Broadcast

Broadcast is the tool for broadcasting the show. The presenter has a powerful tool with a bunch of features to build a high quality show. Left alone Broadcast will run automated playing the play lists as they come from the scheduler or play the play lists as prepared by the presenter. Every presenter can have his own accesscode with his own accessrights.

Key Features:

  • play playlist continuously
  • load playlist automatically
  • emergency playlist
  • multiple users
  • presenters can create/prepare their own playlist and save them for later use
  • share personal playlists with other presenters
  • segue-editor lets you setup segues between audiofiles using a multitrack editor
  • monitor items in playlist and/or folders (PFL)
  • voicetacking
  • quickstarts: turn your keyboard into a real jinglemachine
  • logfile output of played and coming items
  • split output main playlist to two soundcards
  • drag-n-drop items between playlists
  • drag-n-drop to move items in the same playlist
  • drag-n-drop items from folder into playlist
  • direct access to music library
  • switch to external audiosource
  • master-slave functions when you have multiple broadcasts in your network
  • group multiple playlistitems
  • advanced timerfunctions onto events, playlistitems or groups
  • RDS support
  • remote control your playlist


More information about some key features:

The playlist

The play list will show a graphical view of the flow of the songs and other sound files. Also, you have time information about the next cue point or control event in the play list. Broadcast comes with two independent play lists, where the second play list is mostly used by the presenter for planning a coming sequence. The second play list can also be used for creating a completely different hour, for example for voice tracking to a night hour.

Voice tracking

Voice tracking is made in a monitor at the bottom of the play list, using only 4 key pressures to add the voice track, begin recording, set overlap for the next song and finish recording.
The monitor runs fully independent of the play list so you can make voice tracking and other adjustments while the play list is running and still keep the full overview of the play list.
Broadcast runs multiple overlapping sound files on a single standard sound card.


Advanced monitor

Advanced monitor is a multi track editor and as in any other editing in the Radiohost system the editing is non destructive. This means editing is made as a template on top of the sound file and you can always set the file back to its default settings with no lost of sound quality - even after 1.000 editings.

 

Groups and Timers

In the play list you can bundle some files together in a group. This means Broadcast will handle those files as one file. The group can be collapsed to show only one line in the play list.
Timers are used for synchronizing the play list to a time schedule by starting a file at a specific time. Used in conjunction with groups you can have timers acting several files before the timing must appear.



Triggers and Loop-record

The play list can be controlled by a remote signal. In its simplest form the trigger signal will play the next song, stop the play list, etc.
A more advanced control will be to have Broadcast listen for a remote signal between 17.54 and 17.56 to start a specific file in the play list.
If Broadcast is used as a master station it can send triggers for example at the start of the first commercial it can send a trigger to start the commercial blocks at the satellite Broadcasts. There will be a nice fade out/in when the commercials starts.
Loop-record is a feature used to mix an external radio signal into the play list. If the station is making all music, commercials, etc. but not the news. The news can be taken from the air and mixed into to play list. There will be no hard relay transition as the overlap has a fade out/in.

Saving playlists in files

Every presenter can save playlists he /she created in a seperate file for later use or to share it with collegues.

 

Notes

The presenter can read notes, attached on a song in the database. For example: list of concerts, highest position in the charts, albuminfo, etc. This information must be added via Communicator.

 

Hardware requirements

PC: Any standard officecomputer will be sufficient.
Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server.
Sound card: Any standard sound card. At least two stereo are recommended with up to 4 stereo out puts as maximum. Please, read our FAQ before you buy a soundcard.
Hard disc: Many stations which have no separate file server choose to use the PC where Broadcast is running as a file server. The needed capacity is dependent of the number of titles you want to use in your system. For every 10 Gb hard disk you can have approximately 1.125 titles in Mpeg 3, 256 Kbit format.
Net card: 100 Mbit or faster
Ram: min. 512 Mb

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