MusicMaster for Windows is customizable music scheduling software used by radio, Internet and television stations.
After selling the first copy of MusicMaster to WCXI-FM/Detroit, Knapp rewrote the program for the Radio Shack TRS-80 and then for the IBM personal computer. In 1985, it was licensed for distribution by Tapscan and sold as MusicScan. When a bitter legal dispute ended A-ware's relationship with Tapscan in 1994, Knapp formed his own company and distributed the program as MusicMaster. To keep up with global trends, A-ware Software redesigned the software for Microsoft Windows in 2001. Users are able to use Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel to copy, paste and share MusicMaster data.
The user assigns the songs to any number of different categories. These Categories are then requested in specific times and patterns throughout the day using any number of Format Clocks. The Categories allow some songs to rotate, or repeat, more often than others in the library. Usually, the newer and more popular songs are heard more often, while the older established hits are heard less frequently.
In addition to scheduling rules, MusicMaster also offers an Optimum Goal Scheduling system that selects the best possible song based on a combination of weighted scores. These scores are a measure of the variance from the calculated ideal music rotation as indicated by the rotational mathematics of the music library and Format Clock assignments. The song closest to "perfect" is the one selected for airplay in each position on the playlist.
MusicMaster automatically generates the best possible mix of music that never repeats exactly the same way twice. Users can export the MusicMaster playlists to files that are compatible with most radio and television automation systems, such as Google automation , as well as many popular media players.
The balance and rotation of non-music elements, such as jingles and sweepers, are also controlled by MusicMaster. Users can automatically match sweepers and jingles to specific song attributes such as artist, tempo, or genre.
MusicMaster also offers a Nexus Server that allows third-party developers to directly access and update the MusicMaster scheduling intelligence, database, and playlists through their own software systems for real-time synchronization of data . Broadcast software products such as traffic and billing, research analysis and web services may use the Nexus Server to interact directly with a MusicMaster database.
Clients include: ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, Clear Channel, Saga Communications, Inc., MTV Networks, Lincoln Financial Media, Jones Music Programming, and many more across the globe .