I want to expand my listening experience from the Naim Uniti Core to all four of my stereo systems, Living Room, TV Room and both Windows Computers. So I decided to move to Roon, which also offers seamless access to the use of Qobuz or Tidal and Internet Radio. I quickly learned that Roon cannot process my Naim generated WAV files because they are proprietary to Naim (oh no!). I had heard that Song Kong could rescue me, but it turns out it doesn’t work with the output of the Uniti Core, though it does work with UnitiServe (oh no!). Not only that but the way the UnitiServe’s metadata file is organized is different from the way the Uniti Core’s metadata is organized so revising SongKong to handle UnitiCore’s version of WAV is a big job.
So Roon was greatly handicapped when presented with my 3 Tb of music files, not having access to my meticulously edited metadata, and the result is a major mess. Nearly every album will need editing.
I hope some of you using Roon can help answer some of my Roon questions so that the editing may proceed wisely.
I have the Roon Core on my Windows 10 Professional, Core i7 computer and I am using the iPad Air as controller
Restating the situation:
I just sent my 3 Tb music collection, almost all opera and classical, to Roon. It was originally ripped and processed by the Naim Uniti Core as WAV. UNFORTUNATELY, Naim uses a proprietary version of WAV which is unreadable by Roon. It is also unreadable by SongKong, which I had wrongly counted on to interpret Naim’s otherwise unreadable WAV metadata, because SongKong supports only thr UnitiServe. That is most unfortunate because my heavily curated music file metadata is rendered unuseable and Roon has less than its usual information to recognize and interpret my music. It has created a LOT of editing for me, almost every single album must be edited. I need some help in understanding Roon so I can do smart editing.
Problem 1: Roon doesn’t add artist data to a majority of my albums. In those cases it uses a category called “Various Artists”. As soon as I start editing to add artists to an album, the “Various Artists” field becomes irrelevant. I want to delete this field (or override it with an artist), when I “add an artist”. but “Various Artists” remains as though it is one of the artists.
How do I delete that now irrelevant entry?
Problem 2: Roon fails to handle multi-disc albums properly in many cases. It is supposed to combine them under one album cover. But often it doesn’t bundle multiple,disc albums together. Instead it displays two identical album covers side by side. Occasionally, the additional discs are so widely separated in the display I can’t always find the other discs.
How do I edit these albums so they are properly combined?
Problem 3: Is there a field for Conductor? I can’t seem to find it, so I have been adding the conductor as another Artist.
Where is the field for Conductor?
Problem 4: Naim has a reduced feature set compared to Roon. Therefore I found it convenient to force the display of my albums in alphabetical order. In order to do that I had to manipulate the Title field. All my music with a composer is edited as follows in the Title field:
Composer surname: Album title (usually the composition)
eg. Puccini: Madame Butterfly
Or Verdi: La Traviata
Or Korngold: Violin Concerto No 1
Alternatively, for albums devoted to an artist I would edit the Title field like this:
Artist First Name Last Name: Album Title
eg: Joan Sutherland: Coloratura Spectacular
or: Gino d’Auri: Flamenco Mystico
The result was an almost perfectly alphabetized collection under “Album Display”. I would like to continue to use the Title field in this way in Roon.
Is there any downside to using Roon’s Title field the same way as I used Naim’s Title field?
This is related to Problem 4.
I also have some music in AIFF format and some music in FLAC format contributed from various sources. Frequently the Title field will display this way:
Composer First Name Last Name: Composition
This is in contrast to my convention which uses the composer’s Last Name only.
Does Roon have a preference for displaying composer? Does it use First and Laat Name!p? Or just Last Name?