When entering SACD releases there are several levels of complexity.
1 Trivial: Pure SACD and SHM-SACD releases
Doesn’t have a CD layer, so tracks/recordings only need to be entered once.
2. Intermediate: Stereo Hybrid SACD
Has a CD layer and a stereo SACD layer. SACD layer track lengths can be slightly different than CD layer, usually when pauses are not added to tracks.
a) When editing an existing release with only one layer
Most common is an existing layer marked as “Hybrid SACD”. Often a DiscID is already attached to such a layer/medium. Existing medium than needs to be marked as "Hybrid SACD (CD) layers. Next, a new medium “Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)” will be created and the existing tracks can be cloned from the CD layer. The recordings to be created need to be matched to the existing stereo recordings.
Can the cloning step and the subsequent matching step be automated via script?
b) When adding a Hybrid stereo SACD from scratch
- Create CD layer as Hybrid SACD (CD layer) with new recordings (or match recording. of other existing release if possible).
- Submit edit
- Edit again and create new layer as outlined under a). Match recordings.
It would be great if the initial edit and the subsequent cloning could be automated to avoid several edits.
3. Expert: Hybrid SACD with Stereo and Multichannel (MC) mixes
- MC will never share recordings with stereo, new recordings are obligatory
- Recordings should not have the number of channels in the title, but in the disambiguation /comment instead
- That means having to go through several steps: First adding the new MC tracks or layer but without the channel layout. Complete edit. Next edit recording comments and add channel info. Edit release again and add channel info to track title.
Any script to help here would be welcome.
4. Highest difficulty: MC Hybrid SACD with classical content
Additionally to all the edits outlined above, track and recording artists need to be entered correctly. For a SACD release this is a multi-step process that really requires preparation and concentration.