MusicMaster Scheduling
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  • Library: Customization

    Your station stands out from the crowd. Shouldn't your tools reflect that individuality? With MusicMaster's many flexible options, you can mold your system to fit the way you work best.

    Control Your Styles
    Use color creatively to get the big picture in a single glance.
    Control Your Views
    Build custom library grids for different working tasks or individual users.
    Control Your Database
    We'll help you create your own database fields to meet the needs of any platform or format.




  • Library: Category Tools

    It's easier than ever to monitor and manage your categories with confidence and control.

    Category Quick Move
    Enables you to drag and drop songs from category to category, while still keeping track of category sizes.
    Category Groups
    Create groups of categories for quick reference in other parts of the program.
    Library Analysis
    Right click on any field on the screen to get a birds-eye view of the number and proportions of related elements in your library.
    Keyword Separation Wizard
    Let MusicMaster calculate the ideal separation for any selected keyword based on your library and clocks. With one click, you can apply any or all of the recommended values.




  • Format Clocks: Clock Control

    Building clocks is a snap! Even a child could do it. (Not recommended unless it’s your child).

    Quick Control
    Drag and drop categories and lognotes, or use the Mass Changer to find and replace elements in one or all clocks.
    Copy and Share
    Start a clock from scratch, or clone an existing one, rename and edit. Or, import and export clocks to share with other databases.
    Get Ahead
    Schedule your clocks or assignment grids in advance. Save time during holiday planning or with repeated special programming.




  • Format Clocks: Clock Tools

    Build less clocks to accomplish the same goals, with greater flexibility, variety and control!

    Predictable Unpredictability
    Stick to static clocks, or add variety with clock elements like Migrating Positions. Select more than one category for a slot and then control how each is called with Flex Rules.
    Be On Time
    Use Timing Elements to not only dial-in the best possible song, but also take their length into consideration to keep the total hour exactly as long as you need.
    Clocks Within A Clock
    Want your clocks to be slightly different every hour? Add Format Lists to a single slot to rotate through multiple categories in the pattern you specify.




  • Rule Tree: Confident Control

    MusicMaster opens up room for creativity, while still giving you the control you need. With the right combination of rules, you can build a fresh and interesting sound from the start with fewer unscheduled positions.

    Rule Groups
    Build a rule tree within a rule tree. Create groups of rules that only apply with certain categories or at certain times of day.
    Rule Tree Wizard
    Analyze your library to get recommendations for Rest and Artist Separation. Or, review your last scheduling session to find potentially problematic rules.
    Scaleable Rules
    Set the same rule with multiple preferences for good, better and best results.




  • Rule Tree: Optimum Goals

    When you're using Optimum Goal SchedulingTM in conjunction with your rules, think of the unbreakable rule as your bare minimum setting and the goal as a way to get even more. Rather than just looking at the most rested songs to find the first one that happens to pass all your rules, Optimum Goal SchedulingTM looks at all the passable songs in your search depth. Based on the goals you've selected, MusicMaster assigns a weighted score to each song to help break the tie and pick the very best song. This not only saves you editing time, but also gives you an edge. Your competitors won't know how you're doing it!

    You can have as many goals in place as you'd like. Here are just a few of them:

    Optimum Song Rest
    MusicMaster will score a song based on when it played last. So, something that played recently will have a low score but the most rested songs will have a higher score.


    Optimum Radial Spread
    Optimum Radial Spread essentially looks at the history graph for each song it encounters and asks, “when was the last time this song played around the time I’m trying to schedule?” It favors songs that have rested longest in the region of the day being tested.


    Optimum Keyword Separation
    With Keyword Rest goals, MusicMaster does even more behind-the-scenes calculations in determining the optimum amount of separation which can be expected for every keyword, such as your Artist Keywords.






  • Turnover Analysis:

    You know how you want your station to sound, and MusicMaster gives you many ways to get there. Turnover Analysis helps you narrow things down. By analyzing your predicted rotation, you'll be able to see how your categories and rules measure up to your expectations.

    Turnover Analysis
    There are so many tools to examine your library available in Turnover Analysis, we can't even list them all! Some of our favorites include: Suggested Minimum and Maximum Rest, Average Spins per Day or Week, Hour Exposure, Sound Code Analysis, and Format Clock Category Usage.
    Turnover Calculator
    See how the rotation pattern is affected based on the number of songs in your category and how often it's called for in the clocks. Dial in different adjustments until you get the result you want, or use it to diagnose rotation issues you may be experiencing.
    Auto-Burn Spreadsheet
    If special programming is affecting your category's normal rotation, you can make adjustments by skipping a number of songs each hour. The Auto-Burn Spreadsheet helps you determine just how to do this, by mapping the rotation patterns that will result from your Auto-Burn settings.




  • Schedule Editor:

    The Schedule Editor is another place for you to add your personal touch, and we try to make it easy for you. Maybe even a little fun... okay, a lot of fun.

    The Information You Need
    From rule violations to history to snapshots of the song, MusicMaster provides you with all the information you need while you're editing your log.
    At a Glance
    Use highlights and color to make patterns stand out, or get a birds eye view of your histories and separations in the Results Bar.
    Work Faster and Smarter
    Customize your screen layout so your most commonly used editing functions are just a click or two away. You can also save different layouts for every user.




  • Schedule Editor: Tools

    We know you've got a lot to do. Editing logs should be a choice, not a chore.

    Manual Assist Editing
    With Manual-Assist Scheduling, you can interact with MusicMaster as it schedules, filling those tough unscheduled positions as they come up. You'll end up with a finished log just the way you like it.
    Hear Your Results
    Advanced audio features allow you to listen to the log or just your segues, helping you do what you do best when you add your creative touches.
    Instant Analysis
    Keep track of what coding is used in any timeframe so you can monitor overall balance and see how any replacement songs you are considering will affect the mix.




  • History Reports

    Whether you're filing mandated reports, sending updates to your boss, or just double-checking your own programming results, all the spin information you need is just a few clicks away.

    History Reports
    Study your station's past performance in any number of ways. Save your favorites, print reports, or You can even copy your report to an Excel spreadsheet to easily share with others!
    History Analysis
    Examine trends for artists, songs, or attributes over any time period. Our system keeps track of history all the way back to when you first started using it - and even before if your data was converted from an older system!
    Special History Reports
    We've built required reports for governmental agencies right into MusicMaster. All you have to do is fill in some options (which are saved) and run the report. You'll wish all your reports were this easy!

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  • New in Version 6

    Version 6 is here! We've loaded it with features that'll save you tons of time and produce even better results. Here are just some of our favorites. Talk to your MSC to find out how to get started with Version 6.


    Recursive Scheduling

    MusicMaster once again takes a quantum leap into the future with the new and exclusive Recursive Scheduling option. Until now, music scheduling software filled just one clock position at a time. With Recursive Scheduling, millions of combinations are checked as each song is tested in every possible clock position. This places the best songs in the best possible positions within each hour.
    This is uniquely adept at maintaining optimum artist separation in ultra-tight rotation categories while dramatically reducing the chance of leaving any positions unscheduled. For larger categories, Recursive Scheduling does a better job of satisfying your scheduling goals while reducing the perception of repetition. Finding the perfect time to play each song optimizes the music flow and mix, preserves ideal rotation patterns, and minimizes editing time.





  • New in Version 6 Continued...

    New Song Replacement Tool
    Can’t find the perfect song? MusicMaster’s updated Song Replacement dialog now has two features to help you fine tune your rules and expand the list of songs to pick from. Rule Failure Analysis show you how many songs a particular rule has eliminated from consideration, thus giving you an idea of the impact that rule has, such as whether it may be too strict. With Rule Filters, you can make adjustments on the fly by temporarily relaxing or disabling rules for that position, giving you even more replacement songs to choose from.
    Highest Priority Test Failure
    Now, in one quick glance, you can see the highest priority test failure for any song while reviewing your log. When the Test Results Panel is in Show All Rules mode, hover your mouse over the new single-flag icon and see exactly what’s going on. This flag might be red or yellow depending upon the failure. This is especially useful when you’re using the full power of MusicMaster’s exclusive Rule Tree with a large combination of fixed rules, Scalable Rules, and Dayparted or Filtered Rule Groups, where you'd have to scroll through the panel looking for that failure.
    Default Grid Layouts
    A new option in MusicMaster’s Tools, Options lets you set a default layout when opening Music, Non-Music, or mixed Song Lists in Library Maintenance. Now you can see the important song fields when working with your music, and a whole different set of fields when working on your imaging and other non-music elements.




  • New in Version 6 Continued...

    Programmable Hotkeys
    We don’t take shortcuts, so you can. You’ll now find ten user-defined hot keys in Library Maintenance and the Schedule Editor. For each key, choose an action from the list and from now on you can access complex functions with a single move.
    Prompted Queries
    MusicMaster’s unique Prompted Queries have become more powerful. You can now set the Prompt text to the same listing for multiple fields. This means you can set it to look in multiple places, but not have multiple lines in your query. As long as you want to do the same thing (the fields all “contain” or some other operator), you can do it in a single line. As an added bonus, you can now Cancel a query in operation!


    Enhanced Search Bar
    MusicMaster’s internal search engine just got a lot more powerful. Now you can add whatever fields you like to the Search Bar. Imagine being able to find “love” not just in the title and artist, but also in the album, lyrics, memos, theme codes, and wherever else you’d like to look.




  • New in Version 6 Continued...

    Library Query Element
    The Library Query element is a new way to bring together a specific set of songs from your library for consideration. When you create the query, the position will only look at the elements that match your filter choice. That's especially helpful if you do not have many elements that would match. Another bonus: Since it's only looking at elements that match, it takes less time to consider and schedule.
    NexPlay: Instant Stream
    With NexPlay, a just-in-time scheduling option, you can set up a music stream instantly. Rather than scheduling a full log in advance, MusicMaster will automatically pick the next best song to play based on your rules, clocks and Optimum Goals™. All you need is music in your categories, a clock and some rules and you can instantly start playing the perfect mix.
    History Snapshot
    This feature allows you to compare your log at any point in time with the current version of the log. You can create as many Snapshots of a log as you'd like. The display allows you to see the entire log, just the elements that have changed or just the elements that have not changed. With an option to make the Snapshot after the Automatic Scheduler is run, you'll easily be able to compare what changes were made in the editing process, or you could make a Snapshot of the finished log and compare it to changes made through reconciliation.


    Scheduled Category Column
    Now you can see the original category for each scheduled song long after the songs migrate into different categories. Just add the new Schedule Category Column to your Schedule Editor layout and you’re all set.