The bigger your library of music, the more you will love SAM Broadcaster Cloud. It makes it so easy to manage a large library by simple drag & drop operations.
Step 1 – Set the Correct Media Type for Tracks
If you import tracks into the Queue, Playlist or “All Media” Library filter, then the items will be set to the Media Type of “Music” by default.
However, you probably have lots of different types of content – like Music, Sound Effects, Jingles, Promos, Station ID, News, Commercials or Interviews.
Your first job is to make sure all your content has the correct Media Type and this can be achieved in a number of different ways, a popular method is to do this immediately when importing new tracks. Instead of dragging them to the Queue or Playlist, open the Library tab and drag or import the new tracks directly into the correct Library -> Media Type filter. Doing so will also automatically set the Media Type to the correct value.
Alternatively, search for the items in the Search window (or basically from any list where you see the item you are looking for) and simply drag the item(s) onto the correct Media Type filter category.
You can also use the more laborious method of editing the Media Type from the “Media Info” editor. Select the tracks you wish to edit and then press Alt+Enter. This will open up the Media Info editor where you can edit the Media Type, along with the other info like Title, Artist, Album, Priority, etc.
Step 2 – Organize Tracks into Playlists
This is the part where your own skill, tastes and creativity comes in. You need to organize your content into logical groups. This will make a bit more sense once you go through the schedule and rotation logic lessons, but we’ll try and give some direction here.
Say you wish to start a radio station that plays the most popular current music – basically what is called a Top 40 station – you might want to create the following logical groups:
- The current top 40 tracks by popularity
- New releases by top artists
- The top 100 tracks from last year
- The top 200 tracks from the last decade
- A list of new or unknown artists that you personally enjoy
So to create these logic groups go to the Playlist tab and click on the “new playlist” button. Name the playlist something descriptive like “Current Top40”. Create a few more for the rest of your logical groups, for example, “New Releases”, “Top100-LastYear”, “Top200-LastDecade”,”MyPicks”
Add all the appropriate tracks that need to fall into these logical groups by either dragging them from Windows Explorer, using the import functions or searching for them within SAM Broadcaster Cloud and dragging them onto a playlist.
We recommend starting with only a few categories initially and adding more ones as you define the “personality” of your station.