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For to be able to spread quality music, we must first have a source for quality music. This is where the seeds come in. We depend on members of our community to upload music. Uploading to 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

2.1 - DAT > Hard Drive Transfers

If you want to transfer a DAT tape to the 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 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 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 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.

DownloadDownload: CD-WAV


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 brackets].

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 file.

Please follow the naming scheme when creating your Shorten files and directories!


2.5 - File Naming and Directory Structure

In the interest of consistency (and sanity), the files distributed via should follow a predefined structure. The following sections are the 'official' file naming scheme for

PLEASE use this naming and structure scheme when creating and/or distributing .shn files

2.5.1 - Basic Naming Scheme

Every 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 extension appended:


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 isn't necessary:


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
        ph98-04-22d1t01.shn \
        ph98-04-22d1t02.shn  \ __  disc one  
        ph98-04-22d1t03.shn  /      .shn's
        ph98-04-22d1t04.shn /
    ph98-04-22d2 <-------- Secondary Directory disc 2
        ph98-04-22d2.md5 <--- md5sum check disc 2
        ph98-04-22d2t01.shn \
        ph98-04-22d2t02.shn  \ __  disc two
        ph98-04-22d2t03.shn  /      .shn's
        ph98-04-22d2t04.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 your .shn's.

AVI MovieMovie Download: md5make.avi (direct link - 2.0MB) Thanks JeffK!

Please follow the 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 > ...

Disc 1:

01 Down with Disease       (11:23)
02 Bouncing                (07:22)

Disc 2:
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:


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