Your naming convention is not wrong at all, maybe slightly unusual?
I myself would not use a dot in an ALBUM name, not in the tag and not in the file-/foldername (if you plan to later use the ALBUM content for building a file/folderstructure.)
I would write the CD number into the tag DISCNUMBER (for mp3) and not as part of the ALBUM name.
But you can name your files and fill your tags to whatever you like, it's your collection.
If you like, you can show us what you already have tried, maybe we can spot any syntax errors?
You could also use the Action "Guess Values" if all of the albums follow this structure.
Action (Quick): Guess Values
Source format: %album%
Guessing pattern: %album% (CD %discnumber%^%totaldiscs%)
I would filter for all of your multi-disc albums first, this will ensure you only apply this action to those files. Something like this may work if you don't use the ^ character elsewhere: %album% HAS "^"
Thank you very much, LyricsLover, and I do apologise for my brief explanation. I had to cut it short due to local scheduled power blackouts, and cannot use the PC yet.
Just to confirm, there are very numerous multi-disc, pretagged (Mp3tag) albums for which I have previously used the e.g. (CD1^6) naming convention that is described in my original post. The ALBUM fields of those albums are indeed appropriately tagged according to the album name, and the disc number, followed by the total number of discs. In the renaming of these, the pattern has to change, as also described in my first post, using the exact same album name, adding the dot and correct disc number.
I am going to utilise your proposal at the first opportunity to do so.
Would this not remove the (CD %discnumber%^%totaldiscs%) part entirely from the ALBUM tag? Album Name (CD 1^6)
would become Album Name
On the other side, you would fill the DISCNUMBER and TOTALDISCS with the values
1 and 6 for the above example.
It does, but I agree with you that using this info and . characters in the album field aren’t particularly ideal. However once this info has been moved to those fields, you can always use them to rebuild the album names any way you choose.
Thank you very much to you both, LyricsLover and MotleyG, for your suggestions. I have a lot of catching up to do on operations/actions I have already forgotten how to do, therefore I have to figure it out anew. I guess I was putting too much hope on a quick way out.
There are plenty of options to work with. Often the most simple are the best way to go. So try not to overcomplicate things.
This can often lead to making bigger problems later on. So just think about how you really want your library to be managed, then go about migrating what you have now to follow that. There is no "perfect" way to do this, except what works for you.
You have absolutely nailed it, and saved the day for me with your proposed regular expression. Fortunately, too, I did keep the ALBUM tag content consistent over time, as per example shown in the original post. Therefore, applying the action is a cinch.
Thank you, I am very grateful for it, as I am now putting the finishing touches to my music library.