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Thread: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

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    Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    I started out and used EAC to rip all (I thought) our CDs to FLAC then used dMC to convert (duplicate) to mp3. I like dbpwramp and would like to stay with it for both ripping and converting....I've now found lots more CDs my wife/kids had stashed to rip to FLAC and then to mp3 so now I'm trying to replicate my current file structure. I organized my folders alphabetically using a 'grouped' alpha such as 'A-B', 'C-D',... 'PQR', 'U-Z' and 'zChristmas'. With EAC it would ask me my top folder and then build the Artist/Album/files structure from there....will CD Ripper handle this somehow? In my testing I currently am using the Default Naming convention (with minor tweeks) so I'm happy with that just would like the 'grouped alpha' structure.

    Thanks
    Ron

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    Re: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    I'm not sure if dbpa can use that type of organization, but it can be done with mediamonkey using an auto-organize mask of <album artist@3> or <artist@3> etc. You can substitute any supported field and any number of characters. I use <album artist@1> myself.

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    Re: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    Add:

    [GRAB]1,1,[artist][]\

    To the front of the naming string (you could expand it like the default naming to use album artist if present, or artist:

    [GRAB]1,1,[IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[artist][][]\

    (you need Refernce to do the above)

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    Re: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon View Post
    Add:

    [GRAB]1,1,[artist][]\

    To the front of the naming string (you could expand it like the default naming to use album artist if present, or artist:

    [GRAB]1,1,[IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[artist][][]\

    (you need Refernce to do the above)
    I see how that code will place the album in it's own single alpha folder but I'd like to put Al Jarreau and the Beatles in the same 'A-B' folder, same with Peter Frampton, Queen and Ray Charles in the 'PQR' folder ....is that an option or is my best bet to rip and manually move them to the grouped folder afterwards.

    Thanks
    Ron

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    Re: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    I don't think there is any program that will allow arbitrary size groups, at least not without specifying each individual group for all letters.

    Using the above mediamonkey mask, it works only on consistent group..

    ie <album artist@3> gives groups:

    0-9
    abc
    def

    <album artist@2> would be
    0-9
    ab
    cd
    ef

    and so on.

    MM can also ignore "The" and other user definable articles (DJ, Dr.) etc, which when used with the above masks would give put The Beatles in the B folder.

    To have 2 letters in one group and 3 letters in another group, you would have to have all letters and numbers defined to go the specified folder.. which would make a huge un-weildy mask to deal with, if even any program could handle the length required for such a string.

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    Re: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    It is not easy to put in A-B folder, it is possible with:

    [IFEQUALS]artist,A[GRAB]2,,[artist][],A-B[][IFEQUALS]artist,B[GRAB]2,,[artist][],A-B[]\
    (that is just for A and B)

    But you have to write every letter combination, and lowercase also and I am not sure naming would work with such a huge string.

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    Re: Filing files in Grouped Alpha Folders (ie 'A-B' or 'PQR')

    My suggestion is to ignore the 3 or 5 letter directories at first. Rip using the artist name, then after a while just use windows explorer to grab all the A B & C artists and drag them into the correct folder. This should only take a minute or two, no matter how many cds you had ripped.

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