20 Feb

Smart Playlist as Tools

In a recent post I wrote about using Playlists and Playlist folders to collect and organize one’s programs. In today’s post I am going to ramble on about how to use Smart Playlists to help visualize your music, and perhaps help create your program playlists.

This post isn’t nearly exhaustive, and is only intended to get one started on using Smart Playlists to help organize one’s radio show playlists, with a few tips on Smart Playlists in general thrown in.

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15 Feb

Gig Gear

I keep my entire music library on a very large external hard drive, connected to my iMac in my home study. There is a second hard drive dedicated to backing up the first automatically. The iMac is the perfect spot for me to manage my program because I also have an external microphone available for creating radio spots. For transferring music from vinyl and Digital Audio Tape, I have a DAT player/recorder and a turntable connected directly to the iMac. For production and transferring I use a combination of GarageBand and Audacity, both of which are free and easy to use.

A majority of my iTunes library is a combination of the CDs I have collected over the years, my wife’s CDs from before we were married, and the collection she and I have purchased via iTunes over the years. Streaming may be the future, but with satellite Internet with severe data transfer limitations, CDs and iTunes downloads are still how I accumulate music.

When it comes to how I get music from the home library to the station, I use my second-hand iPad 2, with my iPhone 5s as my backup. I find it easier to manage playlists which sync between the iMac and the devices than to share libraries between computers.
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15 Feb

Helpful Playlists and Playlist Folders

I organize everything associated with my radio show in one iTunes Playlist Folder titled The Lunchbox. Within The Lunchbox I get a little creative to sort things for my needs because, to the best of my knowledge, it isn’t currently possible to sort Playlists by any other method than alphabetically. The post that follows explains how I manage playlists — including Playlist Folders — to create my show each week, keep track of previous programs, track which music has or hasn’t been played (read: vetted for language), and even print notes and cues for myself to use during the show.
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12 Feb

You Gave It How Many Stars?

Possibly due to my joint roles as a Technical Director at WFVR-LP and a DJ/presenter, I am often asked how I manage my iTunes library, and how I keep track of the music I have played on the air, as well as the music I must not ever play on the air. This post on ratings is the first of what I hope will be a collection of instructional articles.

This is how I manage my iTunes library when it comes to rating songs using iTunes’ 0-5 star (★) system, and my opinion that ratings don’t have to be a harsh criticism of a song, but can also used as an organizing tool. Reminder that this method is how I manage my weekly radio show, and is meant to provide flexibility and ease to large iTunes libraries. The comments will be open for a period of time after the post is live, so please share your tips.
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