Hi there, I’m new to Beets
…so new in fact I haven’t imported anything yet (because I want to get it just right … for my definition or what ‘right’ is anyway)
I have a multi-layered library (or a library with sub-libraries if you will) where I separate music I’ve ripped myself from music that I have acquired from various other sources, with each bulk source having it’s own set of sub-folders for Artist releases, Compilations, OSTs and Loose Tracks etc.
Folder PATH listing for volume A-Name Volume serial number is 1234-ABCD X:. +---Artists | +---Albumartist | | +---[Year] Album // I like to have albums in chronological order | | | ---01 - Title.ext | | | ... | | +---[Year] Album [EP] // I also like to mark some release types | | | ... | | +---[Year] Multi-Disc Album | | | ... | | | ---02-01 - Title.ext | | | ... ... +---Compilations | +---Album | | ---01 - Artist - Title.ext ... +---Incomplete Albums | +---Album with Missing Tracks | | ---01 - Real Track.mp3 | | ---02 - Missing Track.txt // I would like to have place-holder files for missing tracks ... +---Loose Tracks // I will restructure this to use artist folders | ---Artist - Album - 01 - Title.ext | ---Artist - Title.ext ... +---OSTs | +---Soundtrack Album // single artist or composer | | ---01 - Title.ext | +---Another Soundtrack Album // multiple artists or composers | | ---01 - Artist - Title.ext ... +---Unknown Albums | +---Album with no Meta-data | | ---01 - Track is numbered and named.ext | | ... | +---Album with no Labels | | ---Track01.ext | | ... | +---Mislabelled and Confused Album | | ---First line of the song lyrics.ext | | ---Track labels do not match meta-data.ext | | ---Someone guessed at the artist based on their sound.ext | | ---Obscure cover version__maybe.ext ... \---Unsorted Albums // Perhaps better though of as un-imported +---Untidy Album | ... +---Unlabelled Album | ... +---Untagged Album | ... +---Possibly Incomplete Album | ... +---Random Music Files in a Folder | +---With Random Sub-Folders | | ---And more random tracks | ...
So this is the kind of structure within each sub-library, with a separate sub-library for (for example):
- My Music
- My Brother’s Music
- Music I Downloaded
- Music my roommate gave me years ago when I was living in Mallorca and I still haven’t got around to sorting out yet
What I was wondering is, would it be possible to create a separate
library.db file (and possibly
config.yaml ) under each sub-library and assign these explicitly on the command-line when I invoke Beets?
…Maybe I could even create a batch file to do this more simply?
Just to clear up a couple of other little things…
- When Beets imports files that are already well tagged (i.e. with Picard) will it still do it’s own look-up and overwrite existing tags in the files?
- Does an ‘as is’ import just skip the look-up but still copy/move the files?
- Does an ‘as is’ import check for files existing tags and apply those in to the database?
- Can Beets automatically generate a playlist file for each album it imports?
I apologise if any of the answers to these little questions are covered in the docs, I have read through a lot of it but I don’t think much of it has stuck