Deficiencies in Library Scanning for Genre and Art Work

Prior to scanning a new library, I configured the Core to prefer my local file Genre and Album art, as well at artist and title. Following the initial scan and database lookup (which took some 3 days to complete), I began to browse my library, only to find that several Genre definitions I use were completely ignored by Roon and that others I found to be subcategories of Roon defined Genre categories.

I assumed that Prefer File overrode any online Roon definitions for Title, Track, Genre, and Art Work as per my request. I have been modifying the Roon local database to promote some Genre to main level. I am not sure how to force Roon to accept some of my Genre definitions, like Marches, which I can’t seem to locate as a subcategory anywhere. Most of my non-standard Genre definitions which are markedly different were processed; for example, Classical:Symphony. If I did just Symphony, it appeared under Classical.

Another strange Genre error was for one I labeled as Bagpipes (main category). I found this entire genre definition under Classical. Have no idea why.

As for Art Work, my initial scan setup skipped a vast majority of the art work contained in the music file under Album Art Work. My best guess after looking at the metadata for the albums and tracks (using Tag and Rename application), is that the setup tended to only look at the Folder art work definition. In none of my music files is Folder an appropriate definition, only the art stored internally by track is valid. When I reset my library view preferences to Prefer Roon, I got more artwork, but my no means did this correct the issue. I tried Prefer Best, but that did not improve. I have edited some album metadata via roon, but had to go back to the file and extract the album art. There is no way I can find to force the core to rescan for the correct artwork (album, not folder), but to offer better tracking on what is is doing per album/track and what it is finding.

Thanks,
Bob

Hi @robert_merritt,

For genre mapping and custom genres, take a look at the documentation in our Knowledge Base and let us know if anything doesn’t appear to be working correctly!

For artwork, do you have an example where there is artwork in the file but it isn’t showing up in Roon? Can you share a screenshot of this album in Roon as well as in the storage location showing the artwork?

If you go to Edit Album and look at the album artwork section does it show up there as an option?

Hi, thanks for helping with the artwork question. I have attache 2 screen shots. One is of Roon, album view, edit. You can see that, in this instance, there is a reported picture for Best and File, but not Roon. The second upload is from Tag and Rename showing the metadata for the same album. You will see that the Folder artwork is what Roon used and not the Album artwork.

As a note, I do not store albums in a dedicated directory but I again use Tag and Rename to structure the metadata such that renaming all of the tracks results in being able to store all music for a given artist/composer in a single directory for that artist/composer.

I will continue looking a incorrect artwork and if I see another variation to the one above, I’ll post additional examples.

Bob