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Category Archives: General

Tempo Rule Problem

M1 is so consistent with its song rotations because it doesn’t ever ignore any of your set Clock rules. Rather, it bird-dogs problems, pointing them out for you to make the important editing choices. As a Music 1 user, you know this is smooth and efficient.  But it is quite easy to set formatting rules that conflict with the reality of the library content. For example, if a station’s library is 30% Female songs, the station schedules 14 songs an hour and the station has Clock rules that prevent more than 3 Female songs in an hour, then the music director will immediately encounter scheduling/editing “stops” with a bunch of Female songs backed up with no places to put them. Here’s an example of that kind of thing happening with Tempo.


No Virus or Malware In M1, Ever

This week, Richie Gardiner a long time M1/Traffecta user in Dublin reported his AVG anti-virus app was giving him a warning, saying the m1 upgrade file was infected with something.  This is not so. He sent me a link to the AVG site where I learned the company had recently updated it’s software.  I began… Continue Reading

M3U Playlists

All automation playlists are simple text files. The content and structure of the data within the playlist file is unique to each professional playout/automation system. Many of the playout systems for internet radio use a common playlist file type that ends with the extension: .m3u Music 1 produces both types of .m3u playlists; standard and… Continue Reading

Scheduling A Non-Audio Unit

I’ve created a promo category. I’ve assigned the non music type ‘promo’ to each format clock. They only have 1 promo on rotation and want it every other hour.  How do I put a minimum separation on it so that it only plays every other hour? You can do this in one of several ways,… Continue Reading


In the first few months of this year, I’ve heard from three different stations that they’ve been hit with one of the ‘ransom’ viruses. Those things find all the data files on the computer, then zip and encrypt them. The computer and software on it aren’t affected, they remain functional. But when any document, file,… Continue Reading

Switching To PlayoutONE From Another System

Music 1 users sometimes choose to change their playout systems and usually that means the Cart field must be updated. The Cart field is what tells the automation/playout system how to find the audio to play. Most internet playout system use the drive\path\filename. Most broadcast automation systems use a cart number of their own design,… Continue Reading

PlayoutONE – Voice Tracking Future Hours/Days

Ideally, you will have PlayoutONE installed on a computer dedicated to delivering your broadcast to the transmitter or the internet and another that will be used as your production computer. Then, you’ll install P1’s Remote Voice Track software on the production machine.  If you must voice-track on the computer where P1 is running, then you’ll… Continue Reading