Technical Requirements

The True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) is only licensed as part of the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) Media Edition.  License restrictions apply.  The MMBC is available in the U.S.A. only.  Jump to hardware or software requirements, or read Microsoft®  Access™ compatibility table.

Go to miscellaneous notes and recommendations, including information about supported audio file formats.  Jump to MMBC FAQ page.  See Computer Lab Case Notes for software and hardware configuration test results.

Hardware Considerations

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

  • MinimumsProcessor: 1 GHz, System Memory: 1 GB, Video Display: 1024x768 (but 1024x600 accommodated for MPS operation), Video Memory: 64MB, Sound: standard 2-channel sound card circuit, Input: keyboard and pointing device (external controllers are supported—see notes below).

  • Recommended—DUAL CORE CPU capable of 1 GHz or greater.  For example, Codentity has evaluated the MMBC with True Blend™ MPS and the Codentity® EFX Player on Windows® 8.1 tablets configured with the Intel quad-core Bay Trail processors—and found excellent compatibility at 16:10 resolutions of 1280x800.

  • Recommended—System RAM of 2 GB—however, adequate performance with 1 GB of system RAM has been tested and proven effective.  (This test was performed on a Winbook® 7" tablet configured with Windows® 8.1 and 1 GB system RAM, and built with an Intel quad-core Atom / Bay Trail processor.)

  • Recommended—Video display resolution of 1280x800, 1360x768, 1366x768, OR 1280x1024 with 1 GB video memory or better; the MMBC / MPS interface has been designed to be naturally compatible with the following screen resolutions:  1280x800 (16:10); 1360x768, 1366x768, and 1920x1080 at an aspect ratio of 16:9 (widescreen); 1280x1024 and 1024x768 at an aspect ratio of 4:3 (standard).

  • Recommended—Storage of media files on a drive other than drive C—such as a drive D partition, a second physical drive (labeled D or greater), or on removable flash media.  Plan to create a master music folder structure  (i.e., sound file assets) on a flash drive labeled D, or E, or F, G, H, and so on.

    For example:  Create and maintain your sound file assets folder structure on a removable flash media such as a USB stick or Micro SD object.  How?  First, organize your sound file assets in logical folders on your removable media.  Then, on the Media Assets tab of the AEMR form, click the Insert PAF Link button.  Use the search tools to quickly locate each desired song file, and connect it with its corresponding Music MegaBase® Catalog (i.e., database) record by inserting a hyperlink.  Repeat for each target track (i.e., song file).  With your sound assets on a removable drive, you can then use the media in any activated copy of your MMBC with True Blend and the Codentity® EFX Player.

  • RecommendedBluetooth 4.0 device capability for wireless confiugration as a remote enabled touch interface for the True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) and the Codentity® EFX Player.

    For example: Using a tablet-sized display with Bluetooth ON and connected to a Bluetooth receiving device (such as the Amazon®Basics Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver), DJs or audio operators can be up to 30-feet away from the sound console and have complete TAP-TOUCH control of the True Blend™ and EFX players.  Of course, interface navigation and song selection is made much eaiser if the new TAP-TOUCH capabilities are activated.  One-click / tap turns them on in the UDS Manager, or from the AC Home page.

  • NEW:  Special TAP-TOUCH interface navigation and visual enhancements (like larger buttons and fonts) have been added for compact display users.  This benefits configurations including Windows® 10 / 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 invoke realignment of control 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.  See the MMBC FAQ hardware question for specific designations.

    For example: On small tablet displays, use the Jump Search command.  Tapping Jump Search will dropdown the search category combo box and place focus (i.e., selection) on the first "record" (i.e., song title) in the summary list.  Subsequently, each double-tap of the search box label will advance (user-choice of either 1 or 5 records) in the list, and keep the box dropped down.  Jump Search also increases font size in the combo box.  Together, these refinements make it much easier to perform tap-touch selections on compact displays.

  • Recommended—Windows®-compatible controller  (Consider using if Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity is not present on your computing device.  See notes in the About External Controllers topic below)

See Computer Lab Case Notes for software and hardware configuration test results.

 

ABOUT EXTERNAL CONTROLLERS:  Almost any Windows®-compatible controller that supports "programmable" buttons and triggers will work with the True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS).  (This information applies to Windows® XP users only.  Codentity has not tested this method of external controller support for Windows® 7, Windows® 8 / 8.1, or Windows® 10.  However, Codentity has tested, and fully supports, the use of Bluetooth® keyboard controllers with Windows® 8.1)

è   ATTENTION DJS who like the tactile feel of a definitive click when sending a command to the software:  Codentity has tested the Logitech KB-810 illiminated Bluetooth® keyboard with our software on devices running Windows® 8.1.  This keyboard is compact and light, and it provides a great remote-control option for your True Blend™ automation system and / or the Codentity® EFX Player.

What's the best way to program an external controller?  The freeware program "xPadder" can be utilized to program the buttons, triggers, joysticks, and D-pads on game controllers such as the Microsoft® Xbox® 360 controller.   (Learn more about xPadder at xPadder.com.) 

è Users who acquire a wireless gamepad-type controller will have a hand-held remote control device which will execute a series of essential interface commands from as far as 30 feet from the True Blend™ MPS computer!

A wide variety of wired and wireless controllers are supported—when the controllers are "mapped" using freeware such as xPadder.  For example, Codentity has tested a wired MadCatz® 360 game controller with the True Blend™ Media Player System.  After using xPadder to assign keyboard commands to the "programmable" buttons, triggers, and D-pads on the controller, the following commands were successfully saved and available for use:

 
  • PLAY first track on the ATL (i.e., the dynamic playlist)

  • Play NEXT track on the ATL

  • Suspend auto-timer (which stops playback at the conclusion of the playing song--so the DJ can talk to the audience)

  • Instantly re-start the automatic sequencing playback on the True Blend™ player console (for example, after the DJ is finished making announcements)

  • Execute Power Fade on the True Blend™ player console (which initiates a smooth 5-second fade-to-zero level for the playing track)

  • Open the EFX Player and start EFX play

  • Execute Power Fade on the EFX Player (which initiates a smooth 5-second fade-to-zero level for the playing track in EFX player)

  • Minimize EFX Player (to return focus to the True Blend™ player console)

  • Mute playback volume

  • Raise or lower playback volume (through full range of incremented steps)

  • Cycle through the Set Next Load level command (which allows DJ to override the automation and designate a specific start volume for the next track)

  • Keyboard TAB command

  • Keyboard ENTER command

COMMAND ASSIGNMENT EXAMPLES:  With xPadder, users can assign True Blend™ commands to triggers, buttons, joysticks, and D-pads in any order they prefer.  Here are several examples of True Blend™ player console commands which were assigned to the MadCatz® game controller:  Trigger Left—PLAY command, Trigger Right—Play NEXT command, D-pad UP—Mute command, Back Button—TAB command, Start Button—ENTER command.

è Almost any True Blend™ Media Player System command sequence can be constructed and assigned to controller buttons.  Investigate the xPadder HELP topics to learn how.

ABOUT VIDEO RESOLUTIONS:  See a complete list of all tested compatible video resolutions here.  The built-in HELP topics provide context-sensitive guidance, and an explanation of MMBC capabilities.  Get an overview of the True Blend™ Media Player System and the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition here.

See Computer Lab Case Notes for software and hardware configuration test results.

Software Considerations

 
  • Required—Windows® 10 (64-bit), Windows® 8.1 / 8 (64-bit or 32-bit), Windows® 7 (64-bit or 32-bit), or Windows® XP (32-bit only) operating system from Microsoft®  (Note: Windows® 10 / 8.1 / 8 are supported because they have been tested and found to be fully-compatible; see Lab Case 6.) 

  • Mac Option—Codentity will not officially support Apple® computing devices, but be advised that Codentity has successfully tested the Music MegaBase® Catalog Media Edition—with its True Blend™ Media Player System—on a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro; it was configured with Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit running under Boot Camp

  • Required—Compatible version of Microsoft® Access™ as the shell program (MSACCESS.EXE) that powers the Music MegaBase™ Catalog (MMBC) with its True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) and the optional MMBC Series products

    GET ACCESS™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME FREE via download from Music MegaBase™ Catalog publisher Codentity® LLC

    For best performance under Windows® XP, Windows® 7, Windows® 8 /8.1, or Windows® 10, Codentity recommends installing the 32-bit Access™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME files which Codentity provides at no extra cost to licensed users of Music MegaBase™ Catalog Media Edition (which includes the True Blend™ MPS)

    The 32-bit Access™ 2002 (XP) runtime is compatible with 64-bit Windows® 10, 64-bit Windows® 8 and  64-bit Windows® 7 systems (See Lab Lab Case 5 notes below for information concerning Windows® 8, and Lab Case 6 [also Lab Cases 7, 8 and 9] for testing information on Windows ® 8.1)

    Optionally—Pre-existing installations of Access™ 2003 will also work, however testing across multiple installations of Windows® XP and Windows® 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 has shown that the best speed and graphics experience will be achieved with the Access™ 2002 (XP) runtime files supplied by Codentity

    IMORTANT: MMBC software is designed for use with 32-bit versions of Access.  (Read Computer Lab Case Notes or view the compatibility table below.)

  • Access™ 2007 / 2010 / 2013 are now supported; however for best performance, Codentity highly recommends using the FREE 32-bit Access™ 2002 runtime files furnioshed in the distribution package (also know as the "core bundle"); earlier versions of Access™ are not supported by Codentity

  • Required—ActiveX® Windows Media® player series 9 object(s) supplied at no extra cost with the Microsoft®  Windows® XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 operating system of choice.  See supported file format notes below.  The Windows Media® objects are not owned by Codentity LLC

  • Required—Assorted ActiveX® object(s) from FMS inc. which are supplied FREE under license by Codentity and installed with the MMBC distribution files.  The FMS objects are not owned by Codentity LLC

  • Required—Codentity® Music MegaBase® program file (*.mde) which is FREE to try, and requires a FEE to activate a RETAIL license; the Music MegaBase® program file is provided as a Microsoft®  Access™ database file; special Microsoft®  Access™ database security file (*.mdw); plus various supplementary files

  • RecommendedDigital media files of your choice purchased from licensed sources (required for use in the True Blend™ MPS)

Notes

Computer Lab Case Notes

Windows® 8 / 8.1 Tests  —  Windows® 7 Tests  —  Windows® XP Tests

This information describes various Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) with True Blend™ Media Player System installation scenarios.  In the first 3 cases, whether for the Windows® XP 32-bit OS, or for the Windows® 7 64-bit OS, the recommended Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit software* (operating in RUNTIME mode) was used to successfully power the MMBC.  *Available FREE via download in RUNTIME configuration for licensed MMBC users—including TRIAL mode users.  In Case 4, Access™ 2003 32-bit RETAIL software was successfully tested (when the MMBC was launched with the required "runtime switch" in the MMBC SHORTCUT).  For Windows® 8 and 8.1 notes, see Lab Case 5 through 9 below.

Lab Case 1 Windows® XP OEM—One of our Codentity test PCs is a 1 GHz P4 Toshiba® Satellite® A35-S159 laptop—circa 2004—that has been upgraded to 1 GB system memory and configured with 64 MB video memory; it handles the MMBC, with its True Blend™ Media Player System, very well under the Windows® XP operating system with an Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit (Retail) configuration operated in RUNTIME mode.

Since this S159 laptop is NOT a dual-core CPU device, further testing with the Task Manager has determined that the PC is operating under heavy load.  It gets the job done, and the True Blend™ automation works as expected, but when an EFX player is opened, and if EFX player power fade is invoked, the system struggles.  This can cause minor timing delays and affect graphics presentation.

Timing delays, and related graphics anomalies, are not seen when the Music MegaBase® Catalog, with its True Blend™ Media Player System, is operated with a DUAL-CORE CPU.  This is true even when True Blend™ timing and auto-fades are executing at the same time the user has opened 2 EFX players, and is also invoking power fade on one EFX player.  BOTTOM LINE:  Plan on using a DUAL-CORE processor for best results.

Lab Case 2Windows® 7 Retail—Codentity has successfully tested an alternate installation on a home-built PC with Intel® DG-965RY desktop board, fitted with a 3 GHz Pentium® D dual core processor (circa 2006), and 4 GB of installed memory—running Windows® 7 Home Premium (Retail) 64-bit OS.  The MMBC / True Blend™ MPS provided blistering performance—powered by the Codentity-supplied Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit "runtime" files.

AND--here's the good news:  Testing began with the installation of Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Retail) on a new Crucial SSD (solid state drive); then we installed the Access™ 2002 (XP) "runtime" files with the MMBC set-up program; and finally, Microsoft® Office 2010 Home and Business was downloaded and installed without incident.

There was
no apparent conflict problem with the Office 2010 installer and the already present Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.  Subsequently, Office 2010 programs were opened, used and closed, as was the MMBC Media edition with its True Blend™ MPS running under Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime; no problems were observed.

 Technical Note:   This Lab Case 2 experiment was performed WITHOUT applying the Office XP Service Pack 3 for Access™ 2002 Runtime Update.  Microsoft recommends installing the update, however, Microsoft notes do not include a discussion of using the Access™ 2002 (XP) runtime on Windows® 7 operating systems.

Since Lab Case 2 details the successful operation of the Music MegaBase® Catalog (with its True Blend™ Media Player System) ON a Windows® 7 64-bit PC, and with Microsoft Office 2010 installed AFTER the Music MegaBase® Catalog software and Access™ 2002 (XP) runtime files, Codentity has not yet made a final determination with regard to the question of applying the Office XP Service Pack 3 for Access™ 2002 Runtime Update for systems configured as described here in Lab Case 2.

Lab Case 3 Windows® 7 OEMCodentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS on a Toshiba® Satellite® A505-S6040 laptop (circa 2010) fitted with an Intel® Core™ i7-720QM processor (capable of 1.6 GHz to 2.8 GHz) and configured with Windows® 7 Home Premium (OEM) 64-bit OS, 6 GB system memory, 1 GB dedicated video memory; the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS works without problems under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.

 

Lab Case 4 Windows® XP RetailCodentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS on a home-built PC with Intel® D865PERL desktop board, fitted with a 2.8 GHz Pentium® 4 processor (circa 2004), and 3 GB of installed memory—running Windows® XP Professional (Retail) 32-bit OS (SP3); video display is Nvidia GeForce 6200 with 256 MB dedicated video memory.  The MMBC / True Blend™ MPS works without problems under the Access™ 2003 32-bit Retail when launched with the required "runtime switch" in the Music MegaBase® Catalog SHORTCUT.

 Technical Note:  Since Office 2003, with a retail version of Access™ 2003 was already present on the system BEFORE the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS was installed, the "MMBC with FMS ActiveX® Controls Set-up" file was used to install the MMBC.  This file does NOT install an Access™ 2002 runtime (because it is unnecessary).  Instructions are included in the README files distributed with the MMBC download.

Lab Case 5:  Windows® 8 OEMCodentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS on a Asus® notebook PC fitted with an Intel® 2117U processor (capable of 1.8 GHz) and configured with Windows® 8 (OEM) 64-bit OS, 4 GB system memory; the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS works without problems under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.

Lab Case 6:  Windows® 8.1 OEM—Codentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS and the Codentity® EFX Player on an Acer® laptop PC fitted with an Intel® N3530 processor (capable of up to 2.58 GHz) and configured with Windows® 8.1 (OEM) 64-bit OS, 4 GB system memory; the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS works without problems under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.  And for this test, Access™ 2013 (from Office 365) was FIRST installed and operated; LATER the Access™ 2002 RUNTIME files were installed as part of the MMBC Core Bundle SETUP package—no conflicts were observed.

Lab Case 7:  Windows® 8.1 OEM—Codentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS and the Codentity® EFX Player on a 8", 16:10, 1280x800 display WinBook® TW-801 tablet PC.  This tablet is fitted with an Intel® Intel Bay Trail (i.e., Atom®) Z3735D Quad-Core 1.33GHz processor.  The device is also configured with Windows® 8.1 (OEM) 32-bit OS, 2 GB system memory, and 32 GB eMMC storage.

Music files were stored on a 32 GB microSD card labeled drive D.  The MMBC database / True Blend™ MPS automation / Codentity® EFX Player work without problems under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.

Lab Case 8:  Windows® 8.1 OEM—Codentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS and the Codentity® EFX Player on a 7", 16:10, 1280x800 display WinBook® TW-700 tablet PC.  This tablet is fitted with an Intel® Intel Bay Trail (i.e., Atom®) Z3735G Quad-Core 1.33GHz processor.  The device is also configured with Windows® 8.1 (OEM) 32-bit OS, 1 GB system memory, and 16 GB eMMC storage.

Music files were stored on a 32 GB microSD card labeled drive D.  The MMBC database / True Blend™ MPS automation / Codentity® EFX Player work without problems under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.  However, performance is not quite as "snappy" on this 1 GB tablet (as compated to the 2 GB WinBook® tablet, or the 4 GB Acer® 11.6" laptop described above.) Acer Aspire Switch Touchscreen

Lab Case 9:  Windows® 8.1 OEM—Codentity has installed and successfully tested the MMBC / True Blend™ MPS and the Codentity® EFX Player on a 10.6", 16:10, 1280x800 display Acer® Switch 10 tablet PC.  This tablet is fitted with an Intel® Quad-Core Z3735F 1.33GHz processor.  The device is also configured with Windows® 8.1 (OEM) 32-bit OS, 2 GB system memory, and 64 GB eMMC storage.

Music files were stored on a 32 GB microSD card labeled drive D.  The MMBC database / True Blend™ MPS automation / Codentity® EFX Player work without problems under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime.

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Compatible Version of Microsoft® Access™ Required

 IMPORTANT:   Codentity has tested the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) Media Edition with its True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) on various Windows® XP, Windows® 7, Windows® 8 / 8.1, and Windows® 10 computers.  For best performance, Codentity recommends operating the MMBC and True Blend™ MPS using the Codentity-supplied Microsoft® Access™ XP (2002) RUNTIME files under Windows® XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10.  Codentity is licensed to supply FREE Access™ XP (2002) RUNTIME files—without charge to valid licensed users.

Microsoft Corporation, via downloads, also provides a FREE versions of the Access 2010 runtime, and the Access 2007 runtime for use on Windows® 7 computers—however the initial release of the MMBC Media Edition will only permit use with Access™ 2002 (XP) or Access™ 2003.  (See Microsoft notes for specific OS conditions.  At this time, our research indicates that Microsoft no longer supplies the Access 2003 runtime.)

The MMBC 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.

COMPATIBILITY ALERT:  In order to avoid potential “version conflicts” between various Microsoft® Office "installer" programs and Access™, the compatibility table below provides version recommendations.  Use scenario A, B, or C—that which best describes your configuration.  Scenario C will provide the best performance, and Office 2010 and Office 2013 programs can be added AFTER the Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime files are installed.  Additional testing has confirmed that Office 2013 versions of Access™ can also be installed before the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime files are installed.  Please follow Access version guidelines and read Computer Lab Case notes above.

 

Microsoft® Access™ Compatibility Table          (Updated on 11-15-14)

 

 

 OS version on PC

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

Microsoft® Access IS installed on your MMBC computer*

 

 

 

Access 2013

Access 2010

Access 2007

Access 2003

Access 2002

    Windows® 8 / 8.1 6 6 6 1 1

 

 

Windows® 7

6

6

6

1

1

 

 

Windows® XP

6

6

6

1

1

 

B

 

Microsoft® Access is NOT installed on your MMBC computer
and any other Microsoft Office program IS installed on computer*

 

 

 

Office 2013

Office 2010

Office 2007

Office 2003

Office 2002

    Windows® 8 / 8.1 4 4 4 4 4

 

 

Windows® 7

4

4

4

4

4

 

 

Windows® XP

4

4

4

4

4

   

Use Scenario C For Best Performance

 

C

 

Microsoft® Access is NOT installed on your MMBC computer
and NO other Microsoft Office program IS installed on computer*

    Windows® 8 / 8.1 5        

 

 

Windows® 7

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows® XP

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Use installed 32-bit Access program operated in RUNTIME mode with MMBC shortcut.

2.  Use Access Runtime version (32-bit only) that matches your installed Office program(s)NOT supported yet, possible future use option

3.  Use Access 2010 (32-bit only) Runtime (supplied via FREE download from Microsoft)—NOT supported yet, possible future use option

4.  Use Access 2002 (XP) 32-bit Runtime (supplied FREE under license by Codentity LLC)

5)  Use Access 2002 (XP) 32-bit Runtime (supplied FREE under license by Codentity LLC)—then install Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013 programs such as Word™, Excel™, or PowerPoint™, BEFORE or AFTER installing the Access™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME files.  See Lab Case 5 notes (for W 8) or Lab Case 6 notes (for W 8.1).

6)  NOW supported for the MMBC Media Edition, however Codentity strongly suggests using the FREE Access™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME files to power MMBC software.  Testing has determined that the BEST user experience will occur with use of the Access 2002 runtime files under Windows© 7 and Windows© 8 / 8.1.   Note: Windows© 8.1 has been tested as fully-compatible.  See the 11/12/14 UPDATE notes below.  In some cases, users may have to provision a separate computer for operation with MMBC software.  See option 5 for other suggested configurations.

*IN ALL CASES, please read best performance note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 IMPORTANT:   You must use a 32-bit Access™ RUNTIME version, or a runtime specified SHORTCUT launch order with a 32-bit retail or OEM Access™ installation, to operate the MMBC.  Attempting to open the MMBC with any version of Access™ in a non-runtime state is a violation of the End User License Agreement (EULA) and will cause the program to terminate.  Codentity License Manager (CLM), installed with the MMBC, monitors user-compliance with the EULA and CLM cannot be disabled.

 Technical Note:   To avoid conflicts between different versions of the Microsoft Office installer program, users should plan on installing the MMBC with True Blend™ technology on a desktop, laptop, or Netbook PC where a previously installed version of an Office program (such as Excel 2010, or Word 2003, or PowerPoint 2002, etc.) will not be a different version from the anticipated Access runtime files.  However, testing has confirmed that a conflict will not always occur.  See next paragraphs.  (See compatibility table above.)

 UPDATE:   On 11/12/14, Codentity testing has confirmed that is is possible to FIRST install Microsoft Access™ 2013 (as part of Office 365), and LATER install MMBC with True Blend™ MPS operating under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime files with NO version conflicts.

For this test on a 2014 Acer© quad-core laptop configured with the Windows® 8.1 OS: 1) Access™ 2013 was installed and test-operated.  2) Next, the MMBC Core Bundle was installed, and that process also installed the FREE and Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 RUNTIME files.  3) Next, a SHORTCUT specifying the Access™ 2002 RUNTIME as the program to power the MMBC Core Bundle was created and tested as good.  4) Finally, the previously installed Access 2013™ was again launched and tested as operating normally.

CONCLUSION: On our Windows© 8.1 test PC, running at up to 2.58 GHz and equipped with 4 GB of system RAM, it was easy to install and maintain use of both Access 2013™ and Access 2002™ program executable files as desired—and WITHOUT installer conflicts.  Additionally, Codentity testing has confirmed that the MMBC Code Bundle with the True Blend™ Media Player System AND the Codentity® EFX Player perform best when powered by the Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME shell.  See Lab Case 6 notes above.  The Microsoft® Access™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME is been tested by Codentity and found to be fully-compatible with Windows® 7 / 8 / 8.1.

 UPDATE:   On 4/13/12, Codentity testing has confirmed that is is possible to FIRST install the MMBC with True Blend™ MPS operating under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime files, and LATER download and install Microsoft® Office 2010—WITHOUT installer conflicts.  See Lab Case 2 notes above.

UPDATE:   On 1/10/14, Codentity testing has confirmed that is is possible to FIRST install the MMBC with True Blend™ MPS operating under the Codentity-supplied Access™ 2002 (XP) 32-bit runtime files, and LATER download and install Microsoft® Office 2013 including installation of Access™ 2013—WITHOUT installer conflicts.

Notes and Recommendations

For production applications, such as MOBILE DJ use, RADIO REMOTES, or LIVE SOUND EVENTS, Codentity recommends installing the MMBC and its True Blend™ MPS on a dedicated Windows® XP or Windows® 7 computer—where the MMBC and the MPS are operated by the FREE Access™ XP (2002) "runtime" files.  This will provide the best speed and graphics performance.  If you want to install Office 2010 programs on the SAME computer, do so AFTER installing the MMBC and the Access™ 2002 (XP) RUNTIME.  See Lab Case 2 above.

Codentity is licensed to distribute the Access™ 2002 (XP) "runtime" with the MMBC.  At this time, Codentity is NOT licensed to distribute the Access™ 2003 runtime.  For now, users who wish to use the MMBC on the same PC with installed Office 2003 programs (such as Word 2003) can seek to independently acquire the Access™ 2003 runtime; or a used retail version of Access™ 2003 from an Internet auction site.  However, are testing has confirmed that the FREE Access™ 2002 (XP) runtime files are compatible with Office 2003.  The MMBC will work with existing compatible RETAIL, OEM, or educational license versions of Microsoft Access™—however the MMBC will only open in runtime mode.

The MMBC is compatible with Microsoft Windows® XP, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8.  Recommended video memory is 256 MB or greater (however Codentity has successfully tested the MMBC on a laptop with only 64 MB of video memory—see Toshiba® laptop Lab Case 1 notes above).  Master music folders should be organized and stored on drive "D" (or successive drives, such as E, F, G, etc.).  A flash media storage drive, such as a 16 GB USB drive, is strongly recommended for the location of the designated master music folder.  (Move to start of Requirements and Restrictions topic here.)

The True Blend™ MPS uses embedded Microsoft ActiveX® media players—namely the Windows Media® Player 9 series, version 9.x.  The players are compatible with Windows® XP, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8, however Codentity has not tested the True Blend™ MPS with Windows® Vista.  See compatibility with Mac systems here.

ONLY WMA, WAV and MP3 audio file formats are supported.  DRM (digital rights management) has not been exhaustively tested.  However, performance should conform with Microsoft version 9.x standards.  For example, in order to evaluate compatibility with Web store MP3 format media files, Codentity purchased approximately 25 music files from the Amazon.com digital music store.  (Note: Amazon is a registered trademark.)

In testing, every MP3 format file acquired from Amazon Digital Services worked as expected in the True Blend™ MPS.  Codentity has not yet conducted testing for digital media files purchased from other vendors.  In cases where a user may have a media library consisting of unsupported formats (i.e., other than WMA, WAV or MP3), freely available conversion programs can be used to transform files into acceptable True Blend™ MPS formats.

 TIP:  Because the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) with its True Blend™ Media Player System (MPS) will be available as a FREE trial download, users will have an opportunity to TEST the software with their typical music files—before purchasing a MMBC / MPS license.

The True Blend™ Media Player System requires users to insert hyperlinks to digital media files on their computer.  The hyperlinks are saved in the catalog system and they correspond directly with TITLES (and their associated artists) present* in the Music MegaBase® Catalog.

*The MMBC includes approximately 4,000 entries for hit-music recordings made popular from the years 1950 through 2000.  If a particular song you want to use in the True Blend™ MPS is NOT in the catalog, you must enter its minimum data information as a new "record" (i.e., Title / Artist combination) BEFORE you can connect a hyperlink.  Minimum data includes; Title, Artist, Music Type (genre), Decade of release, and AFC (Audio File Content).

In cases where a particular detail, such as the decade of release is not known, the user must submit a "best guess".  They most common AFC values is "HMT"—designating hit-music track.  The program includes an assortment of special forms to speed data entry and management.  It also includes special tools for hyperlink insertion and validation testing,  Read Basics Help, Media Assets Help, or Player Assets Help, provided with the program, to learn more.

In testing, Codentity was able to confirm that, with a well-organized music folder structure, it takes about 3 hours for the one-time set-up* insertion of 1,000 hyperlinks (when the song titles are already present in the catalog database).  Learn more now on the MMBC FAQ page.

 FYI:   *The investment required to set-up your hyperlinks ONE time, pays off every time you use the MMBC with its True Blend™ MPS.  This is true because the direct association between a catalog title and its stored hyperlink is what enables the amazing SEARCH flexibility, and one-click FILTER capability, of Microsoft® Access™—the program that powers the Music MegaBase® Catalog.   In fact, the search and filter capabilities in the MMBC are many times more efficient than other search methods (such as simple folder sort then browse, or "thumb scroll").

The audio hyperlinks must connect with files on a drive NOT labeled "C".  In other words, our best practices recommendations suggest organizing and storing the master music folder, and its subfolders, on a D partition, or a discrete USB flash media drive—labeled D, E, F, or G, and so on.  Get complete guidance within the program by reading Modify Assigned Drive Letter Help.

Recommended video resolutions include 1024x768 and 1280x1024 in standard 4:3 aspect ratio*; plus 1360x768, 1366x768, and 1920x1080 in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, and 1280x800 in 16:10 aspect ratio.  256 MB of video memory is suggested.  *1024x600 is also accommodated.  Read UDS Manager Help for instructions.

The MMBC with its True Blend™ MPS has been extensively tested on Windows® (XP / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10) laptops and desktops.  All systems were configured with a processor capable of 2 GHz or better, and at least 2 GB of system RAM.  At minimum, a dual-core processer is recommended.  A Netbook device has not yet been tested.

Codentity® LLC is the developer, publisher, and exclusive licensor and distributor of the Music MegaBase® Catalog (MMBC) Media Edition—which includes the True Blend™ MPS.  FREE trial downloads will permit potential customers to "test drive" the software on their Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows® 7 or Windows® 8 / 8.1 / 10 PCs. 

Compare the True Blend™ MPS "mixing experience" with other products, here Learn about an important Codentity MUSIC SEARCH initiative here.

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