• 0
raintheory

A Collection of SonicStage tweaks...

Rate this question

Question

Thought I'd write up a little bit on some of the SonicStage tweaks that I've gathered and used over time. Some of the tweaks are based on preference, so feel free to pick and choose whichever ones you'd like to use.

Thanks to all of the forum members who have posted some of these tweaks over the past few years.

These tweaks should work with all current SonicStage versions. 3.4 > 4.3

Tweak #1 - Disabling SSAAD.exe from startup:

Many users have noticed that when SonicStage is installed it registers the mysterious SSAAD.exe to run on startup. I have disabled this on every install of SonicStage, and have had no issues. There seems to be little to no information regarding what this is or why it runs on startup.

Removing this from startup either by using msconfig, or even deleting the registry keys for it results in it being re-registered to startup when SonicStage is launched.

To remove this from startup, simply navigate to C:\Program Files\Sony\SonicStage, and rename SSAAD.exe. I rename the file to SSAAD.exe_bak. Then, it can be removed from startup under msconfig, and will not re-register itself when SonicStage is launched.

Tweak #2 - Removing/Replacing the sound played back when files are finished transferring:

This is user preference, but I have always found the sound annoying. I can see how it could be useful, but when you are transferring files while watching a movie or something like that, it can get on your nerves.

To remove this sound, navigate to C:\Program Files\Sony\SonicStage\Data\Image\se and rename complete.wav. As in the previous tweak, I rename this to complete.wav_bak. You can also use any sound you'd like, as long as it is in WAV format and titled complete.wav, simply place your file in the folder.

Tweak #3 - Removing/Replacing CONNECT Store under Music Source:

Again, user preference. I never use the CONNECT Store, so I've changed the entry to go here to the forums. It can also be removed entirely.

This tweak involved modifying the registry. I strongly recommend making a backup of your registry before you continue.

To remove CONNECT Store, open regedit (Start>Run>regedit) and delete the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sony Corporation\SonicStage\EMD\HomeURL.

MDCF.txt

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

15 answers to this question

  • 0

I like the last tweak!

First I set the URL page to google.. quite nice!

Then I set the set it to D:\Music:

Very cool I can now browse my music in Sonicstage via treeview. It will also darg and drop into the application to import new music etc!

post-172-1191928870_thumb.jpg

post-172-1191929027_thumb.jpg

Edited by Pug

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Great stuff - I'll try and add a few of my own tips soon. But for now keep them coming. I'll pin this in the Software Discussion / FAQ's section.

* Thread pinned

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

I like the last tweak!

First I set the URL page to google.. quite nice!

Then I set the set it to D:\Music:

Very cool I can now browse my music in Sonicstage via treeview. It will also darg and drop into the application to import new music etc!

Awesome! I might end up trying that one !

EDIT: Love it! Took me awhile to figure out where to drag and drop files/folders, turns out I had to drag them up near the top in order for SonicStage to pull it into the library. Great stuff!

Edited by raintheory

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

I like the last tweak!

First I set the URL page to google.. quite nice!

Then I set the set it to D:\Music:

Very cool I can now browse my music in Sonicstage via treeview. It will also darg and drop into the application to import new music etc!

Did you find any way to set the "View" of the folders to the same as the view of the master folder? I can change the latter to Details, but cannot see a way to do this with a folder that I have descended into.

Cheers

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Did you find any way to set the "View" of the folders to the same as the view of the master folder? I can change the latter to Details, but cannot see a way to do this with a folder that I have descended into.

Cheers

Yeah this always frustrated me... I haven't found a way around it, but would be immensely grateful to anyone that does! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

It looks like a programmed behaviour rather than configurable. Even if I set the view to "details" and go to one of the folders and then back, both the browsed-to folder and the original are now viewed as icons again.

My Bluetooth Places suffers from the same defect. So if there's a way around it, it wouldnt be found by reconfiguring SS, but in some subtle (probably undocumented) behaviour of the Windows Shell.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Couldn't this, by any chance, be linked to the "Remember each folder's view settings" checkbox in Windows Explorer? Try unchecking this box and resetting all folders (these are some of the first things I do after installing Windows).

Edited by Avrin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Did that about 5 years ago :lol:

I had quite the voyage today - ended up undoing this change (SS started to crash in all sorts of weird ways) and re importing a bunch of wave files as the encryption keys crashed after the undo. Duh!

I note that I don't seem to connect to "Connect" any more at all. Any ideas why? If it's gone, this means that every time you do a system restore, the program keys will die and you lose all encrypted content. This argues in favour of GREAT CARE and regular decryption. I was lucky, only 1 week's worth of saved sound as .oma had to be chucked out.

Caveat tweakers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tell me something - is the Atrac Advanced Lossless independent of these wretched keys?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Tweak #1 - Disabling SSAAD.exe from startup:

As simple as it is, this is prolly my fav tweak. Many Thanks raintheory.

A good piece of work and so well written, even I could understand it..!!

Thanks again, :imsohappy:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

No, it is not...

Just to set the record straight... there is NO encryption in Atrac Advanced Lossless. Not with the latest SS, and I am certainly not going back to attempt to verify it for old versions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Just tried SS 4.3 with Windows 8

It runs OK but no NetMD drivers are installed - you need to disable driver signature enforcement:

  1. From the Metro Start Screen, open Settings (move your mouse to the top right corner of the screen and wait for the cham bar to appear, then click the Gear icon).
  2. Click ‘Change PC Settings’.
  3. Click ‘General’.
  4. Scroll down, and click ‘Restart now’ under ‘Advanced startup’.
  5. Wait a bit.
  6. Click ‘Troubleshoot’.
  7. Click ‘Advanced Options’
  8. Click ‘Windows Startup Settings’
  9. Click Restart.
  10. Choose disable driver signature enforcement by pressing the appropriate number
  11. When up and running, connect your Atrac Device. You may need the 64bit NetMD driver (Available on here)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Nice work gortonandy!

Stephen, can you add this to the thread on installing the 64bit drivers? I know I have seen a few users requesting W8 64bit information, it sounds this would be reallly helpful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Sure but I think there was already a topic Windows 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now