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Thread: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

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    Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    Im using Asset/QNAP with the Naim App. I also have Yate installed on my Mac.
    Struggling with tagging. I have Asset set to Smart Mode but all "The" Artists sort under T. If I change the artist to say Beach Boys or Beach Boys,The manually with Yate then it will sort under B but when I'm playing the album it won't show me other albums via Tidal because it has be The Beach Boys. So I need it to do what Smart mode was meant to do but doesn't seem to be working. I'm obviously doing something wrong or have a wrong setting.

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    Da Man
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    Re: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    You might have 'Artist Sort' tags in the files.

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    Re: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    Thanks for the reply Spoon,but Im not sure I know what that means

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    Re: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    There can be two different tags in an Audio file:

    1.) Artist tag

    This is the one which is usually used to display the name of the artist. In your example it could be "The Beach Boys".

    2.) Artist sort tag

    This tag can be used be players to sort the artists and it can be different to the artist tag. In your example it could be "Beach Boys, The", to find this artist under "B".

    So please have a look at your audio files and their tagging.


    Dat Ei

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    Re: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    Does that mean that I shouldn't have any sort tags on any albums in order for Smart mode to work as it should and let the artist still be The Beach Boys but sorted under "B" ?

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    Re: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    Sorry, I don't use Asset, but why don't you do just a quick test? Check if that album has "artist sort tags". If not, just add those tags and see what happens after a rescan.


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    Re: Artist and Album handling Smart Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by jsaudio View Post
    Does that mean that I shouldn't have any sort tags on any albums in order for Smart mode to work as it should and let the artist still be The Beach Boys but sorted under "B" ?
    Probably. If your tags are not consistent, you will get unpredictable results. Either, use sort tags or do not use them at all. Personally, I do NOT use Smart mode and use sort tags. This works well in Asset and the sort tags are also available for other server/player software.

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