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Basic SongKong for Melco User guide

This is a very basic guide for using SongKong with Melco on a Melco Digital Music Library server.
SongKong for Melco is an intelligent music tagger designed to make the task of managing, organizing and cleaning up your digital music library easy. As your digital music collection grows, so can missing artist and performer information and album art. Different sources of metadata give rise to inconsistent metadata, and key information may also be missing or incorrect including album art.

The main function of SongKong is automated fixing of your metadata. SongKong searches multiple databases to build much deeper metadata populating all possible tags, and advanced algorithms ensure consistency across the complete library. This is all achieved with just a few clicks using the default settings, but there is a range of tools to allow you to customize this. SongKong provides tasks that can run against selected folders, this could be a single album or your whole music collection. This is an important feature of SongKong that unlike other products you do not have to work one album at a time, even when auto-matching your music.

By improving your metadata with SongKong you then provide better information for the MinimServer uPnP server that comes with Melco, this then serve the music to your uPnP Control Point (normally runs on phone or iPad). We recommend you use MinimServer instead of Twonky because it is more flexible and can make better use of the metadata added by SongKong.

SongKong also allows manual editing, this is very useful for the Melco because it allows direct editing of files on your Melco. Whereas using traditional taggers would require your music to be copied to and from your computer.

SongKong can also find and delete duplicate music files.

We also have Naim Import Metadata task, this is for Naim customers that have a Wav music file
collection. Naim Music servers store the Wav metadata in separate proprietary files and this tasks allow
those files to be read and added to the music files themselves.

Using SongKong

SongKong is controlled on a network connected Tablet or PC / Mac via a web browser at http:aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd:4567 (where aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd is the IP address of the Melco). The location of the web server is confirmed by navigating to

Settings – Music Database – SongKong – Configure SongKong


This is the main user interface

The features, left to right


Status Report
Creates a web page and spreadsheet of the existing metadata before any processing is initiated

Fix Songs
Automated matching of the selected music folders

Rename Files
Rename and move your music files

Naim Import metadata
Import Naim Wav metadata into the Wav music files themselves.

Remove chosen fields from music files

Monitor Watch Folder
Monitors a folders and does automated matching of new folders as they are added

Delete Duplicate Songs
Remove duplicates of the same song from the library, there is the option to delete the duplicate or simply move it to a duplicates Folder and hide it from the UPnP Server.

Undo Fixes
Restores the metadata to the situation before SongKong was used.

Match To One Album
Combines Fix Songs, Rename Files and Edit Songs Metadata for fixing a single album

Edit Songs Metadata
Allowing for manual edit of a single album, search new artwork and replace, manually edit album and track information, and save to the embedded metadata.

Each task comes with with some predefined profiles, these are sets of preferences tuned for different scenarios. After selecting a task you can select the predefined profile to use, or clone an existing profile to create a new profile. You are then taken to the options for the task, any options you modify will be automatically saved to the existing profile. Then select Start to begin the task.

SongKong with Melco Lite license
With the free Melco Lite license you can run full versions Status Report and Edit Songs Metadata. You can also run a limited version of the task Match To One Album, this automatically match your folder to an album, allow you to check the results and do further editing.

Other tasks that can be applied to multiple folders in one go such as Fix Songs and Delete Duplicates only run in preview mode.

Upgrading from Melco(Lite) to Melco

Upgrade provides following features:

  • Complete control over Match To One Album configuration
  • Fix Songs task
  • Rename Files and Folders from Metadata task
  • Add Artist artwork
  • Parse Naim Rips Metadata files task
  • Custom Profiles
  • Add Acoustic Metadata
  • Delete Duplicate task
  • Additional install on PC/Mac allowed

Recommended Work Flow
Once a task is started SongKong can run unattended on large music collections with no user
interaction, but it can take some time so if running for the first time on your whole collection we recommend you run SongKong overnight when you are not using your Melco.

Unlike many conventional taggers you do not need to run against one album at a time, SongKong can be applied to your whole collection in one go.

Recommended Work Flow:

  1. Run Status Report on your music collection, this gives you a nice web report and spreadsheet report of your music library and its metadata before any changes are made.
  2. Consider do you want Fix Songs to completely fix your music library (Fix metadata profile), only add missing data without modifying any existing data (Add new metadata only profile), or only improve artwork (Add artwork only profile) and select the current profile before selecting Fix Songs.
  3. You can run with Preview only option enabled or just go for it, since all changes are also stored in SongKongs database so you can run Undo Changes if there is anything you don’t like.
  4. Select Start and SongKong will start analysing and fixing your songs and will create a detailed report showing the results.
  5. If you would like to rename your files based on the metadata you can use the Rename Files task
  6. Now your songs have better metadata you could also run Delete Duplicates if you have full Melco license.
  7. SongKong automated fixing should match most but not all of your files, so you can Edit Songs Manually to add metadata for albums that were not identified.
  8. Once completed you need to update the index of your Music Server to pick up the changes made by SongKong, this may take some time.
  9. Then reconnect to your music server from your control point to enjoy a better browsing experience.

SongKong with MinimServer

SongKong for Melco profiles have been tuned to work seamlessly with the Classical/RockPop and Jazz profiles provided with MinimServer for Melco. MinimServer configuration can be quite complex and difficult to understand, but this is not usually necessary when the data has been provided by SongKong.