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Music 1 SE Setup – Step By Step

Before you begin work with Music 1, you must familiarize yourself with the software, with it’s functions and with the things you must know and do. If you’ve never worked with professional music scheduling software before, it is imperative that you know the basic things about this type of tool.  

If you have worked with a pro-level scheduler before, you will already understand the fundamentals, but you still need to see how it is done. There are some things that are unique to Music 1 and that are different from first-generation music schedulers. These videos were made with Music 1 SE, our low-cost version for internet radio. This one is based on the same source code as Version 7/Professional so everything you see here will apply to the full version, with the exception being the parts about working with and importing from mp3 tags. With terrestrial broadcast stations, we handle library conversion and import here at the Music 1 office.

Please watch these vidoes…all of them…BEFORE launch Music 1 for the very first time.

More videos/tutorial can be found here.

Installing Music 1 SE 

 

Importing Library Data
The setup tutorials assume you will be importing library data directly from mp3 meta-data, from the Sound File Tags. There are other videos on this site explaining tags and the importance of checking, editing and updating tags before you go to import the data into the Music 1 library. There are other ways to import data, as well, and we have posted other videos demonstrating those methods.

 

Importing Mp3 Tags – Part 2
As you start to import mp3 tags, you may encounter some “empty” spaces at the top of the list of audio files M1 finds in the scanned folder. Here’s what that’s about.

 

Creating Categories 
All Song Cards are placed into Music 1 categories. These are “rotation groups”. You can categorize songs in any way you choose. Each song in a category with get exactly the same number of spins as every other song within the category.

Adding Song Cards and Non-Music Card Manually 
To begin with, you’ll want to import all of your song library. In the future, you may want to just type in the information required to add a single new song or track to your library.

 

Shuffle Each Category 
When you move songs into one of your categories, it could happen that many songs by the same artist might be stacked up in 1-2-3 order in the category. You don’t want to leave it like that, rather you need to shuffle the category to spread the songs by each artist evenly throughout the card stack.

 

Creating A Format Clock 
Format Clocks are the template of the hour. These tell M1 where to place songs by category around the programming hour.

 

Moving and Changing Items on Format Clocks 
Clock items are added to the clock in order. You may want to change the order of the categories around the clock, or even change a slot from one type of category to another.

 

The Hour Clock Lineup 
On this grid, you tell M1 which clock to use in each hour of the programming day.

 

Artist Separation 
Most music directors want want to prevent songs by all the artists from scheduling too close together. You can set Artist Separation time universally (all artists have the same amount of separation time), or you can apply a specific separation time to each artist individually.

 

Setting Artist Gender 
Mp3 meta-data does not include a field for gender, so there is nothing to tell M1 if the artist is male or female during the initial library data import. You can mass-apply the gender settings after the import.

 

Telling Music 1 Where To Put The Playlist Files 
Each time you save a new schedule, M1 creates two files; one for it’s own uses and from that another playlist file that is used by your automation/playout system. You can tell M1 where to put that playlist file so your streaming software can find the next day’s playlist to load each night at midnight.

 

Running Your First Schedule 
After you’ve carefully studied and taken each of the steps above, you can then run your first schedule.