Scratch Live 2.1 Manual
Sorting Your Files
The track information display area can be customized to display the columns listed below:
- Video Track
The column button < is located at the top of the library pane in right hand corner. Click on the column button to select which columns you want to display. To sort your library by a column, click the column header so it highlights. For example, clicking on the album column header will sort your library alphabetically by album title. To move a column, drag the header to the left or right. To resize a column, click on the column boundary and drag it to the left or right.
Using The Song Browser
The song browser allows you to filter your song list by Genre, BPM, Artist and Album. To turn the song browser on or off, click the Browse button.
Scratch Live includes a search function to help you find files quickly and easily. Enter text into the search box and Scratch Live will automatically find as you type. To select which fields the search function will look through, click on the left hand side of the search box. The drop down menu shows which fields are currently being used. Press esc or the x button on the right of the search box to clear the search.
TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut ‘ctrl-f’ to jump to the search box. This keyboard shortcut will also take you out of any crate or playlist that you might be in and into your main library, so you can find any track in your collection. If you then click on a crate or playlist, the search query will be cleared.
The prepare window is a holding area for tracks, much like preparing a set by lifting records part way out of your record bag. You can drag tracks (or whole crates) from the main track list into the prepare window, or simply drag them onto the prepare button. These tracks will be removed from the prepare window once they have been played. All tracks in the prepare window will be discarded when you exit Scratch Live.
TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut ctrl-p to add tracks to the prepare window.
TIP: Select the contents of the prepare window, drag them onto the new crate button (+) to save the selection.
Editing ID3 Tags
Much of the information associated with each file can be edited from within Scratch Live. Double click on the attribute within the main library to edit the attribute. Filename, length, size, bit rate and sampling cannot be edited. This information is saved in the file itself. Note that the protect library option in setup must be unchecked to allow edits
For details on auto-BPM see PREPARING YOUR FILES.
TIP: Use the keyboard shortcut “ctrl-e” to edit text. Hold down the ctrl key and move with the arrow keys to change to a different field while staying in edit mode. When you have more than one file selected, editing tags changes all the files in your selection.
TIP: The second column in the library is the label color for that file. Click it to bring up a color palette, and customize the virtual deck for that file.
You can change the size of your library text by using the shortcuts ctrl + and ctrl -
Display Album Art
MP3 files can contain album art information. Click on the show album art button at the very bottom left of the screen to open a small window. This window displays the album art of the track currently selected in the library. Album art can also be shown next to the the track information display on each virtual deck. Click on the display tab of the setup menu to find this option.
SEE SHOW ALBUM ART ON DECK FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Adding Album Art
You can add album art to a file by dragging and dropping a jpeg or png file onto the track in any of the album art views, or onto the Album Art window.
The leftmost column shows the status of each track. The image to the left shows five tracks with differing statuses.
Scratch Live has detected some corruption in the MP3 file. If possible, re-encode the MP3.
The track has been imported from the iTunes library.
The track has been imported from the iTunes library, and Scratch Live has detected some corruption in the MP3 file. Solution: If possible, re-encode the MP3.
The track cannot be found. Most likely the file has been renamed or moved.
Scratch Live is trying to import a track from the iTunes library, but cannot find the file.
Tracks that are read-only have a locked icon.
More Info On Corrupt Files
If you have a corrupt file in your library, hover your mouse over the status icon for information on what type of corruption was found.
SEE CORRUPT DESCRIPTIONS AND DIAGNOSIS FOR MORE INFORMATION.