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Replay Music 5 User Guide

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Replay Music is a revolutionary new way to capture streaming music from the Internet or any external source into MP3 files or CD's. And it's really easy to use, too.

For best results, we suggest you use one of the following high-quality streaming music services:

New in Version 5

While similar in appearance to Replay Music 4, there is a lot of new power under the hood. Here's the highlights:

Configuring Popular Player Programs

Some player programs may need to be configured to work optimally with Replay Music. Here's how to configure the popular ones:


For the best track recognition when recording from Rhapsody:

As with all player programs, be sure to open Replay Music PRIOR to opening Rhapsody.

Windows Media based services:

Please note: Replay AV and the Freecorder Toolbar use the same specialized audio driver that Replay Music uses. Please make sure that these programs are closed when using Replay Music.

Setting up Your Firewall

When you use Replay Music, it needs access to the Web to look up the song information. Often times, your firewall may not allow Replay Music access. Here's how to configure the Windows Firewall to play nicely with Replay Music:

  1. Open Windows Firewall from your Windows Control Panel.
  2. On the left, choose Allow an app or feature through the Windows Firewall.
  3. Click Change Settings...
  4. Click Allow another App...Then choose Replay Music from the list provided.
  5. Click OK. Replay Music will now be able to access the Web to lookup song information.

Please note that if you have another Firewall application installed, you may need to configure it as well.

Starting a Recording Session

IMPORTANT: When recording, be sure to open Replay Music first, THEN open the music player program or browser you're using. If recording from a website, be sure to see number 14 below.

Here's how Replay Music appears when you open it:

Replay Music 4

To start a recording session:

  1. Open Replay Music by clicking the Replay Music icon icon on your desktop.
  2. Open your browser or music player program.
  3. In Replay Music , click the Start Recording button. The Start Recording Session dialog appears:

  4. Optionally, enter a name for the Artist and Album. This is used if Replay Music can't determine the artist or album name.
  5. If you select the "Always tag with Artist/Album name above" option, Replay Music will use whatever you have entered above as the Artist and Album for that entire recording session. This overrides Replay Music's Album/Artist lookup.
  6. Enter a Default Genre. If Replay Music cannot determine a genre, then this one is used.
  7. Check Always tag with Genre name if you want to override Replay Music's genre lookup.
  8. You can customize how files are saved into subfolders using the Directory Format.
    • \%a will save each file into a folder with the name of the Album.
    • \%A will save each file into a folder with the name of the Artist.
    • \%G will save each file into a folder with the name of the Genre.

      You can also combine tags -- for example, %A\%a will create an artist directory with the artist's albums as a subdirectory.
  9. If you want to automatically stop recording after a certain time, enter a value next to End recording after. Otherwise, just leave it blank.
  10. Add Tracks to Windows Media Player: If you want your recorded tracks to be added to your Windows Media Player music library, check this option. Tracks are added after the recording session ends.
  11. Add Tracks to iTunes: If you want your recorded tracks to be added to iTunes automatically (for syncing to your iPod or iPhone), check this option. Tracks are added after the recording session ends.
  12. Open a Recording Session: Selecting this option will prompt you to open a saved recording session to edit track information or to continue recording.
  13. Save Recording Session:Selecting this option will prompt you to save your recording session to a file so that you can open it again later to edit track information or to continue recording.
  14. If you will be recording from a website, click the Record From Website button to open your browser. Then browse to the site that you will be recording from.
  15. Click OK. The recording session starts.

To ensure Replay Music is recording, look for the VU Meter graph moving rapidly on the main screen. This lets you know that Replay Music can "hear" the audio to record. If you do not see movement in the VU Meter, then Replay Music is not detecting any audio. Make sure that you always open Replay Music PRIOR to starting the application that you will be recording from.

After each song ends, Replay Music determines the artist and track name, and displays those names in the recorded songs list.

Stopping a Recording Session

After you're done recording, click the Stop Recording button. This ends the recording session.

If you've specified that a CD is to be created, or if you want to add songs into iTunes, then those operations will occur at this time.

Tagging and Editing Track Information

Occassionally a track will tag a track as unrecognized. However, you can give Replay Music another chance to tag unrecognized tracks.

To query the music database and attempt to tag a track again:

  1. If the track was from a previous recording session, Replay Music can import it into the track list. Right-click on the main window and select import mp3 files. Or, you can open a previously saved session from the start recording button and select open recording session then click ok.
  2. Once the track that you want to tag is listed in the main window, right-click on it and select Tag Track. If the track is recognizable Replay Music will tag it. Keep in mind that newly released albums may not yet be in the music database.

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You can edit information that is saved along with each recorded song. This allows you greater control over how songs are labeled, or allows you to properly tag a song that is unrecognized by Replay Music. You can edit tracks one at a time, or several at once.

To manually edit track information for a single song:

  1. Click the song to edit.
  2. Click Edit Track(s). Or right-click on the track to edit and select "edit track" from the menu options.
  3. The Edit Track dialog appears:

  4. Change the title, artist or album, track number or genre fields as you like.
  5. Click Update Art to check the music database for album art. If none is found you can choose Load Art to attach your own.
  6. Click OK and the song data is now changed in the MP3 file.

To manually edit multiple tracks:

  1. Highlight the tracks to edit.
  2. Click Edit Track(s). The Edit Multiple Tracks dialog appears:

  3. Change the Artist, Album or Genre tag. If you don't want to change a tag, leave it blank.
  4. Click OK when finished.
  5. To move tracks: Right click on the track to move and select "Move Track(s) to directories according to directory format". This allows you to move already recorded songs in the track list to the same folder selected in the "Directory Format" text box found in the "Start Recording Session" dialog box. This is good for organizing songs.

    Splitting Tracks Manually

    Sometimes when recording from radio or live footage, there are no cues for the end of a track, and you may want to split tracks manually. You can do this by clicking the Split button while recording. The split button looks like this:

    Sorting the Track List

    During or after a recording session, you can sort the track list by artist, album or genre as follows:

    Click S# to sort songs in the sequence which they were recorded.

    Click T# to sort by album track number.

    Click Title to sort by song title.

    Click Artist to sort by artist.

    Click Album to sort by album name.

    Click Genre to sort by genre.

    Deleting Tracks

    After recording, you can delete tracks you do not wish to save. You can delete tracks using the "delete" button, or by right-clicking on the track and select "delete" from the menu options.

    To delete tracks:

    1. Select the track or tracks to delete.
    2. Click the Delete Track(s) button


    1. Right-click on the track to delete.
    2. Select "delete" from the menu options.

    Configuring Replay Music (Settings)

    Replay Music lets you configure some parameters for optimizing the recording experience. Start by clicking the Settings button, and the Settings dialog appears.


    Splitting Tracks

    In general, the default settings for these parameters will work with most of the popular Internet Music sources. Only change these if your songs are not being split properly.

    Here are our suggested defaults:

    Minimum Milliseconds: 500
    Do Not Record: 15 seconds
    Volume Level Cutoff: 500 - 900 range.


    Replay Music needs to access the Web to determine the artist and track title for each song. If you connect to the Web using a proxy server (most connections DON'T), then set the Proxy Address and Port here.

    Output Options

    Replay Music can create MP3 files, or automatically burn CDs for you.

      The default is %T-%A which means the track name will come first, then "-", then the artist name.

Creating CDs

Replay Music can burn CDs automatically from your recordings. Both Audio CDs and MP3 DATA CDs can be created. Plus, you can make CDs on-the-fly, or pick tracks to place on a CD after a recording session has ended.

To make a CD:

  1. Click Settings, and choose one of the CD output options: Burn to MP3 CD or Burn to Audio CD.
  2. Click Start Recording to start your recording session.
  3. Click Stop Recording when finished recording.
  4. Follow the instructions which appear for burning all recorded tracks automatically or just selected tracks.
  5. The CD will be created.

Recording LP's or Cassette Tapes

You can also use Replay Music to record LP's or cassette tapes as MP3 files or CDs. Here's how:

  1. Hook an AMPLIFIER output attached to your audio tape recorder to the line-in or mic port on your PC. (Hooking up the turntable or tape recorder directly to the PC won't produce any sound.)
  2. In Replay Music's Settings, change the Input Source to Line-In or Microphone (depending upon which port you connected to in step 1). Click OK when finished.
  3. Click Record, and play your tape or LP.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl = Moves forward through the tabs in settings.
Ctrl + Shift = Moves backward through the tabs in settings.
Ctrl + R = Record button.
Ctrl + A = Selects all tracks in track list.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + A = Sort album in track list.
Ctrl + Alt + A = Sort artist.
Ctrl + Alt + G = Sort genre.
Ctrl + Alt + S = Sort sequence number.
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T = Sort time.
Ctrl + Alt + T = Sort title.
Ctrl + Alt + N = Sort track number.
Ctrl + S = Split track button.

Legal Notices

Song recognition uses technology licensed from Rovi Corporation and AMG. The license agreement is here.