Adding your digital music to your Helium library is simple!
Adding digital music files
To index your digital music files in Helium, follow these steps:
- Select File > Add music > Add files to Library from the menu
- In the dialog that opens, click the Add button to add a folder of your music files. This folders is usually a root folder, e.g. D:\music which contains subfolders with files. Helium will add files in the selected folder and subfolders of all known file types to your library.
- If you prefer to add images from tags, checkmark Add pictures from tags.
- Click OK to start the adding
- Locate files with duplicate checks so that a file is never added more than once
- Perform album logic to group files into their proper albums
- Perform artist logic to create all unique artists from the located files
- Apply found album pictures (from files on disc and from tags if selected)
- Apply found artist pictures from tags, if selected
- Calculate artist and album summaries
Note: It is possible to cancel the adding process during some specific steps. Depending on how far the adding process has gone, data MAY have been added so it is strongly recommended to avoid cancellation of the adding process.
If no picture was found either in the album folder on disc or in tags, Helium will check for a picture in the albums picture path for album images and in the artist pictures path for matching artist images.
This is an important part of the logic which is useful if you for example need to create a new database and add tracks to, then if you already have a lot of pictures which you have refined, they will be reused in your new database.