The Query Editor is a very powerful tool that is used when you want to search or filter for music by more than one criteria. In the Query Editor you can combine several criteria to search or filter for.
The Query Editor is used in various places throughout Helium Music Manager. It is a good idea to get acquainted with this dialog since can help you a lot when searching and filtering for music.
The Query Editor is used in the following places in Helium Music Manager:
A query can be saved as either an Advanced Search or a Smart Playlist.
Advanced Searches are used in these places:
Smart Playlists are used in these places:
The Query Editor dialog is made up a set of arguments (one or more rows of different search criteria). Each row has its own set of options which together will be combined into what is called a query.
Each row has - depending on the contents - a maximum of six different options to be set. These are explained below:
You can add opening and closing parenthesis to a query to combine certain criteria in a group to join with another group. You should use parenthesis on queries where you wish to use more than one AND/OR operator. If you only use the AND operator or the OR operator in a query, you don't need to use any parenthesis. An example of this follows:
The above query will generate results with Rock songs from 1994 and forward and Heavy Metal songs from 1994 and back. If youleave the parenthesises out the results would have been severely wrong.
The Dynamic operator is very useful for creating flexible queries that change the results of the query throughout time. A good example is if you create a query and set the following arguments:
This query will show tracks, albums or artists (depending on from where you run the query) that have been played more than one month or more ago. Try experimenting with the Dynamic operator and you will experience that it is most useful from the various places of Helium Music Manager that you can take advantage of the Query Editor.
When using the Query Editor for creating or editing a Smart Playlist there are a few extra controls at the bottom of the dialog.
By selecting the Limit to option you can limit the query from generating too many results. There are three different criteria to select from:
The selection method tells what type of results you wish to have, based on the type and amount specified. You may call it a kind of priority or sorting. The different selection methods are explained below: