When playing music from
sources other than the on-air playback system, the artist and title information
are not available for the RDS\RBDS encoders, HD Systems, Web Site, Streams or
for reporting purposes. Our new playlist editor and radio automation simulator
modules make this possible with an immediate on-the-fly update, using a preset
song list or using the playlist editing feature to create a playlist for
For stations recording
segments for a repeat or encore broadcast, the Radio Automation Simulator can be
scheduled to re-send the now playing information from the original broadcast
during the repeat broadcast.
Playlist Queue Sheet Editor
Using the Center
Stage playlist editor, we can enter the now playing information into
a secondary music database where it can be recalled for use in one
of three methods.
entries for Now Playing
Once the song
information has been entered, we can use the Play Now command to
save the information to our mini-music library and send the data
to CSRDS for use in the "RDS Data Casting" services. Once sent, the information is
recorded in a daily CSLogIt log for verification and reporting as
well as the CSRDS playlist history and to the streaming sites for
other reporting purposes.
Ideal for live
segments where music is played from CD's, Tape's, MP3 players or
Pre-Defined Song List
Should the host wish
to prepare a list of songs they may use during their broadcast, they
can create the list and save it for later use. When the song is
played, a single click sends all of the information to the RDS
For recorded segments
we can use the Playlist Editor to create a Queue Sheet Playlist for
use in the Radio Automation Simulator module CSRAS. To create a
playlist, we enter the start time of the segment and add all of the
songs, commercial breaks, voice tracks, etc with their associated
times and CSLogIt will create a log based on those times. As events
are added, the playlist editor will calculate the time CSRAS will
send the event. A special Set Time command is included to re-sync
the clocks to a specific event.
If desired, the
playlist can be viewed on the screen or printed as a log to create
the actual audio file.
CSLogIt supports both
the Sonart log and iTunes Text Export formats which can be imported
directly into the Playlist editor.
There is also a remote
version of this module which can be freely given to off-site
producers to create a playlist for their segment. When completed,
the remote module can be used to "FTP" the playlist and completed
audio file back to the station eliminating the need to release the
FTP site or login information. Like other remote modules, the
playlist editor will be authorized via an
file created at the station.
The playlist monitor
is the module that will monitor the FTP site looking for authorized
playlist and audio files. When found, the validated playlist will be
downloaded and ready for use in CSRAS. The audio files will be
downloaded to the appropriate import directory for use in the
automation system. Non-authorized data will simply be deleted from
the FTP site.
CSRAS is our Radio Automation
Simulator that will send data to the RDS system based on a pre-defined playlist.
Depending on need, CSRAS can process data for different purposes.
Repeat or Encoder Performance.
If you are recording a live
broadcast that will be re-broadcast at a later date and/or time, we can schedule
the repeat broadcast using the CSScheduler module. At the set date and time, the
now playing information sent during the original broadcast will be re-sent for
the repeat broadcast. If desired, you may schedule different promotional
messages to be used during the repeat broadcast promoting the Encoder
performance or announcing this is from a previous broadcast.
If you are delaying a live
broadcast to be aired at the same time in another time zone, we can configure
CSRAS to "hold" the meta-data for that time zone for the time difference. For
Example; if a live broadcast at 10AM EST is to be delayed for broadcast at 10AM CT,
we simply configure an instance of CSRAS to delay the metadata for 60 min before
sending it to the instance of CSRDS for the CT broadcast.
Currently the Sonart automation
system does not send now playing information to be used for RDS systems.
However, it does create a playlist with the times of each event. If desired, we
can schedule CSRAS to watch for these playlist and use the information to send
now playing information based on the scheduled times.