Review/research "best" workflow


@thebradleys Am I right in saying at this stage I now have to manually edit everything?

Is there a way I can just show my ‘gold albums’ in the window so I can save al those and then go back to work on the silvers?

Thank you for supporting me with this :slight_smile:


Thanks for your support @thebradleys

I’ve just give this a try,

  1. When I drop the file in it still comes back as unmatched

  2. I checked wikipedia to check the file is part of the album (it is)

  3. The file is on my computer and in the correct folder

Any thoughts on what might be causing this or what I can do next?


A couple things can be happening:

  1. Is the mp3 file corrupt (e.g., too short, doesn’t sound right, etc)?
  2. Sometimes you will get a match for a release other than the one you have. In this case, all the releases have this track, so it isn’t the problem in this situation:
  3. Did you try scanning the mp3 file (Ctrl-Y in Picard, it will build an acoustic fingerprint that can be used to find the match.
  4. If all else, fails and the file is good, you will have to manually drag it into the correct place. Once you’ve saved the metadata on the file, though, this shouldn’t happen again.


Thanks for running me through this,

  1. Nope the MP3 is playing perfectly

  2. I’m not sure what this means, how can I check this>

  3. I just tried scanning now, what should happen? It doesn’t seem as if my computer is doing anything.

  4. Would you be free to Skype or screen share with me and show me what this involved. If someone goes through this with me I am sure I can pick it up all very easily and fast.

Thank you again for all you help :slight_smile:


This is going all over the place a little bit… but a few short answers that may help clear things up a little bit:

This means that we don’t have the AcoustID in our database/it hasn’t found a match.
Note that Lookup:
Uses your existing tags to find a match. If your files already have some existing tags, like track numbers and an album name, the best way to do it is to hit ‘cluster’, and then hit ‘lookup’ on the cluster/ the whole album.
Uses the actual audio data on the file, and tries to find the same audio data in our AcoustID database. If nobody’s submitted the data for that track, it’s not going to find it. Note that this method ignores all of your existing tags, making it much more likely that a song from an album is going to be put into a Various Artists release, and so on. But it’s very useful if you have no information for a track and need to find out what it is, or similar situations.[quote=“1uke, post:24, topic:63749”]
Would you be free to Skype or screen share with me and show me what this involved. If someone goes through this with me I am sure I can pick it up all very easily and fast.

I’d actually be keen to do this, as it’ll save everyone a lot of time! :slight_smile:
You can find me by searching for aerozol1 or try Simon Hartman, with a picture of a kiwifruit. I’m on +12 time but it should work out.


Maybe consider making a video tutorial (or several!) that we can upload to the MetaBrainz YouTube channel? We don’t currently have any Picard videos. :slight_smile:


I actually gave this a shot, and made a video, but I can’t get the quality as nice as the tutorial @caroline-g made…
If you can give me some pointers on what screen capture software and what export settings you used Caroline, then I’d be keen to give it another shot?

Let’s not even get started on my mic quality!
Still better than nothing… possibly :wink:


Of course! I used OBS (open source!) to record my screen (it recorded the entire screen, I later edited out the browser) After recording, it saved to my desktop as a .MOV file I believe. You can mess around with the settings inside OBS to change how it saves. I’d be happy to share my current settings with you if that’d help. After recording, I used iMovie to edit the tutorials.

All my videos were recorded on my MacBook Air! No special mic system. :microphone2:

Let me know if I can help further! :smile:


@aerozol Thank you for the kind offer. I have added you on Skype

I am free from 9am Thursday (GMT). Let me know a time / day that would suit you.

Thanks again I really appreciate it :slight_smile:



Hello again, I am free today. Would you be free to help me get my albums all to gold disks.

Thank you :slight_smile:


Hey @1uke,

Can you take your conversation to a separate, more relevant, thread or private message?

Kind regards

PS @Freso I think this thread has gone off topic a little since Review/research "best" workflow , no?