Originally Posted by ciani
I decided to join this forum, having owned an Olive 4 HD for a few weeks. I have a classical music library of approx 3,000 CDs and was lured by Olive's advertising of its Maestro interface, specially designed for classical music. Actually importing my whole library proved very easy. The nightmare began when I realised how messy and bugged Maestro was. Although all the works were labelled as Classical, the import ignored the Genre for almost all CDs, which means I could not access the Work tab, which was necessary to specify the composer, which Maestro had also ignored. When I tried to drag albums into the Classical genre, it did not work. I called Olive's support team who told me this bug would be fixed 'at the end of the month'. The following month, they promised again that it would be fixed at the end of the month, like the many other bugs I noticed. Three months in, none of the bugs I complained about was fixed, but Olive is boasting about new 'cosmetic' features instead of addressing the structural bugs which plague Maestro. Using the few features which prove to work, I have calculated that it would take me more than a year to relabel my library properly if I spent one hour a day on it. This is because unless I drag the albums one by one into the Classical genre (in order to access the Work tab) they all get mixed up into a single album with thousands of tracks which are ranked alphabetically, which means I have to check if track and allocate it to the appropriate album. Please let me know if there is another solution...
I have owned an Olive Opus 4 for about 1.5 year, and it went through all the updates that Olive provided. I never had any problem with dragging an album anywhere in the classical section, so I wonder, is this a 4HD bug only?
When I started my ripping adventures, i managed to get my 1500 cd collection ripped in about 4 months, without editing anything at all. It ended on a NAS in ogg-format, and it ended in a mess that i never got right.
You say "Actually importing my whole library proved very easy." Does this mean that you already have a ripped version of your cd's in FLAC-format, and have organized it with some editor or so, before importing it to the Olive?
I think the problem is that there is no standard way to tag classical tracks, and that every producer can implement its own not-compatible 'solution' (if at all). The Olive is no exception.
In the few instances I import cd's that i have ripped on my pc, I sometimes have tagged it with 'imported', to make sure that it came in a 'imported' map in the maestro interface. If I recall it properly, i found these albums in Other/imported. I could drag them to the Classical genre and sub-genre of my liking.
My software gives me just one tag to fill in. I don't know what happens if I fill it with "Classical", but I think it would land on the "Unknown Composer" within its "Unknown work"
Question: what software did you use to tag your cd's? Maybe there is a more clever solution than to re-import the cd's one by one and edit them subsequently.
But maybe that is the only option you have.
After my initial failure i decided to do it that way, just rip or import the cd's one by one, and edit them. I don't mind that this takes ages, but i want to do it only ONCE.
I'm still in the process to figure out how to Save the Music, in the event that the Olive dies. I confident that I will succeed (before I die
Hope to hear from you,