Scheduling Daily Voice Tracks and Rotators
Rotators are often used for generic voice tracks that play over and over, like Station ID's. Rotators can also be used for jingles, bumpers and drops. It's best to have M1 schedule them individually as it does with music. You have a dozen station promo Liners, you have twelve cards in the M1 category. This is the best way because you have full control of the frequency and placement of them all. Like, if you want three of the twelve liners to schedule only in the morning hours, a few clicks in M1 gets it done. Still, many stations find Rotators to be useful. A Rotator is like a folder, you drop any number of audio files into it. One Cart number on a non-music card in M1 tells the automation system to play something from that group. I don't favor this way because one loses full control of which track will be played where. Also, rotators are functions of an automation/playout system. Some of them can't do it.
Auto-numbered tracks are useful for Daily Voice tracks, those live-voicers that are recorded for one-time use; song intros, morning traffic announcements and such. Mostly this type of track is used for creating a live-sounding DJ shift using announcers often in far away places. Here's how it works. You schedule ahead several days and send the playlist to the announcer. The playlist is marked for x-number of Voicers an hour. The announcer records a specific rap for each position and saves each audio file with a pre-set day/date/number system. The audio files are then sent to the station and imported into the automation system. As Music 1 schedules, it inserts voice tracks by name-number into the automation log file.
You can design a name-date-number system to suit your own needs. In the example in the video below, I'm having M1 use two characters for the day of the week, the announcer's name and how the track will be numbered.The announcer Jim will save his daily voice tracks for Monday this way:
MO-Jim01.mp3 MO-Jim02.mp3 MO-Jim03.mp3
With that set-up, the voice tracks for each day are overwritten each week. The weakness here is that if Jim forgot to do one of the Tuesday voice tracks, the one from the previous Tuesday would be scheduled. M1 could just as easily auto-date the tracks using dating like this, YY-MM-DD, then it wouldn't be possible to ever get a one-use voice track accidentally scheduled at a later date.
18-03-05joe01.mp3 18-03-05joe02.mp3 18-03-05joe03.mp3