Description of the DJ-Serv Audio Tones
DJ-Serv offers, via the Audio Properties Editor, a way to adjust the behaviour of the audio when it plays in the AirPlayer in AUTO, or unattended mode.
It does this through the use of 'audio tones' which are saved in the Dj-Serv database and applied to each audio item in the library.
How does DJ-Serv "know" when to mix one song into another?
This is perhaps the most important to understand. Every item in the DJ-Serv audio library ought to have a segue point set. This is point at which a song, for example, can begin to start the next item in AUTO mode, and perform the 'mix'.
Segue Points are also often called: 'seg points', sectones, sec tones, or secondary tones (or even transition points)
Whatever people call them, they are the point at which a song is deemed to have ended, whilst leaving a little tail end of fade out over which another song can be mixed without causing offense to the ears!
For most pop songs, the segue point is very nearly, but not quite at the very end of the song. It is usually some way "down the fade"; as the song fades away, the segue point is where it would be good to start the next song in the playlist.
But I never set a segue point - I never even knew what one was - so how come Dj-Serv does good mixing on its own?
Dj-Serv will automatically "find" a segue point for each item as it is imported into the audio library if none was ever set. If it didn't, every song would fade out altogether before the next started when you automate the current playlist, and this would sound very bad! Segue points allow smooth fades between songs in AUTO mode.
What's the intro tone for?
Unless you need audio items to play over the top of each other in AUTO mode (such as a spoken piece speaking over the instrumental start of a song, but NOT over the vocal section, then you do not need to worry about Intro tones, or, indeed DropStart tones.
For advanced users:
For slick automation, you may wish DJ-Serv, in AUTO mode to perform overlays or partial overlays of dry or spoken library items over the top of introductory parts of songs. In which case, be sure to set the Intro points in the Audio Properties Editor for every song you play, and set the categories of your spoken tracks to a designated overlay category (Eg DRY or TRACKED).
Set the dropstart tone on promos that have a generally noisy "feel", and that also have a spoken section right at the end. Set the segue point in the usual way, and set the dropstart to be the earliest that the promo can ever fire off the next item in auto.
For example, if the promo has a duration of 20 seconds, then we would expect the segue point to be somewhere near to the 20 second point. But if the last 5 secs of the promo are spoken dry, you might set the dropstart tone 15 seconds into the promo. The dropstart tone is allowed to move the segue point forward if the NEXT item in the playlist has an intro.
Effectively, this means that the promo will overlay the next item, but ONLY if it has an intro. The dropstart tone will also see to it the next vocal performance is not "crashed" by the preceding voicer. Experiment with the dropstart tone if you desire very tight automation with promos and a music format.
Dropstarts may be dynamically and automatically added and implemented by the DJ-Serv system. You may adjust which categories are allowed to overlay intros automatically from the Manage Tab of DJ-Serv.