Adding and Editing Song Titles

The song entry / edit dialog is accessed from Song Inventory notebook tab by clicking the Add or Edit pushbutton on the bottom of the dataview.


This dataview includes multiple drop down menus.  If a menu does not offer the required value, select (new), type in a value and press  <Enter / Tab> to advance to the next field. These lists are dynamic. When a new value is entered, it is stored to a master list of available choices for next time. 


With the exception of the MIN & SEC  fields, there are few restrictions as to what you enter.  However, the title, artist & album fields are limited to 40 characters. Style and tempo fields support 20 characters. The song key field -- 6 characters. The comments field is limited to 120 characters. The industry standard for MP3 metadata is 30 characters per field.    




Field Definitions


Title - This field requires an entry. Type in the title of the song and press <Enter> to advance to the next field.


Color Code - Clicking on this field will open a menu offering a variety of font colors that can be assigned to the song.  Color coding songs can aid in creating set lists. Typically, a color code will specify a vocalist or tempo. e.g. All songs that Bob sings will be coded in red font which makes Bob's songs easy to recognize when creating a set list. Color coding may be deactivated at anytime by going to View-->Display options on the main menu. See Display Options for more information.


Song is Inactive - Checking this field will designate the song as not available for prime time and may be excluded from the Song Pool object on the Set List note tab. The action of excluding Inactive songs is controlled by a checkbox on that page.    


Artist & Album - Values in these fields are optional but we recommend that an entry is made in artist field at the very least.  Click the button to display a menu of stored items. If the appropriate artist or album is not found on the menu, simply press <ESC> to close the menu and type it in.  Alternatively, these fields can be used as custom fields and may contain any data you wish.  


Style - If the appropriate style is not found on the pick menu, select (new) and type in the new style or select (MORE) and choose from a menu of 140 music industry genre definitions. This menu is also activated by double clicking on the field. A value in this field can prove useful when creating set lists.


Tempo - As with style, entering a tempo value may be useful when generating set lists.. For example, you may decide the a set needs a slow song.  Assuming  you have diligently entered tempos in the data, you can set the filter to display only songs with a slow tempo in the song pool, thereby making the selection process quite painless. 


Vocals - Type in the vocalist name here or select a name from the drop down list. If the song is an instrumental, a good term might be: "Instrumental"


Key - Enter the key of the song.  Always use upper case unless, you need to designate a flat key such as: Bb. This field will accept up to six characters which should cover flat keys and modulations. This is another useful field to aid in set list creation. 


Duration MIN / SEC - These fields contain the duration of a song in minutes and seconds. Be sure to use leading zeros in the SEC field to specify values less than 10.  For example, if a song is 3 minutes and 5 seconds long you will type 3 in the MIN field and 05 in SEC field.  If the song is 3 minutes and 50 seconds long you will type 5 or 50 in the SEC field.


Rating & Comments - First time arrival to this field will surface the ratings menu. Select a rating of 1 to 5 stars. The selection will be placed at the front of the field and enclosed in curly brackets. {****}  The curly brackets are necessary for accurate filtering. Follow the ratings with miscellaneous text or nothing at all. To change a rating simply double click on the field to invoke the menu and select a new rating. There is no need to manually enter or edit these ratings. If you don't want to use a rating, simply erase it.        


Link audio - Browse to the song's audio file and double click on it to archive the path. Double-clicking on the blue loudspeaker symbol will load the song file into the system's default media player.  This field is optional. However, linking audio files enable you to create play lists which can be opened in your media player.  Optionally, a spacebar hotkey can be activated for easy launching.  


Link File - Browse to a file of your choice and double click to link it.  If you to use a more sophiscated document such as a music chart or pdf with annotations. Once a file is linked, it can be opened via a hotkey: Ctrl+Z.  See Lyrics Display Settings for details.