Wednesday 13 February 2013

detecting mp3 album tracklist and cover art with taghycardia

For the users of taghycardia who find the program's internal mass tag editor undocumented, here's how to use the feature to clarify metadata for an album with messy tags. First, we point the program to the album using the "[. . .]" button at the top, then press Go button:

To run the internal editor, double click on the folder path (in this case - D:\mymp3downloads\Inner Conflict). The editor shows up:

As you can see, the tracks in fact have no titles, and the track numbers are a mess. In addition, the Album field is empty. Let's try to correct all of this using the Mass edit tags button.

Press to try detecting the release.

Taghycardia has detected the release successfully, so we press Ok.

Now, we are able to get cover art for the release. Press Get Art button.

The art is loaded. Now, for track titles. Pressing the Get tracklist button.

Taghycardia offers the track list for the release complete with track numbers. Note that the program performs fuzzy match: for the selected track, it chose the correct track list item despite the typo in the file name. Everything seems Ok, so we press Use.

Now we have the right track titles and numbers, as well as the cover art. Press Apply Changes to write the modifications physically into the tags and then Close to close the editor.

Note that the program has removed the changes scheduled for the folder as we had made some modifications manually. Let's try rescanning the folder to see if it has any other tag errors left. To do that, press Go button. Now everything looks good, all mp3s in the folder have Album and Artist, as well as track numbers. As I have configured the program to rename folders and add track numbers to filenames, it schedules that for the album, so I press Apply Changes to perform the operations. Now the album is thoroughly tagged complete with embedded cover art.

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