Newbie – how do I display the 'artist' tag in the editor by default?

Hi there!

I apologize for what might be an obvious question – I’ve googled around a bit, looked at some tutorials, but this has me stumped.

For unmatched tracks, I’d like to show the ‘artist’ tag, even though my file doesn’t have one. It is so tedious to have to manually add it to every unknown track.

Here are some images that hopefully explain what I mean –

Thank you for the help!

I haven’t tested this, but you might try adding a tagging script like:


Note this goes in a tagging script and not the file naming script.

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The issue here is that you are looking at the existing tags in a file that has had its metadata looked up from MusicBrainz.

Picard is not designed for manual tagging of personal recordings - it is designed to download and apply metadata for (usually commercially) published recordings (mostly albums) from a huge crowd-sourced database of metadata.

If your file is a commercially published recording then you need to lookup the recording (which will appear in the right-hand pane, and the metadata (including the artist) will be automatically populated.

I hope this helps. Please ask further questions here if you need more help.

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OK, got it. I’m tagging commercial recordings, but enough of them are so obscure that they don’t yield any results. So I have to tag manually.

But it there’s no way around manually adding the ‘artist’ tag every time this happens… well, I got my answer.

MusicBrainz is crowd sourced - and it also contains a mass of metadata about very obscure recordings.

However, if they are commercial recordings, and you are genuinely sure that they are not in the MusicBrainz database, then why not help out the rest of the world by adding the metadata for these recordings to MusicBrainz?

The benefit of this (other than a good feeling of being part of the crowdsourcing community) is that you will then get a MBID added as a tag to your files, and when you run them through Picard again it will pick up any additional data that has been added by others to the data you provided.

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