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|APE's track information editor|
|Smart Playlist Editor|
|APE running under MacOS through Mono|
Advanced Playlists Editor for Traktor Pro (or APE for short) has been designed to
ease the process of managing Traktor's collection while providing a set of
advanced (yet very easy to use) tools that allow operations that cannot be performed
with Traktor nor any other tool (such as iTunes).
Please note that this version of APE is still considered a beta which basically
means that (a) not all
features are implemented and (b) those that are,
are not guaranteed to work.
Also, the documentation included with this release is not complete but should
help you get started and take advantage of the many options provided by APE.
Well, I decided to write this program after all the frustration and problems that
I encountered trying to manage my music collection through Traktor.
I did try
using alternative tools, such as iTunes, but the tools I tried either non provided everything I
needed or they simply didn’t work. iTunes was the one that came closer to
provide everything I needed but (sorry) I just can’t stand it.
So what were the problems
I was having?
Importing new music
I have a generic playlist where I store all
the music I use for live performances and then I have several sub-playlists
where I store tracks based on a particular theme. For example, I have a playlist
called “70’s” where I store all the tracks that are modern remixes from 70’s
tracks. Of course, some of those tracks could also fit inside other
playlists, such as “Electro” which is where I store tracks with the so-common
electro sounds. An example would be “Shaft - Mucho Mambo [Michael Fox & Taito
So I needed a way to determine: (a) which tracks had already been
classified into the sub-playlists and (b) to which playlists did the track
already belonged to.
The latest version of Traktor Pro (1.1.2) has the new option
“Search in Playlists” but to access this option you need to right click the track and then you get a
modal window with the playlists that contain the track – not very useful.
APE you just select a track (either in the collection or in a playlist) and it
will automatically highlight the playlists that contain that track; just by
selecting it. Actually, you can even select multiple tracks at once and APE will
highlight the playlists that contain the selected tracks.
Managing the collection
This was probably by biggest issue.
We all know the numerous
issues that Traktor has detecting changes in the files’ tags and, to make things
worse, NI removed the Read/Write tags options! Well, the ID3 version 2.4 tag
editor included in APE will let you:
- Read the tags in your track(s)
the information for the track(s) into the tags
- Both (1) and (2) are (by
default) performed automatically so you always have both the information in the
collection and your files’ tags synchronized
- And this is the one that I love:
you can even rename the file from within the ID3 tag editor window and APE will
make sure that both the collection and any playlist containing the track is
As expected, APE also supports the standard management
features in Traktor, such as:
- Creating/Renaming/Deleing playlists
- Creating/Renaming/Deleing folders
But APE also provides the following additional options:
- The ability to duplicate playlists (something that I’ve found quite helpful)
remove duplicate tracks from any given playlist
- Export any number of playlists
into “standardized” formats
- Physically delete tracks from disk (this feature
is now available in the latest version of Traktor but the difference is
that APE will not actually delete the tracks but move them to the Recycle Bin)
Importing a collection
This is probably the coolest feature in APE.
I do my live
performances using my laptop but I just don’t want to use my laptop when I’m in my
studio, I prefer to use my desktop PC (for obvious reasons). Unfortunately, my
laptop uses XP and my desktop uses Vista so I cannot just copy the
collection.nml file from my laptop into my desktop and vice-versa because the
folders containing my media are completely different so, until now, I’ve been
forced to maintain my collection using my laptop.
But now, with APE, I can import a collection from any source and map the folders
in the collection to folders on the local computer. This allows me to perform
modifications to my collection in either computer and keep them synchronized. Of
course, this feature has many applications which I’m sure I don’t need to
It’s a pain to create manual playlists!
Yep, it is a pain... and that’s why most modern
players use/supports smart playlists, and so does APE.
Of course, APE’s Smart Playlists
feature have been optimized for Traktor so the available options are specifically targeted
to ease the collection organization.