For quite a while now I have been ripping my CD collection using dBpoweramp 14.4. When I rip I encode twice, creating one FLAC and one mp3 album. Allâ€™s going well with thatâ€¦
But I also have a fairly large library of stuff I have downloaded, recorded, etc etc. (letâ€™s call that the random collection) and I now want to integrate this into the FLAC and mp3 libraries (from ripped CDs). The random collection is a mixture of FLACs, and mp3s of various quality. I want each album to end up in both the main/parent FLAC and mp3 libraries (created form the rips), even if that means having duplications. All FLACs and high quality mp3s will need to be converted to mp3 â€“v4 for the mp3 folder. Lower quality mp3s wonâ€™t need converting, but I still want a copy in both parent directories. Hope that makes sense!
I have finished tagging all of the audio in the random collection, but thereâ€™s more work to be done and Iâ€™m a bit stuck on how best to go about it. I'm not even sure what software (or which of the DBPA programmes) to use. I wondered whether any kind souls might be able to help with any of the points below. Even if you can only answer one or two it would be a massive help.
I want to change all of the folder and filenames in the random collection so that they match the same format as the rips Iâ€™ve done. I have a naming â€œscriptâ€ (Output Location â€“ Dynamic) which I use in DBPA when ripping, if that would help?
I use ReplayGain and so want to apply this to all of the files (to the same spec/settings as the rips Iâ€™ve done). How?
When ripping CDs, DBPA replaces characters that are restricted in Windows to ones that are allowed. Iâ€™m guessing Iâ€™ll need to do this for the random collection tooâ€¦ Iâ€™m just not sure how.
Iâ€™ve downloaded artwork for the random collection but at the moment all the jpegs are sat in one folder. I donâ€™t embed artwork; I just have a â€œcoverâ€.jpg in each album folder. Will I have to sort this manually for every album or is there a way to do it quickly and easily?
When I rip CDs, there are two different features that I have for the mp3s only. A) I have the track number added to the start of each song title tag. B) I have the artwork reduced to 320 x 320 (and no larger than 50kb). How can I get this done?
Some tracks have iTunes tags such as iTunes_CDDB_IDs, iTunNORM, iTunSMPB (there may be moreâ€¦). Do I need to get rid of them, and if so - how (preferably all in one go)? Iâ€™m just worried that they might cause conflicts or problems.
Sorry for the length of the post and the amount of questions. Like I said above, any help would be fantastic, no matter how little.