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.
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) 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).
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
Set SoundItem Names from a List - - All SoundItem Names are set from a list of names that you provide. See the Set SoundItem Names from a List section for details.
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).
MP3 Tags: Song Title, Artist, Album - These are acquired from the media file (if available) when the Sound Item is created (used by the Automator Now Playing Screen). You can change the acquired tags if desired. You can insert new line breaks into any of the text tags by placing a <br> tag at the break point (Must be lowercase letters br, no spaces inside of angle brackets. This is an html line break symbol). This does not replace tags embedded in the original media file. (see the Editing Mp3 Tags section for more info.)
Media File Information - Acquiring MP3 Tags Info embedded in a media file.
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.
CD Info (Playing CDroms) - These Audio CD menu items are explained in the Playing CDroms section:
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.
Set Song Title, Artist, Album - These ID3 Tags (aka MP3 tags) are sourced from the media file when the Sounditem is created. When Song Title is found, the Sound Item Name is set to its value. Other tags are: AlbumArtist ( or Artist), and Album. Use these menutitems if any of these tags are missing or you want to change the value. Tags are used by the Automator - Now Playing Screen.