The Automation control page (in the Administration menu) provides the following functions plus links to other automation management features.
With this form you can change the current automation mode to one of:
Disabled — disables logging from automation systems.
In this mode, the automation system can send spin logging messages but Spinitron ignores them.
This can be useful if your automation system runs 24 hours a day but you broadcast from it only during certain hours. In this case, switch the mode to disabled for those hours when you are not broadcasting from automation.
Full automation — forces full automation playlist mode.
Live assist — forces live assist playlist mode.
Pass thru — playlist mode can be controlled from the automation system.
In this mode, the playlist mode is by default full automation but the automation system can change it to live assist by including a special parameter in the spin logging message. For more on this parameter, please refer to the automation user guide.
Delegate automation mode control
You can configure Spinitron so that the automation mode form can be used only by admin users or by all users. If your use of the automation system requires that DJs be able to switch modes then check the delegate checkbox.
When checked, users have a link to a reduced version of the Automation control page in their Playlists menu. The reduced version includes three sections:
- Automation mode from
- Current automation mode display
- Schedule of automation mode changes display
The two sections that re not displayed are:
- Delegate control form
- Minimum song duration form
Minimum song duration
Automation systems usually send an update to Spinitron for every audio file they play. These therefore include non-music items such as IDs, promos, sweepers, PSAs, etc. Stations usually want these items to not appear in their playlists in Spinitron. A simple way to filter out such items is by using a simple minimum song duration criterion.
This simple heuristic often works very well. At many stations, nearly all music items in the automation audio library are longer than nearly all of the non-music items.
Set the value to a number of seconds. Items shorter in duration than this are not logged into playlists.
To disable this filter, set a very small value or even zero.
Schedule of automation mode changes
This part of the Automation control page shows any scheduled automation mode changes and is visible to all users if automation mode control delegation is enabled.
The schedule of mode changes is managed on another page, the link to which is lower on the page. Only admin users can change the schedule of mode changes.
The schedule of mode changes is a set of mode changed rules. Each mode change rule is of the form:
- On days of week
- at time of day
- change automation mode to mode
For example, a station that uses automation between 2 and 7 in the morning on Sundays and Mondays but leaves the automation system running all the time might set:
- On Sun, Mon at 2am change automation mode to full automation
- On Sun, Mon at 7am change automation mode to disabled
You can add as many mode change rules as you need and delete rules with the red ✖ symbol.