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The current time, the duration of the current song, the elapsed time of that song, and the time left for that song are shown. Other fields indicate whether DJIQ is in operation, whether the database is being scanned, the number of directories (folders) RoboDJ has scanned, error messages, and other useful information.
When pushed in, RoboDJ selects a song for the playlist based on the current Format and the Schedule of play, and begins playing immediately. When the button is clicked again, it turns from blue to gray and stops play at the end of the current song. RoboDJ does not interrupt play. To shut down RoboDJ, click the X in the upper right corner or click Quit RoboDJ on the Setup tab. This prevents you from accidentally shutting down RoboDJ when you only want to mute it or briefly stop play.
This toggle button immediately mutes and un-mutes play.
The current song is immediately skipped and the next song on the Play List will start. The song will play again in the next cycle, depending on its Play Rotation setting.
The current song is immediately skipped and the next song on the Play List will start. The song will not play again unless reset manually. Note that if you set the genre of the song to be excluded and then set it to be un-excluded, this song will also be un-excluded.
If you think the currently playing song should be more often, click this button. This will not affect the current play.
If you think the currently playing song should be played less often, click this button. This will not affect the current play.
The list box shows a lot of information about the current song. The Release Year is usually the date the current copy of the audio file or CD was released, but if the song matches an earlier song that RoboDJ recognizes, the Release Year will revert to that earlier date. The Popular Rank is a rating based on sheet music sales, radio airplay, record, CD, and online sales. RoboDJ differentiates between the Top 30 and songs ranked 31 to 100. A Popular Rank of 0 indicates that RoboDJ is not familiar with the song. The Class is not a Genre, but a special kind of data flag that currently has these values:
In the future, RoboDJ may include other Classes in its system. The Genre data is based on what is the most-likely genre where that artist has performed most of their songs. Though, the Beatles can be identified as rock, pop, or even folk, most of their songs have been rock, so the Beatles are always set to the Rock genre. For simplicity, many similar genres are combined into a more general genre. For instance, "Adult" is set as "Pop", "Acid Jazz" is "Jazz", "Deathcore" is "Metal", "Grunge" becomes "Rock", etc. The original music files are never touched.
If you double-click on the Artist, Album, Title, or Label RoboDJ will launch your favorite browser and automatically do a Google search on the item you selected. For instance, searching on the performers, the "Ink Spots" will bring up YouTube links and also a Wikipedia link to information about the Ink Spots.
The Play Rotation is based on the selection made by RoboDJ at the time of scanning, and is overridden by manual changes by the Promote and Demote buttons. The Times Played indicator indicates how many times the song has been played since it first entered the RoboDJ database.
The playback volume is the output from the 4 audio players included in RoboDJ. This setting does not affect the overall setting of main volume or wave output volume of your sound card.
These four indicators show which players are in use. Due to overlaps between songs and short interludes such as custom announcements, 2 or sometimes 3 indicators will be red at any given time.
Clicking Reset will reset the playback volume from the 4 audio players included in RoboDJ to the default mid-level.
This bar advances as the current song plays.
The Play List shows the next song(s) scheduled to play. If the songs on the list are MP3 or WMA, the time indicated when each song will play will be correct. If the song in the list is an AAC/M4A or Apple iTunes file, it will be wrong the first time it plays because RoboDJ will not have accurate time length information. However, after the song has played once, RoboDJ will remember its playing time and store that data for the next play. Therefore, the more you use RoboDJ, the more accurate the playtimes will be.
When DJIQ is toggled on, RoboDJ will play virtual DJ and will take the parameters of the current song and match one of the parameters for the next song. The frequency when DJIQ does this is set by the DJIQ Frequency setting on the Setup tab. See DJIQ Frequency for more information.
Clicking Manual Play prevents RoboDJ from selecting any new songs after the current Play List is exhausted. It is not associated with the Manual Play Tab, where songs are added to the Play List and automatically play in turn.
Clicking on one of the Purchase options takes you to a website where you can purchase additional music. This is a very simple interface, which allows you lots of flexibility in selecting music to download and where to store it.
Clicking the Help button will take you to the RoboDJ website if your computer is connected to the Internet, so that you can view these user manual/help files.