You can add custom fields to your store to further enhance the music search capability. You could use these for things like featured instruments, tempo, country of origin, production style, mix type, almost anything you want. The custom fields can be displayed in your store as pull-down menus or left hidden so that the data can be used for internal use (like track ID in another system) or for keyword search only.
To set up custom fields go to the ‘Tracks/Songs’ page, and click on the ‘Configure’ button.
There are 21 custom fields available to use:
15 ‘Single Value’ fields:
- 1 with a 128 characters limit
- 4 with a 64 characters limit
- 10 with a 32 characters limit
- 6 ‘Multiple Value’ fields
It is recommended to match the field size to your expected data size. 32 characters is suited for most one word data.
1) ‘Single Value’ - A single word, or word combination. You would use this for an absolute definition that you want to use in a pull-down menu in your store such as Tempo - Fast, or Mix Type - Bass and drums only.
2) ‘Multiple Values’ – Multiple words each separated by a comma. You use this when you want to assign to a track multiple values that you want to appear individually in a pull-down menu in your store. For example - featured instrument. A track may have 3 featured instruments: banjo, flute, and slide guitar. Entering: “Banjo, Flute, Slide Guitar” into this field would mean that each of these instruments would appear separately in the pull-down menu. It also means that when the user filters by any one of the three, this track will show. This is similar to the Tags field functionality.
After entering your custom field names and enabling them, be sure to click ‘Save’.
The custom fields will also appear on the ‘Edit Track’ page and in the CSV export/import file of your catalog’s metadata.
If you are using a CSV file for your meta-data, you will need to add columns for any custom fields with the corresponding field titles (or just export the existing data, the new columns will be added automatically).
For custom fields that will be visible in your store (as pull-down menus), it’s a good idea to have a pool of words from which you select the one(s) you want to use for each track. Otherwise, the pull-down menus could get very long.