Creating Tags And MetaData For Audio Files

Overview We have a set of audio files for creating a CD (or whatever) and we need to create metadata or tags within the audio files so that this information displays in various players, etc.  This information may also apply to video files.


Trackalizer script

This script is a free VASST script that assigns the region name as the wav file Title.


This program can show the metadata of a file.  Standalone program that is also part of the explorer shell.

Sony Vegas

The properties / Summary contains metadata such as artist, copyright and title....however, title is useless here if you have multiple titles, one for each wav region....then use Trackalizer above.


The program is a general tag and create metadata program primarily for audio files (wav, mp3, etc).  Also, creates tags from file name components. Even sort of works for mp4.  Currently only have trial version.

AudioShell Tag Editor

Created by the same company as Tag& Rename but free.  This is an tag editor that appears in the explorer window when right click.  This can edit a group of files or files individually.

BWF MetaEdit

Open source metadata editor.   Not as nice a GUI, but very powerful and designed for archivists.  Can also create MD5 checksums and confirm them.  ONLY works on WAV files.

BWF MetaEdit was developed by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) supported by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.

This tool permits embedding, editing, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files. This tool can also enforce metadata guidelines developed by the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group, as well as format specifications from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Microsoft, and IBM.



  1. In Sony Vegas, go to the properties / Summary tab and fill in the metadata:  Artist, Copyright
  2. For each song on the timeline, create a region and name the region the song title.
  3. Render the regions into wav files and set each wav file's title metadata to the region name.
  4. Update the Album, genre, year, etc using the Tag&Rename program.