File Location Settings
Tools > Options > File Location
Use these settings to set the paths and filenames for your recorded media.
You may want to change the defaults for these if your C: drive is low on space and you have a second, larger drive in your computer.
Ripping, Recording & Other Audio
- Base Path. This is the base directory where recorded files are placed.
- Directory Rule. Select which, if any, subdirectories are automatically created beneath the Base Path when saving the file. Select a rule in the drop-down menu, or create your own by typing the fields you want directly on the field box.
- Example: Selecting [Artist]\[Album] will save your file like this: [Base path]\Bob Dylan\Time Out of Mind\[Filename rule].mp3.
- Example: Expressions can be used too. Here's one that, if it exists, adds the Disc number to the Album title:
[Album Artist (auto)]\If(IsEmpty([Disc #],1), [Album], [Album] Disc [Disc #])
yields: [Base path]\Pink Floyd\The Wall Disc 2\[Filename rule].mp3
- Filename Rule. Select how you want your files to be named. Select a rule in the drop-down menu, or create your own by typing the fields you want directly on the field box. You can also change the character that appears in between multiple fields (for example, “_”, or “-“).
- Example: Selecting [Artist] – [Album] – [Track #] - [Name] means your file will be saved as: [Base path]\[Directory rule]\Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind – 11 – Highlands.mp3.
- Location Rule and Path: Select where you want Cover Art stored on your computer.:
- Save the Cover Art in a specific folder (set the path in the next field).
- Save it next to the file, wherever that file resides, and name it folder.jpg
- Save it next to the file, wherever that file resides, and name it according to the [Artist] – [Album] rule.
- Also store image in the file's tag:If you want to also include the cover art in the file itself (when the file format supports this). This will increase the file size, but your image will permanently be associated with the file.
- Temporary files: This is where temporary files are placed while they are being copied or recorded.
- Library backups
Technical Notes about Track File Naming
The rule (or mask) has two main components:
- The first consists of predefined filename attributes (including [Artist], [Album], [Track #] and [Name]. The predefined filename attributes are enclosed in the brackets [ ] and will be replaced with the actual attribute values to create the filename. Avoid using the following characters: * / \
- The second consists of any other characters you want to add to the mask to separate attributes or simply to help clarify the filename (for example, “ – “ or “_”).