Classic music tricks?


#1

Hello,
Recently I installed my PMS and start moving things to it. I have near no problems with Movies and TV series, music is another thing, mainly multi disc and classical ones.
I have read the FAQs and searched for posts about it to get an idea on how people does it.
As I use a headless linux server I installed and learned how to use beets for better tagging and naming folders for music.
Below is a capture from the Enya “Only Time: The Collection” once tagged and put on the music library.
The path beets generated is Music - OST/Enya/Only Time_ The Collection/Only Time_ The Collection Disc-01 -/01 Watermark.mp3
The tags Plex sees for AlbumArtist and Artist are both Enya and the album name is Only Time: The Collection, the songs have the correct disc and track number.
Local media assets are first on Artist and Album agents, use metadata is checked and all last.fm options disabled. As you see I got a long list of the tracks in the album but don’t get any “separator”

Is this normal? I have seen captures on posts where there are “Disc 1”, space, tracks, space “Disc 2”, and so on.

Using Enya again I used another approach for the album A Box of Dreams (3 discs), here each disc has a name and I made beets do this path Music - OST/Enya/A Box Of Dreams/A Box Of Dreams - Clouds/01 Watermark.mp3 and get three separated albums, one for each disk.

What I want to get is something similar to the season on TV series, an album entry on Enya, say A Box of Dreams, and then inside each disc individually. Can this be done? Any trick on path or tagging I can use for that? This Enya albums are not a problem in any of the two ways, but when I add things like a full set of works on a classical composer that will be hard.
If it can’t be done I will use the second way for the classical full works and the first for modern 2 - 3 cds per album works.
Can some one share his way to order classical music?
Thanks.


#2

The multi disc set exploded several versions ago. They’re either 1) still picking up the pieces, or 2) have decided this is the new ‘feature’.

You can basically make anything work:

Given enough fiddle time and MP3Tag anything is possible:

Plex snatched that cover art from last.fm, after I told it I liked it better than the one I have embedded.

Where there is a will - there is a way.

:slight_smile:


#3

@JuiceWSA said:
The multi disc set exploded several versions ago. They’re either 1) still picking up the pieces, or 2) have decided this is the new ‘feature’.

You can basically make anything work:
https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1346348/#Comment_1346348

Given enough fiddle time and MP3Tag anything is possible:

Plex snatched that cover art from last.fm, after I told it I liked it better than the one I have embedded.

Where there is a will - there is a way.

:slight_smile:

Interesting thread but sorry, I don’t get how to use it, the examples are for making a fake album. More or less is what I did with the “A Box of Dreams” on my post.
As I see it, what I need is an album made of albums¿?
How can I fake “A Box of Dreams” that has inside The three CDs? If the album is “A Box of Dreams” then I get a list like the second one, thats a pain in a Schubert complete works (40 cd), Bach (171).
Thats why I tag Album as “Album CD-xxx”, I can see on the label whats inside the cd.
Music - OST/Franz Schubert/The Masterworks/ and then this list:

The problem now is that Schubert, as Plex presents it, will be a long list of The Complete Works CD-xxx, I have several other Schubert albums for different interpreters, Thats why I try to “collapse” The Masterworks as a single one, but don’t see how.


#4

You may have to make three fake albums.

There's only so much you can make Plex do - and many have the same issues you do with Classical Music. It's up to you to 'invent' the best way to deal with it.

Others may have tips in the classical music area that could suit you.