Once done, the FLAC or MP3 files with their embedded tags are stored in a folder on a disk as part of your musical database. As we mentioned before, there are two databases with MusiCHI. The second is the Library and the information of your just ripped music should be entered into it now. With the Add to Library button you can do this and Library Manager offers the option to add the music to any of the libraries you have available.


Next to the built-in ripper software, you're free to use Exact Audio Copy. EAC rips can later be scanned with Tagger to retrieve their tags and add the music to a library of choice. The tagger part of the suite is a powerful piece of software that lets you manipulate your tag information. MusiCHI even comes with a bonus feature called Clean. Especially for classical music lovers, the authors have a database with composers, performers and orchestras. You can download the latest version and query this database about an incomplete tag and the database comes back with a few suggestions. This Clean database is constantly maintained to be up to date. Another unique feature is the possibility to add Flavor to your music. For example, you can create the World Music flavor and within that flavor add genre, period and instruments. In the MusiCHI library, each Flavor has multiple sub levels. Tagger is very powerful and a gift from heaven for handling classical compilations but we suggest you take ample time to get truly familiar with its features first. Again, the tutorial and PDFs are helpful to get sorted.


The library manager of MusiCHI is the heart of all the good things stored. In one or preferably multiple physical library files, it stores the index of your music files in the Firebird FDB format. Being able to handle multiple libraries is one of the strong suits of MusiCHI. You can store you music collection's meta data based on genre like jazz, classical, pop or whatever. From the main menu it is easy to create new libraries aside from the standard musichidefault.fdb file that arrives empty upon installation of the software suite. It is easy to add information to the library of choice as long as you add folders and not files. Once added, the scanning process will read all tags of the files in the folder and add that information to any library of choice. When you add music files or have reworked tag information for certain tracks, the re-indexing option updates your library. Not mentioned in the manuals but strongly recommended by us is to make backups of your music files on a regular basis. If you're hit by ransomware—something that sadly is getting more likely by the day—you should be safe.


Philip Watel: "After tagging, all meta data are stored inside the audio files so even if the library (FDB files) got corrupted, it's no big deal. Just rescan your music folder. You never lose your precious work." Nevertheless, we recommend regular backups and storing your music files on network-attached storage with a high RAID number (5 or up) for redundancy. RAID 5 requires at least 3 physical disks which saves you from harm when one of the disks gives up its ghost. Your beloved music collection deserves it. So, you have ripped your music, added fine tag data and indexed the lot all tucked away in various databases. Now there's only one thing left to do and basically, it's why you did all the previous work in the first place. Time to get the Player into action. From its menu, select a library. With the library selected, you can place a filter on its content if you just want music by a certain artist or composer or even a movement to show up. The Player is a full-blown music player with memory playback and WASAPI driver. Additionally, it can be coupled to an external player with all its additional functions like HQPlayer or any other high-quality software.