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- Windows Vista SP2+
- .NET Framework 4.7.2
- Mouse/Trackpad for zooming
- Screen resolution larger than 1024×768
- 64-bit version of Windows
- Internet connection for online registration
- The following markers are stored:
– Hook Start
– Hook Length
- Basic artist and title information can be edited
- 64-bit for large files
- Very fast zooming in and out
- Easy to use
- Designed to be 100% compatible with StationPlaylist Creator and StationPlaylist Studio
- Zoom right to the sample level for absolute precision
- Compatible with smaller screens at 1024×768 or larger
Please note: VSE only supports MP3 files at the moment.
Where to start.
When the program loads, click on “Select Path” and then choose the appropriate folder location. Click on “Load” and your files will start to appear. If you would like to load the sub folders in the chosen path, the check the box and “Load” the files.
When the list is loaded, double click a chosen filename to load the waveform. Markers can be added easy by pressing on the “Place Marker” buttons, and clicking on the waveform, or by playing the audio and clicking on the appropriate ‘tag’ icon.
You can zoom in on the wave view by scrolling on your mouse wheel. Cue Markers can be moved around by hovering over them and dragging.
Click on the save button when when you are happy with the changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we really want to set cue points?
In the past, many stations used Winamp or Windows Media Player for audio play out (and many still do). Audio cues were basically non-existent, terrible, clunky and the cross fade wasn’t always the best. Here’s a good example of how the audio played out.
You can see the audio gaps of where there is dead air as highlighted in red. It doesn’t sound great if you’re trying to have a slick station. So, the solution is to make cue points on your files so that they play out like this where you get nice crossfading.
Adding these cue points for the audio overlap will change the sound of your station from great to amazing.
Doesn’t StationPlaylist set the “In” Cue point automatically?
Yes, it does! However, setting other cue points is a very manual process, and VSE lets you see what you are listening to and takes out all the guess work!
What about hooks?
Hooks are a fantastic way to tease what is coming up next by playing the chorus, or the part that spikes the listener’s interest in a song. Announcers have been doing this for years, but with the changes to the most recent versions of StationPlaylist Pro you can now automate this feature in your station.
You can now set all of your hooks visually now, to take out all of the guess work of when a hook starts and finishes, as you can now see it, and hear it with immediacy.
How do I set an Out point?
While some other broadcast software has “In” and “Out” points that can be set, StationPlaylist only has a “Cue In” marker available. To set a “Cue Out” marker, just set a “Segue” marker to make SPL fade early. Please note that it’s a fade, not a hard cut “Out” point. This feature is presently not available in SPL.
Has this been made in conjunction with StationPlaylist?
No, this is independent of the brilliant work that Ross at StationPlaylist has done.
Why make a tool like this when ‘TrackTool’ works so well?
Firstly, I’m a visualist, and having worked with various audio programs, I have found VSE the quickest and easiest way to add markers for SPL. This program is not designed to replace TrackTool, but rather compliment it. As VSE doesn’t do bulk file scans for Cue and Segue positions, it’s recommended to still use TrackTool. VSE does not replace all the features of the SPL TrackTool.
Does VSE Scan files?
Presently VSE does not do bulk file scans, for Cue and Segue positions. Using TrackTool is still the recommended method for this. VSE does not replace all the features of the SPL TrackTool and never will.
Can I change audio drivers/output?
At this stage, VSE will use the selected default Windows audio driver for its output.
Why is the demo version set to only 1 files to save?
I work in broadcast radio, and I know that quite often for weekly music additions, that sometimes it’s only 1 or 2 songs that get added in rotation.
I think the price is too high/low!
This is a companion tool that is designed to save you hours of time. Cataloging an entire new station that has no metadata is a daunting task, and you’ll appreciate having a visual cue editor. The amount of time you’ll save will make VSE quickly pay for itself, and you’ll be helping an independent developer who has spent countless hours on this project.
Something is not working as I expected?
Please submit a support ticket and I’ll take a look at your query.
What are the licence conditions?
Each licence can be installed on up to 3 operating system instances in a single location. A portable laptop would be associated with its ‘home base’ serial number cluster. Please contact for bulk licensing if required.
An “operating system instance” means a single Windows install. For example, a single bare-metal computer that has 30 virtual machines running Windows and installations of VSE on those VMs would require 10 licences.
In a typical scenario, a radio station would probably just require 1 licence, which can be spread over 3 different computers, such as a production computer, scheduler and PD.
The licence is perpetual and can not be transferred to a third party without written permission from Blue Tomato Media.
Complimentary email support will be offered for 30 days of a licence being purchased.
Minor upgrades and bug fixes will be provided as required for free, to paid registered users.
Refunds will only be considered within 14 days of purchase and if the licence key has not been activated, on a case-by-case basis.
Third Party Library Credits
This software would not be possible without the use of the following software libraries: NAudio, ScottPlot, Newtonsoft.Json, Audio Tools Library (ATL) for .NET.
- Supporting other audio file formats (long term)
“It helped me sort out my song library in double quick time, and gave me real accuracy for those all important items like Intro, Hooks and Segues. Excellent 10/10”
– Artie Stevens – Radio Bayside Melbourne
Unzip the download file and then run the filename called “VisualCues.exe”. Windows may list this as an “Application” type. Windows may also present you with a security warning that the application is not signed, this is normal, and you can choose to ignore it.
Also, when you come to register the program, make sure that it is not run from a path that is read-only, as the registration will not proceed correctly.
Current Version is v1.09.
Download Release Notes.txt