OnAir Radio: A state of the art radio automation software system
OnAir Radio: A state of the art radio automation software system email@example.com 2017-07-27T22:11:28+00:00
OnAir Radio is our fully integrated radio automation software system for radio stations of all sizes. OnAir Radio contains everything you need to run your radio station: a play-out, a music scheduler, multiple carts, a jingle machine, an audio logger, an extensive music library, a cross-over editor and integrated RDS. OnAir Radio can be used to handle multiple stations and to broadcast to different localized regions.
Highlights of OnAir Radio
OnAir Radio is an extremely reliable system and has a very user friendly user interface.
When something goes wrong, OnAir Radio has a built in mail system that will send out warnings in cases of emergency.
OnAir Radio is completely integrated system and contains everything you need to run your radio station: a play-out, a music scheduler, multiple carts, a jingle machine, an audio logger, an extensive music library, a cross-over editor and integrated RDS
The high degree of automation will save you time. No need to do all kind of completely unnecessary manual steps. Everything you can think of has been automated.
OnAir Radio can be connected to different kinds of hardware and consoles, both analogue or completely digital over TCP/IP.
An introduction to the most advanced radio automation software system around: OnAir Radio
The player has an user friendly interface and is easy to understand while all functions are quickly available. There are no unnecessary buttons nor an abundant use of colours, resulting in a clean user interface. Read more about our thoughts on designing a good User Interface here.
Cross over editor
The player of OnAir radio has a built in cross-over editor. This cross-over editor not only enables you to quickly adjust cross-overs, but is also used to record voice-tracks. It is also possible to edit recorded items, making this a very versatile tool.
Carts can be used as small stand-alone player in live-assist situations. In live-assist carts can be used to play items, backgrounds or even a complete playlist. Every cart can be pre-loaded with as many items as you want; All items can be played individually but is is also possible to play the items as a list. You can open as many carts as you have audio outputs available. The cart can be operated with the mouse but can be connected to analogue and various digital consoles, allowing you to start and stop the carts with the faders.
As a complete radio automation software system OnAir Radio is equipped with a very flexible Jingle Player. This Jingle Player is the perfect tool to start items very quickly during live-assist. An unlimited amount of different Jingle Players can be defined; Every Jingle player can contain 64 items, so the possibilities are endless. Every button on the player can have a custom colour, making it easier to access the different buttons or sets of buttons.. The Jingle Player can be connected to the Novation Launchpad for even quicker access. If the Jingle Player is connected to the Novation Launchpad it the colour of the buttons on the software will be the same as on the launchpad.
The Jingle Player can be controlled with the NovationLaunchpad.
OnAir Radio, as a state of the art radio automation software system, is able to connect to both analogue and digital consoles; OnAir Radio can be connected to the Axia models from the Telos Alliance, the digital radio consoles of Wheatstone or the USB consoles of D&R. The beauty of these consoles is that both audio and I/O are transported over IP.
Analogue consoles can be attached with an USB Labjack.
The Axia models from the Telos Alliance and the digital radio consoles of Wheatstone are excellent examples of digital radio: Not only the music is transported over TCP/IP, also all the I/O traffic for your Faderstarts is TCP/IP based. This means that you only need a network cable from OnAir Radio and you are ready to go! OnAir Radio is fully compatible with both Axia and Wheatstone.
D & R Airlite
OnAir Radio can be combined with the Airlite console of D&R. Transport of your audio and I/O for the faderstarts and other input or output signals is done over USB.
You don’t see your console here? No problem, we can connect all consoles to OnAir Radio.
Just tell us what console you are using and we can connect your console to OnAir Radio in a couple of days.
Of course, this service is completely free and part of our support.
Of course, OnAir Radio can also combined with your analogue console.
The LabJack USB device will then handle the I/O communication and this can be used for your fader-starts.
Control multiple station or channels
OnAir Radio can be used for multiple radio stations or channels
Every radio station or channel is controlled from the same console and all your assets are stored in one single library.
The central planner makes playlists for all your stations.
You can start up a player for every station. You can start multiple players on one PC or divide the players on multiple PC’s
There is no limitations on the amount of stations that can be operated with OnAir Radio.
Commercial Players and regionalized content
If you are broadcasting to different regions and want to broadcast different commercials (or other localized content like news, traffic, jingles, promos etc) you want to use our Commercial Player system.
Our commercial players will handle the localized broadcast of any differentiating blocks completely automatic. There is no manual labour involved.
It doesn’t matter whether you are broadcasting in 2, 5, 9 or even 40 different regions, our commercial players can handle it easily.
The commercial Player can be installed on a single pc or can be divided over multiple pc’s. All commercial players will automatically connect to the main play out.
The main play out controls the Commercial Players. All communication is done over IP and this even works on a WAN. You could set up a live broadcasting event outside your studio and control the commercial player over a VPN connection.
If the Commercial Players differ in length because you sold more commercials in certain regions then in other regions, the software automatically fills up to the longest edition. We use a sophisticated algorithm to find the best possible fillers and place them at the appropriate positions. The filling will be done even when the Commercial Players are playing! So, it is possible to change files (like the news) when the Commercial Players are already playing.
The filling of the Commercial Players will be done in near real-time. It is possible to change files seconds before airing. In this way it is always possible to broadcast the latest local news or change files at the very last moment. Actually, filling will be done even during playout!
Every item in the database can be tagged as a filler. So, you can use promo’s, jingles, commercials or even normal items as fillers.
All regions will be filled up in such a way that the maximum difference between the regions is 50 milliseconds. This is impossible to hear for the human ear.
All fillers will obey the basic scheduling rules like separation, rotation and period, so your broadcast will not be ruined by a having the same fillers over and over.
A template is used to assign the positions and amounts (in percentages) of the fillers. It is possible to have 10% of the fillers at the beginning, 40% in the middle and 50% at the end (or any other combination that you would like to configure).
The last item of the playlist will have a cross-fade of 500 ms with the first item in the commercial players. Nobody will hear that the broadcast has been transferred to the commercial players. At the end, there will be a cross-fade as well. This cross-fade will be at the cuepoint of the last item in the commercial players.
Every regions can have its own set of filler and its own set of filling rules.
A combination of multiple stations with editions is possible as well: You can set up multiple stations, each with its own set of Commercial Players.
There is no limitation on the amount of Commercial Players that can be handled simultaneously; We have customers who control up to 10 stations and up to 40 editions.
The whole process is done completely automatic. No manual labour whatsoever is involved and your regional broadcasts will sound like never before.
The Commercial Player settings screen: Control of dozens of editions is no problem.
Commercial Players can be installed on any PC in your network. You can install as many Comemrcial Players on a single PC as you want to. The amount of Commercial Players on a single PC is only limited by the number of audio outputs you have available on a your PC.
Commercial Players in Live-assist
The DJ can start the Commercial Players from the Player just like a normal item. So, in a live-assist situation, starting a Commercial Player (or a set of commercial players) is not different from starting just any ordinary item in your playlist. A clear progress bar shows the DJ how long the commercial block will run.
RDS is integrated in the software and shows you both static and dynamic messages. Of course, also the ‘now playing’ can be shown if you like. Like all onAir Radio modules, the RDS module can be used for multiple stations and editions.
OnAir radio, as a completely integrated radio automation system, has an integrated planner. Having a tight integration between the library, the planner and the playout, makes many of the common radio tasks a lot less complicated and far more user friendly. One of the big advantages of having an integrated planner is that all changes to the planner can be reflected immediately in the playout. Another advantage is that not only the music can be planned, but all commands and events as well. Our integrated music planner can also be used to prepare your broadcast by adding voicetracks. The voicetracks can be recorded in the planner and will be inserted in your Player automatically. Generated playlist are easy to edit; Add, move, delete or edit items, it can all be done in the planner very easily. Having a planner integrated with the library and the player not only makes your operation much more efficient, it also saves you money for an external music planner and the integration effort of combining 2 pieces of software.
Playlists can be added for the next day or as many days ahead as you like. It is also possible to schedule playlists completely automatic with our built-in Auto Scheduler.
The planning rules module is the tool to make the templates for your playlists. The many automated features and the user-friendly layout makes this planner one of the most powerful and versatile music scheduling tools for radio stations around. The tight integration of the planner makes OnAir Radio a truly fully integrated radio automation software system
The Clocks are the basic building blocks of your schedule: Add categories, rules or commands to a clock and build as many clocks as you need.
Use Day templates to connect Clocks to Formats. You can make as many day templates as you like. In this way you can have a different day template for every single day of the week, but you can also define special day templates for special occasions like Christmas or New year.
Format are a set of rules that can be applied to a single clock or to a set of clocks. Use formats to further define the ‘Feeling’ of your playlists.
Define “Moods”: Moods ensures a fluid flow of songs during the format
Define here which categories (like the ‘hits’ categories for example) have priority over other categories: These categories will be scheduled first to ensure the best positions.
At Sequence you can define how items are followed up by each other. You want an Male voice to be followed by a Duet or Female Voice? No problem! Only want 3 Classic Rock items in a row? No problem! You want a English item separated by at least 2 other items? It can be done!
Use Category rules to even further enhance your schedule:
Category rules are used to:
Set priority of your rules: If the scheduler cannot find items that meet your rules, which rules can be dropped in which sequence?
Rotation: Divide the day in “Dayparts” and define how items should rotate during your dayparts. An example: How long should it take if an item is scheduled in the morning before it can reappear in the morning? These kind of Rotaion Rules ensures you will get a playlist which is far less predictable.
OnAir Logger is a stand-alone application that contains a set of loggers. It can record audio from different sources and make recordings immediately available for (re-)broadcasting or archiving. By connecting OnAir logger to an output on you mixing console, every sound coming from your mixing console can be recorded.
By using commands in your clocks or playlist, recording and repeating of broadcasts can be done completely automatic. Of course, it is possible that the news and commercials will not be recorded and hence will not be repeated!
Because OnAir Logger is a stand-alone application, it can be installed on any pc in your network. This pc can then be connected to your console. OnAir logger can be controlled remotely via other pc’s in your network.
Upgrading from your existing radio automation software system to OnAir Radio
Upgrading from your existing radio automation software system to OnAir Radio as your new system is an easy task with our FREE upgrading Service.
We have several tools to help you upgrade from your old radio automation software system to OnAir Radio. We have importing tools for many programs and would love to help you to make the upgrade from Dalet, Powergold, Enco etc.
Just contact us and we are happy to investigate the possibilities.
Installation and configuring OnAir Radio
We will be glad to assist you in installing and configuring OnAir Radio radio as your new radio automation software system at your premises.
Just contact us and we are happy to investigate the possibilities.