For etree.org to be able to spread quality music, we must first have a source for quality music.
This is where the etree.org seeds come in. We depend on members of our community to upload
music. Uploading to etree.org is quite easy. If you have a show on DAT or CD-R and you know
that it is a digital clone of the master, then it qualifies to be distributed via etree.org.
2.1 - DAT > Hard Drive Transfers
If you want to transfer a DAT tape to the etree.org/CD-R world, you first must
digitally transfer the data to your PC. The easiest way to do this is
through a S/PDIF digital transfer. Most 'digital' audio cards (in our
case, digital meaning digital I/O) are able to transfer a the data stream from
the DAT machine to the Hard Drive without resampling. By using this
method, a clone of the original DAT can be copied to the Hard Drive.
The Creative Labs' "Sound Blaster Live!" and Turtle Beach's "Montego II+" do not produce digital
clones of the original DAT, due to hardware resampling. These soundcards should not be used in
etree.org digital transfers.
The specifics of performing a DAT > Hard Drive transfer
varies, depending on the manufacturer of your DAT player and your digital soundcard.
We suggest following the instructions that came with your equipment for more specific details.
When doing a DAT > Hard Drive transfer, the resulting .wav file will be quite large. To track that
.wav file (chop it up into audio tracks), please see the Tracking on Sector Boundaries section.
2.2 - CD > Hard Drive Transfers
This method of seeding etree.org is relatively simpler than attempting a DAT > Hard Drive transfer.
To transfer an audio CD to your Hard Drive (also called ripping or DAE), we highly recommend the
Exact Audio Copy (EAC) program.
Dick's CD-R page has an excellent
section on EAC!!!
Download: Exact Audio Copy v0.85b
2.3 - Tracking on Sector Boundaries
Each .wav file should be an exact multiple of the CD audio sector size, which is 2352 bytes (588 samples).
There should be no gaps between tracks and tracks should not be padded with zeros, otherwise an audible click
will probably result. A track should start with the very next sample after where the previous track stopped.
To make this process very easy, we highly recommend CD-WAV.
CD-WAV is a great program to use because it automatically cuts the audio file at the closest sector boundary.
It's quick, painless, and guarantees no annoying track-break pops.
2.4 - Compressing .wav files with Shorten
After you have correctly split each .wav file into tracks, it is now time to compress them into Shorten files (.shn)
for Internet transfer.
Following the File Naming and Directory Structure, you will convert
your .wav files to .shn files. First, make sure that a copy of shortn32.exe
is in your c:\windows\command directory. If it is not, please
download the file and copy it there now.
Then, open up an MS-DOS window, go to the drive/directory of the show you wish to compress.
When you are in that drive/directory, type:
shortn32 [filename].wav [filename].shn
NOTE: You must insert the names of the .shn files [without the
Example: shortn32 d1t01.wav e:\ph84-12-01d1t01.shn
The first file (.wav) is your input file, and the last file (.shn) is your output
Please follow the etree.org naming scheme when creating your Shorten files
2.5 - File Naming and Directory Structure
In the interest of consistency (and sanity), the files distributed via etree.org should follow a predefined
structure. The following sections are the 'official' file naming scheme for etree.org.
PLEASE use this naming and structure scheme when creating
and/or distributing etree.org .shn files
2.5.1 - Basic Naming Scheme
Every etree.org file and directory should have a name which starts like this:
^^^^ ^^ ^^
|||| || \\___ Day (with leading zero)
|||| \\______ Month (with leading zero)
||\\_________ Year (screw Y2K!!!)
\\___________ Band (e.g. ph = Phish)
2.5.2 - Directory Naming
a) Top Directory
The top directory for a show should be named following the Basic Naming Scheme, but with a .shnf
Inside the top directory should be the info file for this show. (see info files)
b) Secondary Directories
Each disc for a show should be named as in the above format, except the disc number appended and the .shnf extension
Each disc should be in its own directory.
Inside the each secondary directory should be the md5sum check for each disc (see md5sum).
2.5.3 - Bringing It All Together - File & Directory Hierarchy, File Types
Below is an example of what the directory & file hierarchy should look like:
ph98-04-22.shnf <------ -- Top Directory
ph98-04-22.txt <------ Show info
ph98-04-22d1 <-------- Secondary Directory disc 1
ph98-04-22d1.md5 <--- md5sum
check disc 1
ph98-04-22d1t02.shn \ __
ph98-04-22d2 <-------- Secondary Directory disc 2
ph98-04-22d2.md5 <--- md5sum
check disc 2
ph98-04-22d2t02.shn \ __
2.6 - Creating an md5sum Signature (.md5)
First, make sure that a copy of md5sum.exe is in your
c:\windows\command directory. If it is not, please
download the file and copy it there now.
Then, open up an MS-DOS window, go to the drive/directory of the show you just Shorten-ed. Then, go to the
disc you want to create the md5sum for.
When you are in that directory, type:md5sum *.shn > [filename].md5
NOTE:You must insert the name of the .md5 file [without the brackets].
Example:md5sum *.shn > ph94-10-31d1.md5
This command will automatically create an md5sum text file in the directory with
Movie Download: md5make.avi (direct link - 2.0MB) Thanks JeffK!
Please follow the etree.org naming scheme when naming your md5sum file!
2.7 - Creating a Show Info File (.txt)
A file describing the show should be placed in the top
directory. It should be named following the basic naming scheme, but
with '.txt' extension. It should contain source information, and a track
listing, if available. For example:
Nectars - Burlington, VT
Source: Soundboard > Some DAT deck> S/PDIF > Sound Forge > ...
01 Down with Disease (11:23)
02 Bouncing (07:22)
01 It's Ice (04:33)
2.8 - Finding an FTP Server To Upload To
To find a server to mirror your seed, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org