Help with editing, noob

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You’re making scans? :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes:

I like front + spine, but it’s really personal preference.
I try and make everyone happy though, example:

edit: cropping to square (editing a picture to personal preference) is frowned upon


Yes, mmirG put me on to it with a link, but checking on my printer, it’s easier than that (it (EDIT: ie the tutorial) was scanning using gimp), I can still use the button on my printer to do it, I just have to select to scan it to an image instead of to a file (which is what I do with documents). My camera application has cropping and straightening and that, so I didn’t have to install anything new. It’s not too difficult because I already knew how to use my printer to scan things, so not a big learning curve.

As for the covers, front and spine looks better than the whole insert together. I’m just thinking about how it looks when you download it, you don’t really want ugly text staring at you. I might do it like yours, but again, nobody else probably has my daggy old cassettes so it probably doesn’t really matter.


Note that I’ve included all 3 variations so that it’s not just what I want. It doesn’t take me much longer to do all 3 versions.

It really is up to you!
Most of the cassettes I add are local releases that are limited to maybe 25 copies… But to me that kind of niche information is far more valuable and interesting than information that can readily be found anywhere.


Oh, I’m on a roll, I’ll do it while I’m in the mood. Yes, I agree with you about niche/obscure material. The internet is now so clogged up with sales sites, that “real information” can’t be found when you search anymore. Not like it used to. You don’t get any independent sites or blogs or forums, you just get “do you want to buy?” results. Yes, I also agree with you that it doesn’t take much time to crop different bits of the insert. I’ll do it whole, and then like yours for a good-looking download.


As @aerozol also mention, these releases are likely the ones that will be the hardest to find information about later (or even at all, right now!), which (to me) makes it all the more important that they get documented properly. If someone wants to do research into music from Australia released on cassette, the data you have added to MusicBrainz may prove invaluable.

See also previous discussion somewhat related to this here:

I really, really hope you’ll continue to add the releases you have to MusicBrainz—at your own pace. “Slow and steady wins the race.” :slight_smile:


Oh, I will, now I’ve figured out the (absolute) basics, I’m already finding it easier to do. However, I’m not sure whether I have the stamina to suss out the intricacies of entering my classical records.

Another question- I have a cd that’s all in Japanese (ie the cover is, the music is just piano). Is it possible to enter that? I can’t read the titles (other than the album title, which is in English).


I’ve added things like that before by finding the release on a Japanese website like, then copy > paste the track titles and artist names.

I’d like to add my voice to the “obscure is cool” crowd. I’ve saved all my cassettes, even though I no longer have a working cassette player. They’ll all eventually get added, along with my small collection of indie 7" vinyl. Don’t worry about going slow either. I’ve been adding my collection of vinyl, CD’s and downloads for almost 8 years and I’m only up to “P”.


I don’t have any in a non-Latin script myself, but for the few I’ve edited like that, I’ll either compare the characters to lists on Wikipedia if the script is small enough, or find one of those draw-the-character lookups into a Chinese/Japanese/etc. dictionary. Either way, it does ultimatly come down to blindly trusting my eyes, but I find it a bit easier than wading through undecipherable search results.


Thanks, I think searching for japanese text is more effort than I’m prepared to put in.


Japanese is easy! I can read Japanese! One option is to scan all the cover art, post the images here or on a sharing site, and post a note here asking testers of Japanese to add the Release for you.

Metadata gardening can be a team sport.


post the images here

do you mean here in the forum? Just start a thread and put the cover up and see if anyone wants to/can enter it?


Those are usually the favorite releases I add to MB. Most often I put also more work into the obscure releases, as I think the more popular ones can be easily completed by others, but all the little details of this old and mostly unknown release are just there on this old album I have in hand. And how awesome is it If somebody is looking for info about this crappy old budget cassette and finds it on MusicBrainz :slight_smile:


Yes, sure! Give it a try!