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audio player Edit


Choose how to send output to your sound card.

  • Direct Sound (Default): the standard Windows interface to sound cards
  • ASIO: provides a direct interface to your sound card - however, you can only use ASIO if your sound card supports the protocol. You might want to use ASIO in preference to DirectSound as many people report sound quality is better.
  • WASAPI: the Windows version of ASIO

MusicBee can also use most Winamp output plugins. You must run MusicBee as an administrator to install them.

sound device

(Default: Primary Sound Driver) Select from the list of sound cards MusicBee has detected on your PC, where 'Primary Sound Driver' is the default as configured in the Windows Control Panel.

use 32 bit output

(Default: ticked) When ticked, sound data is output as 32-bit floating point numbers rather than 16-bit. This option is generally recommended for Vista/Windows 7 users or when your soundcard natively supports 32-bit data (however some Vista users have reported a slight sound distortion when the equalizer is used with this option enabled). Note however you may need to disable the 'use hardware mixing' option for some older soundcards.

increase buffer size

(Default: unticked) Tick or adjust this setting if you notice sound stuttering during playback. The tradeoff is more memory will be used to buffer the sound data and a little more lag will be noticeable before equalizer and DSP settings start to take effect.

upmix stereo to 5.1

(Default: unticked) Will convert stereo streams to surround sound. Only use this if it is not handled by your sound card.

resample to

(Default: unticked) When ticked, sound data will be resampled and output to the soundcard at the chosen sample rate. Most music files have a sample rate of 44.1K (it's what CDs use) but soundcards generally play at 48K (some support higher rates). Without this option enabled, the soundcard will resample the sound data to 48K itself, but some don't do this well so you might want to choose this option to allow MusicBee to perform the resampling instead.

on startup

Choose how the player behaves when MusicBee starts.

  • do nothing (Default): MusicBee will load the last file in the Player Controls, but not the position
  • resume playback: MusicBee will resume playing the track that was playing when it shut down
  • resume position: MusicBee will return to the last position of the track that was playing when it shut down, but will be paused

video player Edit

Choose what you want MusicBee to do with video files.

  • use Windows default (Default): MusicBee will play videos with the default video player for Windows
  • use external player: specify a video player for MusicBee to use

input plugins Edit

MusicBee can use most Winamp input plugins. You must run MusicBee as an administrator to install them.

sound effects Edit

crossfade tracks for

(Default: unticked) Choose whether MusicBee overlaps tracks as one fades out and another (optionally) fades in, and set how long the crossfade lasts.

  • crossfade when skipping tracks: (Default: unticked) Tick if you want MusicBee to fade out a track you're skipping.
  • do not crossfade when playing albums: (Default: ticked) Disables crossfading for tracks from the same album ().
smooth fade when stopping

(Default: ticked) Choose whether MusicBee fades or stops suddenly when you use the Stop button/command.

dynamically normalize the volume of streams

(Default: ticked) When ticked, MusicBee will attempt to adjust the sound level of different web sound streams to the same volume. You might want to enable this option as different web sound streams tend to play at a substantially varying volume levels. However, as the adjustment is being done on-the-fly, it's not exact.

normalize volume of tracks with replay gain tags

(Default: ticked) When ticked MusicBee will utilise replay gain tags stored in a music file to adjust the sound level to the same track level (all tracks play at the same volume) or same album level (albums play at the same volume but the relative track variation within an album is preserved). For files without Replay Gain tags you can have MusicBee calculate and store this information - see Volume Analysis for more details.

use logarithmic volume scaling

(Default: unticked) Compresses the higher (louder) end of the volume scale so it is more responsive and controllable at lower levels.

remove silence at start and end of track

(Default: unticked) Will attempt to skip any silent portions at the beginning or end of a track (does not alter the file).

add silence to the end of each track

(Default: unticked) Tick to add a specified period of silence between tracks.

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