djcev.com // 2020-10



Stanton QuickGrid (Part 1)

Screenshot of the Stanton QuickGrid 1.20.2 graphical frontend

Intro & Problem

Stanton QuickGrid is an audio file analysis program for Mac OS X and Windows distributed with the Stanton SCS.4DJ. It creates metadata files that contain things like the waveform graphic and beat grid indicators for use with the SCS.4DJ device. It's a program in two parts: djanalyze.exe which does the work of generating metadata for one audio file, and the graphical frontend (pictured above) which automates the process for many audio files. QuickGrid performs a similar function to, say, Rekordbox's analysis and export to USB.

It works in two stages. First you "analyze tracks" which creates and stores analysis metadata files for audio in a location you specify. Then you "prepare USB device" which crawls a USB drive looking for audio and copies over the relevant analysis metadata files, and also creates a file called hashes.dat on the USB drive which the SCS.4DJ reads to discover new data.

I have a problem with QuickGrid: I don't run either OS X or Windows. So I worked out what the graphical frontend is doing and how to drive djanalyze.exe using Wine. Then I wrote a shell script to automate the process. Some notes on what I found:




Mix Availability & Downloads On This Website

A couple of things have prompted me to re-evaluate how I distribute recorded mixes on this website.

First, I stopped broadcasting on aNONradio a few weeks ago. Since I'm no longer a contributing member there, I believe it's unfair for me to link to files in aNONradio's archives. (And those files could disappear at any time - whenever the admins decide they need the disk space, basically). I'm going to have to host my own files from now on.

Second, 189 mixes (200 soon) is too many to keep available all at once, in my opinion. Right now it's 15 gigs of mp3 data. That's not an amount of data I can afford to serve, given my current hosting and money situation.

So here's my plan: each new episode of Movement Through Thought will be available as a downloadable file hosted on this website for one year. I'll remove old files as I add new ones. The tracklist blog posts will remain up. Old mixes that I think are significant I'll keep available as downloads indefinitely, no more than a couple for each broadcast year. I'll tag posts with audio download to hopefully make them easier to find. Recordings uploaded to mixcloud will remain there for as long as mixcloud keeps them.

I do still have all these files, so if there's a specific mix you want that isn't available on this website send me an e-mail and I'll try to get it to you.

That's where I'm at. This seems like a reasonable system to me, a good middle ground. I hope it works out.