Complete. Customizable. Some of MusicMaster’s Features
User Defined Database
The foundation of any good scheduling system is the database. It must contain the information that is important to each individual user. Since no two programmers are exactly alike, the one size fits all approach doesn’t work. With MusicMaster we can build a database design specifically for you. The information you enter on each song can be sorted, viewed and edited, and even tested in a variety of ways during the scheduling process. This unique ability to custom build each database is why MusicMaster is more than just powerful software for radio. Television, Internet, Satellite and in-store music providers are all using MusicMaster to meet their needs.
More Than Just Music
You can also use MusicMaster to schedule your jingles, liners, promos, voice tracks, and even graphic crawls, pop-ups, and "bugs" for television broadcasts. You can apply scheduling rules, look at play histories, and even produce promo affidavits for billing. It’s all built into the system, so there's no need to buy additional software!
Artist Separation Wizard
MusicMaster can automatically set up the ideal separation for each of your artists based on your rotations of your categories and the number of songs you play by each artist. The program does all of the math for you, and that makes it easy to get totally optimized artist separation automatically!
MusicMaster’s Exclusive Optimum Goal Scheduling™
It’s a totally new concept that we invented. Instead of picking the first song that happens to pass all your rules, this unique new scheduling method actually tests all the available songs then figures out which is the best one to play using a weighted scoring system.
The Rule Tree™ Rocks!
This is what you use in MusicMaster to set up all your scheduling rules. It’s all done on one screen and it’s all drag-and-drop. Not only is it easy to use, but it can also do some amazing things. For example, you can apply the same rule two or more times with different settings and priorities. The option to use Scaleable Rules™ is what makes MusicMaster think about music the way you do.
The Rule Tree™ turns the black-and-white, pass-or-fail rules of the past into a rainbow of new possibilities. Here are just a few examples:
- Dayparting rules down to the quarter-hour.
- Making certain rules only apply to certain songs or song types.
- With every single rule, the individual attributes can each have unique priorities. Now preventing two slow songs back-to-back can be a much higher priority than two fast songs back-to-back.
- Rules can be relaxed over time for songs that are difficult to schedule.
- You really can get better schedules with more rules, which means less editing. MusicMaster even has a Rule Wizard that will analyze all your rules and tell you exactly where you should make adjustments.
Here’s another MusicMaster exclusive. Now you can move songs in and out of rotation automatically, according to whatever schedule you can imagine, to keep the music sounding fresh at all times. You get total control over which songs get moved in and out. You can even platoon different types of music at different speeds!
MusicMaster has an enterprise solution for those operations that may want to share music from one master database, yet schedule independent formats or streams individually. For example, a Country crossover song could be added one time to the master database, then become available in an AC or Top-40 database, in addition to the obvious Country format. Any information that is the same would be coded at the master level. The individual formats could then decide how to code that song for anything specific at that level. This means things like artist, title, runtime, album, even coding like gender could all be done at the master level, but format-specific items like dayparting or a tempo code could be done for each individual format. This capability saves time and energy, as each song only needs to be added to the system once, but can become available to multiple formats specifically designated to receive it. The master database can be housed in a MusicMaster database, or in an external database that already exists in your organization, provided it uses a standard database platform, such as SQL Server or Oracle. This is a popular option for companies interested in maintaining a centralized database.
Here’s the problem: You export logs to multiple automation systems but need different break structures for each of those systems. Or, you export the same log to multiple stations and each needs different break text lines. It used to be that you had to maintain separate databases for each automation system or make way too many clocks that were difficult to maintain. Not any more! Now you can use the Virtual Breaks in MusicMaster. Virtual Breaks allow you to maintain separate tables that contain the specific information for each system. In the MusicMaster clock you use a generic indicator that points to the entry in Virtual Breaks. When the log is exported, each design uses its own Virtual Break table to export the correct break.
Some radio stations want to give their announcers the flexibility to make music choices in real time based on personal choice; yet remain within the confines of the format and established rules. This is a popular option for stations such as AAA or Classical. Programmers can schedule as much or as little of the log in advance. RealTime is installed in the studio so the announcer can use it to browse through songs that are available to schedule and play in open slots designated by the Program Director.
Play Audio / CD Ripper
Ever want to “hear” your music logs before they air? Or how about hearing the potential transition before you place an element in the log during editing? MusicMaster’s built in audio player allows you to do so. Checking a song’s exact timing or sound coding just got easier. There’s also a built-in CD ripper if you want to import your own audio. It can even grab track info from the Internet and pump it into MusicMaster for you.
WaveMaster is a simple audio player that can play your daily program logs with overlapping audio for professional segues. The Air-Play system automatically updates a custom template to automatically show which song is playing on the air right now and list recently played songs. Then, this information is sent to your web page automatically.
Note: The WaveMaster Suite can be purchased separately.