Have done a search, and I'm sure it's covered, but I haven't found a step by step for a newbie like me. I have my music tagged, but would like to add SORTARTIST to flac files. Can someone please explain exactly what steps to follow to add this so "Eric Clapton" shows as "Clapton, Eric", etc?
I will give that a shot. Is there a tutorial or 'for idiots' guide for this anywhere I can link to? I truly appreciate the help, but if there's a guide I might not have to ask as much (or maybe more as I'm learning...)
I prefer: 'Joe, Billy & John, Elton
I have tried to understand the regular expressions language, but for me it is like Chinese .
What is the action for this ?
Maybe "newbie" fphredd knows allready the answer?
MusicBrainz tried to make a standard for the Artist Sort Name for Artist Names. http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Sortname_Style
"# For artist names that are regular names, the sort name will be "Last Name, First Name".
"Eric Clapton" 's sort name is "Clapton, Eric".
For artist names that are ficticious names, the sort name is the same as the artist name.
For artist names that start with "The", that word is treated as is it were a first name of a regular name.
"The Beatles" have sort name "Beatles, The".
Non-english articles like La, El, Los and Le are treated as the English article "The".
"Los Lobos" have sort name "Lobos, Los".
For artist names that start with a title like "Dr.", "DJ" or "MC", that title is treated as is it were a first name of a regular name.
"DJ Tiësto" has sort name "Tiësto, DJ".
For artist names that end with a title like "Jr." or "Sr.", that title is always put at the end of the sort name, preceded by ", ".
"Harry Connick, Jr." has sort name "Connick, Harry, Jr.".
For artist names with a nickname between the first name and last name, the nickname is treated as if it's part of the first name of the artist.
"Jean 'Toots' Thielemans" has sort name "Thielemans, Jean 'Toots'". "
etc. etc. etc.
I agree with you that it is almost impossible to write an automatic action for all these rules.
MusicBrainz does it about as good as possible, but to be honest I personally gave up on doing artistsorts and now my Eric Clapton is under "E" and my Jethro Tull is under "J" and I don't worry about it and just listen to the music...
At least my music player is smart enough to auto-strip out "The"s, but I'm not sure what it would do with the band "The The"
Me too prefer to listen to music, but while I am listning I can do the Artistsorting as good as possible.
I have the Artistsort now well, but is was a great job and it need always attention when you rip.
But you are right, you do not have to do it.
And if you don' do it , it saves you a lot of time .............