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Edit Sound Item menu

Locator: Sound List Editor > Edit Sound Item .

Sound Mill Clipboard

The Edit Sound Item menu has the following functions. Sound Mill has its own clipboard which is separate from the Windows clipboard. Copy, Cut and Paste Sound Item use the Sound Mill clipboard. Also, Copy, Cut and Paste Sound do not use the standard Windows keyboard short cuts which are reserved for text editing.

Creating Sound Items by Drag and Drop

Using Windows Explorer, you can drag and drop a folder of audio files (any sub-folders will be searched for audio files as well) or a multiple selection of audio files into the Sound Items panel to populate a Sound List. You can also drop a M3U Playlist file and a Sound Item is created for each audio file in the playlist.

When you drop an audio file, the program will acquire its time length. If you drag/drop a lot of files at once, it may take a few seconds to acquire the media information.

  • Change Id - Changes the Identifier (Id symbolId) of the selected Sound Item. A dialog is popped up so that you can enter the new Id. See the section on Ids before using this action. Turn on (check) Show Ids in the Report Options then run a Sound List Report to see all current Ids.
  • UnDo Cut Sound - Restores a previously cut Sound Item from the cut stack.
  • Delete Sound - Deletes selected Sound Item from the list. Deletes cannot be restored and are not placed in the clipboard. Delete does NOT remove the physical Media File from your computer.
  • Cut Sound - Deletes selected Sound Item from the list. Replaces the contents of the clipboard and saves the cut item on the cut stack for Undo.
  • Copy Sound - Copies selected Sound Item into the clipboard. All attributes of the item are copied.
  • Paste Sound - Pastes a Sound Item from the clipboard to the list at the selected position. The list is renumbered. A sequential index number is added to the end of the Sound Item Name to make it unique.
  • Add New Sound - Adds a new Sound Item into the Sound List at the selected position. The new item will be populated with the Default Attributes values. The list is renumbered.
  • Add New Streaming Media Sound - Adds a new Sound Item into the Sound List at the selected position. You are prompted to enter the streaming media's weblink (http or https link). The Sound Item Duration Time is set the first time you play the Sound Item.
  • Copy Attributes from Sound Item - Copies All attributes of the selected Sound Item into the Attributes Clipboard. (This uses a separate clipboard from the Copy above.)
  • Paste Attributes into Sound Item(s) - These Paste operations use the Attributes from the Attributes Clipboard (previous menu item above).

    Warning USE CAREFULLY! These power editing Paste operations can make a lot of changes in just a few clicks and there is no Undo for the changes. However if you make a mistake, you could Close the Sound List without saving it, then re-open it. Best practice is to Save the Sound List BEFORE using these operations.
    • Paste ALL Attributes into Selected Sound Item - Pastes ALL the attributes from the Attributes Clipboard into the selected Sound Item.
    • Paste ALL Attributes into Sound Items Selection - Pastes ALL the attributes from the Attributes Clipboard into multiple Sound Items. You are prompted via pop-up dialog to select the target Sound Items.
    • Paste Attributes Selection into Sound Items Selection - First you select the attributes (from the Attributes Clipboard) that you want to paste into Sound Items (via popup dialog). The Attributes groups (below) coorespond to the controls panels on the Sound List Editor. Then, you are prompted to select the target Sound Items (via popup dialog).
      • Start-At/End-At, Fade Markers
      • Descriptors
      • Play Modifiers
      • Play Controls
      • Classifiers
  • Update Attributes
    • Set Media Type - The program will detect the media type (audio/video) when a Sound Item is created or the media file is changed. In rare cases when the type cannot be detected you can set it manually. Only Sound Items with media type audio or video will play.
    • Clear Media File - Clears the Media File value to blank.
    • Update Media Duration Time - You are prompted to enter a time duration for the media. Some streaming media sources do not have a logical duration (ex Web radio), so you need to assign a value. This allows the progress bar (and other time calculations) to function properly (See discussion of Streaming Media Lenght). For local media files that were edited after the sound item was created, you can change it length manually with this menu item; Or use Media File Information reacquire (see below).
  • Media File Information
    • Reacquire Info for Selected Item - Re-acquires the media information from a media file for Selected Sound Item. Useful when you have edited/changed a file with another program. See About Media File Information below.
    • Reacquire Info for Multiple Items - Re-acquires the media information for multiple Sound Items. You are prompted to select the Sound Items.
  • Track Numbers - Reset by List Position - Resets all Sound Item Track Numbers based on the Sound Item's list position. This does NOT change the Track Number ID3 tag of the associated Media File.
  • Delete a Selected Set of Sounds - Deletes multiple Sound Items from the Sound List. You are prompted to select the Sound Items to delete.
  • UnDo Delete of Selected Set -Restores all Sound Items that were deleted with the last 'Delete Selected Set' operation.
  • Move Up - Moves selected Sound Item up the list by one position.
  • Move Down - Moves selected Sound Item down the list by one position.
  • Move to Top - Moves selected Sound Item to the Top of the list.
  • Move to Middle - Moves selected Sound Item to the Middle of the list.
  • Move to Bottom - Moves selected Sound Item to the Bottom of the list.
  • Focus List ItemsProgram window cursor focus jumps to the listbox of Sound Items. Useful when in Play On Double-Click mode, when you want to move focus to the listbox.
  • Open Folder of Selected Item - Opens the Folder of the selected Sound Item in Windows Explorer.

About Media File Information

When you create a new Sound Item, or when you Reacquire its properites, the following Media File information is initialized. All info properites may not be available from the file system.

  • Media Type - Video, audio, image or text.
  • Media Time Duration - If this duration is not available from Windows, it will be acquired the first time you play the media.
  • Title - From ID3 Tag (aka MP3 tags). When found, the Sound Item Name is set to this value.
  • Track Number - From ID3 Tag.

Sound Item Edit tool bar


Move Sound Item Position in the List - Special Behavior
  • Move Up One - Moves item position up in the list by one. (Green Up arrow)
  • Move Down One - Moves item position down in the list by one. (Green Down arrow)
  • Move to Top - Moves item position to top of the list. (Hold down Ctrl key while clicking Move Up button.)
  • Move to Bottom - Moves item position to bottom of the list. (Hold down Ctrl key while clicking Move Down button.)
  • Move to Middle - Moves item position to middle of the list. (Hold down Shift key while clicking either Move Up or Move Down button.)
  • Edit Sound Item tool bar - Buttons (Figure 1, from left to right): Delete Sound, Cut Sound, Copy Sound, Paste Sound, New Sound, Move Sound Up, and Move Sound Down.
Figure 1. Edit Sound Item tool bar
Figure 1. Edit Sound Item tool bar