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Walkthrough: Create a Rotate Playlist

See Also: Rotate Playlists

See Also: DJ-Serv Scheduler

A rotate playlist is a playlist that does not have explicit audio item entries. Instead, you add categories to to playlist, and let the DJ-Serv Scheduler choose the audio from those categories when the playlist is loaded or wraps around from the end to the beginning (which is what it does when it reaches the end).

Rotate playlists normally run for about an hour. You can create one if you have a category or two created already. If not, see how to do this here

Get into Playlist Editor View in DJ-S from the tab, or press CTRL + E

On the left hand side, towards the bottom of the Playlist Editor, click NEW.
You will be prompted to enter a name for the playlist. TestRotate is fine.

To insert categories into a rotate playlist, just use the Insert Special button:


Choose Rotate cut from the option button list:


Use the category selector to choose the category and category level that you wish to rotate in this playlist position.

NOTE: the list of songs on the right in the category selector is for informational purposes only; it lists the available audio items in the category, in order in which they will be considered for play. There is NO POINT selecting a song here; remember you are inserting the catgeory into this playlist position, NOT a particular song!

If you insist that an item plays in this position that you have marked as an opener in this category, you may check the 'Filter for Openers only' check box. See Opener Property.

When you click ok, the rotate category is added to the playlist you are editing:



Now you may add another rotate position in the playlist. Again choose Insert, followed by special to add another rotate position. Depending on what you want to do, it might be from the same category as before, or another.

Add a few:



At this stage (because the playlist consists of categories, not actual songs) the durations for each item are a guesstimate, based on the average runtime in each category.

The hh:mm:ss column is particularly useful; it gives you a rough idea of how long the playlist will last. Typically, one makes rotate playlists that last around an hour. This means, in AUTO mode, that the playlist will wrap around from the end to the beginning about once an hour. When it does so, all the rotate positions will be repopulated, so different songs will play (but always from the categories you specify)!

In this example, the rotate playlist will run for about 30 minutes (before refreshing and starting again). We know this because of the maths the Playlist Editor has done for us in the hh:mm:ss column:



We recommend, generally, that each rotate playlist runs for around 60 minutes, but there is no obligation. 30 minutes, as in the example here, is fine...

When you have made a rotate playlist that lasts around 30 minutes (by repeatedly Inserting Special) then dont forget to save the playlist!


Consider what we have done

We have created a playlist that consists of rotate positions, based only on categories - not actual songs.
At this stage we do not know what the exact songs will be, because they will be selected by the scheduler when:
  • the playlist is loaded as the current playlist, or
  • when the playlist is reloaded as the current playlist
  • when the playlist wraps around from the bottom to the top, as it will when it reaches the end in AUTO mode.


    To confirm:

    Press SAVE in the Playlist Editor. Now load this playlist as the current playlist. Switch to the Current Playlist Tab & click the Current Playlist column header to load this test playlist:

    When its loaded:



    See how the scheduler has now assigned audio to the rotate positions. You can also clearly see which categories they have been selected from; the ones you specified in the Playlist Editor!

    If you see orange playlist rows, this means that the scheduler was unable to satisfy the rules for that category at that time.

    This normally means either the category rules are too strict for this category (in the image above, 70s 1), or there are simply not enough songs in this category, and you should add some more. The easiest way to add more songs to a category is to use drag and drop in the Dj-Scheduler section of the program.