With the release of 1.5 and the ‘Alternate Versions’ functionality I’ve noticed that there are many more MQA versions of tracks that are in my library now available. That’s excellent. However, trying to upgrade to MQA versions from ‘regular’ versions has turned into an absolute nightmare for me.
I’d like to use REM’s Automatic For The People as an example. To back up for a second, I don’t add entire albums to my library - I only add the tracks I like. So in the case of Automatic For The People, there are seven tracks that I like. In trying to upgrade those seven tracks to MQA, I now have FOUR album versions of Automatic For The People showing in my library.
Version one: Track 10 & Track 12 in MQA 192kHz
Version two: Track 1 & 12 in MQA 192kHz
Version three: Tracks 7 & 8 in regular 44.1kHz
Version four: Tracks 2, 9, and 10 in MQA 48kHz
This isn’t limited to just Automatic For The People. Virtually every single time I try to ‘upgrade’ to MQA versions, I end up with duplicate versions of albums.
Yes, I have tried “Merge Albums”. And yes, I have tried “Group Alternate Versions”. Not only does this not help, it tends to inexplicably add more versions of the album to my library. I’ve even tried going directly into Tidal, and “unfavoriting” the non-MQA versions while favoriting the MQA versions. And it looks fine in Tidal (one album version will have favorites, the others will not), but it refuses to update accordingly in Roon.
And yes, I have tried closing Roon and re-opening it, and yes, I have tried logging out of Tidal and logging back in.
I’ve run into this repeatedly over the last two days - with pretty much every R.E.M. album, Fleetwood Mac, Soundgarden. Stubbornly I’ve tried to solve this on my own (and lost playcounts and tags in the process) but I’m out of patience.
So, I have two questions: is there an easy way to fix this? And, what is the best way to ‘upgrade’ album tracks to MQA without having multiple multiple multiple versions of albums added to your library?