The Tag Editor is the primary tag editor in Helium Music Manager which enables you to quickly edit multiple files at once using an easy to use spreadsheet user interface.
The major benefit with this tag editor is that it shows a great overview of all your files' tags at once, as opposed to the Tag Editor (advanced) where instead you work with one file at a time.
The Tag Editor can be used as a separate tool, but is also embedded in several other tools. The following tools use the embedded Tag Editor embedded:
Browse for some tracks using any of the views, select the ones you want to edit and start the Tag Editor using any of the methods below:
Depending on your selection of input files, the Tag Editor will be started in either Album Mode or Track Mode.
When all files in your selection comes from the same album (Album Name and Helium Music Managers database ID), the Tag Editor will be started in Album Mode. When album mode is active, an extra pane, Album Information, will be shown to the right of the spreadsheet.
Read more about this control below in this document, under the section Album Information Pane.
Tagging tracks is the procedure of adding or updating information for the tracks on your computer. Each type of information you add to a track is called a tag field (or just field). Some examples of tag fields are shown below:
Each type of tag field in the Tag Editor is equal to one of the available columns. You can customize which tag fields (columns) should be shown by clicking the Advanced > Columns > Customize... menu item. Click here to read more about customizing the Tag Editor.
When the Tag Editor is started, tags will automatically be loaded for the selected files. Each line in the spreadsheet represents one file (you can see the filename of the selected file in the edit control, just below the spreadsheet).
To start editing a specific tag field for a file, select the cell containing the value and then do one of the following operations:
Depending on the tag field that's been selected, different input controls will be shown. All the different input controls are listed and explained below:
The textual input control field is used for many different tag fields and is the most common input field in the Tag Editor. It enables you to enter text as well as to reuse a previously entered text. This input field will auto-complete any text you enter. You can paste text from the clipboard to this input control using CTRL+V without the need to enter edit mode.
The numerical input control only allows you to enter numerical values. You can increase/decrease the current value by using the spin control or pressing the Up/Down keys on your keyboard.
This input control is only used for the artist tag field. By default it works just as a textual input control, but if you click the Edit button to the right, the Multiple Artists Editor will be opened. When the selected file contains multiple artists, the field will be read only. You must then edit the field by clicking the Edit button in the Multiple Artists Editor.
This input control us only used for the genre tag field. By default it works just as a textual input control, but if you click the Edit button to the right, the Multiple Genres Editor will be opened.
The rating control enables you to set a rating for the selected track. Select the desired rating from the drop-down list. You cannot enter any values in this field.
The release type control enables you to set the Release Type for the selected file. Select the desired Release Type from the drop-down list.
This type of control is also used for setting Popularity and Quality.
The time input control is used in the Subtrack Editor, when you add Custom Items or when you manually add Audio CDs to your database. This input control only allows you to enter properly formatted times.
When the Tag Editor starts in Album Mode, this pane will be shown to the right of the spreadsheet control. The spreadsheet will be load with a specific set of columns, optimized for this mode. Working with the Album Information will reduce several typing operations for you and allow you to tag your albums more quickly.
The Album Information pane contains the following controls (from top to bottom):
If you manually enable the album field for editing (by customising the columns) and enter values that will result in more than one unique album being edited, the album picture cannot be applied to the albums currently being edited.
You can take advantage of plug-ins to download track information from the Tag Editor.
Click the Download button and a drop-down menu will appear which enables you to choose what information should be downloaded:
The Tag Editor contains several commands that help speed up and simplify your tagging. These commands are available from right click context menus and some of them are also available from the bottom toolbar. The commands are listed below:
Apply will apply the selected cell value to all cells in the selected column. This command is very useful for quickly copying a value to the entire column e.g. the album name. You can also access the Apply command by pressing CTRL+D.
Apply Down works in the same way as Apply, but Apply Down will only apply the current cell value to the remaining cells in the column. You can also access the Apply Down command by pressing Shift+CTRL+D.
Auto Track will fill the selected column with a value that starts at 1 and is incremented by one for each row. Use the auto track command to qucikly generate track number series for an album. Please note that Auto Track only works in numeric cells.
Auto Track Down works in the same way as Auto Track, but Auto Track Down will only work from the current cell and down to the last cell.
The Extract menu contains the following commands:
Extract Title (Remix) will extract texts inside parentheses and copy the extracted part to the remix column.
1) The title column contains the text "Got to get it (Club Remix)"
2) After using the Extract Title (Remix) command, the Remix cell will contain "Club Remix" and the title cell will contain "Got to get it"
Extract Title (Subtitle) works in the same way as Extract Title (Remix) but with the subtitle tag field instead of remix.
Extract Artist-Title will try to split the current cell value into Artist and Title strings, using - as a separator. The resulting texts will be copied into the Artist and Title cells.
1) A cell contains "Madonna - Ray Of Light"
2) After using the Extract Artist-Title command, the Artist cell will contain "Madonna" and the title cell will contain "Ray Of Light"
Extract Artist/Title works in the same way as Extract Artist-Title, but / will be used as separator instead of -.
Extract Title/Artist works in the same way as Extract Artist/Title, but the fields will be extracted in another order. (Title first instead of Artist)
Extract Title-Artist works in the same way as Extract Artist-Title, but the fields will be extracted in another order. (Title first instead of Artist)
Extract Multiple Artists will try to extract multiple artists from an Artist cell text that does not already contain multiple artists. Extract Multiple Artists can also be accessed by pressing Shift+CTRL+A. To read more about multiple artist editing, click this link.
The Switch menu contains the following commands:
Switch with artist will switch the current field's contents with the Artist field
Switch with title will switch the current field's contents with the Title field
Switch with album will switch the current field's contents with the Album field
Switch with remix will switch the current field's contents with the Remix field
Switch with subtitle will switch the current field's contents with the Subtitle field
The Filename To Tag button contains the following commands:
Advanced > Calculate BPM will calculate the Beats Per Minute (BPM) for the selected files automatically. Please note that this field is only enabled if a BPM cell is selected.
Advanced > Columns > Auto-Fit columns will resize the spreadsheet columns to be as small as possible while still showing all contents.
Advanced > Columns > Customize enables you to customize the columns in the Tag Editor. Click here to read more about customizing the Tag Editor.
Advanced > Tools > Edit subtracks will start the Subtrack Editor for the selected file.
Advanced > Tools > Audio analyzer will start the Audio Analyzer for the selected files.
The Advanced > Excel menu contains the following commands:
Paste From Excel will paste a comma separated list from the clipboard into one or more cells. The Tag Editor will paste data into as many cells as possible. This command can also be accessed by pressing Shift+CTRL+V.
Copy To Excel will copy the selected or all data in the Tag Editor into the clipboard as a comma separated list. This command can also be accessed by pressing Shift+CTRL+C.
On the tagging steps in the Tag Editor, you will find a menu with different settings that can be used. To change the options for the Tag Editor, click the Options button.
The following settings are available from the bottom toolbar for quick access (listed left to right):