[RDD] Importing music & including timed events

Robert Jeffares jeffares.robert at gmail.com
Tue May 8 21:30:07 EDT 2012

When you import from Music or Schedule systems you need EVENT's in the
LOG to accept the import data which tells RD 'What to Play" at that

The EVENT is the arbiter of hard/soft time NOT the external scheduler.

You can have EVENT's in the LOG that don't necessarily happen unless
something is scheduled there.

You can create macros to tell RD to do things like 'Play This Next'
which we use for random events like traffic and inserts a cart in the
log if a suitably labelled track gets put in the dropbox. Our traffic
macro plays the information 3 times at 8 minute intervals.

As far as I know there is no way of having the scheduler instruct the
event to change from soft to hard start or vice versa.

You really have to set up your clocks and allow for everything
possible, then run the import and the system puts everything where it
should go.

Just what are you trying to achieve?


On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM, Paul Hayton <ph at paulhayton.co.nz> wrote:
> Thanks Robert for your reply.
> Does anyone know if there is anything you can include in a music import file
> that will make Rivendell recognise an item (song, macro etc.) as a
> (hard/soft) timed event?
> If I load a music log with an macro event (has a make next command in it)
> timed to play at 58:30 as the last time in the hour but schedule music that
> may start after it (Love Is) the log ignores the fixed time nature and adds
> the macro into the new hour as a new item to segue to around 2 mins past.
> My scheduling software assigns an 03 event code to songs and an 04 event
> code to spots (or at least I think it considers it a spot)
> I'm wondering if there are codes Rivendell would recognise assigned to an
> item on an import line and say aha that's a timed event respect this time as
> hard/soft?
> 03 010970   Everybody Have Fun Tonig 0245   05 12 12 00 54 49
> 03 010564   Love Is                  0213   05 12 12 00 58 54
> 04 050009   Make Next.               0000   05 12 12 00 58 30
> Cheers, Paul.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Jeffares [mailto:jeffares.robert at gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, 8 May 2012 10:44 a.m.
> To: ph at paulhayton.co.nz; User discussion about the Rivendell Radio
> Automation System
> Subject: Re: [RDD] Importing music & including timed events
> I have an event at the top of the hour which is set 'Use Scheduled Time' and
> 'Make Next' which bumps the three or four over fill songs scheduled at :55
> :56 :57 :58. Yes you can schedule an event every minute with material in it
> longer then that. The clock is a guide not a micrometer.
> Works like clock work :)
> On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM, Paul Hayton <ph at paulhayton.co.nz> wrote:
>> How can I externally schedule timed events into a music log?
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