If a ‘new’ audio file doesn’t contain any tags, and has no associated mAirList info (like an MMD file for example), mAirList uses the entire filename as the track’s title.
Any reason why mAirList doesn’t (if the string ’ - ’ exists in the filename!) split a filename into artist and title? I think the filename format - .
is quite a commonly-used one, so I think this would be a useful option to add to mAirList, unless I am missing or not seeing a good reason NOT to at least offer this as a Config option?
So for example, if you had a WAV file (a ‘vanilla’ one, not a BWF) with a filename in the above format, mAirList would split the artist and title automatically, instead of having to do this manually later.
I’d suggest this option should be added to Miscellaneous, File Import tab.
I think the easiest way to do this would be to allow a format string similar to the Title Update, Log Format string in Encoder, Metadata, but in reverse (if that makes sense?), plus a checkbox to switch the function on/off. This would allow you to correctly parse formats like – .mp3 for example.
So altogether, you would ideally have a group box with the caption Import Artist/Title From Filename.
This would contain a checkbox captioned Import artist/title from filename if no tags exist (default: clear/off);
and a textbox captioned Format, with a default value of %b - %a (if I’ve got those the right way round! :D) meaning ‘artist - title’ in this case.
That’s the most comfortable way for the user, but not the easiest way to implement, actually: Parse the input string, look for the % bits, convert the string into a regular expression, try to match, and if it does, copy the matched substrings to the respective fields.
Not impossible, of course, but I would prefer to hardcode the one commonly used “artist - title” format for the moment.