I’m trying to figure out the best / easiest workflow to use to rip a cd, encode and tag the files. I’ve been trying to get this sorted out for a long time. I’m not sure if I’ve missed something, but it seems to be hard.
I rip my cds with EAC. I used to use the old freedb database as the metadata provider. Now I’m using EAC version 1.6 and it has the ‘musicbrainz’ plugin metadata provider. I create wav files and then encode to flac or mp3.
The standard set of tags are stored in cue by EAC and then used in encoding, but extra tagging is done in Picard and updated into the flac or mp3 files.
To do the tagging in Picard, I have to find the CD in Musicbrainz. I don’t understand why the information captured in EAC can’t be used by Picard to lookup the information automatically.
For example, EAC calculates discid and stores it in the cue file as a REM statement. This could be passed through as a tag in the file and then used to lookup the CD in Picard. Today, EAC’s plug-in doesn’t allow me to pick the correct CD from the list even when the specific CD is in Musicbrainz. Then I have to re-pick it in Picard. Isn’t here an easier way? It seems that things don’t flow.