Airtime 2 for Broadcasters

Playlist builder

This page of the Airtime interface enables you to search the media archive, sort and display the search results by the criteria that you choose, and drag and drop search results into an open playlist. You can also re-arrange the currently open playlist by dragging and dropping.

The Playlist Builder page is not visible to Guest users.

The Search tab

On the left hand side of the Playlist Builder page, the Search tab lists both the media and the playlists in the Airtime storage archive, with ten entries shown per page by default. Click on the Show entries drop-down menu in the top right corner to select the display of 10, 25, 50 or 100 entries per page, according to your preference.

Click the column headings Title, Creator, Album, Genre, Length or Type to sort the entries. In the Type column, audio files are represented by a loudspeaker icon, while playlists are represented with a document icon.

At the bottom of the window, click the First, Previous, Next, Last or individual page number buttons to browse the media archive.

Type a search term into the box in the upper left corner, with the magnifying glass icon. You can search by Title, Creator, Album, Genre, or Length. For example, to search for all files and playlists between seven and eight minutes long, enter 00:07 into the search box. Like an Internet search engine, the filtered entries shown are refined as you type - there is no need to press the Enter key on your keyboard.

Clicking on a file row in the Search tab opens a pop-up menu which enables you to Edit Metadata for that file, Download it to your local computer or mobile device for audition or editing, or Delete it from the Airtime storage server. The Delete option should be used with caution, because this action cannot be undone. For this reason, only admin users are allowed to delete files.


If you have checked the Enable SoundCloud Upload box on the Preferences page, there will be an additional option on the pop-up menu, Upload to SoundCloud. As mentioned previously, you should only upload audio files to SoundCloud with the permission of the copyright holder.


Right-clicking on a file row in the search results will display the metadata for that file in a pop-up window.

Creating a new playlist

Once you have found the media that you require using the Search tab, you can create a new playlist on the right hand side of the Playlist Builder page. Click the New button to begin.

At first, the new playlist will be shown as Untitled Playlist. Click on the pencil icon to the right to give the playlist a name.

 

Enter the name you have chosen, then press the Return key on your keyboard to save the new name. You can edit the name of the playlist later by clicking on the pencil icon again.


Click the link View / edit description to expand a box where you can enter a Description for the playlist, then click the Save button. Setting good quality metadata here will help you find the playlist using the Search tab later, so you should be as descriptive as possible. 

Next, drag and drop files from the Search tab on the left into the new playlist on the right.

After dragging files into the new playlist, the total playlist time is displayed in the top right corner. The duration of an individual file is shown in each row of the playlist in a white font, and beneath this figure the time since the beginning of the playlist is displayed in a smaller light gray font.

To audition a playlist file in your web browser, click the white triangle play/pause button on the left side of each row. Click the small white x icon on the right hand side of each row to remove a file from the playlist. You can also drag and drop files to re-order them.

Click the playlist Fade button (two horizontal white arrows crossing in a gray rectangle), to the right of the New and Delete buttons, to open a beige bar in which you can set the Fade in and Fade out times for this playlist.

Click any one of the smaller Fade buttons between file rows to open another beige bar which enables you to set fade in and fade out times between two adjacent files in the playlist. The fade buttons for adjacent files change to an orange background when you click them.

Each file in the playlist also has a button with two square brackets, which enables you to set cue in and cue out times for that particular file. Like the fade button, it changes to an orange background when you click it. The length of the file in the playlist is updated automatically, but the Original Length of the file is also displayed for your reference.


When your playlist is complete, click the New button in the top left corner to create another playlist, or browse to another page of the Airtime interface. If you want to edit the playlist contents or the playlist metadata later, you can find it by Title, Creator or Length using the Search tab of the Playlist Builder page. Click on the playlist in the search results list, and select Edit from the pop-up context menu. A playlist that is already open for editing will show the option Close in the context menu instead. You can also Delete a playlist from this context menu.