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Generating a "Ranked" playlist in MusicMaster for Windows

This article is written for Program Directors

#engage offers several voting features where users can be presented with a list of songs that they vote up or down in order to determine what will play on the air (including Takeover, Top Song, and FaceOff). The available songs are determined by you, and there are two ways to populate one of these playlists:

  • CSV Upload - You can provide a spreadsheet (as a .CSV file) of your active library with any attributes you'd like to use for separation (i.e. category, sound code, era, vocalist), which is generated from your music scheduler and uploaded to the Futuri Control Room each time you update your rotation.
  • "Autopop" - The top X songs played over the last Y days (with X and Y determined by you) are made available for voting. Because this type of playlist is based on your Now Playing feed, complicated separation goals such as category, sound code, and era are not possible. However, basic artist and title separation is still possible. You may find that an "autopop" list is easier to manage, especially if your station doesn't schedule music locally. Click here for more information on "autopop" playlists.

NOTE: These same instructions can be used to generate playlists for Top Song, Takeover Countdown, and FaceOff, though we advise against complex sound-code-related goals for those features.

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Configuring the export for the first time

In your MusicMaster Windows directory, there is a program called MMExportDesigner.exe (or possibly MMExportDesignEditor.exe). When launched, you will be prompted to pick the dataset to use. If you don't know where your MusicMaster database lives, check with your engineer.

When you pick your dataset, a second box will pop up that will allow you to choose the Design Type (either a Schedule Export or a Library Export). For #engage playlist exports, you'll choose Library Export and then click New.

Give the design a name (something generic like "Takeover" or "Top Song") and choose Fixed-Length ASCII Text. Then, click "OK".

Start with your Artist field, and then add a "Fixed Text" field afterward, with a comma in the "Text" box (on the right side of the screen) as shown in the screenshot below.

NOTE: Make sure that the "Length" of your Artist field is a reasonable value. Sometimes it may default to 255 characters, but you should make it shorter (in the neighborhood of 30 characters) in order to prevent your songs from taking up multiple rows in your CSV file.

Add the rest of the fields that you need, with a "Fixed Text" comma in between each one. The minimum required fields are Artist, Title, ID, and (for WideOrbit and SS32 stations), the Media field (or wherever your automation category is saved). If you want to add Takeover separation goals for other fields, like Category, Sound Code, Tempo, Era, or Role, those fields should also be included.

NOTE: If you need to change an export's field order after configuring (i.e. if you forget to add commas in between each field and need to add them at the end), you can re-order your fields by clicking on the grey pointer column and moving the line up or down to the new location.

When you're done configuring your export, click File > Save so that you can then use it in MusicMaster.

Running the export

To run a playlist export from MusicMaster, simply navigate to Dataset > Library > Export as shown below.

Then, select the categories you want to include, choose the Output Design that you created in the setup process, determine where you want to save the file, and give it a filename as shown in the screenshot below. The filename must end in ".csv".

Once you've generated your playlist, you'll upload the list to the Futuri Control Room (see below).

Managing playlists in Control Room

After generating your playlist, log in to the Futuri Control Room. If you need credentials, please email Futuri VIP Support.

Once you’re logged in, perform the quick steps below:

1. Click Takeover Playlists​ from the #engage Playlists menu on the left.

2. Give the playlist a name.

3. Choose the file to upload.

4. Click the Upload​ button.

5. Change the Active​ status of your lists (if you want the new list to go live right now, Activate it and Deactivate​ any lists that shouldn’t be live right now). You can have multiple playlists active at a time, and you can also Delete​ old lists from here.

6. If you’re going to use different playlists at different times, select Playlist Scheduling​ from the menu on the left.

7. Set up “activation times” as needed, and/or swap out the list you need to replace so that the scheduling will do what it needs to do when the time comes.

8. Click Save Playlist Changes​ at the bottom of the page.

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