Screen Images of the 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. 

Unlike other products that generally present a congested work area with small typeface, True Blend™ provides an intuitive and easy-to-read user interface—with LARGE fonts, high-contrast themes, and color-keyed FlowCue® objects that visually guide the user through the workflow process.  (Review The Case for True Blend™ vs. Other Products here.)

 NOTE:    The "player console" in the True Blend™ MPS reproduces audio tracks in TWO independent players.  Only one player is visible at a time, and the system alternates playback from Player 1 to Player 2, then returns to Player 1, moves next to Player 2, and so on.  The tracks are drawn from selections placed on the ATL (Assigned Track List).  Tracks stored in odd-numbered ATL positions (such as 01, 03, 05, etc.) always play in Player 1.  Even-numbered ATL tracks (02, 04, 06, etc.) always play in Player 2.

For example, clicking the large PLAY button starts playback of the ATL position 01 track (i.e. digital audio file) in Player 1 which is rendered visible (while Player 2 is present, but hidden behind Player 1).  When the automation, or a manual click from the user, starts the next transition event, the MPS instantly hides Player 1, makes Player 2 visible, and begins playing the second track (from ATL position 02) in Player 2.*

*When a player is "hidden", the user retains the ability to control its play state and audio levels.  See the True Blend™ MPS and ATL User Guide for details.  View 1024x768 images, 1280x1024 screen captures, and resolutions of 1366x768.  Jump to widescreen resolutions.  Go to MMBC images or MMBC FAQ page.

The improved EFX Player now offers THREE integrated manual control decks on one frame: EFX A, A2, and A3.  Each deck features auto-level set, and can be controlled by applied power fades.  The EFX players do not affect the automated True Blend™ players.

Most screen images on this page were captured using a computer configured with the Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system, and the Codentity-supplied runtime version of Microsoft® Access™ XP (2002)Some images were captured on a Windows® XP computer.  All images ©2012-2014 Codentity LLC.

 

 Section A:  True Blend™ MPS Images 

 
 

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Player 1 is the active player and information for its content, "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", is displayed in GREEN typeface in the top "data banner" (located under the large PLAY button).  Player 2 is present (but hidden behind Player 1).  The Player 2 track, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", which will play next, is displayed in GRAY typeface in the bottom data banner.  The default-sized data banners are shown at 1024x768 resolution with 14 point typeface.  (In the next image, the LARGE 1024x768 data banners are activated.)

True Blend™ automation is ON, and the logic recognizes that the ending style of the playing track is "cold" (i.e. abrupt).  NOTE:  Activation buttons for the optional Keyword Compositor™ and ATL Image Manager™ companion products are also visible.

 
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Player 2 is now the active player, and Player 1 is hidden behind Player 2.  Observe that the now playing track title, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", has replaced the previous title in the top data banner—and that the user has switched to LARGE data banners (with 24 point font).

Also note that the Search By Decade combo box has been activated.  Before or during a PLAY event, users can choose any Search By category button to locate new tracks for the ATL (Assigned Track List)—the 'live' playlist.  The search by Playlist Name and Set Name controls are also available from the Search Lists tab.

The user can choose to allow True Blend™ automation to control track duration and start the next transition, or advance to the next track at any time by clicking the BLUE Play Next button.  (The large PLAY button always restarts the playlist at ATL position 01.)  At the bottom left of the screen, the bold BLACK TDC (Track Display Count) number indicates that there are a total of 2,127 audio tracks available for instant use by the True Blend™ MPS.

 
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The default settings on this tab work very well—without the need for user intervention.  However, for times when the user wishes to fine-tune effects, the Transitions tab offers three controls which allow variable configuration.  At top, the FADE end slider modifies automatic timing calculations within a range of 20 seconds.  For example, moving the top slider to the left will loosen transition overlaps, while moving to the right tightens transitions.

The middle control (depicted in its default position) manages timing for COLD end tracks (in a 10 second range).  Users can independently alter True Blend™ calculations for fade and cold end tracks.  In either case, whether fade or cold end, If a particular track has an assigned duration time (such as 3:27 and 1/4 seconds), the assigned (i.e. precise) duration value takes priority over the True Blend™ calculated duration.

At bottom, the Adjust Fade Times and Attack Slopes control applies the user's choice of three pre-programmed patterns.  First, there is a 3 second fade-to-zero period with an aggressive level reduction; this means that the applied level reduction after the first second is fairly steep (which is, for example, handy for situations where the next track starts COLD).  Next, the default position is a 5 second fade period with a medium level reduction.  The third pattern implements a 7 second fade-to-zero period with an initially mild level reduction.  Apply to taste.

 
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The ATL (Assigned Track List) holds selected track (i.e. digital audio file) information including hyperlink (i.e. URL), Title, Artist, Tempo, End Style, and Timing Values.  The True Blend™ MPS draws its selections directly from the ATL.  The ATL stores a maximum of 30 tracks.  However, using track flow control commands, content can deleted, re-ordered, and block transferred to different ATL positions at any time.

Users with the optional ATL Image Manager™ (IM) can instantly replace the first 20 ATL tracks in a few seconds, with two or three clicks, by loading a pre-named ATL "image" (i.e., ordered playlist).  Read about the ATL IM here, or consult the True Blend™ MPS and ATL User Guide for more details.

The TPA 1 (Track Path Assignment 1) tab is seen here, and the RED typeface at ATL position 08 indicates that its file, "Grease", is the currently playing track.  As noted, users can easily re-arrange track flow from within the ATL before or during a 'live' play event.  Both TPA 1 and TPA 2 offer a backstage look at the planned sequence order for the pending tracks.

 
     
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This screen capture shows the LARGE data banners—which have been automatically resized for the detected 1280x1024 resolution.  Player 1 is hidden behind Player 2 (the active player).  Information for the current track, "Til I Hear It From You", is displayed in GREEN typeface in the top "data banner" (located under the large PLAY button).  In dark GRAY font, the bottom data banner depicts "Two Princes" as the NEXT track. 

True Blend™ automation is ON, and the logic recognizes that the ending style of the playing track is "fade".  The Active Track light is BLUE.  This indicates that True Blend™ logic is controlling track duration.  (With True Blend™ ON, if the track has a user-specified duration value, the Active Track light will be GREEN.)  Note also that the user has changed the Search Mask background color from RED to GRAY, and selected a TEAL color theme for the True Blend™ logo and the Codentity® logo.

 
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Player 1 remains hidden behind Player 2 (the active player).  Information for the current track, "Til I Hear It From You", is still displayed in GREEN typeface in the top "data banner".  True Blend™ automation is ON.

With 15 seconds remaining for the NOW playing track, Codentity® FlowCue® technology will change the typeface color of the bottom banner to YELLOW.  At the same moment, the display of the Elapsed Duration meter also switches to the same YELLOW background.  This design provides an unmistakable visual signal for the DJ.*

 *Even though automation is ON, the DJ can advance to the next track at any time by clicking the Play Next button.  Doing so only affects a single transition, the automation timing continues to be calculated and controlled by True Blend™ logic for future transitions.

Observe that the activation buttons for the optional Keyword Compositor™, the standard EFX Player, and the optional ATL Image Manager™ are visible to the left of the player object.  At 1280x1024 resolution, in LARGE data banners, the user can choose to configure a font size of up to 54 points.  (44 points shown here.)

 
     
 

Widescreen Aspect Ratio Resolutions (16:9)

 
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Player 1 is hidden behind Player 2 (the active player).  Information for the current track, "Burning Love", is displayed in GRAY typeface in the top "data banner" (located under the large PLAY button).  The user can cycle through four top data banner colors: RED, GREEN, BLUE and GRAY.  True Blend™ automation light is ON, and the logic recognizes that the ending style of the playing track is "fade".

This screen capture shows the LARGE data banners—which have been automatically resized for the detected 1366x768 resolution.  The font size on the data banners seen here is 24 points.  Observe that the color of the True Blend™ logo has been changed by the user to dark PURPLE, and the Codentity® logo color matches the True Blend™ logo.

 
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The user has launched the optional ATL Image Manager™ (IM).  Its home page screen appears on top of the True Blend™ player console interface.  Using the ATL IM, a pre-assembled and named playlist "image" can be selected and loaded in as fast as 1 second.  This is handy for mobile DJs (and home entertainment users) who want to construct a special playlist ahead of time, and simply click-to-load once the party begins.

 
     
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The Search By ATL Image Name combo box is depicted here.  The user is preparing to click-select the named ATL image "British Invasion 1".  Click again to load the image (i.e. ordered playlist) directly to the 'live' ATL (Assigned Track List).  With Overwrite ON, the ATL image will replace any tracks in corresponding ATL positions, but it will not affect audio in the currently loaded and "playing" player.

Remember, with a pre-formed and named ATL "image" (i.e. playlist), ALL key data values—such as play order, duration, volume level, title, artist, tempo, end-style, and physical location on the storage drive—are immediately transferred to the ATL (Assigned Play List).  The True Blend™ automation will take it from there.

 
     
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The True Blend™ MPS is integrated with the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC), and the software ships with powerful search and filter tools—as standard features.  The optional Keyword Compositor™ (KWC) greatly amplifies search power with the capability to build combination queries (i.e. searches)—and then permits further refinement with additional filters.

 Example:   Quickly find over 100 up-tempo songs by female singers of the 1980s.  Start on the 2 KW or 3 KW tab.  Simply specify a Decade value of 1980, Tempo Up, and Gender of lead vocalist as female.  Results derived from the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) will include titles such as "Back On The Chain Gang" by The Pretenders, "Borderline" by Madonna, "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister, and many more.

Seen here, the  Keyword Compositor™ home page is displayed on top of the True Blend™ player console interface.  With the KWC, specially-crafted queries are formed in additive layers.  Then, MMBC records (i.e. Title / Artist combinations) identified by the KWC search and filter instructions will be visible in the Results form (seen below).  Users can perform data maintenance in the Results form.  If the optional ATL Image Manager™ (IM) is also installed, query results can be sent directly to the 'live' ATL (Assigned Track List) with a single mouse click.

 
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The 2 KW tab of the Keyword Compositor™ is shown here displayed on top of the True Blend™ player console interface.  Twelve  specially-crafted additive layer query buttons are visible; included are search formulation commands such as Title + Artist, Decade + Gender, Music Type + Tempo, etc.

 
     
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The optional Keyword Compositor™ Results window illustrates various controls that allow the user to quickly narrow his or her music search.  There are EIGHTEEN instant filters such as Match Artist, Match Music Type, Match Tempo, etc.

When the optional ATL Image Manager™ (IM) is also installed, the user can conduct searches, locate tracks, and immediately add selections directly to the ATL—from the Keyword Compositor™ (or the optional Keyword Query Toolset™).  Loading single selections to open ATL positions is accomplished with a click of the Add To ATL button.

Also, when the ATL Image Manager™ (IM) is installed, the PTA (Process To ATL) button quickly evaluates each title in the Results set; and titles with an associated PAF (i.e., primary audio file) are automatically inserted into open positions of the ATL.  This action, like the Add To ATL command, is seamlessly integrated with the True Blend™ MPS.

 
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The True Blend™ MPS is integrated with the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC), and the software ships with powerful search and filter tools—as standard features.  However, The optional Keyword Query Toolset™ (KWT) improves standard search dynamics with additional query (i.e., search formulation) tools, and then permits further refinement with EIGHTEEN additive filters.  The Keyword Query Toolset™ alone enhances search capability, but Its true value is understood if the Keyword Query Toolset™ is used in conjunction with the optional ATL Image Manager™.

When the optional ATL Image Manager™ (IM) is also installed, the user can conduct searches, locate tracks, and immediately add selections directly to the ATL—from the Keyword Query Toolset™ (or the optional Keyword Compositor™).  Loading single selections to open ATL positions is accomplished with a click of the Add To ATL button.  The PTA (Process To ATL) command also works from the Keyword Query Toolset™—because it uses the SAME Results form (pictured above) as the Keyword Compositor™.  The PTA button quickly evaluates each title in the Results set; and titles with an associated PAF (primary audio file—i.e., digital audio file) are automatically inserted into OPEN positions of the ATL—in seconds.

The Keyword Query Toolset™ is a feature-lite version of the more powerful Keyword Compositor™ (KWC).  The Keyword Query Toolset™, if installed when the user purchases and activates the Keyword Compositor™, will be REPLACED by the Keyword Compositor™.

 
     
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The 1 KW tab of the Keyword Query Toolset™ is shown here displayed on top of the True Blend™ player console interface.  Fourteen query buttons are visible; included are search formulation commands such as Title, Artist, Decade, Year of Release, Chart Rank, Tempo, Gender, Dance Rating, and so on.

 Example:   Click the Music Type query button, enter the genre name DISCO, then click the Display Results Now button.  All titles in the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) with an assigned "disco" music type will be displayed.  This will include catalog (i.e., database) information for any title with a "disco" music type attribute.  To see only disco titles that have an associated audio file on your hard drive, from the Results form, click the Match PAF button, enter the music type value again (disco).  View results.

If the ATL Image Manager™ is installed and open, you can browse results and send desired tracks to the ATL (Assigned Track List—i.e., dynamic playlist container) with one click.  (See the Results form image above.)  Please note that the Keyword Query Toolset screen images were captured at 1360x768 on a Windows® XP computer.

 
     
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This screen capture shows EFX Player A deployed over the True Blend™ player console.  EFX A is provided as a standard feature with the True Blend™ Media Player System.  In this example, the user is browsing the AFC (Audio File Content) list  looking at the various SFX (sound effects) tracks available for load and play—as seen in the combo box.

The EFX player pulls tracks from the Music MegaBase® "catalog" (database) used by the True Blend™ players.  This integration permits EFX player technology such as Volume Level Autoload (VLA).  Read more about the EFX players in the MMBC FAQ topic.

For example, if a sound effects track, music track, radio station jingle, or other audio selection has a user-designated volume level in the catalog, that track can be automatically loaded at the specified catalog-stored volume level in the EFX player.  This is handy when the EFX player content is a music track or radio jingle.  For cases where the user might want to start a sound effect track at a bg (i.e., background level), the VLA feature can be turned OFF.*

*Note:  Just as with the True Blend™ players, if the catalog does not have a track-specific volume level, the EFX player will load tracks at the default 80% of maximum level (unless the VLA box is unchecked).  Observe that the image above shows the user has changed the True Blend™ logo, and its corresponding Codentity® logo, to BLACK.

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EFX Player A after clicking the Expand Window button.  Additional controls and command buttons are visible: digital clock, cycle clock colors, elapsed duration display, dip all players, etc.  The bottom border color has been set to teal for better contrast when viewed against the True Blend™ player console behind it.

 
     
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A pre-saved IP (instant play) Map (i.e., playlist) has been loaded in EFX Player A.   7 of 9 IP bars (buttons) have assigned tracks (digital audio files).  Clicking a ready IP bar will instantly begin playing its assigned track title in the available players in this order: First to EFX player A deck (if not busy), then to EFX player A2 deck (if not busy), and then to EFX player A3 deck (if not busy).

Since the RTS (route to secondary) player effect is ON, and the Automatic Power Fade effect is ON, clicking any loaded IP bar will start a power fade event for the last player started (in the EFX Player A frame), and route the new track to the next available player.

Visible to the right of each IP bar, are the AFC (audio file content) tiles which visually depict the classification for each loaded track.  For example, HMT indicates a hit-music track, RJT signals a radio station jingle is loaded on the bar, and TVEFX represents to the user that the associated track is an effect or dialogue clip from a TV program.

The CWP (closing word phrase) tiles are located next to the AFC tiles.  With the CWP, the last few words of the associated track can be displayed to the user as a visual "outcue".  For example, "...Friday at 9, 8 central on Fox."

 
     
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This screen capture shows decks A2 and A3 in EFX Player A.  Deck A2 is the LPS (last player started).  Observe the large Power Fade A2 button.  Clicking it will apply a power fade to zero for the audio level in A2.  If the Jump To EFX A On Start Power Fade A2 box is unchecked, the screen view will return to the display for all NINE IP bars—when the A2 power fade starts.  At that point, the user can choose to start the next desired track, or return to the True Blend™ player console automation by minimizing the EFX A player.

 
     
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On the True Blend™ Configuration tab, users have the ability to control an assortment of behaviors.  For example, Auto Fade can be temporarily suspended with one mouse-click.  Bold typeface can be toggled ON and OFF.  True Blend™ automation timing can be switched ON or OFF as desired.  For high-resolution displays, the user can choose to click-activate the LARGE data banners—or cancel them.  For more information, read the True Blend™ MPS and ATL User Guide.

Observe here that the user has changed the color of the True Blend™ logo, and its corresponding Codentity® logo, to BLUE.  Users can cycle through an assortment of True Blend™ and Codentity® logo color combinations including: Electric Purple, Dark Purple, Electric Plum, Blue, Black, Silver, Red, Electric Teal, Dark Teal, Steel Gray, and Gold.  In concert with the various search Mask colors, and variable data banner colors, this flexibility allows the user to quickly choose his or her favorite matching color themes.

 
     
 

  Section B:  Integrated MMBC Images 

 
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Screen capture of the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) Action Center home page with mouse focus hovering above the Player Assets button—which opens the True Blend™ Media Player System.  Also visible on this screen are buttons used to open the AEMR (Add and Edit Master Records) form, the UDS Manager, various HELP topics, and Codentity License Manager.

 
     
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In this screen image, the Modify Assigned Drive Letter Help topic is seen popping-up over the UDS Manager home page.  From the UDS (User Designated System) Manager, users can invoke one-click access to a series of 15 task-specific HELP topics.

During program opereations, context-sensitive HELP is available in two formulations: Extended—which includes problem-solving guidance and examples; plus Brief—which concentrates on short, direct messages with "how to" tips.  The user can change HELP mentoring from extended to brief, or back, at any time with a single mouse click on the Configuration tab.

 
     
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This screen capture displays the AEMR (Add and Edit Master Records) form.  The Basic Data tab is selected, and there are EIGHT match filter buttons tab right.  Apply a filter to any category to quickly limit your view to records* that match the filtered attribute (such as the SAME Artist, Music Type, Decade of release, and so on).  *A "record" consists of a unique Title / Artist combination—and related data such as Tempo, Decade, etc.

Using the AOD Sort filter, it is easy to arrange records on a most recent date added basis; and then perform tasks such as inserting a hyperlink to that record's digital audio file.  There is a FlowCue® object (FCO) directly beneath the Step 1 button: The PAF present indicator visually informs the user that a PAF (primary audio file) hyperlink has already been added for the current record, "All Around The World".  Clicking the PAF light moves selection to the form's Media Assets tab.  (See next image.)

 
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The Media Assets tab of the AEMR (Add and Edit Master Records) form is visible here.  Using controls on this tab, it is easy to connect digital audio files stored on the computer's media drive with specific Titles (i.e. records) in the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC).  Setting up Titles and their associated hyperlinks is a one-time-only process, and before the True Blend™ MPS can find and play a track (i.e. digital audio file), its hyperlink must be inserted.

First, use the Search Data tab to find the target record—in other words, the appropriate Title in the MMBC.  On the Search Data tab, users can choose to search by Title, Artist, Decade, Year, Music Type, or Music Code.  For example, locate and click on Rolling Stones" in the Search By Artist combo box (not seen here).  To insert links for multiple Stones tracks, apply a filter that instantly shows every Rolling Stones record in the catalog: Click Match Artist (on the Basic Data tab).

Then, on the Media Assets tab, click Insert PAF Link.  (When a hyperlink is already present, the button name changes to Edit PAF Link).  Next, in the deployed dialog box, browse to the folder that contains the corresponding PAF (i.e., the digital audio file—in MP3, wma, or WAV format).  Select the file and click OK.  Then click the Test PAF Link button to preview the audio and make sure the correct file is associated with the current record Title.

Set other values as desired.  For example, to specify a precise track duration, click in the eTRT data box.  The action will move to the Assets Timer tab (not seen here) where you can designate Hours, Minutes and Seconds (to a tolerance of within 1/4 second).  The simple steps necessary to set a specific duration (play length) are easy to execute, and context-sensitive messages will appear to guide the user.

 TIP:   Entering a specific VLA (Volume Level Autoload) number, such as "90", will cause the True Blend™ MPS automation to use the stored value in place of the default 80% volume level.  In this case, a value of 90 will set the volume level for the associated track to 90% of maximum at the moment its PLAY order is executed.  If a VLA number is not specified for the next track in the PLAY event, the system default level of 80% will be utilized.

 

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The simple point and click interface requires no special training and will be naturally intuitive for any user of Microsoft® Office programs.  Search, filter and player controls are logically organized and accessible via keyboard or mouse.  Jump to the Key Console Controls diagram.  See the FlowCue® Visual Task Guidance diagram.

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