A 12,000 album library is, well, yuge.
“Congrats,” (he muttered enviously)
Roon is like all software done well: it is everything that is promised in its advertising but not exactly what one thought one was buying. In your case, you have an obvious commitment to your music library and have developed your own way of interacting with it. But since my library was much, much smaller when I started to use Roon, my ‘paradigm shift’ was a lot less. Keep this in mind, Roon changes how you view your library. Perhaps the bigger the library, the more one has to ‘move back’ to gain perspective on its entirety.
I still use iTunes to manage my library (importing, keeping album tracks together, art etc.) I use Roon to listen and learn more about the music and artists and how they are connected. I still run into occasional blips and deadends with Roon but none of them involve more than me reminding myself of the change in perspective. This forum aids that change because I can read about others who are experiencing the same change.
Good luck with this and don’t lose faith. Things are never as bad as they seem and often end up better than expected. There are many, many helpful contributors on the Roon Community Forum so don’t be afraid to share more info about your library and setup. The ‘official’ Roon guys have shown me far more patience and courtesy than I’ve deserved at times so don’t mistake a chastening or sharp elbow as originating from Roon.
I’m going back to listening to Orthophonic Joy via Tidal. I just added it to my library along with yesterday’s new releases of Margo Price’s Midwest’s Farmer’s Daughter and Magnificat Scattered Ashes (Easter weekend, ya know).
Get through the slog part and let us know how you’re doing!!