I use tags for all kinds of personal info about albums, artists, and tracks if a playlist or Focus query is not the right tool. For instance:
Certain topics that are not exactly genres (e.g. albums by other artists that refer to my favorite band somehow)
Friend who recommended an album
Friend to whom I gifted an album
Book where I learned about an album
CD/Vinyl/Box if I have it physically
Special album attributes like limited editions, tour-only releases, autographed
Album covers I like, hate, or that belong to certain topics
Artists that I have seen live, and specific circumstances (e.g. on vacation in NYC, etc)
Some Roon housekeeping info, e.g., tracks of specific favorite artists that are missing the composition attribute in Roon (so that I can clean it up if this ever gets fixed)
I use tags of all kinds also. I could use Focus to achieve the same results, but this is lot quicker for me.
Acoustic Super HiRez
Only Rock’N Roll
Blu Ray 2-Channel
Blu Ray 5.1-Channel
FLAC Rips - 24 Bit
WAV Rips - 16 Bit
WAV Rips - 24 Bit
WAV Rips - 32 Bit
I started tagging groups of albums to overcome deficiencies in the Roon search engine/metadata and to group types of albums together for ease of browsing. Tags are also useful for identifying remastered version where Roon hasn’t done so. As examples, I have tags for the following:
Christmas (albums are added in November, so are easy to tag in one go)
Compilations by Decade
Box Sets &Specific Remasters.
I have a lot of tags, I guess I use them to group random albums or playlists (recommendations, piano, etc) or to subgroup from a group (lets say I use Naxos to group all my albums but I want only some of them and I cannot find the right filter)
I don’t use tagging extensively, but I have two different tags. One is for local files of which I only have 42 files. I know I could also find them by using Focus and “not Tidal” and “not Qobuz,” but this seems easier once the tags are in place.
My second use is to find album links in my Roon library that exist in Tidal or Qobuz, but not both. When I add an album link, I always use Versions to find the best version in both Tidal and Qobuz and add both. If it doesn’t exist in one or the other, I tag it “No Match” and check all those about every 10 days to see if they have been added in the other service.
(Torben - A Dane living in Hamburg - Roon Lifer)
I use Tags to identify particular affects or moods I’d like to create, like:
Christmas Jazz piano
Nathan string quartets
Typically I’ll use the tag to quickly find a particular album to play, or simply shuffle the whole thing. I find tags easy to implement, and my family uses Tags most of the time.
I use Playlists to define a static list of content, for example the J.S. Bach cantatas for a particular Sunday, where I will load the playlist and simply hit “play” from the beginning.
I use Genre typically to group (Classical) albums into centuries for more convenient browsing, like so:
12th C Notre Dame
17th C instrumental
I organize these under the Classical genre, of course, and this seems to work well for my use case. My medium sized local library (I think 80k or 90k tracks) is relatively diverse from a chronological perspective (because of my musical training and professional experience), so the customary labels (mediaeval, renaissance, baroque and so forth) are far too broad to be useful.
I have had discussions with people about why I should use the Period tag instead, but my argument against that is that Period is not exposed in the Roon gui (although using Focus and a bookmark is straightforward). And, more importantly when playing the files using other music applications (iTunes on iPhone playing local content for example) Genre is part of the normal gui for search and sorting.
albums source (CD rip? HDTracks purchase? Custom compilation?
albums with identified quality deficiencies (transcoded/upscaled/upsampled)
tracks with known sonic artifacts or anomalies (clipping, pops, …)
tracks suitable for gear testing
It’s worth noting that I have my library pretty polished (custom genres for each artist, custom ratings for all albums, basic metadata like country or year filled everywhere, …) and use Focus/Bookmarks heavily, therefore only go for tags when there is no other way.
I use tags to group albums from a box set or series, e.g. “Beethoven Sonatas,” “Decca Sound: The Analog Years.”
I do notice a lot of folks here using tags for things that are easily accomplished in other ways, especially through the use of Focus and Bookmarks:
Identifying local library vs Qobuz or Tidal: go to Focus>Storage Locations. For faster access bookmark the locations.
Finding DSD: Focus>Sample Rate or Focus>Bit Depth. Again, bookmark any selection you’d like to revisit with fewer clicks.
The combination of Focus, and then bookmarking the focus selections you’d like to visit frequently, is a powerful tool.