle background sound or a more forceful punctuator.

And if the DJ wants to "stop-down" and use the microphone to make an announcement, or set-up the bouquet toss, he can take advantage of live assist mode.  Invoking the live assist command (CTRL+9) will immediately ZERO the active track timer.  Then, when the music track ends, the DJ can start his talk event.  The DJ can choose to roll in sound effects from EFX Player A or B at any time.  When ready to return to the assigned music list, the DJ can click the Play Next command on the True Blend™ player console.  The automation will resume where it left off—and the next loaded ATL track will play.

EXAMPLE 2:  Assume the True Blend™ MPS is part of a remote radio broadcast, and the DJ decides to use live assist mode.  Invoking the live assist command (CTRL+9) will immediately ZERO the active track timer.  This will cause the automation to STOP at the conclusion of the currently playing track.  At that point, the DJ can open his microphone and talk at will.  When the DJ clicks the Play Next command on the True Blend™ player console, the automation will resume where it left off—and the next loaded ATL track will play.

TIP:  If the DJ wants to end the currently playing track early, he can use the player's exposed volume control to gradually fade the level of the track; OR he can choose to invoke "power fade" and cause the True Blend™ MPS to execute a smooth "hands free" fade-to-zero—while the DJ pops his mic open.  How?  After the current track timer has already been suspended, a True Blend™ player power fade is executed with a second press of the CTRL+9 speed key set, or a second double-click of the Active Track light.

Alternatively, if the DJ wants to play a radio station jingle (i.e., short image song) BEFORE starting the next ATL track, he can set this up by first opening his choice of EFX Player A or B.  For this example, assume he loads his appropriate station jingle in EFX Player A, and then minimizes EFX Player A until he is ready for it.

In practice then:  A) The DJ invokes live assist (by pressing CTRL+9 or double-clicking the Active Track light).  B) When the currently playing ATL track ends, the DJ talks.  C) When ready to return to music, the DJ clicks the EFX Player button and EFX Player A pops up.  D) The DJ clicks the PLAY EFX button and the pre-loaded station jingle starts.  E) The DJ minimizes EFX Player A to reveal the True Blend™ player console—and when ready—clicks the Play Next button to start the next ATL track, thereby resuming the automation sequencing.

TIP:  Both EFX players include optional "auto-minimize" capability.  With the "Minimize EFX Player after click EFX PLAY or EFX FADE command" box checked, the selected EFX player will begin executing the desired PLAY or FADE command, and then instantly resize to a minimized bar in the lower left screen corner.  This will immediately reveal the True Blend™ player console with its Play Next command ready for click.

42.

What benefits would I gain by purchasing the optional Value Key Activation™?

By default, when a user copies his activated MMBC program file (the "mde") from his first activated computer to a second computer, Codentity License Manger (CLM) will recognize an unauthorized license state on the second computer, and prevent access to core program functionality on the second computer.

For customers who want to legally COPY their activated MMBC program file to a second computer, the Codentity Web Store offers a Value Key Activation™ (VKA) license.  Customers who acquire a VKA license enjoy immediate benefits because all "customization" tasks which you have already completed on the first computer, and all optional MMBC Series products you have purchased, are instantly replicated on the second computer.

It's true—the Value Key Activation™ license extends your Retail-Renew license and use privileges to two computers.  This means the VKA provides substantial savings when compared with the cost of individual product license acquisitions, while it eliminates the chore of additional data and hyperlink entry.  The secret to making the VKA hyperlink replication work is found in the creation and maintenance of a logical media asset storage path strategy.

Examples of MMBC customization (i.e., MDE file personalization) tasks include:  a) inserting hyperlinks that connect catalog titles with specific digital audio files in your designated storage path; b) creating and saving named music sets; c) entering new catalog "records" (i.e., Title / Artist combinations); d) purchasing and then activating MMBC Series companion software products like the Keyword Compositor™ or ATL Image Manager™.

ALL the audio automation mixing magic of the True Blend™ Media Player System, all the power of an unmatched suite of search and filtering mechanisms, all the efficiency of a superior unified playlist manager option, and all the enhanced productivity achieved with our clear, easy-to-read FlowCue® interface, can come-to-life on YOUR Windows® 7 or Windows® XP-powered computer!

The experience starts with a FREE evaluation download, and TRIAL license activation of our Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition software.

43.

Is the UI (user-interface) TAP-TOUCH enabled?

    Yes.  The UI for the player console of the True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS), and the EFX Player A frame of the Codentity® EFX Player, has been improved to include user-modifiable behaviors and object sizing.

After activating the Compact Display options—key buttons, fonts, and other FlowCue® indicators in the UI can be (or are automatically) set to display at larger dimensions.  This makes it easier to read, for example, the combo box summary lists; and it makes it easier to navigate and issue commands because the TAP-TOUCH regions are larger and bolder.

Codentity testing has confirmed that using the Compact Display options on table screens as small as 7" is possible and efficient.  Learn more here.
   

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