This is a feature of Shoutcast’s RadioManager that is not always used by broadcasters. And yet the smart box option is a good alternative/excellent compliment to the music boxes for composing your music schedule. What are the reasons for this? Everything is explained in this article.
To classify your music titles, especially by genre, there are of course the music boxes. They are the basis of all music programming on Shoutcast’s RadioManager. Indeed, they allow you to arrange the titles according to the criteria chosen by the programmer (style or musical period, rhythm etc…) and to organize them according to the rotation rules in the clocks.
But there are also smart boxes. These boxes are filled automatically according to the filters assigned to them.
Would you like to create a smart box that collects all the titles that include the word “Christmas” in the title? (to make a special Christmas programming). All you have to do is create a smart box and choose the word Christmas in the title. Like here :
Even better. The smart box option is here to make it easier for you to work on your antenna design without having to compose each of your music boxes in a sometimes tedious way.
Let’s take a radio station whose titles are distributed in different boxes according to a classic rotation method mentioned in a recent article (supertops, tops, recurring hots etc…).
The programmer wishes to further refine his programming and thus improve his on-air identity by adding a second rotation criterion, that of the emotion that a title can convey, for example. The objective is simple: to avoid, for example, having two sad titles in a row on the air.
We therefore have two types of requirements: the category of the title (recurring, top, gold etc…) and the emotion generated by the title (happy, sad, cool etc…). The objective will be to mix them skillfully. How do you do it?
First of all by tagging each of your tracks with the emotion you want to associate to it. Here, as an example, we chose the tag Sad for Back to Black by Amy Winehouse.
Then by composing smart boxes that mix your two requirements.
Here is an example to better understand.
Let’s imagine that you have three music boxes: Top Hits, recurrent and golds.
Then let’s imagine that you’ve tagged your tracks according to three “emotion” criteria: Happy, sad and cool.
From the three basic boxes, you’ll be able to create a total of nine smart boxes in just a few minutes.
How do we do this?
Each time you create a smart box, you just need to assign a tag and a box:
Example for the smart box Top Sad :
In this smart box you will find all the tracks from the Top Hits box that have been “tagged” Sad.
It’s up to you to compose your clocks with the nine smart boxes to have a very refined schedule that not only respects your rotation rules between Golds, recurring and Top Hits but also between Sad, Happy and Cool.
Of course, you could have created nine music boxes in the first place, without using the smart boxes. But that would ” fix ” your constraint system from the start. This would force you to redo all your boxes as soon as you want to change your requirements. Whereas with smart boxes you can easily compose “virtual” boxes according to different criteria (you can add as many as you want) without needing to fill them up like classical music boxes.
This gives the scheduler real flexibility to refine its on-air sound.