Bravo

Bravo is a playout application for radio studios – It can be used for simple live-assist or automated playout. Not only does it work as a standalone solution, but will soon feature integration with my AdSplits software to control (and react to) split/slave playout of regional commercials and branding. It can be driven by a simple M3U playlist or a CSV file from a music scheduler. It also supports drag ‘n’ drop. One of Bravo’s main attractions (aside from the price) is compatibility with my other programs such as DAC Cartwall.  An audio library can be shared between these applications so would be suited to a multi-studio setup.

Bravo Playout Software - preview

Features :

  • Players able to cross-fade 2 items, eg: bed+tag on same player/fader
  • HotKey “Sets” handle up to 10 pages each (that’s 240 buttons per Set!)
  • HotKeys or OnAir Routing shown on right of screen (playlist always visible)
  • 4 Slave/Splits always visible when “on-air”
  • Command/Macros integrated into Playlist and HotKeys – send a command (eg: StartAds) to all available slaves/splits
  • Analogue Clock on top status-bar
  • Playlist CSV and LOG formats (to support Segue Edits and other unique playlist tweaks)

New Features – still to come

  • Ability to record “split links” and send to each slave for automated playout (see separate SplitVT application)
  • Auto-Importer – A way of getting audio into your playout system without manual intervention, eg: news, pre-recorded shows
  • New “Stopping in…” counter giving you a clear idea until the next playlist break-point
  • Intelligent “Now Playing” – broadcasting a pre-recorded show?  You’ll be able to add song titles into its properties so that as the songs play, your website/stream are also updated
  • Smart-Networking allows presenters to press a button (or hit “Next”) to begin split/slave playout of adverts/jingles

The new split/slave capabilities allow any Bravo studio to go to air on any combination of transmitters/feeds and control that AdSplits/Bravo machine via a single command event. No more stacking of multiple macro commands, just 1 playlist event/hotkey touch and it’s sent to each split automatically – with the first 4 splits always visible, you’ll always know what’s going on even when you can’t see the actual machines in the studio. You can also use uScreen to display (and control) Split machines.

These split/network features use UDP and are completely open-source allowing you to use whatever equipment at the receiving end will interpret the data strings.


Playlist Format
Industry standard M3U is supported which means you can feed Bravo from most scheduling packages (like StationPlaylist Creator, Music1, Powergold etc). The format is simply path+filename on each line, eg:

C:\JINGLES\TOP OF HOUR.mp3
C:\SONGS\ABBA – DANCING QUEEN.mp3

Hour Markers and Text Notes are also quite straightforward, and the Help file explains how to schedule them – but here’s a few examples:

#MRK 15:00:00 HOUR MARKER
#TXT PRESENTER LINK
#UDP 0:SPLIT_START

These can easily be formatted in StationPlaylist Creator – see my Clock/Rotation example and the Playlist Format.