Receive our QuickTips!

TuneTracker users can read the latest online QuickTip inside Command Center by right-clicking on their scrolling textbox and choosing "Read latest QuickTip." You can also receive them via e-mail, and read all of them here online.

If you write to us and subscribe to our QuickTips e-mailing, we'll send fresh Q-Tips out to you regularly via e-mail.

Select a Category

TuneTracker and SoundPlay Tips
Log Editing/Generation Tips
Remote Administration Tips
Networking & Internet Streaming Tips
Audio and Production Tips
SignalCaster Tips
TunePrepper Tips
Fetchit! Tips
Haiku, BeOS, and ZETA Tips
Free Resources
Miscellaneous Tips

Command Center and SoundPlay

Meaning of "cannot save persistent program log queue" error
Some good dynamics settings for our BeOS users
An error message you can ignore
Viewing your output log in a BIG window
Preparing Program Logs - Stay TWO Jumps Ahead of TuneTracker.
Using Command Center's Drag-n-drop to copy song files
Using color coding to view songs by genre in Command Center
Quick "cheat" to copy the currently-playing audio file
EOM trumps Cue for songs. Read why!
Understanding the information in your Output Logs
Just how much info CAN you put in the song's "Info" field?
In Command Center, displaying a song's path and filename
Trick to quickly collapse hours while in hour view
Silencing SoundPlay without affecting your Internet stream
A "best practices" recommendation for playing songs "out of order"
Assuring you're in the right place after reloading the log
Hey, where'd my buttons go?!
Setting Up a multi-switch button in TuneTracker
Causing multiple switcher routings with a single program log event
Displaying and using database-style output logs - part one
Displaying text scripts right off the web
The Cue feature, Command Center's "blue cart button"
Displaying information when songs last played
Using KickStart to keep Command Center Crankin'!
Boosting or Reducing Individual Track Volumes
Using Drag-n-Drop to Do Color Coding
Using Live-Assist Mode during Live Programming
Using the TalkBed Feature, Part II "How"
Using the TalkBed Feature, Part I "Why"
Using Cue to Overlap with Network Return
When Block Programming Quits Permaturely (SS May Be to Blame)
Using Lightning with ShuttlePad to Rapidly Add Commercials to Current Program Log
Setting Up an Index Card Stack
Moving the Button Editor for Easier Drag-n-Drop Editing
Using a "Run" Button to Do Backups
Creating a "Radar Button" in Command Center
Using Number Keys - Easy as One, Two, Three...uh, Four!
The F-Key: Your Window on the World
Dragging from Anywhere to Preview in Command Center
Viewing Lengthy Artist and Title Information
Take the Time to Play With Your System!
What are those Output Logs and Report Logs for?
Understanding Segue Markers
Using the Get Info Feature for Commercial Tags
Adding Segue Markers to Non-Song Events Like Sweepers
Making Life Easier with UseMyShowSet and UseButtonPadSet
Delay in Your Headphones
TimeAnnounce "Cheating"
Saving the Contents of the Scrolling Textbox
Command Center View Modes - By the Numbers
Fix for Rare "Chopped Audio" Anomaly
Calculating Running Time
Muting SoundPlay
TuneTracker's "Pervasive Nature"
Elapsed Time Display in SoundPlay
Avoiding Live Input Crashes
Reducing Live Echo
Drag-and-Drop to Queue
Solving a "Live Freeze"
Live Input Only When You Want It

Remote Administration

If TT Anywhere access is slowing down...
Emergency (and other) Updates From Home
More Notes on Using TT Anywhere to Engineer Your Own Broadcast
Accessing Multiple Stations with TT Anywhere
Engineering Your Own Remote Broadcast with TT Anywhere™ Part II
Engineering Your Own Remote Broadcast with TT Anywhere™ Part I
Reloading the Log
Preserving Attributes with FTP

Audio and Production

Using Army Knife to Copy Filename to Title Attribute
Setting Up an Audition Circuit on Your Switcher
RadioDaddy is Your Friend
Christmas Tip 2: "Selecting Christmas Music"
Christmas Tip 2: "Selecting Christmas Music"
Randomizing by More than One Criteriat-Once
Manually Changing File Attributes
Customizing TT2 Pro Time Announcements
Preserving Attributes with FTP


SignalCaster tips coming soon!

Haiku®, BEOS, and ZETA

The Benefits of Using Workspaces
Making Workspaces Awesome
Taking advantage of Haiku's "Tabs"
Quickly umounting multiple drive volumes
Using USB hard drives in Haiku
Using USB sticks and "jump drives" in Haiku
Restoring files from Trash to their original locations automatically
If you empty the trash and the icon doesn't look empty
If the icons ever disappear from your desktop...
Getting rid of the music flourish when Haiku®/ZETA boots up
Getting to the Desktop from Command Center
Killing and Restarting Tracker or the Deskbar
Cleaning Out Your Backup Drive
How Much RAM is Enough?
Compensating for Daylight Savings Time Changes, in Haiku®
Getting Anywhere Fast
Moving a Window to Another Workspace
Preserving On-Air Integrity
Turning Off System Sounds
Mounting Volumes Automatically
Clearing Drives So They Can Be Unmounted
TuneTracker-Friendly Decors in ZETA
Learn to "Right-Click-and-Drag"
Spying Resource Usage
Launching TimeTracker at Bootup
Printing Out Song Lists
Magic Alert Messages
Solving the Click Twice Conundrum
GMT Accuracy
Keeping LiveEncoder Hidden but Handy
Quickly Changing Attributes
Using Big Hard Drives

Miscellaneous Tips

Bringing files over from Lightning to ArmyKnife
Powering your computer off and back on remotely while it is left unattended
Quickly save Lightning search results as a playlist file
Some helpful studio setup/wiring diagrams
Finding any file in a folder, instantly
What to do if desktop icons bunch up/overlap
What to do if the Deskbar crunches into a corner
Avoiding "computer noise" in live studios
Hooking up with other Haiku users via IRC (chat)
If TT Anywhere starts slowing down
What to do if Army Knife doesn't change an attribute
Putting the clamp on the cable mess
Three tools to give dust the "brush-off" at your radio station
"DataVac" a great way to keep your TuneTracker computer healthy
Creating a shortcut to log into another computer via FTP
Finding songs you can't quite remember, using Lightning
BeSharing on a Mac or PC
Don't let "Caps Lock" trip you up
Doing a fast-find, quick-scroll in Army Knife
The power of "direct-dragging" between Lightning and Army Knife
What is the Haiku® operating system?
Getting a fast count of songs in your music library
Checking your TuneBacker drive for "fullness"
Are you using TuneBacker?
How to spend a lot less on cables and adapters
Sharing calendars and photos with your listeners
Discover TuneTracker Systems' "magic logos"
A great source of free album information for your "Info" window
Getting blocked by your Internet Service Provider?
Successfully recording voice tracks anywhere is a "snap!"
How to do a carriage return when accessing Pe from TT Anywhere
Making TT Anywhere More Secure
Slowing down a "too fast" mouse pointer
Just a fun desktop tweak
Clearing files from a "smothered desktop"
Setting Up GetPlay With TimeTracker
Four ways to add valuable information to songs
Speeding Up TT Anywhere Sessions
Is Your "Home" a Mess? (Cleaning Up Your Home Folder)
Using the Switcher to Route Different Inputs for Background Recordings
Clearing All Switcher Channels Using # Route-Off
Are You Using the Info Feature?
Leave Lightning Open for Faster Searches
Restoring Lost Attributes Using Army Knife
Using Army Knife to Copy Filename to Title Attribute
Keep it All in One Folder
Generating Income Using TempAnnounce
Staying Current with NTP (clock updating)
Following LPFM News Happenings
Understanding ProximityGuard(TM)
Searching Through Multiple Output Logs
TuneTracker Chatroom Support
Launching TimeTracker at Bootup
Printing Out Song Lists
Remote Possibilities Part I
Remote Possibilities Part II
Remote Possibilities Part III
Two Different Broadcasts

Networking and Internet Streaming

Clearing and Resetting Your BeOS Networking
If your TT Anywhere connection is slowing down
Staying Current with NTP (clock updating)
Keeping Internet Listeners Connected, Part II
Keeping Internet Listeners Connected, Part I
Streaming Properly to RealOne Players
Setting Up FTP Networking
Network Setup under ZETA "Neo"
Private Messages in BeShare
Comparing Streaming Costs
Internet Streaming Tips, Part I
Playing Audio Files Stored Elsewhere


What's The Big Deal About ID3 Tags?
Choose Destination Folders Wisely
Mounting Volumes Automatically
Unattended Ripping of Multiple CDs
Right-Click Ripping of CDs
Manually Changing File Attributes


Using the "Rename" Feature

Free Resources

Calculating hard drive capacity using nice, simple "plain English"
A great free site for estimating the storage requirements of various audio file formats
Using Command Center to Record Internet Streams for Broadcast Later
RadioDaddy is Your Friend
Christmas Tip 7: "Rotating Features by Day"
Christmas Tip 6: "MakeMyDay Christmas Present"
Christmas Tip 5: "Free Christmas Production Goodies"
TuneTracker Chatroom Support
BeShare: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Editing and Generating Logs

The "Simply Powerful" # Switcher Command
The Most Common Errors in TuneStacker Logs
The Difference between "cautions" and "errors" in your program logs
If TuneStacker is taking its time generating program logs
Quickly find out how many of a certain entry are in a program log
Using Command Center's "Running Times" feature to test how your logs will run
TuneStacker errors when everything looks "OK"
Avoiding a music protection "fistfight"
Fewer time-corrects = better control over music mix
Be sure to "cover" block programming with music
An effective "casual" approach to music formatting
Letting GetPlay help you through the holidays
Using multiple attributes and wildcards in your master logs
Using the "half song rule" when placing time corrects in logs
Contending with varying lengths in satellite programming segments
Add line breaks to make logs easier to read
Interpreting TuneStacker's three progress bars
Resolving "Nulls" in Program Logs
Setting Up GetPlay With TimeTracker
Uses for the "Gender" Attribute
What do I do about question marks at the ends of lines in my program logs?
Using Relay-For to "stream" a file right off the web.
Getting double duty (and more) from the Comment attribute
What the Red Lines in Lightning Mean
Making a Text Editor the Default for Program Logs
Filenames Matter in Rotations
Scanning multiple hard drive volumes in TuneStacker
A rock-solid way to "keep quiet" during times of non-broadcast
Straying from your expected broadcast times? Check your logs!
Adding Segue Markers to Non-Song Events Like Sweepers
Making Life Easier with UseMyShowSet and UseButtonPadSet
Tweaking your (TuneStacker ProximityGuard) Tolerances, Part I
Global Search-and-Replace in Pe Text Editor
Doing Search-and-Replace of Blocks of Text
Protecting by Attribute: Make Sure They Match!
Creating Gourmet Playlists, Part II: "The Rating Attribute"
Creating Gourmet Playlists, Part I: "Kind Comments"
Creating and Merging Sports Logs into Program Logs Using Lightning
Don't Miss the ShowText Feature!
Most common problem when files aren't found by TuneStacker
Christmas Tip 4: "Prepping" for the Holidays"
Christmas Tip 3: "Preparing Holiday Logs"
Christmas Tip 1: "PlayFolder as a Holiday Production TimeSaver"
Doing Fast Edits to Multiple Logs
Using Rotate to "Cheat"
Improving your Format Increases Log Generation Speed
Randomizing by More than One Criteriat-Once
Preparing Holiday Logs
Making Paths Accurate for the "Play" Command
When NOT to use Time-Corrects
Customizing TT2 Pro Time Announcements
Reloading the Log