Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

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Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by nosfera2 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:02 pm

Thanks so much! ----i'll give it a shot

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:57 pm

Yep, under file -> manage collections. You can create a new collection there.

You can simply make the only criterium for that collection to have it contain the songs from the playlist that you would like to use for this script.

Then under the script config add the newly made collection under library filter and you're set.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by nosfera2 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:47 pm

Thanks for the quick response----is a Collection something I'd need to create as opposed to a playlist or am I somehow reclassifying a playlist as a collection? Sorry but I wasn't familiar with the Collection designation.

Thanks again!

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:34 pm

You have to use a 'collection' instead of a playlist. But collections work roughly the same.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by nosfera2 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:28 pm

Would I be able to use this function to only play albums from a playlist? (I reviewed this entire thread but didn't see it mentioned)

Thank you!

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:49 pm

Thank you! :D

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by trixmoto » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:46 pm

Ok, I think I understand. I'll see what I can do in the next version.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:11 am

You misunderstand. Those 30 to 40 tracks constitute 4 to 6 whole albums.

My setup is this:

Usually on Sundays I reserve my listening time for recently released albums. I find that this goes well with my weekly housecleaning tasks.

I have a static playlists that contains about 30 albums. New albums get added to that playlist and once I've heard an album enough times I take it off. I call this playlist Heavy Rotation.

I have a collection that has Heavy Rotation as a criteria.

This collection is the basis for AutoAlbumDJ.

So what happens is that AADJ plays albums from Heavy Rotation each Sunday. But it does so with the criteria that songs from the album must not have been played in the past 15 days. Thus if I play an album on a given Sunday it will not be played again on the two Sundays after that and it comes back into rotation on the third Sunday after it was played.

As a result there are usually a few albums that are 'in rotation' on any given Sunday. Which means the script should work as it needs to pick out one of those 4-6 albums that are 'in rotation'.

And it does work, I've been using it for months actually and am very happy with it, but (as described in my earlier post) it sometimes fails to pick a song from an album that is 'in rotation' during one of the 999 attempts. The lesser the number of albums 'in rotation' the more it fails. Therefor I would like to see the number of possible attempts go up. 9999 should be okay I think. Additionally it would be nice if the script remembers what song it picked during a failed attempt so it doesn't pick that one again during the same search for a song that meets the criteria.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by trixmoto » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:27 pm

The script is designed to play whole albums. If you've only got about 30-40 tracks which meet the criteria, then I don't think this script will work for you.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:23 am

Okay, so I set attempts=9999 in the MM.ini file which seems to work, which is a big improvement. :D


It would however be nice if I could set that in the script options since otherwise I will have to edit the .ini file each time I make a change of any kind to the script's settings.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:12 am

Am I correct in understanding that the script works like this?

1 First it selects a random track from all the available tracks. (In my case the available tracks is a subset of tracks based on a library filter)
2 It then checks if the selected track and all of the other tracks from that album meet the criteria. If not it goes back to 1.
3 If the criteria are met the album is queued. If not it selects random tracks until the number of [attempts] is met and then selects a random track from the available tracks to queue up.

If this is correct then the way I want to use this script really doesn't work very well.

My library filter contains about 300 tracks for AADJ to select from. Usually only a small amount of tracks will meet my criteria. Say about 30 to 40. My criteria is last played (days) = 15

What happens a lot is that AADJ selects 999 (max number of attempts) tracks that do not meet the criteria and happens not to randomly select one of the tracks that does meet the criteria. I then end up with a random track.

I think the script does not keep track of the tracks that it already tried to select in an earlier attempt. Which means some tracks get attempted several times and of course fail each time. Would it be possible to have the script check for that to prevented multiple attempts at the same track?

Additionally, I would like to have the maximum number of attempts to be (much) more than 999. I don't mind if the script takes some time to find something that meets the criteria as long as it does.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by trixmoto » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:06 am

Thanks, I've added for you suggestion to my list for the next version.

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Davo » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:40 am

Hi Trixmoto - Not sure if your still doing any development on this but a couple of features i would like is to be able to select more than one library (or Collection as they're now called) and to have some % parameter between the libraries so trhat i could select say 70% from my Jazz Collection & 30% from my Classical Chamber Music Collection.
Regards

Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by Onweerwolf » Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:32 pm

These are the settings i'm using:

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Re: Auto Album DJ 3.8 - Updated 08/08/2010

Post by trixmoto » Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:20 pm

The script will always throw in a random track is it can't select an album. When the message says it can't find any tracks above the minimum rating, if you've got it set to "unknown" then it will be including unknown tracks, which effectively means you don't have a rating criteria, I just didn't bother to put in loads of different messages depending on the different settings. You probably need to check your filter and genre settings as well.

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