How to Use add-ons for bet­ter sound and tag­ging

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Find the folder

Down­load the scripts you want from (there are hun­dreds to choose from). Put them in /[user­name]/ Li­brary/iTunes/Scripts. On a Mac run­ning a clean in­stal­la­tion of macOS Sierra or later, you’ll have to cre­ate the folder.

4 Main­tain your li­brary

The ‘Artist - Name Cor­rec­tor’, ‘List MIAs’, and ‘Su­per Re­move Dead Tracks’ scripts can tame tags, re­con­nect items whose files have been moved, and find and re­move tracks whose files are miss­ing but no longer wanted any­way.

7 Save the up­date

≈- click on the al­bum or track ti­tle and choose Save. This au­to­mat­i­cally updates the data for the track(s) with the in­for­ma­tion from the Mu­sicbrainz data­base. The soft­ware works quickly and an al­bum takes just sec­onds to fix.

2 See your scripts

Open iTunes and click the script icon to the right of the app’s Help menu. You’ll now see the names of any scripts you’ve put in the Scripts folder. Note that if you want to add new ones, you’ll need to quit and re­open iTunes.

5 Use your brainz

Mu­sicbrainz Pi­card can tame even very big iTunes li­braries. It scans your en­tire li­brary for po­ten­tial is­sues; if you se­lect a group of tracks and then press Clus­ter, it will try to iden­tify and group them in al­bum clus­ters.

8 Make it boom

Boom3D from Global De­light en­ables you to cre­ate dif­fer­ent set­tings for each of your au­dio out­puts: your Mac’s speak­ers, an ex­ter­nal au­dio de­vice or dif­fer­ent kinds of head­phones, say. You can also con­trol it us­ing an iOS app.

3 Start a script

Se­lect the track(s) you want to fix or edit and then run the ap­pro­pri­ate item from the Script menu. In this ex­am­ple, we’ve gone for Cover­scope, which en­ables you to get em­bed­ded art­work and iTunes cover art in sync.

6 Scan your se­lec­tion

If you click your clus­tered tracks and then on Scan, Mu­sicbrainz will com­pare them with the in­for­ma­tion it has in its mas­sive data­base in an ef­fort to match them. As you can see, there’s quite a lot of miss­ing data here.

9 Tweak the sound

Each icon on Boom3D’s in­ter­face is a pre­set, and you can ad­just the strength of it with the lit­tle ro­tary slider that sur­rounds each icon. You can also dig into the set­tings to ad­just fea­tures such as the sur­round sound ef­fect.

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