Audials Tips and Tricks: Using the Duplicate Manager

From Audials Generation 12 onwards, new Capabilities are available with Audials One and Audials Radiotracker

What exactly are Duplicates and how do I recognize them?

From Audials Generation 12 onwards, any track is designated as a duplicate variant of another track when they have the same title and artist and at first glance appear to be the same piece of music. Audials indicates these tracks with a symbol and combines them together, so that you can see immediately if multiple versions of one song are in your music collection.

The Duplicate Manager provides a better Overview of your Music Collection

The new duplicate manager in Audials Generation 12 assists in sorting your music collection and making it easier to view.  If you have multiple variants of one track in your collection, Audials only shows you the recording with the best quality – while the others are simply kept in the background. You have the option of making all variants visible, of setting how many versions of songs are retrieved when recording and also of deleting duplicates that are no longer necessary.

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1) Combining Duplicates

Numerous Variants of Tracks in one Spot

Numerous Variants combined together in Audials

Numerous Variants combined together in Audials

With Audials, tracks which have the same title and are also by the same artist can be gathered together. You then see these tracks combined into a single entry that gives an indication that additional variants are available.

Making all Variants visible

Making all Variants visible

If you want to get an overview of all variants of a song, you can also have them all be displayed separately.  To do this, go to the “Music” section of the “Media Center” area and simply remove the tick for “Combine duplicates” in the “View” menu near the top of the interface. Alternatively, you can do this in the “Playlist” field as well.

2) Setting the Number of Duplicates to record

Retrieve numerous Versions of one Song

Get the best Versions using the Audials One Wishlist

Get the best Versions using the Audials One Wishlist

When using the “Music wishes” function of Audials One, you can specify how many versions of each song you would like to have in the “Maximum number of versions to load per track” option after you click “Fulfill...”.

Advantages of having numerous Versions of one Song

As soon as the option of recording multiple versions of songs has been activated, Audials One automatically attempts to select the best song versions to be displayed. If it turns out that the version is nonetheless not the best quality, or if you are curious to listen to a different version of the track, you can switch between the versions or select a different one as the main version.

3) Cleaning up Duplicates

For a tidier Music Collection

Sort the multiple available Versions of Tracks

This function of Audials is especially appealing if you have a large music collection and multiple versions of certain tracks have built up and are no longer needed. Along with creating more space on the hard disk, this also makes your music collection easier to view and enables you to sort and use it more effectively.

How do I clean up my Music Collection and delete unwanted Duplicates?
Open Audials and select the “Music” section of the “Media center”. Click on the “Functions” menu near the top of the interface and then select the option “Clean up versions & duplicates…” at the bottom of this menu.

Open Audials and select the “Music” section of the “Media center”. Click on the “Functions” menu near the top of the interface and then select the option “Clean up versions & duplicates…” at the bottom of this menu.

Audials will then go into a special viewing mode which shows only the tracks for which two or more versions are stored.

CAUTION: All versions of each music track available are always shown. Be careful not to delete all of the versions.

Activate the option “Show invisible duplicates” near the top of the interface. You will then see all the versions available for each track. Unwanted files can then be deleted directly from the main viewing area.

Activate the option “Show invisible duplicates” near the top of the interface. You will then see all the versions available for each track. Unwanted files can then be deleted directly from the main viewing area.

Alternatively, remove the tick for “Show invisible duplicates” and the files will be shown combined together. You can see how many duplicates each song has from the numbered symbol beside the title. Click on this symbol to delete duplicates.

Alternatively, remove the tick for “Show invisible duplicates” and the files will be shown combined together. You can see how many duplicates each song has from the numbered symbol beside the title. Click on this symbol to delete duplicates.

What if I want to keep more than one Version of a Track?

This can make good sense if, for example, you want to have a live version of a song in your music collection as well as the studio version. The problem here is that the desired versions are also shown in the “Clean up duplicates” view and it can be hard to see right away whether or not a desired track is included.

Solution

Solution

To solve this problem, simply use the “Review mark” which can be toggled when you right-click on the track title. The review mark then appears beside the track title in the top right of the screen and indicates that the song has been checked, approved and should not be deleted.

The viewing option “Show reviewed files” can also be deactivated near the top of the screen. This means that these files are no longer displayed in the list and so cannot be deleted unintentionally.