@support, what is roon’s strategy with equivalencing? I cannot see any consistency. It’s a long story but I am currently re-importing a library, most of which I imported for the first time about 2 years ago. I am finding a lot of issues with duplicates and equivalents that I don’t remember the first time around. Equivalencing was by no means perfect first time but I am finding the issues are much worse second time.
The equivalencing rules seem quite arbitrary, so except by trial and error it can often be difficult to second-guess what tag to use (there are also large numbers of duplicates) and I find I am often manually editing to tidy things up. Much more so than I remember previously. There are many types of example but a particularly annoying one is the way in which roon handles historical name changes.
So, for example, the NDR Symphony Orchestra was renamed NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (its original post-war name) in 2016. This is the current name, but roon equivalents it with the old name, NDR Symphony Orchestra. I am finding also, both names are now being duplicated on re-import.
On the other hand, roon does keep the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra separate and does not equivalence them. There have been several name changes over the years.
Philharmonia Orchestra - 1945-1964
New Philharmonia Orchestra - 1964-1977
Philharmonia Orchestra - 1977-Present
What are roon’s rules with equivalencing historical names? I see at least 3 cases with historical name changes, I am sure there are others:
- Keep the equivalents separate
- Arbitrarily use an old equivalent (probably where there is a deep catalogue with the old name)
- Use the current name
I understand there can often be dozens, if not hundreds of equivalents in some cases, but what are the rules by which the primary name is chosen? The reason I am motivated to ask is roon does not equivalence artists on all page layouts (even if it is doing it internally). So often the only way to eliminate duplicates on a page is to manually use the roon primary equivalent. The most common page where this happens is the main album page.