Here you’ll find software that is useful in the radio studio, production booth, theatre/sports-ground, or just at home managing a music collection. Whether it’s a jingle/sound-effects application, broadcast logger, or even a studio clock/status display – there’s something here for community, commercial and internet broadcasters of all sizes.
What I Do :
Alongside my own efforts which you can try (and buy), I often produce custom solutions for broadcasters (large+small), eg:
- Software Development – Data conversion utilities (eg: to/from CartChunk, CSV etc), audio players/recorders, hardware event logger, transmitter locator (now available to download) and an image-picker for displaying a station logo on a wall-mounted flat-screen.
- Hardware Solutions – Recent projects include: GPIO relay to UDP converter, button/network on-air switching router and front-panel design for a small mixing console.
I am not taking on any further custom work at this time!
DAC Cartwall is in use at over 1000 locations including home-studios, community and commercial radio as well as the BBC. It’s great for outside events and spot-effects in theatres. DAC is simple to use and ideal for playing spontaneous items like jingles, sound-effects, news clips – and even music.
Each “Set” offers 10 pages of 56 buttons plus an unlimited number of “Sets” giving you almost instant access to your audio. Create a set for each show, presenter or daypart – Buttons can be coloured for easy recognition and then played instantly or loaded into a “deck” for manual start/stop. Automatic ducking/fading and player sequencing also supported. Drag ‘n’ drop or use the built in database to import, sort, search and play audio effortlessly.
Play MP3/WAV audio from your local C: drive, USB stick or network share (even Dropbox). Reads CartChunk, ID3 tags and JMD/MyLibrary. There’s even remote-start, a text log file of played tracks and UDP network control. Any simple onboard soundcard will work, or route each player to a separate device – a cheap 7.1 soundcard gives you 3x stereo outputs. DAC is probably the most flexible and easy-to-use Cartwall software available.
Even if you already have a playout system, DAC is a great way of allowing your presenters to load their own audio from memory-sticks for specialist shows, news programmes etc without disrupting your main playout system.
Take control of your playout software with my USB Remote-Start Interface which acts as a joystick to control most playout software. Ideal for use with your mixing desk, or can be used to display status alerts (such as “On-Air”) from StudioScreen.
This revised unit offers a 10-input joystick interface which can be used with Bravo, DAC Cartwall, mAirList, Myriad, PlayoutONE and any other software that allows control via joystick. This device plugs into any spare USB port which also serves as a power source. Runs under Windows 7, 8 and 10 and includes a USB cable. UK+EU shipping available.
I have 2 of the previous versions still available: 8 inputs (joystick or keystroke), +5v outputs plus RS232 control. Please get in touch if you’re interested in one of these – I won’t be making any more of them!
SplitVT is designed for larger stations and those who run splits to different geographical areas as well as various platforms such as local AM/FM, regional DAB, online etc. Each of these outputs may carry their own commercials and branding, but what about localised links such as weather or news updates?
Supporting up to 12 splits (2 in the demo and 4 in the Lite version), it allows a presenter to record a voice-link into 1 (or more) split destinations – duplicating them if necessary. Timing display (countdown and progressbar) allow each “take” to be timed accurately and there’s a basic editor with top/tail, compress, normalize, copy/paste.
Integrates perfectly with Genesys, mAirList, Myriad Network, RCS Zetta and any other playout system that automatically imports from a folder when a new file appears. A 2-split demo is available for download along with a “Lite” version offering up to 4 splits for smaller stations/groups which can be purchased on the Shop page. The full 12-split version is for larger broadcasters and by quotation only.
Clock, Status and Now Playing Display
Designed to run on a wall-mounted flat-screen, StudioScreen offers 2x stereo VU Meters, silence alert, large analogue clock and OnAir/Phone signalling plus a “now playing” display. It can also accept incoming UDP commands from a playout system allowing you to designate an LED to your “traffic flag” status or other alert status.
A cheaper “Basic” licence offers stereo VU Meter, Clock, Now Playing text and 1 “OnAir” LED. The Pro Licence adds another VU Meter, LEDs 2,3,4, UDP network/remote control, RSS news and weather temperature displays.
Both licences allow for simple control via fader-start/contact-closure via joystick (such as my USB Joystick Interface) or Vellemen K8055.