Thursday, 13 June 2019

Getting started with Music Scheduling part 2 - playlist length and spacing options

In part 1, wecreated your first playlist using the Music Scheduling software, by adding tracks and clicking Create Playlist. In this part, we'll have a look at tailoring your playlist.

Remember you can try the Music Scheduling software for free for up to 30 days!

The first option you may want to change is the length of the playlist – this can be changed from the Options section.

You can either set the length in the number of minutes, or number of items.

When setting the playlist length in minutes, the Music Scheduling software will create a playlist as close to that time as possible, but won't be exactly that length (e.g. it may be an extra few minutes over that length). However in many playout systems there will be an overlap time between one song ending and the next one starting, so when playing the tracks the difference is unlikely to be noticeable.

If you are creating playlists for a live show, remember to take into consideration the time for speaking when creating your playlist (e.g. if you present an hour long show, you may want to set the playlist length to 45 minutes, allowing 15 minutes for speech).

From the Options section, there is options to set the minimum spacing between different artists, titles, albums, etc. (so they don't appear close together in your playlist).

You can also set the minimum and maximum year – ideal if you want music from a particular decade or only more recent tracks to appear in your playlist.

The Split Playlist section allows you to split a large playlist into smaller playlist files when saving – for example if you have an 8 hour playlist, you may want each hour as an individual playlist.

Don't be afraid to experiment with the different options to discover how they work, and which options are best for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the Music Scheduling software in general, contact Simon Pittman at: