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For labels and DJs: Tagging done right • INGO VOGELMANN
As a DJ in the electronic music scene you have a hard time creating tracklists unless you’re playing exclusively with vinyl, because then it’s even worse: you have to write everything down manually. I’m talking about correct (meta) tags in audio files. I do not want to go into detail about the horror that most DJs know anyway, but talk more about the correct way of tagging. And actually, that’s no rocket science, there’s not much to explain. That’s the minimum amount of information that should be included in tags: Artist in the artist field Title in the title field Label in the publisher field In the (free!) software “MP3 Tag” (highly recommended, oh, and don’t mind the name, it works with all taggable file formats) the correct string would look exactly like this: %artist% - %title% '['%publisher%']' (The square brackets won’t work without the ‘ around them). so that the filename can look like this when you convert tags to file names (example): OceanLab – Breaking Ties (Flow Mix) [Anjunabeats].mp3 Another really great (and basically free!) software I’d recommend is ReNamer. I use this — in combination with MP3 Tag — for many years. If you have any questions, I will be happy to help in the comments below.