Although there are improvements in classical music in 1.3, 1.3 is still a let down for classical music. I seriously doubt Roon developers are serious classical music fans.
When I click composers, it will take me to the page of all list of works. For prolific composers like Mozart, it is impossible to find the compositions I want to listen. The list of works must be grouped under classical sub-genre with expandable and collapsible list.
I suggest Roon developers take a look at wiki page
This is how compositions should be listed. It is much easier to locate the compositions.
Furthermore, is there anyway to easily create search by conductors and composers? It is impractical to create N*M tags where N is the number of conductors and M is the number of composers. This is just one example.
Roon must allow much more flexible filtering. I would suggest Roon to implement something like “View” in Jriver.
Colin Davis and London Symphony Orchestra, just to name one scenario, are listed in different albums as “Colin Davis (no mention of orchestra)”, “London Symphony Orchestra (no mention of conductor)”, “Colin Davis & London Symphony Orchestra (one single entity/hyperlink)”, “Sir Colin Davis” etc etc etc and… also, sometimes, as “Colin Davis / London Symphony Orchestra (two separate entities/two separate hyperlinks. as it should always be)”
I don’t find it impossible: I use the filter and kind find any of his works almost instantly. But you are right that one can’t do it with “click click click”. The problem is, where do the “sub-genres” you want come from? I wonder if TiVo has them. If so, they are probably not quite good enough to be relied upon. But it might be worth a try. Would have to be switchable though. @brian@mike This has come up before, I think it’s worth looking at.
Do you mean see what performances a conductor has done of a composer? Search might help, but I have proposed something more sophisticated, and it is on the table still. This would mean that on the conductors page, you get a list of composers and can then click through to see work lists of performed works, and then another click the performances by that conductor. (The same structure should exist for browsing albums: would be hugely helpful.)
Currently the alternative is to go back to text-based text browsing. In which case we might as well go back to iTunes, or Explorer/Finder…
I type in the name. It’s by far the quickest. YMMV. If I had Roon display by “sub-genre”, I would get a list of 1000 objects to scroll, which would not be much fun.
Not true. They can be sorted with grooming. There are many other classical issues which have no solution. It’s a lot of effort but if Roon’s database starts to “learn” in the future, it will lighten the load for humanity.
For me the biggest problem is the box sets. It is simply impossible to find out what works of e.g. Beethoven are on a certain box set, without resorting to text-based track browsing. I hope a solution is found for this.
Roon does not have enough flexibility for users to customize their view. Many softwares like JRiver allows users to completely control how they want to display their music. This is very important for classical music. The flexibility may not be so important for non classical music.
I really like to use Roon for their database. But the inflexibility of Roon is really a turn off.
I believe you. I now know the “issue” is my apparently large library. I didn’t understand why everybody was able to share their experiences with 1.3 features, while my music skipped whenever I tried new features like upsampling. So there was a bit of frustration in my post
Audio analysis is now over a third of my library, using 8 cores. I will just wait patiently until Roon has finished its work, meanwhile using it like 1.2. I am enjoying the vastly improved Search speed already though!