Help:ID samples

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ID samples are snippets of a track to identify it.

The main advantage is that the files are hosted directly on MixesDB and can be played on the page without downloading from nasty one-click hosters. Of course you can copy the direct link and use it on other websites in order to get the track identified. Files that were uploaded just to link them on other sites (without embedding them on the mix page) will be deleted. A list of all ID samples can be found here.

Creating ID samples

You could record a new mp3 while you play the track, but it's easier to edit the mp3 set directly. We recommend the free mp3DirectCut: Just drag'n'drop the mp3 into it, cut out what you don't need, save. No de- or encoding required. Easy.

If you create a sample please be sure that it's not longer than 45 seconds. Also it shouldn't include parts of the transitions so it's not mixed up with the previous or next track.

Allowed filetype Recommended bitrate Simple converter
mp3 96 kbps LameDrop
ogg q -1,00 (~45 kbps) oggdropXPd

Sample filenames

Please include the mix page title, to have proper info when it's displayed on other pages as well. On the other hand the filename shouldn't be too long.

The numbering: Mix Page Name - ID #.mp3. Better don't use the continuous numbering like the track number as ID. It's better to use the duration minute where the track starts. This is good when other tracks are discovered in-between and perfect when you add a sample from the middle of a set when there is no tracklist yet.

Easy splitting

There are different ways to create single or multiple ID samples out of a mix file.

To create a single sample strip the plain track first: Cut the beginning till the previous track is gone and cut the end before the next one starts. Then you can edit the plain track to passages like breaks and vocal parts which make the track unique so it can't be confused with other versions or remixes. If that's too much for you or you want to create a bunch of samples from a set consider those ways:

One way to easily split samples with mp3DirectCut is the following: Load the set into mp3DirectCut and mark the range you want to save as sample: Pause playback, mark it (to mark a range outside the window hold the left mouse button and use the cursor navigation) > File > Save selection, name the file as you want it to be on uploading. Add an ID number at the end of filename (e.g. " - ID 07.mp3"). Screenshot

Another way is to split the whole thing into 45 second samples, listen to them and rename the ones you need: Load the set into mp3DirectCut and go Special > Auto Cue > enter 0:45. Then save it: File > Save split > enter a good filename template as you want it to be on uploading. Then listen to the whole bunch of files in your player and skip to the sample files you need per track and rename the ID number in the filename to the track number of the tracklist. After that you'll have a 45 sample file for each track. Screenshot

If you know a better way to create samples for each track of a set, please let us know! ;)

Volume gain

You may want to adjust the volume after you created the files. To do so for all at once use the easy MP3Gain. We recommend to gain them to 93 dB if they're too loud or not loud enough before you upload them. Screenshot

Upload ID samples

You can upload mp3 files for tracklists on existing mix pages. We use strict limits: Max 30 MB (31,457 KB) and max 45 seconds for ID samples. If it's 50 or 60 seconds once, it's ok too, but we need the limit for legal reasons.

Before uploading: Be sure the file has a meaningful filename. Best is to have the mix page title included in the destination filename.

Embed into tracklist

Before you start you should read Help:Tracklists to know how to set up a new tracklist or how to edit an existing one.

For including the uploaded file on a page, copy the name after uploading (including the file extension, for example "2008-02-24 - Dave Lambert - Switch - ID1.mp3"). Edit the page you want to include the file on. Hit the sample button Editor button - ID Sample.png and include the copied filename at the new position of your cursor with the options as described below. Do not enter the complete download URL (

{{Sample||?}}This is what the sample button includes as default code.

  • Your cursor will be placed where you have to paste the filename.
  • ? can be changed to an alternate text being displayed.
  • Remove ? to have the full filename displayed as link text.
  • Clicking the icon will play the music and show the duration.
  • Clicking the link text will download the file.

If you have problems with the playback in preview or after saving it might help to first paste the filename, mark it and then hit the sample button.

Input Output

{{Sample|Example ID.ogg|?}}

Easiest way to add ID samples on a playlist. Only the filename was pasted into the code.

File:Example ID.ogg?

{{Sample|Example ID.ogg|Let me tell you something}}

? was changed to some meaningful alternate text.

File:Example ID.oggLet me tell you something

{{Sample|Example ID.ogg}}

? was removed to display the filename as link text. This is only useful for meaningful filenames. Don't use it for long names, e.g. including the complete mix page name.

File:Example ID.oggExample ID

This is a good example for a playlist using all gaps as ID samples.

Keep track

  • Watchlist: When you add an ID sample to a tracklist, you can add the mix page to your watchlist so you get an E-mail whenever the mix page is edited or a comment is posted.*
  • Upload log: You can keep track of all files you have uploaded by entering your own user name.
  • Here you can find all used or unused ID samples in the database.

* The problem is that if someone else removes the sample, the file is treated as solved / "unused" and may be deleted soon, but you may want to download your solved ID samples if you're a track hunter. If somebody else solved your ID sample by removing the Media code, check the page history to get the filename, then you can go to the description page of the file and download it.

Solved ID's

When an ID sample gets identified, e.g. by a comment, remove it from the tracklist of the mix page and add the track name. Also remove it from all other pages it may used on; therefor check the description page on which other pages the file is linked on. It will be deleted later at some point since it will appear as unused.

Please do NOT include solved samples in the tracklist although you may think "that's useful, now people can hear this great track" etc. Solved samples have to be deleted for legal reasons (as long a it's unidentified it's ok) and so the system knows which samples are solved or unsolved until they're deleted.


If you know that an ID is used on another mix page already, don't upload it again. Use the same and add {{MultiID}} to the file page (examples). This makes things easier if the ID gets solved on one mix page.