EasyTAG is indeed a great tool for this problem. I found my answer here. In terms of how to use it, the best reference turns out to be EasyTAG’s own documentation.
Open EasyTag, navigate to a folder with music files in it, select all
the files in the folder, or all the files you want to tag, click on
the "Scan Files" button (you'll have to hover over them to figure out
which one it is).
Then, make sure the scanner dropdown is set to "Fill Tag," then in the
Fill Tag field, make the appropriate edits until the example below the
field looks like what you're looking for. If you need further help as
to what to put in the Fill Tag field, click on the "?" button for the
legend (listing of what the different possible codes are to translate
with) and hit the mask button to list some starting points.
When you're happy with the results, click the "Scan Files" button (in
the Scan Files dialog box, not the one you originally clicked to get
where you are...the icons look the same) and your changes will be
applied. If you are not getting Artist or Album name, simply select
all that you want to change, enter the data and click the little
button next to that field and all files that are selected will the
filled in or changed to that artist or album. This works in most
When you're done, click the save button and you're done.
PS: The CDDB scanner often works pretty well, if you have full albums
that you're trying to tag, or at least commercially available song
PPS: I am apparently half awake still. According to what you wrote in
your original post, try this in the Fill Tag field:
%n. %a - %t
Here's the section that is relevant to this question:
1.2.2. Automatically with “Fill Tag” scanner:
Some conditions to use this mode:
- files sorted by albums
- filenames or parent directory contain tag information (artist, album, title, …)
- empty or not correct tags
The “Fill Tag” scanner uses a pattern to associate words in the filename and directories with the tag entries. By this way, the tag fields can be completed automatically by pressing the “green” button in the scanner window or the toolbar. If the tag is partially completed, use the option “Overwrite fields when scanning tag” in the “Scanner” tab of the “Preferences” window, to replace all fields by the new values.
Each code correspond to a field, following theses rules :
Strings associated with code Will fill the field
None! (used to ignore a string)
Number of tracks
Note : to avoid mistakes, it is recommended to use a code only one time in the pattern. Of course, like when tagging manually, only the selected files are processed by the scanner.
You can use the defined patterns in the list, or write yours own patterns to correspond to the format of yours file names and directories.
To avoid mistakes when selecting the right pattern, or writing it, a preview shows immediately the results before to apply the pattern.
If you need some help with the different codes, press the “Help” button (the lifebuoy) to display the legend of each code.
Also, if you want to save yours own patterns, edit or sort then, by pressing the “Mask” button an little editor will be shown on the scanner window.
Below an example of use of patterns :
a) the following filename :
“/mnt/MP3/EVANESCENCE – Fallen (2003) – Rock/01. Going Under.mp3”
b) with the pattern :
“%a - %b (%y) - %g/%n. %t”
c) you will fill the tag with theses strings :
Artist (%a) => EVANESCENCE
Album (%b) => Fallen
Year (%y) => 2003
Genre (%g) => Rock
Track (%n) => 01
Title (%t) => Going Under