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Thread: Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

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    Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

    Sorry of this is a bit of a noob question.

    I am testing our the config before I rip all my cd's through batch ripper, and one thing I have problems with is album artist.

    If I put a single artist CD in (eg, AC/DC) then the album artist tag is filled with AC/DC. If I put a compilation cd in, (eg The Disco Album) then the album artist tag is not filled in at all. I would like it filled as Various Artists, am I missing a setting here??

    jar_uk1
    aka John

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    Re: Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

    For compilation CDs having no album artist is correct, there is no single artist and the 'compilation' tag will tell the player there are multiple artists.

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    Re: Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon View Post
    For compilation CDs having no album artist is correct, there is no single artist and the 'compilation' tag will tell the player there are multiple artists.
    Thanks for the response, it may be that my understanding is wrong, I wanted to fill in a various artists tag as from memory that is what I had to do to get the albums to sort correctly in Windows media Centre, otherwise I get them sorted by "unknown artist" (I view albums by artist which I believe uses the Album artist tag)

    Is it possible to have a compilation tag the album artist as "various" or various artists"? Or is this not possible/not desirable or simply a silly thing for me to want to do.

    I also wanted to sort albums so that all the compilations were in a folder marked "various artists" and through that the album artist was the best way to do, it, if not then can I do this by looking for the compilation tag? or will this put "greatest hits" albums in that folder?

    jar_uk1

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    Re: Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

    Batch Ripper allows you to script the tagging, so you can set something like

    IF Album Artist=
    SET Album Artist=Various Artists

    See the Batch Ripper help file on how to do this.

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    Re: Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

    Sorry it has been a while but thanks for the earlier reply.

    I have some other albums and one compilation at least has compilation tag filled, but album artist is filled in as the song artist.

    Would it be better to use the compilation tag to set various artists as the album artist? I tried, but I am obviously have not got the syntax right.

    I tried...

    IF COMP=[string]
    SET Album Artist=Various Artists

    Could someone correct my syntax please?

    thanks

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    Re: Album Artist not filled if various artists is expected as album artist?

    If Comp=1

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