Author Topic: Last Name, First Name Flip on Lookups  (Read 109 times)

bruhuff

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Hi:

I've got MB set up exactly as needed, but challenged by the Artist Picture and Biography results, as I use a last name, first name convention for consistency in doing catalog work.  Is it possible, that if there is a comma in the Artist Name, that the two elements are reversed (of course eliminating the comma) for lookup purposes?  I know that artists can have a number of names strung out with commas, but these typically don't work in lookup situations anyway.  What do you think?

Bruce (and my iTunes is now history!)  

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psychoadept

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Are you aware you could put the lastname, firstname value in Sort Artist and display that? Then you could put firstname lastname in Artist and it will work as expected.
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bruhuff

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Thanks Psychoadept:
I think what you are saying is that the two name formats would exist in two separate fields, and they are entered individually when setting up an entry.  I have 360K tracks, and for those I believe I would have to enter the the first-last name in Artist, and re-key the Last-First name in the Sort Artist field.  Am I right or offbase?  If right, and with the manual effort daunting, I'd probably try to do some routine (unfortunately I don't code), to move existing Artists to Sort Artist and then parse/re-format the Artist field. 

bruhuff

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Hi Again:
I hit the enter key a little too quick, as upon reflection, it's not such a hard effort.  Mass copies and moves by last-first name artists (the only ones involved in this fix) between the fields can work for me.  Consider this thread closed, and thanks for the answer!
Bruce

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Glad you figured something out.  For what it's worth, the additional tagging & reporting tools can copy tags in bulk for you. Also, MusicBee's "custom sorting" feature will apply a sort value to all tracks with the same artist value, although it's not necessarily written to the file but maintained in MusicBee's database.
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