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    Smile Simian Radio Automation Software- anyone here used it?

    http://www.bsiusa.com/software/simian/simian.php

    seems pricey, anyone used it? before I try out, would like some pointers if anyone can help please?
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    I tried it in the past Arfur....... not an easy thing to set up but it worked well, I tried the trial version and a 98% cracked version (won't work properly without a dongle) but never used it on air. I personally think it is way too overpriced and there is better automation to use which is cheaper. That's my brief experience and opinion on it.

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    WTF !!!!!!

    It is really to much expensive !! Seriously, you'll find lot of cheaper software ...

    One free and u can custom as you want is mAirlist (http://www.mairlist.com/en/) I know a pretty important webradio in France who use it, it is very powerfull because u almost make your software just like you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eban View Post
    One free and u can custom as you want is mAirlist
    I installed mAirlist a few days ago and love it, particularly for live assist. It can work with multiple soundcards, supports remote control/fader start etc and isn't CPU hungry...and that's just the free version. You can configure it to be as simple or as complex as you like.

    As for Simian, I used it briefly over ten years ago when it was BSI Wavestation. I found it hard to use and when I tried a demo of Simian last year, it still seemed too complex and needed a steep learning curve to master. From what I remember, Simian had many failsafe features built in to keep the station on air during different scenarios and handles incoming remote sources well, but I think it needs a fast system and multiple pro soundcards to get the most from it.

    For something in between, Station Playlist Studio Pro does the job and is the cheapest system I've ever known to include true voicetracking.

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    You could also check out the free Zararadio software as well. I use it on 2 stations 24/7 and have no problems. http://www.zarastudio.es/index.php?s...ee.php&lang=en

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    Are they joking??? That's wicked expensive!!! I've never even heard of it. And, I love how they say "it's just..." and then the price that's jaw dropping.

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    I personally don't care for Simian. It used a lot of system resources and didn't get what I wanted done. Sure, there was a few features I liked, but it was NOT worth the money, which is why I did not buy it. I used the demo and wasn't impressed. I found SAM much easier to use, offered ALL of the features that I needed, and was a fraction of the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazin 97 View Post
    Are they joking??? That's wicked expensive!!! I've never even heard of it. And, I love how they say "it's just..." and then the price that's jaw dropping.
    It's really quite inexpensive for professional broadcast automation software, but as others have said, there are other products that do just as good a job.

    I did a comparison and full evaluation of Simian, Prophet NexGen 101 and StationPlaylist and settled on StationPlaylist. It does the job (fully automated and voicetracked FM station), is inexpensive and the support is second to none.

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    I have about 8 different Radio Automation Programs here in studio and Simian is one of them. It is a great program, but in my opinion, SAM Broadcaster lives up to it's spectations more than Simian. I love the way SAM interacts with websites, best in the business as far as I am concerned. The way the current song playing shows up with the album art, the last five songs that have played, the dedications, the requesting, the top 10,20, or so songs being listed. You can fully customize a website using SAM's automation software where it all runs off of the main SAM Machine.

    Can ya tell that I love SAM Broadcaster?

    From this thread, I see many people plugging free or ultra cheap products, and I know about them all as well. SAM is not cheap at all. It's around $300.00 so for some people it may not be an alternative to Simian, but for the price, you really do get what you pay for. It is an excellent piece of software with many features. MANY, MANY features!

    I have automation software ranging from the thousands to $50.00 and I chose SAM Broadcaster over them all!

    I do have a Simian machine though, but I only use it when I am not officially live. I'll play around with it when I have the video stream open because it does do the trick when I need to use multiple sound sources, but SAM is the same way, so you aren't losing anything with SAM Broadcaster. My thought process. I spent the money on it, so why not use it? Right?

    Check out http://www.jerseysclassicrock.com - and you tell me what you think. That is connected to a main SAM machine. I am in love w/ the website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJtheDJ View Post
    I have about 8 different Radio Automation Programs here in studio and Simian is one of them. It is a great program, but in my opinion, SAM Broadcaster lives up to it's spectations more than Simian. I love the way SAM interacts with websites, best in the business as far as I am concerned. The way the current song playing shows up with the album art, the last five songs that have played, the dedications, the requesting, the top 10,20, or so songs being listed. You can fully customize a website using SAM's automation software where it all runs off of the main SAM Machine.

    Can ya tell that I love SAM Broadcaster?
    Yes I love SAM too, it's what I use for my station. Its just so easy to use!

    Even though I am a hobby broadcaster, SAM seemed like a necessity.

    8 automation systems though?
    come on.

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