3beez Announces Wax Music Management System

Music servers and computer audio
3beez Announces Wax Music Management System

Lafayette, Colorado, 10 December 2012 - 3beez, LLC, a new company specializing in the application of computer technology to home audio, announced today the Wax Music Management System for music lovers, an innovative solution for storing, cataloging, and playing music. The Wax system provides a flexible metadata scheme which makes it uniquely effective at cataloging large music collections, especially those that include music from classical, jazz, and other challenging genres. Its catalog is based on musical works, not tracks, so it is easy to survey collections for a desired selection. Users can control the system from the comfort of their listening position using a tablet or from a desktop system or smartphone.

A User Interface Uniquely Suited to Music Lovers

The Wax system offers a user interface that is elegant and easy to use. Where existing solutions limit metadata mainly to album title, artist, and track title, the flexible metadata scheme allows users to decide how best to describe recordings in each genre. “If you have a recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Joshua Bell violin, Michael Tilson Thomas conductor, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra accompanist, who is the artist?" asks 3beez President, Jeffrey Barish. "With the Wax system, the user can define metadata fields for the composer, soloist, conductor, and orchestra -- or whatever makes the most sense for the genre of the recording. For shows, one could use show, composer, and lyricist; for film music, film and composer. For the first time, users can decide for themselves what works best for the particular recordings in their collections."

The flexible metadata scheme also permits users to specify as much metadata as they want for each recording. Music lovers can easily include the names of the players in a jazz ensemble or the cast of an opera.

Organizing the catalog by work not only makes it easy to survey the collection for a desired selection, it also makes operation more intuitive. For example, users create a play queue by dragging a work to the queue, not individual tracks. A work can be an entire album, part of a CD, or multiple CDs.

A powerful hardware architecture engineered for music lovers

The Wax Box provides dependable storage for large music collections using two 1 TB  hard disk drives, one for the sound archive and one for backup. It also has an optical disc drive for ripping CDs.

The Wax Box is completely silent. It features fanless cooling, and the hard disk drive spins up only long enough to transfer sound files to a cache on a solid-state drive.

The system has a high fidelity analog output with support for 192 kHz/24-bit audio and also supports the use of an external USB DAC. The Wax Box supports all major codecs, including FLAC, ALAC, OGG, AAC, and MP3.

Solving a real problem

"Wax is far more flexible than iTunes," said Kirk McElhearn, author of Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ. "Users can add metadata of any kind to best organize their collections according to the type of music. Its many customization features make it great for users with large music libraries, and especially for classical music fans."

Barish added, "When we started developing Wax, we were determined to deliver a better user experience, not just a rehash of existing hobbled systems. Wax is the solution that I wanted for myself."

Purchasing information

3beez sells the Wax system directly from their web site (www.3beez.com) at a price of$5000.

About 3beez, LLC

3beez, LLC, headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado develops innovative audio products for music lovers. The founder and president is Jeffrey Barish, a PhD engineer and entrepreneur responsible for several successful startups. Most recently, he was founder and president of EuPhonics, a software development company that licensed software for audio and music applications of computers to manufacturers in the semiconductor and computer industries.