StudioScreen, once configured, can be enabled on Windows startup to run without any user input. It will update the "Now Playing" display as songs are played and even show you the status of your microphone, phone line or door/alarm.  2 audio inputs are also provided for silence alerts.  A joystick input or Velleman K8055 interface is required for remote-control of the LED indicators.

On the main StudioScreen window, left-click the Station Name to display Configuration (or Exit).

Station Name + Slogan
You can enter your station's name and slogan / frequency here.  The colours of the text can also be defined

SK5, SK6 and Check USB
This relates to the settings of your Velleman K8055 USB Interface.  SK5+SK6 are the jumpers on the K8055 board, allowing 4 boards to be connected to a single computer and addressed individually by an application.

Outputs Follow Inputs
When ticked, the Output pins of the K8055 also toggle in the following way:

LED1 : OnAir : Output 1
LED2 : Phone : Output 2
LED3 : Door : Output 3
LED4 : XD : Output 4
Silence Left : Output 5
Silence Right : Output 6
Outputs 5+6 both go "high" when silence alert is set to "stereo" mode

The Joystick and K8055 inputs are wired (connect to ground) accordingly :

Inverted Logic on Buttons 1+2 are also provided - This allows you to have an grounded input for Off and and open-circuit for On.

The following diagram shows how to wire-up your joystick input - A USB convertor will be required if you do not have a 15-way Game Port available.

COM Port
The Port used for incoming RS232 commands - selecting None will disable this feature.

The supported RS232 strings are (line-breaks and carriage-returns are ignored):

Now Playing Path
The path to the current song text file that is created by your playout system

Clock Size and Window Position
Defines the Analogue Clock size/position and main window position of StudioScreen

You can click and drag the clock display from the main program - click the bottom left/rigth areas *outside* of the clock face to move it around.  The position will then be saved.  You still need to adjust its size via the Config Screen.

White "TOO LOUD"
When checked, the "TOO LOUD" text colour is changed to white

Enable VU Meters
Makes the VU Meters appear and display the currently selected "record" input.  These are dampened slightly (like UK PPM meter) to aid peak detection.

Smooth VU Meters
When checked, the VU Meters will have a smooth gradient of colours rather than "LED-bars"

VU1+2 Input Devices
The soundcard inputs to use for the VU Meters

VU1+2 Levels
These 2 sliders adjust the max reference level for the VU Meters - If your inputs are very quiet, you can slide the position to the left to reduce the overall range of the VU Meters.

VU1+2 Names
A short text label for each VU Meter

Enable Silence Alert
Allows you to monitor a sound source to display a "silence" warning

White "Too Loud" Indicator
Changes this alert from red to white

Status LED Captions and Colours
Determines the name and colours of the LEDs.  You can test the LED colours by left-clicking green "time in words" text on the main StudioScreen window. Left-click again to turn them off.

Invert Logic
Swaps the input sensing to Grounded Input for Off and an open-circuit for On.

Phone Button AutoFlash
When checked, the Phone LED will flash while the input is activated (as opposed to a continuous illumination)

10sec Door Flash
When checked, the Door LED will flash for 10 seconds after a brief pulse

XD/Button 4 AutoFlash
Same as Phone AutoFlash - ideal for connecting to an XD or 2nd phone line

Special Configuration Options
The following settings can be defined by directly editing the StudioScreen.ini file:


You can enable up to 4 extra (smaller) buttons by adding the following to the INI config file:


These LEDs are driven from joystick inputs 5,6,7,8 respectively or via the UDP commands shown further down this page.

Clock Language
The worded clock display, eg: Half past 5 can be tweaked to show a different language - this is currently work-in-progress and may not suit all languages due to the placement of the words and hour/minute value (Spanish being the obvious example).  Dutch works - and this is why it was added!

Edit (or add) the following to the StudioScreen.ini settings file - if these settings are NOT found, the default will be the English examples shown here:

QuarterPast=Quarter past
QuarterTo=Quarter to
HalfPast=Half past

You can edit the INI file while StudioScreen is running - to re-load the language config, just open the main Config window and click "Save" to refresh it.

Enable UDP
StudioScreen can react to UDP events from across your LAN/WAN.

The supported UDP strings are:

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