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    Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    I've been through every post that I thought would address this issue and I'm probably not smart enough to modify the Naming string to prevent batch rips from overwriting track files. The closest I've come is the string below but it creates a new folder for each track, when I only want a new folder for each CD with no meta data. Can someone help me with this? Thanks.

    [ifequals]artist,Unknown Artist, Unknown Artist[unique]/[][IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[IFCOMP]Various Artists[][IF!COMP][artist][][]\[album]\[track] [artist] - [title]

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    Re: Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    You should use backslashes, not forward slashes for folder seperators.

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    Re: Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    Okay, but that doesn't solve the problem of rips being overwritten when the [album artist] = Unknown Artist. Isn't this a bug in the program? I can't see why someone would want to overwrite.

    Can you please show me how the Naming field needs to be setup (actual code).

    I took the default:

    [IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[IFCOMP]Various Artists[][IF!COMP][artist][][]\[album]\[track] [artist] - [title]

    and I tried incorporating this, which you posted in another thread:

    [IFEQUALS]artist,Unknown Artist,Unknown Artist ([cddb_id)[]

    but I'm not sure where it goes and if anything else needs to be added or removed.

    Thanks

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    Re: Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    Quote Originally Posted by pcascio View Post
    Okay, but that doesn't solve the problem of rips being overwritten when the [album artist] = Unknown Artist. Isn't this a bug in the program? I can't see why someone would want to overwrite.

    Can you please show me how the Naming field needs to be setup (actual code).
    By [album artist] = Unknown Artist, do you mean you are populating the album artist tag with Unknown Artist or do you mean the album artist tag is blank/empty?

    Quote Originally Posted by pcascio View Post
    I took the default:

    [IFVALUE]album artist,[album artist],[IFCOMP]Various Artists[][IF!COMP][artist][][]\[album]\[track] [artist] - [title]

    and I tried incorporating this, which you posted in another thread:

    [IFEQUALS]artist,Unknown Artist,Unknown Artist ([cddb_id)[]

    but I'm not sure where it goes and if anything else needs to be added or removed.

    Thanks
    The [IFEQUALS] function you have given above conatins 3 [ (left square brackets), but only 2 ] (right square brackets). It also refers to artist and not album artist, which you refer to earlier. Is this correct?

    Please can you confirm exactly what you are trying to achieve here. It really isn't clear from these posts, how you want to organize the folder\file structure for your ripped albums.

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    Re: Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    Sure, thanks. I have some CD's that have no metadata, hence Unknown ...

    I want to ensure that each receives its own folder with a unique name so they don't get overwritten. I've struggled with this for hours trying to get it right. Any help would be appreciated.

    Everything else works great and has given my old Bravo II a new life.

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    Re: Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    The easiest way to solve this problem is to simply makeup an album artist and album name when you rip the "unknown artist/album" CD. Then the dynamic naming will create a unique Artist name or album name. (actually, you don't even need a unique artist name....you can use "Unknown Artist" for all the CDs. But you do need a unique ALBUM name, so that all those tracks end up in a separate folder under the "Uknown Artist" folder.

    edit: perhaps you don't realize that when you insert a CD for which metadata is not found, that on the ripping screen you can manually enter any or all metadata *before* the rip begins.

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    Re: Need Naming String to Prevent "Unknown Artist"/No Metadata Rips from Overwriting

    Quote Originally Posted by pcascio View Post
    Sure, thanks. I have some CD's that have no metadata, hence Unknown ...

    I want to ensure that each receives its own folder with a unique name so they don't get overwritten. I've struggled with this for hours trying to get it right. Any help would be appreciated.
    Prior to ripping in CDRipper, manually add the standard tags e.g. artist, title, track number, album, album artist, disc number etc.

    This way you will not get overwrites and it will help with navigating/playing albums in your chosen media player.

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