Can i say that tags/metadata in Roon are driving me crazy? I don’t really understand the tag logic in Roon, and as far as I can see it’s not explained. So, some questions:
- As I can see in “Roon - File Tag Best Practice” it seems that Roon does not read the ARTIST tag but only ALBUMARTIST (multiple). Is that correct? WHY? It seems quite unusual…
I get A LOT of inconsistent situations:
Situation 1: two artist (tagged both as ALBUMARTIST and ARTIST, recognized with no problem as primary artists
Situation 2, identical as the previous one (same tags structure) but only one primary artist recognized.
it seems that 2 of 3 artists are recognized as performers and not artists? Is that correct?
BUT, the 2 artists ARE main artists of other albums (and of this one). And so? I don’t undestand.
Situation 3: I have only one artist (identical ALBUMARTIST, ARTIST, BAND tag), and none of them is accepted, and album is associated to Various artists.
In this case, it seems “Academy etcetc” cannot be a primary artist? Maybe in roon, but in my tag setup it is a primary artist…
NOTE: in the 3 situations, my settings are to prefer file tags (artist, album and so on) over roon metadata. So, really, I don’t understand what’s going on.
Finally, situation 4: in general, I undestand that roon treats artists and composer at a different level (i don’t like this, but anyway, it’s ok). So looking to Ornette Coleman I get a list of albums as a performer, or a list of compositions as a composer (but i would like the option to see for composer also a list of albums with tracks of that composer: the composition list is appropriate for classical music i guess, but not in general…).
But looking at J.S. Bach I obtain in the performer list albums like this one:
in which it seems that Roon has recognized Bach as a main artist (and why is it on a second line below pepe romero?). in my tags (every album) Bach is never an artist/performer, but it’s always tagged as a composer. and then? in some albums it’s recognized just as a composer, in others (like this one) also as performer. no difference in tags structure. i can only notice that in this album Bach is the only composer. But i also have TONS of albums with composer=Mozart that are randomly recognized as primary artist=mozart or primary artist=various artists (like the one in situation 3). Even though in my file there is alway a precise ALBUMARTIST tag.
situation five: three albums, same album but different versions, files tagged in exactly the same way (albumartist=stevie ray vaughan and double truble), two different results:
In one case roon’s main artist is SRV, in the other one is SRV & double truble. i say, tags are identical. besides, i have asked to prefer file tags.
result, my library is A MESS.
one more observation: Roon is not a new thing on the market. there are people with thousands albums tagged properly for other softwares, and i think that if you want them to migrate to roon… you should give proper and correct informations. the descriptions in “Roon - File Tag Best Practice” is far from being sufficient. just to evaluate if roon is ok for me, if i want to try to correct some tags levels of my files to get a better result in roon, or if this job is so devastating that i give up immediately.