Multi-disc albums

J. Allen Crider software-eng at
Mon Oct 18 14:55:59 BST 2021

I just started using the import from audio files and I find it useful 
because I have a lot of CDs that Tellico won't import from the CD and 
now that I've discovered import from audio files, I find it easier than 
entering all the information manually twice, once to rip the disc and a 
second time to enter the disc in Tellico.  I also like the fact that if 
I have made changes to titles, artist name(s), etc. before ripping, 
Tellico will use those changes rather than what it finds in cddb.

I've used lots of different players over the years, and found that some 
use the track numbers while others use the file names, and I just got a 
new receiver with a USB port for my SUV, and I've discovered it ignores 
both and plays files in the order in which they were written to a USB 
drive.  So the additional step I normally use with multi-disc sets is 
using Kid3 to change the track numbers and file names after ripping any 
disc other than the first.  However, if someone wants to get the extra 
track listing in Tellico that I discovered yesterday, it is better not 
to change the track number before importing to Tellico because Tellico 
will insert blank tracks into the extra listings which is probably not 


On 10/18/21 7:21 AM, Bill Gee wrote:
> Very interesting!  I use SoundKonverter for all CD ripping.  The inclusion of disc number and total discs is part of the reason I use it.  The other is that it can run replay gain calculations at the end of a rip.
> The main thing I do different from Allen is that I put each disc of a multi-disc set in its own subdirectory.  Otherwise mpd gets confused about which tracks belong to which disc.    It ignores the disc and track number fields, playing the tracks in sequence by their filename.  I also do not import to Tellico from the audio files.  I import straight from the CD.  Next time I add to my collection, I will have to try Allen's workflow.
> ========
> Bill Gee
> On Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:20:07 PM CDT J. Allen Crider wrote:
>> Quite by accident today, I discovered something that might interest you.
>>    For reasons I won't go into, I installed SoundKonverter and used it to
>> rip several CDs, including a 2 disc set.  It has two settings that K3b
>> does not have, Disc no. ? of ?. If one of these is not 1, it will add
>> "Disc Number", "Total Discs", and "Total Tracks" to the attributes in
>> Tag 2.  I suspect "Disc Number" is the critical attribute, because I
>> made a mistake and forgot to chance the settings on the first disc.
>> After ripping both discs to the same directory using the same album
>> title, I used "Import Audio File Metadata..." to import the album into
>> Tellico.  Tellico created a second track list labelled "Tracks (2)" for
>> the second album.  This list showed up on a separate tab in the album
>> editor and it showed up as a second list in the viewer.  It probably
>> wouldn't be very useful for information downloaded from musicbrainz or
>> discogs, but it might help with albums that have been ripped from CD.
>> Allen
>> On 10/17/21 3:29 PM, Jared wrote:
>>> On 10/17/21 1:07 PM, Robby Stephenson wrote:
>>>> Since the basic lookup dialog doesn't (yet) have a way to add a
>>>> complex query that includes separate fields like year or artist, your
>>>> approach of creating a basic entry and then updating does actually
>>>> execute a better search. Discogs can use artist, release, and year
>>>> while Musicbrainz can use artist and release. Both of them also can
>>>> lookup via barcode if you have a field with that information.
>>> One more search tip to share - for discogs, tellico let's you search by
>>> keyword.  I've found that, if you have the physical disc or case handy,
>>> searching for the catalog number as the keyword usually returns a good,
>>> narrow selection of results.  That's my current preferred method so
>>> far.  Obviously that's not much help if you don't have the discs handy,
>>> but I'm also using this as an opportunity to review my discs as well,
>>> mark which may have gone missing or were stolen, etc.So, taking a while,
>>> but going to have a really good catalog at the end.

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