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    Create a Library View of multiple Genres /

    Is it possible to make a Library View with multiple genres? TBH as yet I can't even see how to create a Library View, but it is based on an Advanced Search, and I can't see how to do an Advanced Search that includes multiple genres. I am hoping use the Random Songs function to play random songs from different groups of genres (without manually selecting the genres each time I do a random mix). E.g. I could have a Library View of Hard Rock + Metal genres, and another one of Piano + Chamber genres...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    Is it possible to make a Library View with multiple genres? TBH as yet I can't even see how to create a Library View, but it is based on an Advanced Search, and I can't see how to do an Advanced Search that includes multiple genres. I am hoping use the Random Songs function to play random songs from different groups of genres (without manually selecting the genres each time I do a random mix). E.g. I could have a Library View of Hard Rock + Metal genres, and another one of Piano + Chamber genres...
    Make favourites thus:

    randomplay://track?genres=Hard%20Rock,Metal

    randomplay://track?genres=Piano,Chamber

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    Delimiter is ","

    Spaces in genre names "%20"
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    Make favourites thus:

    randomplay://track?genres=Hard%20Rock,Metal

    randomplay://track?genres=Piano,Chamber

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    Delimiter is ","

    Spaces in genre names "%20"
    That's very cool. The only problem is it only plays 10 tracks? I guess I could keep adding it to the playlist, but I suspect that is different to a proper Random mix as you will get duplication. Also, where can I find the general syntax for these sort of commands. They look pretty handy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    That's very cool. The only problem is it only plays 10 tracks? I guess I could keep adding it to the playlist, but I suspect that is different to a proper Random mix as you will get duplication. Also, where can I find the general syntax for these sort of commands. They look pretty handy!
    It should keep adding tracks in line with what options you've set at LMS > Random Mix.

    It's a while since I added my random mix favourites, the idea was from posts by @d6jg, perhaps if you ping him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    It should keep adding tracks in line with what options you've set at LMS > Random Mix.

    It's a while since I added my random mix favourites, the idea was from posts by @d6jg, perhaps if you ping him?
    It doesn't seem to add more tracks for some reason. But I have just worked out if you do an Advanced Search with multiple genres separated by a "," then that works. Any idea how I convert an Advanced Search to a library view as that would also achieve what I am trying to do ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    It doesn't seem to add more tracks for some reason. But I have just worked out if you do an Advanced Search with multiple genres separated by a "," then that works. Any idea how I convert an Advanced Search to a library view as that would also achieve what I am trying to do ..
    Adapt this post to fit your requirements.

    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...l=1#post968966
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    Adapt this post to fit your requirements.

    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...l=1#post968966
    Perfect, all works brilliantly. Thank you very much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    Perfect, all works brilliantly. Thank you very much!
    Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    It should keep adding tracks in line with what options you've set at LMS > Random Mix.

    It's a while since I added my random mix favourites, the idea was from posts by @d6jg, perhaps if you ping him?
    The original poster's question has been resolved, but maybe it's worthwhile to chime in here. I hope so, anyway.

    I haven't used the built-in random mix recently, because I prefer the greater control that the Dynamic and SQL Playlists plugins provide. But I think I recall it worked the same way.

    If I'm in the Dynamic Playlists menu and I PLAY one of the playlists, it behaves as expected: the current playlist is cleared, the specified number of tracks (10) are added to the empty playlist, and it begins playing. After each track concludes, another track will be added to the playlist.

    However, if I APPEND (ADD) the Dynamic Playlist to the current playlist, it simply adds the ten tracks to the end of the current playlist, and no further action is taken. No more tracks will be added.

    But if I add the Dynamic Playlist to my Favorites, I can usually append the favorite to a running playlist and it will work the way I want it to: a placeholder is added to the end of the playlist. When the placeholder reaches the "now playing" position, the playlist is cleared and then the Dynamic Playlist plays as expected, continuing to add tracks until it stops. Occasionally, this doesn't work as expected, but I've never worked out the circumstances that coincide with the failure.

    Again, I am not certain that the built-in Random Mix works the same way, but I think that was the way it worked the last time I tried, several versions ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbl View Post
    That's very cool. The only problem is it only plays 10 tracks? . . .
    In order for these genre mixes to continue adding tracks, you need to put a tick in the box "Add new items when old ones finish" and click "Save" at the bottom of the page.

    If I untick this box, no further tracks are added to the playlist.


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