While submitting releases with quad or 5.1 tracks, I keep running into the same problem: Should the channel information be included in the track title, like appending “(5.1)”, or should this go into the recording disambiguation field?
- There is no common practice at this time and arguments can be found for both approaches.
a) It certainly looks cleaner to have only recordings of the same title and add channel information to the recording disambiguation field.
b) There are releases which ONLY incorporate multichannel mixes, like some DVD-A or quad LPs and tapes. In this case, the release mix could be added both to the release disambiguation and to the recording disambiguation field.
c) My biggest problem are releases that feature stereo AND multichannel mixes of the same tracks, maybe even on the same medium. When using approach a) and then tagging files with Picard, the channel information is lost and all tracks look the same. That is why many editors prefer to write the channel information directly in the track title.
- A solution for case c) could be an expansion of Picard options, or at least a script, to write release and/or recording disambiguations to album titles and/or track titles at the time of tagging. That would actually solve the practical problems and might go a long way towards uniting editors with different practices.
Is such a script possible and would someone knowledgeable volunteer some code?