I realize there have been other discussions about specific box set issues–and I know some metadata/tagging fixes are ‘in the works’, with other higher priority items ahead of this, no doubt–but I just wanted to put in a plea for some enhanced ergonomic functionality for managing large box sets in the future. I’ve spent perhaps 10 hours over the last few nights trying to get a 16-CD box set of Angela Hewitt playing Back keyboard works to be mapped correctly by Roon–and I’m no closer now than I was 3 days ago. I’ve tried various folder naming schemes (mostly focusing on the traditional “organized folder” protocol, but I’ve tried variants as well); I’ve tried both my organized and watched folders.
The most frustrating part is that Roon knows about this box set–it’s one of the choices for ID. And–in theory!–I could ID each CD as the box set. But if anyone has spent any time trying to “move” tracks around in the current interface, it’s an insanely time consuming and frustrating process. Example: I spent a couple of hours identifying the 1st three CDs as box set and then moving the tracks over from left to right and then moving all of the tracks to their proper location as CD2 and CD3. But every one of the remaining disks is still treated as it’s own independent album (as they were, initially), so each one is still identified as “CD1” or “CD1 and CD2” if it was originally a 2-disc album). So now I have to go through the ID process for disc 4, then move those 30 tracks over to the box set on the right. And each track has to now be clicked down, one step at a time for each track, from disc 1 location to, say, location 150 (where disc 4 begins). Do I’m moving 30 tracks x 150 steps or 4500 clicks (for just disc 4, with another 11 discs to go and each one growing proportionally worse–i.e., that many more steps each time). And, to just top things off, at the end of the process, one has to then select each of the 180 new tracks individually–because Control A or Shift-Click for contiguous selection does NOT work on my Windows 7, 8, or 10 machines–to create that ‘new’ album. So let’s just round things off and say ~5000 clicks to get that 4th disc officially recognized as being part of the box set. Only 11 discs to go…
I know–I should just wait for the updates that I’m confident will show up eventually. And I will. But I wanted to make sure that some of the specific problems with the current design, in terms of manually overriding the inevitable mismatches in identifying the items properly (which I fully understand and appreciate as lying at the CORE of Roon functionality), are fully appreciated. Please give us drag and drop or ability to tag and act on batches of tracks at once, etc. Just the simple act of being able to say that 1-1 through 1-30 tracks are really 8-1 through 8-30 of this box set would save 10,000 clicks, in my scenario above. I don’t have a lot of experience with some of the other popular music managers, but I’m sure there are some very good systems for doing this kind of thing.