cdplayer, cdman, datplayer - play and capture audio CDs and DAT tapes
cdplayer [-dev device] [-sm] [-nofork]
cdman [-dev device] [-sm] [-nofork]
datplayer [-dev device] [-sm] [-nofork]
CdPlayer is a program for playing audio tapes and CDs. When called as
datplayer it works as a tape player. When called as cdplayer or when the
-dev cd option is specified, CDplayer works as a CD player.
CdPlayer [Toc] [Back]
CdPlayer plays audio CDs that are loaded in the CD-ROM drive. The audio
data is read from the CD via the SCSI bus and is played through the 16-
bit audio hardware of recent IRIX systems. CdPlayer can also capture
audio data into disc files either as entire tracks or selections within a
CdPlayer is different from cdheadphone(2) which operates the CD-ROM drive
as a traditional CD player, playing the audio through the headphone and
line-out jacks of the CD-ROM drive.
DatPlayer [Toc] [Back]
DatPlayer plays and captures digital audio tapes on the 4mm DAT drive.
The tapes are compatible with those used in commercial DAT recorders.
The audio data is read from the DAT via the SCSI bus and is played
through the 16-bit audio hardware of recent IRIX systems. DatPlayer can
also capture audio data to disk files either as entire tracks or
selections within a track. Recording to DAT is accomplished via the
export utilities in soundtrack(1) or from the original datman(1).
Please Note: DatPlayer is no longer a supported application.
specifies the particular CD-ROM or DAT device to use, for example:
/dev/scsi/sc0d3l0 or /dev/mt/tps0d2nsv. In addition, with CdPlayer
you may specify the directory on which the drive is mounted, for
-sm displays only the transport control section of the window.
causes CdPlayer to not fork itself into the background.
CdPlayer operates like many commercial CD and DAT players but the
transport controls and time displays conform to the look and behavior of
other digital media apps such as moviemaker(1) Most operations are
straight forward. See the on-line help for detailed information.
A note about datplayer is in order however. The first time you invoke
datplayer with a particular tape, it scans the tape to obtain the track
starts and durations. You can let datplayer complete this operation for
the entire tape or abort in which case datplayer will use the information
it has. You can continue scanning via an entry in the Options menu or
let datplayer accrue the track information as you play or locate to
tracks which haven't been scanned. DatPlayer saves the information in a
database file similar to the CdPlayer database file so scanning need only
be done once.
The music catalog stores titles, artists and program information for CD
and DAT tapes. When a CD or DAT is inserted in the drive, CdPlayer
searches the music catalog for an entry containing catalog information
for that recording. If it finds one, it displays the information in its
large display panel. Data from the recording's table of contents is used
as the key for searching the music catalog.
New information is added to the catalog simply by typing it into the
appropriate fields of CdPlayer's display. The catalog currently holds
the title of the recording, the artist's name and a title for each
program on the recording.
When looking for a catalog entry, CdPlayer searches a list of
directories. The default list is the single directory ~/.cddb. An
alternate list can be specified by the shell environment variable
CDDB_PATH, which takes as its value a string which is a comma-separated
list of directories.
When CdPlayer needs to create a new music catalog entry, it has to pick a
single directory. The default directory is ~/.cddb. An alternate
directory can be specified by either a command line option, or the shell
environment variable CDDB_WRITE_DIR.
~/.cddb, ~/.datdb default music catalog
cdheadphone(1), datman(1), soundtrack(1)
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