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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Using TagScanner to fix up CD rips with no title /album /artist information

TagScanner is an incredible useful program for fixing up MP3 information, including title, album, and artist, among other items. What's even better, it can even build up information from a bad CD rip, like when you ripped a CD with no Internet connection, so you got "unknown album" "no title" "unknown artist", and so on. Let me show you how to do that.

Prerequisite: you will need to download and install TagScanner first, of course. As of this writing, the latest version is 5.0.525

This is TagScanner's main screen. 

We need to fix up the tags first, so go into Tag Processor by clicking on the TAG Processor tab.

Select the directory that contains the badly ripped album with the bottom dialog. Click on the folder icon to browse, then select the right-arrow to read the directory. If that is your main music directory, hit the + button so the path will be saved in the drop-down.

Now select the ENTIRE album with the bad rip in the left half. In this sample screen, that'd be the bottom one. Though yours will likely have more songs in it, like 8-12 songs. Make sure the upper right corner, "disc" is set to 2, which means the track number is 2 digits (09 instead of just 9).

Select the choice on the right side to look up the entire album via FreeDB or

Once you got the disc ID, the album, artist, and song titles should be populated automatically.

Now go to "Music Renamer" tab. Then on the right select a filename "mask" (or format). I usually use %track% %artist% - %title% for the actual files, and use %artist% - %album% for the subdirectory.

Now hit "Preview..." in lower right to test the action. if you are satisfied, hit "rename" to commit the changes. Else, play with the tags on individual files to correct any typos.

If you don't like the format of the filename, edit your own in the mask patterns. Remember to "save it" if you want to recall them later (usually to reuse, or re-edit).