Creating an album

Help for Audacity 2.x.x on Windows.
Forum rules
ImageThis forum is for Audacity 2.x.x on Windows.
Please state which version of Windows you are using,
and the exact three-section version number of Audacity from "Help menu > About Audacity".


Audacity 1.2.x and 1.3.x are obsolete and no longer supported. If you still have those versions, please upgrade at https://www.audacityteam.org/download/.
The old forums for those versions are now closed, but you can still read the archives of the 1.2.x and 1.3.x forums.
Post Reply
tbird60
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Operating System: Windows 7

Creating an album

Post by tbird60 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:14 pm

I'm running Win7 and 2.3.0 and wondering if Audacity has a tool buried somewhere in it's many features that would allow me to encode and save a group of MP3 files as an album. Or if there is some extension or program that anyone can suggest that provides this function?
Thanks!

steve
Site Admin
Posts: 49443
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:43 am
Operating System: Linux *buntu

Re: Creating an album

Post by steve » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:02 pm

The best (most widely compatible) way to group MP3s together as an album, is to create a "playlist". Most audio players provide a means to create a playlist (refer to the documentation of your audio player).
9/10 questions are answered in the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

tbird60
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Operating System: Windows 7

Re: Creating an album

Post by tbird60 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:37 pm

Many thanks Steve! I always hope for a simple solution. :)
Happy holidays to you!

DVDdoug
Forum Crew
Posts: 3726
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:30 pm
Operating System: Windows 10

Re: Creating an album

Post by DVDdoug » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:50 pm

Normally, your player software gets the album information from the embedded metadata (AKA "tags").

Once the files are in your music library (so the player software "knows" about the metadata) you can simply select the album. You don't need to make a playlist to play an album. And with the embedded track numbers, you player can play the songs in original album order or randomly shuffle.

You can also select all of the songs/albums by a particular artist, or all songs of a certain genre so you can easily select & play all of the Christmas songs, or all of the rock songs, etc., without making a playlist.

If you "rip" a CD, the ripping application will usually go online, find all of the information, and automatically tag the MP3 (sometimes not perfectly-correctly or sometimes not in the "style" you like.)

If you already have the MP3s it might be easier to use a special purpose tagging program. I use MP3tag.

Also the Audacity metadata editor doesn't support album artwork, so if you want to embed artwork you'll need to use another application. (Some player software can read an image from the same folder containing the MP3s and that means you only need one copy, instead of embedding the artwork in every file. But, embedded artwork seems to work with every player application.)



------------------------------------------
...A couple of years ago I went through my entire MP3 library and entered/corrected the original release year (except for the obscure ones I couldn't find). The automatic database will usually give the release year for the whole CD which could be "incorrect" for compilation CDs, or for songs that were originally released on vinyl. So for example, if I want to play songs from the early 60's I can do that.

If you have an Apple device (or iTunes) you can automatically make a smart playlist from various metadata... I have a "rock and popular" playlist and I have a 1960-1965 playlist that excludes Christmas music, plus some other smart playlists by-decade, etc. If I add a new song/album to the iTunes library it automatically gets added to any appropriate smart playlists.

tbird60
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Operating System: Windows 7

Re: Creating an album

Post by tbird60 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:27 am

What I have are a collection of garage band MP3 files with obviously no associated artwork or metadata. I simply want to create discrete album structures with enough metadata to allow me to play the collections as track 1, track 2 etc and allow random access. That would do me just fine.

DVDdoug
Forum Crew
Posts: 3726
Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:30 pm
Operating System: Windows 10

Re: Creating an album

Post by DVDdoug » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:35 am

I simply want to create discrete album structures with enough metadata to allow me to play the collections as track 1, track 2 etc and allow random access. That would do me just fine.
Yes, as a minimum you should type-in the title, album name, artist, and track number. You can do that with Audacity, MP3tag or other tagging application, or some audio player software can do it, etc.

Some kind of artwork/graphics is "nice" because you'll see it when you play commercial music files. You could just make a "big picture" of text showing the title and artist, etc. Or you can download an image of a guitar or something like that...

My iPod Classic doesn't show the genre or year but most software players do and it's easy to add (as long as you know the year, which you do if you made the Garage Band files yourself.)



P.S.
I know somebody that paid an artist to make a painting he was going to digitize and downsize for his CD artwork... Then he never finished making the album. :D :D :D

Post Reply