by Charlie Davy - 20 February 2020
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*** DEMO : For the purposes of testing - until registered, SplitVT has a limit of 2 "splits", 15 seconds of recording time and 30-minutes run-time ***
SplitVT can be purchased in Lite and Pro versions : Lite offers up to 4 splits for smaller stations/networks with Pro offering the full 24 splits. Splits under control via my AdSplits software can also be read+updated by the presenter/studio operator.
Most are self-explanatory - Just set your Record+Playback sound devices as well as the "Save Carts to" path which is where the Split Links will be sent - typically, this would be a monitor folder for PSquared's Auto-Importer software. Split Names can be derived from an existing Myriad Network installation (local or networked) - or you can enter your own names.
Depending upon your audio chain, you may want to "beef-up" the audio prior to saving, so an option to apply compression is included. 50% seems to work OK, increase it to 75% for a more aggressive sound. If your studio setup already has vocal/outboard processing, you may not need to worry about these settings.
When the mAirList MMD option is enabled, filenames are saved as ARTIST CART - TITLE.wav for easy identification within mAirListDB. The auto-importer is best used for handling (and updating) these files (especially if pre-loaded into a Regional Container).
Audio is recorded to a PCM WAV file in either Stereo (default), or Mono.
When saving audio, a "generic" file is also created - this is a copy of the first split audio and omits the [splitname] suffix allowing for integration with mAirList with Regional Containers. This ensures that no matter what splits you are recording for, SPLIT LINK - GENERIC LINK 32.wav is always the same duration as the most recent split links recorded - very useful for PFL in the Mix Editor!
If you wish to have different configuration profiles, just make a copy of SplitVT.exe (re-enter the existing activation key) and make a new shortcut to that file - the settings file will always share the same name as the program EXE file.
Integration with AdSplits Master
It's possible to "read" the split clients currently under control by clicking the Get Split Info menu - you will need to set the path to TXSet.ini (which holds the split config) manually within SplitVT.ini for this to work. This will then populate the Split "save" buttons with the currently available (and under control) splits from AdSplits Master. This makes it easy for multi-use studios to record "split links" regardless of which transmitters/services are being broadcast to.
The following keys are provided as shortcuts within the software and may be used via any normal QWERTY or custom (eg: Tipro/X-Keys) device:
|F1, F2, F3, F4||Save audio to Splits 1, 2, 3, 4|
|CTRL-F1-F4||Save audio to Splits 5, 6, 7, 8|
|SHIFT-F1-F4||Save audio to Splits 9, 10, 11, 12|
|F7||Play from cursor position (or stop)|
|F8 or CTRL-P||Play All Start/Stop|
|F9||Send audio to Splits|
|CTRL-N||Normalize and, optionally, Compress/Process if option is set in config|
|CTRL-T||Top 'n 'Tail|
|CTRL-Z||Undo (multiple undo levels are supported)|
|Delete||Delete selected audio|
These make it easier for presenters to find the 1st Cart to record into. Only the 1st Cart needs to be defined - the rest are automatically filled-in by this software. You MUST have enough spare Carts per Split Group, eg: 90000-90003 for 1 set of 4 splits, or 90000-90011 for 12 splits, and so on.
If you're using the option Save mAirList MMD File, the files will be named according to the Preset Name, Title and Split Region as shown on the buttons down the left-hand side, eg: SPLIT LINK - BREAKFAST [FM].wav , SPLIT LINK - BREAKFAST [DAB].wav and so on.
How to Use:
1. When running for the first time, click "Settings" and set for your configuration. If you don't have all 24 splits, just leave the name blank and the button will auto-hide
2. Click REC (or press F5) and start talking
3. When you're done, click "STOP" (or press F5)
4. If needed, use TOP 'n' TAIL and/or NORMALIZE to process the audio
You can use Undo (or CTRL-Z) if you wish to undo a particular operation - multiple undo levels are supported
5. Click a Split Name to assign that audio to the Split/s - the duration of the audio will appear above the Split Name
6. Click REC and repeat the process - observing the timing information so that each "split" is the same duration
7. Once you have all your audio recorded, check that the Cart Number and Title are correct and click "Send Split Links to Automation" - you will have a final chance to confirm before the audio is copied to your save folder ready for Auto-Importer to pick it up and update the Audiowall.
A CartChunk is written to the audio file: Artist: Date/Time , Title: user-defined within program. No PostTime (Cue) values are saved.
You can reset the Split Time (progress bar) by clicking the menu option at the top of the program.
Copy/Paste is provided if you need to move audio around - useful if you want to duplicate a piece of audio onto other splits - and you can insert an existing MP3/WAV file into your recording, too.
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