To prepare media for uploading in LibreTime, there are several factors to be considered, including metadata quality, metadata in legacy character sets, and audio loudness.

Here are some steps that can be taken to prepare media for upload:

1. Ensure metadata quality:

Incorrect or missing metadata can make it difficult to locate files in larger libraries or add them to playlists or shows. Therefore, use a music library manager to edit ID3 tags, such as TagScanner (Windows), Mp3tag (Windows), MusicBrainz Picard (Mac, Windows, Linux), and Ex Falso (Linux).

2. Check metadata in legacy character sets:

LibreTime expects file tag metadata to be stored in the international UTF-8 character set. If you have an archive of files encoded with metadata in a legacy character set, such as the Cyrillic encoding Windows-1251, use the mid3iconv program to batch convert the metadata character set of files on the command line.

3. Consider audio loudness:

On file ingest, LibreTime analyzes each Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AAC, or FLAC file's loudness and stores a ReplayGain value for that file in its database. Ensure that your files are at an average loudness of -14 dBFS or lower, and avoid large transient peaks in otherwise quiet files.

By taking these steps, you can ensure that your media is properly prepared for uploading to LibreTime and will be easily searchable and playable on your station.


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