DRS 2006 Audio Manager
The encoded audio files, the files that you actually hear are placed in one of three available directories or folders within the Database Connector. The Audio Manager contains specific information about each of those individual sound files. The Audio Manager quite literally is what the name implies. Once the sound files are copied onto the system, into the already pre-assigned directories or folders, you make them available to DRS 2006 using the Audio Manager.
new files to the DRS 2006 database
is used, because to effectively make radio automation work you need more
information for each item besides just the artist and the song title.
Some of this information may already be stored in the mp3 file. The
database is used to store additional information about each item, like
cue points and fade times.
Once new files have been added you can change the type and adjust the audio settings, cue points and fade settings. You will want to add information in the tags fields if the MP3 file did not supply it. If information is available from the MP3 file, DRS 2006 will extract that information and fill in the correct field automatically, if no information is available from the file then the Title and Artist will to be marked as 'New' clearly showing you that these fields require data.
the tag information is important:
When a CD query is made to CDDB or Freedb the length of the CD will be compared to the external database and will identify the CD. The CD information will be filled in automatically for you. Don't worry about finding CDDB or Freedb. A good ripper program will provide you with a function in the program that will look at the length of the CD you have in the player and connect to the database via the internet automatically.
of good ripper programs are:
NOTE: If you wish to keep track of your audio files by artist name it is possible to create sub folders within your directory. For example the artist Bon Jovi may be placed in the subfolder entitled "B" contained with the directory "E:\MP3Audio\B".
The database connector will recognise that the file is within the directory even though you may have simply set the path as "E:\MP3Audio".
Now locate the new files you added to the directory earlier and begin selecting the files you want to add. If you want to add multiple files hold down the Ctrl key and click on each file you want to add. If you make a mistake and want to deselect the file just click it again while holding the Ctrl key. If you want to add a block of files simply click on the first file in the block, then find the last file in the block, hold down the shift key and then click on the last file. The entire block will be selected.
are satisfied with the files you have marked, click on the 'Open'
button and the process of adding the files into the Audio Manager will
start. When the process has completed you will be returned to the Audio
Manager. Now to the reason we wanted the type marked as 'New'.
Locate the button marked 'Filter New Files' and click it once.
Now look at the large LCD screen and you will see the first file in
the list. All your New files are there! Now let's go on with the 'MP3
Normally if you tagged your audio files correctly before adding them to the database you should now see the artist and title of the file in both the 'MP3-Tag' and the 'DRS 2006 Database' block.
If this is not the case or if you want to fill in any of the other information (e. g. the album or year) you can simply fill in the fields on your own. Note that you only have to put in the information in the 'MP3-Tag' fields. Afterwards you can simply copy the information to the 'DRS 2006 Database' side: Look at the two sets of arrows in between the two database blocks. The arrow pointing to the right will copy the information from the MP3 side to the DRS 2006 database and the left arrow will copy from the DRS 2006 database to the MP3 tag field. Depress the right arrow on each field to fill in the DRS 2006 database.
at the bottom of the database fields there is no arrow for the 'Type'
field. The reason is that the 'Type' is information that you
will assign as a 'Type' to describe your file. Later you will
see this tool in action. For now just leave it marked 'New'.
Once you are satisfied with the information in the fields click on the
'Save MP3 Tag' button and then click on the 'Exit' button
to return to the "Audio Manager".
If you click the large green 'START' button (shortcut Ctrl + Enter) the Audio Manager will start playing the current song from the beginning. You can now listen to the song and adjust different audio settings.
There are two sliders that control the position of the playback. The Tracker indicates the current position of the playing song. With the 'Goto' slider you can jump to a specific position in the audio file. Normally this is positioned at 20 seconds before the song ends. To adjust it Simply move the position of the slider with the mouse and then click on the 'Goto Position' button (shortcut F4) and the song will start playing from the new position.
When you click the 'STOP' button (shortcut Ctrl + 0) the playback stops. You can adjust the sliders to set the cue points and fade times with the song playing or stopped. You can also use the buttons on the right to do this in real time while the song is playing. If the current playing position is a good cue point out, then simply press 'Set Cue Out'. This works with the other buttons on the right side as well.
Example: Lets suppose you need to set the cue out to a very precise point. Start the music playing and when it gets to precisely the point you want the next item to start, click the 'Set Cue Out' the cue point will be set to that position. If you did not get it quite right the first time you can repeat it as many time as you need to get it exactly the way you want it. Alternatively you may adjust the slider with your mouse by dragging it in increments or by using the big green arrows to the right of the digits.
Overview of the Audio Manager sliders and their meanings:
FADE IN TIME: This slider defines the time that a song fades from zero volume to full volume once it has started. Normally it is set to zero seconds which means the song starts with full volume. The slider has an adjustable range of 0 to 20 seconds.
FADE OUT TIME: This is the time a song fades from full volume to zero volume after reaching the Cue Point Out. Normally this is set to 5 seconds which works for most songs. You can adjust this slider in a range from 0 to 20 seconds.
CUE POINT IN: This is the point in the song where playback starts. By default it is set to zero seconds which means the song starts at the beginning. You can set this to any point in the current title.
CUE POINT OUT: With this slider you can define the point at which the next song starts playing while the current song is still playing. This is a very powerful feature of DRS 2006, It allows you to continuously play your audio files without gaps. Normally it is set to start the next song 10 seconds before the end of the song that is currently playing. Later in the 'On Air Studio' while using a playlist, the new song will start and begin to play, once the current song playing has reached the 'Cue Out Point'. Setting this value to '0' means it won't fade out at all. You can set this point anywhere you like within the current title.
INTRO: Many songs begin with music and after several seconds the artist begins to sing. Some DJs like to talk during this period. This is called "ramp talk" or "intro talk". Setting this slider to a point just before the vocal begins will let the DJ know that the music intro is ending. (a good guide for this is to set the Intro to 1 second prior to the artist singing) In the 'On Air Studio' you see this as a count down timer to let the DJ know how much time is remaining before the music intro ends and the vocal portion starts.
You can always monitor and watch the Volume Level Indicator for any change a different value may have caused. You can adjust the values of the cue and fade controls until you get the song to fade and cue precisely the way you want it. In broadcast reality you really can't set the cue points perfectly, there is just no way of knowing in advance what the prior or next title selection will might be. We also thought about that!
Later in the DRS 2006 Playlist Editor you can fine tune any setting you feel might be necessary to get the exact setting and feel for your playlist. When you create your playlist you will add various combinations of songs together at random. The items you select will use the default settings for the cue in points, cue out, fade in and fade out, when you first add them. Once your playlist has been assembled you now have the power to adjust the fades and cues to match your playlist to precisely start the next song and fade at just the right time. When you have it set just the way you want it you can save your master piece for future use to be used again or in combination with other Playlists.
the settings that you set can be whatever you want them to be when an
audio file is called upon for use. The 'Shuffle Manger' will
use these settings for instance. In the 'Playlist Editor' you
can change the default settings to match your playlist without worry
that you have changed your default settings, they will remain the same
until you go back to the Audio Manager and change them.
Suppose you only want to play music from the 80s for a special and the
sponsor is "Coca Cola". You would want to have "Coca
Cola" classified as "Coca Cola" and your music classified
as the 80s. When you set up your shuffle you will be able to pick say
for this shuffle, four 80s songs in a row then one Coca Cola then back
to the 80s for two 80s songs then back to Coke for a commercial and
then repeat the shuffle. Without the use of "Types" we would
have no way to selectively decide what gets played and what does not.
Once you decide what your "Type" names will be called, add them to the database using the 'Add Type' Once you have all the "Type" names entered you can now go to each of your audio files and assign them a "Type". You can use the drop down scroll box to select the available 'Type'. Once you have the "Type" set and all the other audio and cue settings the way you want, click the 'Save Item' button to save your settings.
A 'Dynamic' file type is used for audio files that frequently change hourly, a news broadcast for example. If you have a file called news.mp3 in your database, all you need do is overwrite the file every time you need to update it. DRS 2006 will recognize that the time length of the file has changed and will immediately recalculate it. Using the 'Dynamic File' feature relieves you of the task of constantly removing and inserting the file every time there is an updated file using the Audio Manager. 'Dynamic' files will automatically be played with a cue point at the end and without a fade speed.
Controlling the Audio Manager
These are the Audio Manager control buttons. With them you can save the modifications to the song in the database ('Save Item' button) and delete items already in it ('Remove Item' button).
Deleting items means removing the item from the database. The assigned audio file will still remain in the directory. From now on we will refer to songs in the database as items.
you want to work on a certain type of file, a certain group of files
or on a single file, you simply press the 'Search Engine'
button to filter your complete database. You do this in the Database
Search Engine which is part of almost all DRS 2006 modules and
is used to navigate through your database or to find a certain item
very quickly by setting filter options. You can find out more about
this powerful part of the DRS 2006 system by clicking on the link
NOTE: After you have completed adding the new files to the database you can check them with the Database Connector to be sure the new files don't have any problems. This is always a good practice after you add anything new. Click on the 'Database Connector' button in the Launcher. Once the Database Connector opens click on the 'Check Database Integrity' button and you should see the files move rapidly inside the 'Database Integrity' window. When The integrity of each file has been checked the status bar will turn green and you will be rewarded with the 'Passed' message in the message screen. You will also see the total number of files that were checked in the Database Integrity window.
Now we should have explained all parts of the Audio Manager and you should be able to create a perfect DRS 2006 database. It may look a little complicated but be sure that it isn't. With a little training on this module you will be able to do tonnes of work easily and fast. So go ahead and get the feeling! It's easy...
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