Bulk transfer

A transfer of an entire legacy sound archive from the legacy platform to Wax.

Genre template

Metadata for recordings reside in a file specific to the genre of the recording. These files also provide specifications for extractors, abbreviators, and tags. The portion of the file devoted to these specifications represent the template for the genre.

Metadata, primary

The metadata that appear in Select mode (in its short form) as well as Play mode (in its long form). You can specify the two forms in Edit mode. You can also specify a rule (abbreviators) that Wax will use to derive a default short form from the long form.

Metadata, secondary

The metadata that appear only in Play mode. Secondary metadata can refer to the work (secondary work metadata) or to a track (secondary track metadata).

Metadata, permanent secondary

Permanent secondary metadata appear automatically in Edit mode. They also have a specification in the genre template for extractors and tags.

Metadata, extended secondary

Metadata that you create for a specific recording to handle a special situation (extended secondary metadata). They are not specified in the template for the genre.


Recordings with complete descriptions but no sound files. Thus, the recordings are “dead” in the sense that they cannot be played, but they consume no space on the sound drive (phantoms).


Properties describe characteristics of recordings, like metadata. Unlike metadata, all recordings in all genres have the same properties. There are four properties (“automatic properties”) that Wax maintains itself (although it is still possible to edit their values): Date created, Date played, Times played, Volume trim. Users can specify additional properties (“user properties”).


On reaching the end of a track, the player begins the next track without the usual moment of silence. Also known as “gapless” playback. In Wax, it is possible to specify segues on a track-by-track basis (segues).


Separate works that were originally part of the same CD or the same set of CDs. You can find siblings using search (search).


A group of tracks (track groups). You can select all the tracks in a track group by clicking on the track group.

Volume trim

An automatic change to the volume control based on the average loudness of a recording. Adjust it using an optional component of the volume control.


Folders in the sound archive containing sound files for which no corresponding recording exists. Without a recording, Wax cannot present metadata that permits you to select the sound files for playing. Thus, the sound files are “dead” in the sense that they cannot be played, but they still consume space in the sound archive. Wax automatically protects against the creation of zombies (zombies).