Hello everyone! I wanted to first say thank you for making and supporting this program. It fits absolutely perfectly how I setup my music and listening in native ways that took me hours and hours to setup on programs like foobar. I absolutely love the program and this community here!
I have been trying to think of a way to sort Various Artists albums that work with my collection for some time (since starting using the program actually), however it seems I don't have the mind for virtual tag creation and through plenty of searching in settings and layouts, I don't think this is something setup by default.
In Music Explorer, if you are sorting by "Artist", if that artist appears on a compilation album, it will appear as a separate section labeled as "Appears On". In the Music tab it's not a separate section, but those songs show up there as well.
Is there any way to get these compilation albums tracks appear in any layout when sorting by Album Artist? I have many compilation albums with 1 song by 1 artist that never made anything else, so if I just set my sorting by artist, the list grows 4x and is full of names I don't know or care about with 1 - 2 songs.
The way I tried to lay it out in my head to make the virtual tag is:
for a song where the album artist is various artists, If release count of (count releases by album artist) is more than 1, replace album artist with artist.
I would love to keep sorting by album artist, and have it so that if a compilation album also includes a song with them as the artist, show it as well.
My current solution to this is copying the individual songs in the same format, folder structure, etc. in the artist folder then just editing the tags to replace the album artist, not elegant, but how I always did it with foobar too.
One thing that may / may not affect this is my collection is a big collection of various sources, so while most of my CD rips have only an artist tagged and album artist blank, most things obtained digitally (through online shops like ototoy or bandcamp) have both artist and album artist the same. I wasn't sure it this would affect anything.
Some screenshots to show it off, these are taken in Music Explorer, but during actual use I use the music tab, sorted by album artist, using the Album and Tracks layout.
Sort by artist:
Sort by album artist:
Thank you all for the help always! I haven't posted here before but I've found plenty of extremely useful resources here