All of a sudden my mind went blank lol
Firstly, the MB site ‘add a release’ screen(s) should actually honour the style guidelines. reosarevok has told me a number of times that the release has just the composer and the performers listed on the front cover. The tracks are supposed to have only the composer. The recordings (of the tracks) are supposed to have only the performers, but not the composer. I was unable to find the correct combination of ticked and unticked boxes to get this to happen. This should just occur naturally. The web page should honour MB’s style guidelines from the start, so that the person entering the data doesn’t have to go back and re-edit it all again and again to get it to fit the guidelines.
The tracks should be automatically matched to recordings already in the database. There is no way for the person entering the information to know whther the release he has in hand contains the same recordings as released on another release. This information is in the database somewhere and should be pulled up automatically, so that the person entering the information doesn’t have to guess based on track lengths, same labels, etc.
All of the boxes to be ticked are very confusing. It is impossible to know what they are doing: carry the artists over to this other field somewhere? change the titles of the reorcdings to match this? Artists on track lines? Track numbers begin a line? I never tried that one out, for fear of making a mistake and having to wait 6 days to be able to correct it. yEs, that’s another BIG one: when I enter something and need to correct it, I should be able to do so right away, instead of having to wait 6 days to do so.When I know right this second that I made a mistake, why do I need to wait a week to correct the error? It’s plain dumb and most people, less exacting ones than I have tried to be, would just leave it. All anyone wants is to get their tracks tagged. That’s all I want: have a database that knows the correct tags for all of my albums and knows how to identify what I’ve got when I tell it what artist and album it is.
The add album cover filed should be added into the edit release section so that one doesn’t have to edit the release, finish it off and then go back and add a cover. Also, since MB already knows about discogs, allmusic and amazon, it should just fetch the covers itself. It is a huge amount of work for me (you) to search out all of the sites and locate this. I spent anywhere from 30-50 minutes per album typing and looking up covers and whatnot and entering it all. If I managed even 30 albums in one day, from breakfast to midnight with barely a break, even eating at the computer, etc., then I was doing very well. This is just too long!
Another thing: the MB web site does not allow for easy lookup of an album. Entering the release title or artist or label is not enough. Entering Symphony 2 for release or Mozart for artist, for example, and I was presented with a discography that in some cases went on for more than 10 pages and I had to scan the list, page by page, in order to locate my album… and then, because the titles shown and the artists listed did not make it clear what they were, I ended up missing my album altogether and started to create a new release, only to be told that it already was in the database! That is very frustrating.
There’s probably more about the web entry screens, but I can’t think of more right now.
As for picard, it should be made clear, with a big blue button, or something lol that you can just put the album you are trying to match into the right field and then you can just click match or drag and drop your files from the centre field onto the correct track names (I know what album I ripped, don’t I? so why should I have to spend 20 minutes per album searching for it and having to modify the tags to get a match when I already know what it is?).
Well, once I kind of figured out that i had to manually enter tags into my files on the middle box to help picard look my album up, then it worked smoother.
It was unclear what the difference between scan (is that what it’s called? I already forgot) and lookup was. After I was all done, I read that the one looks up the album based on the embedded tags, while the other generates an audio sample (whatever it is called) to match to.
It was very frustrating when picard continually matched my files to wrong albums, usually ones with 20 or more disks in the set, but sometimes to other similar albums. I repeatedly changed the tags to match my album, with the correct album title, artists, label and barcode, but still it would put my tracks onto a wrong album, typically one by another performer who had recorded the same works… but I already told it who the performer is, so why match to a different performer? It was a battle.
Still, on both counts, the immense amount of manual work and typing required aside, this is REALLY super! I spent a huge amount of time, but my collection is now about 97% the way it should be, and the remaining 3% are just minor points that could be rectified with a little edit of a release (spelling mistakes, get things into the same format, so that all albums use Symphony No. instead of Symphony no. or nr., for example. There are difficulties, however, since Symphony No. 2 and Sinfonie Nr. 2 and Symphonie No. 2 would be different album titles, yet could actually be the same album, just depending on who entered it and which translation they used, since many albums have numerous languages on the cover.
Also, since the site is a global site that operates in English, as does Wikipedia, the artists should be referenced first by their names as used in English and they can have aliases in their native languages, etc. It is very confusing to enter Shostakovich (or another artist) for the artist and then have some gibberish in Cyrillic (or greek or Chinese or…) show up as the artist.
Well, I’ll stop here. I think I covered the bulk of it andmy coffee is long cold lol
Again, I think this is a super site and picard is fantastic, a ‘lifesaver’, even with their difficulties, abmiguities and flaws. Without MB, I would likely not have bothered tagging my files and would just have played 3.04 2.3 (disk 3 track 4 symphony 2 movement 3) from a directory with an obvious name and just ignored the stuff that appeard on the display of my playback device. But, even then, to get my files to play in track order has been a problem that has plagued me for a whole year! And now, thanks to correct labels, it just works!