I’m considering purchasing Roon Nucelus Plus, but have a few questions. I wonder if anyone can help.
To provide some context, let me describe my current setup. I have a PC (Windows 10) in my study where I rip CDs and download albums, etc which are imported into JRiver. It has excellent facilities for editing metadata, providing better resolution album covers and the like and is an interface with which I’m familiar. I have a backup script (using SyncBackPro) which runs in the small wee hours and makes a backup of all newly added albums (not the same as the database backup in JRiver).
Usually once a day another SyncBack Pro script copies all new albums over the network to external drives connected to my hi-if laptop (Windows 10) connected to the laptop via a USB 3 hub, which is located in my music room, also running JRiver which imports those albums in due course, and which I can play using JRemote on my iPad. The laptop is connected to a Chord DAVE, etc. This is an arrangement which I’ve used for a few years now, and it works very well.
If I were to change my hi-if laptop for Roon and the Nucleus plus some issues arise.
(1) I think it’s correct that my existing external drives could connect via the USB hub to one of the USB inputs on the Nucleus and Roon would import all the albums.
(2) I have a lot of albums - about 41,000 – which will far exceed 300,000 files and I understand that it would be wise to ask whomever I purchase the Nucleus Plus from to add a further 8 gigs of memory (16 in total).
(3) I tried Roon about four to five years ago, installed on my laptop. I liked some things but found others problematic, specifically that it overrode the metadata tags so that a significant number of albums came out wrong after the import. As I mentioned, I check and edit these on JRiver up in my study before transferring the files to the external drives downstairs and I want to keep the metadata details – all standard tags. I have quite a few albums that are not commercially available, such as off-air recordings and vinyl rips of albums that never made it to CD. Roon made its own (incorrect) interpretation of what some these were which was rather annoying. There are enough for me not to want to have to edit the details again using Roon – I would like it to leave them alone.
(4) I would like to retain my current system of using JRiver on my study PC to edit metadata before using a script to transfer them over the network to the external drives attached to the Nucleus. Alternatively, I would be prepared to install Roon on my study PC in place of JRiver (would I need an additional licence?), import and edit all new files using Roon and then transfer them to the Nucleus drives over the network with a script. I appreciate that were I to do that there would be no “mismanagement” issues with new albums, but it’s more my existing, large collection that concerns me.
Apologies for the length of this post but Roon and Nucleus plus would be a substantial investment and I want to make sure I can accommodate the above.