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metatag public beta

August 31, 2010 | 11:01 am

It has come to our attention that’s id3 tag features rely on Apple technologies which don’t work with Unicode strings. As such, id3 tags which use non-English characters are inaccessible via those messages. Which is unfortunate.

At the link which follows is a new object, ‘metatag’, which is dedicated to the manipulation of metadata in media files via the ‘taglib’ library ( Currently it supports both ID3v1 and ID3v2 for MP3 files, Ogg Vorbis comments and ID3 tags and Vorbis comments inFLAC, MPC, Speex, WavPack and TrueAudio files.

Help file is included, as are binaries for Mac and Windows, and source code. This object is in beta, but should be stable enough for production use. Thanks for any feedback and testing!


September 10, 2010 | 5:18 pm

Perfect! I’ve been wanting something like this to get access to tags without loading a track into both sfplay and at the same time :D

October 18, 2010 | 1:02 pm

I’m using this regularly now, and it works really well. I do have a feature request however. Would it be easy to make it more flexible by enabling read/write access to id3v2 frames directly by their name? E.g. By using a message of "getframe TLEN" the length tag would be returned etc. Also then giving the ability to access TXXX frames would allow custom tags to be manipulated in max patches This would really make it a useful object!

Many thanks


November 4, 2010 | 12:22 pm

The chances of me implementing this in the near future are slim to none. However, I’ll release the object’s source code when it goes out of "beta" (I’ll try to post it on my share page in the coming days) and someone else is free to take over development. Glad to hear it’s working!

November 27, 2010 | 3:08 pm

Oooo Ok thanks very much!

November 29, 2010 | 5:02 pm

Oh hey, look. The source is actually included in the original download. So there’s nothing for me to do, I guess. :) Enjoy.

December 17, 2010 | 3:08 pm

Haha oh yeh! I cleverly only kept the Mac folder first time round. Got it now though. Cheers.

January 26, 2011 | 5:02 am

This is nice!
Would be nice, though, if one could ask for all metatags, as ‘description’ and so on.

May 13, 2011 | 3:17 pm

Great!!! been looking out for something like this for a while!

What about BPM though? I tried sending a getBPM message to the tags but no luck. Seems like it wouldn’t be too difficult to go ahead and include all the fields that are standard with id 3 tags? Or are some fields harder to access than others? I guess I could just use the "comment" field for BPM but that would require a lot of work to copy and paste that over for all my audio files. If it’s a simple fix, could someone point out where in the source code I could add that functionality? Thanks a lot!!!


July 20, 2011 | 2:17 am

Still kind of befuddled that BPM didn’t make the cut… what do you all recommend I do, copy over the BPM attribute to some other field like Album, or just insert it in front of all my file names. I kind of like the idea of having that information permanently attached to all my files, without having to worry about installing this external on all computers that run my patches. But for the cleanliness, and look factor, and since most all of my samples are already tagged in iTunes using the BPM field, it would be really nice if this feature could be implemented in the final release…

When is the final release for this object by the way? Looking forward to it… Thanks a lot,

October 9, 2012 | 8:00 am

This is just perfect for my project except I am wondering is there anyway to extract cover art from the mp3 file by using this?

Your reply is truly appreciated. Thanks a lot.

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