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Kinda late to the party, but I am really enjoying this over RadioDJ and SAM. I have an old AIR-1 console, so having the extra faders attached to the main automation is fantastic to me. I know it's fairly new, which explains some things, but overall I like it. The scheduling program could use a little more work, but this is gonna be a great build when it's done.
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OMG someone totally ripped off wavecart by BSI lol, well probably not the rock solid BSI audio engine, but the look is totally that of the BSI software that is now retired!

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Why, because it simulates the "decks" that almost all programs use? And you should never dismiss someones hard work the way you did with "probably not rock solid". Someone worked very hard on this program. You will be hard pressed to find a program that does not borrow ideas from another and is 100% unique.
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Twelch

 

they did simulate alot of stuff lol, and downright copied others,

 

http://woodooline.eu/images/bsi4.jpeg

 

I was not putting them down, it was based on fact, FYI: we use a station that runs original programming for the automation system every day!

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I know this thread is a little old but I was messing with the software and could not figure how to add a Shoutcast encoder. Do I need to use a Winamp DSP or something like Nicecast, Edcast? If I have to use something like that a manual would be nice. Plus I'm just learning about the track system here. The software is pretty much you have to use trial and error.

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I know this thread is a little old but I was messing with the software and could not figure how to add a Shoutcast encoder. Do I need to use a Winamp DSP or something like Nicecast, Edcast? If I have to use something like that a manual would be nice. Plus I'm just learning about the track system here. The software is pretty much you have to use trial and error.

 

The documentation/help for PlayIt Live can be found here: https://www.playitsoftware.com/Products/Live/Documentation

 

Encoders are not mentioned in the PlayIt Live documentation as they are not a feature of the software. You are correct in saying you need to use an external encoder like Edcast or BUTT to broadcast. Simply play the audio from PlayIt Live and choose Stereo Mix or What You Hear option on the encoder. If you are using a mixer or USB interface, choose the input for that device.

 

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Jason

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PlayIt Live: Free radio live-assist/automation software

PlayIt Cartwall: Free standalone grid of one-touch audio players.

PlayIt Recorder: Free audio recorder scheduling software

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Hi guys,

 

I just thought I would update you and let you know that there is a new version of PlayIt Live available. It is currently a beta version but features support for ASIO audio devices (sound cards) and enhanced QuickCarts - now you can have multiple pages and assign a colour to each QuickCart.

 

You can download the version from here: https://www.playitsoftware.com/Products/Live - remember to click 'Download Beta'.

 

Screenshots:

http://img.playit.so/i/wtug5mam.png

 

http://img.playit.so/i/udc2egh0.jpg

 

Also, if you don't need automation, there is now a standalone cartwall application - PlayIt Cartwall - which you can download from here: https://www.playitsoftware.com/Products/Cartwall

 

I welcome your feedback.

 

Jason

Developer @ PlayIt Software

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PlayIt Live: Free radio live-assist/automation software

PlayIt Cartwall: Free standalone grid of one-touch audio players.

PlayIt Recorder: Free audio recorder scheduling software

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Hi guys,

 

Just thought I would update you and let you know that PlayIt Live and PlayIt Cartwall have been updated to support keyboard shortcuts. Now you can control the players and other elements of the user interface using the keyboard. You can download the latest versions from: https://www.playitsoftware.com/Products/Live and https://www.playitsoftware.com/Products/Cartwall

 

I welcome your feedback.

 

Jason

Developer @ PlayIt Software

--

PlayIt Live: Free radio live-assist/automation software

PlayIt Cartwall: Free standalone grid of one-touch audio players.

PlayIt Recorder: Free audio recorder scheduling software

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I had high hopes for PlayIt Live automation but, alas, it was not to be. I really liked the simplicity of the UI and the ease of setup and file import, but it seems to have a few issues yet. I have a dedicated computer with very low latency and a minimum of running processes just for automation use, and it has run other software very well. I setup a playout pattern and a clock in PlayIt Live and scheduled it for a 24 hour off-air test. After a couple of hours, PlayIt Live stopped segueing. No error message, no crash... it just stopped. I restarted it manually, and after another hour or so, it stopped again. That sealed its fate for me. I run my station unattended, so I cannot trust software that just randomly kicks out.

 

Another issue I noticed is that PlayIt Live uses an excessive amount of CPU power for its main operating screen... which is puzzling, because the only things active are a progress bar and a couple of countdown timers. The CPU usage goes to a more-reasonable level if you minimize the window, however, but that is certainly a handicap. (FWIW, I had the window open the first time my test run stopped, and minimized when the second stop happened.)

 

As usual, your mileage may vary. I reluctantly go back to RadioDJ, since it has the best combination of features and ease of use for me. FOR ME. And, if nothing, it's reliable. I'm not here to bash PlayIt Live, just relate my experiences in the event someone else runs into similar trouble. Like I said, I really wanted it to be the answer.

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I had high hopes for PlayIt Live automation but, alas, it was not to be. I really liked the simplicity of the UI and the ease of setup and file import, but it seems to have a few issues yet. I have a dedicated computer with very low latency and a minimum of running processes just for automation use, and it has run other software very well. I setup a playout pattern and a clock in PlayIt Live and scheduled it for a 24 hour off-air test. After a couple of hours, PlayIt Live stopped segueing. No error message, no crash... it just stopped. I restarted it manually, and after another hour or so, it stopped again. That sealed its fate for me. I run my station unattended, so I cannot trust software that just randomly kicks out.

 

Another issue I noticed is that PlayIt Live uses an excessive amount of CPU power for its main operating screen... which is puzzling, because the only things active are a progress bar and a couple of countdown timers. The CPU usage goes to a more-reasonable level if you minimize the window, however, but that is certainly a handicap. (FWIW, I had the window open the first time my test run stopped, and minimized when the second stop happened.)

 

As usual, your mileage may vary. I reluctantly go back to RadioDJ, since it has the best combination of features and ease of use for me. FOR ME. And, if nothing, it's reliable. I'm not here to bash PlayIt Live, just relate my experiences in the event someone else runs into similar trouble. Like I said, I really wanted it to be the answer.

 

Thanks for the feedback Gary :)

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LOL! :thumbup: That's funny!! I know who you're talking about, but I'm not him. I actually got very P.O.'d at some of the "help" at the RDJ Forum because they were constantly condescending to, and insulting people who asked simple questions (Gary wasn't one of them... a handful of people were indeed helpful and patient). No, I have plenty of beefs with RadioDJ.. some of the functions aren't very intuitive, and the software is definitely clunky. And I hate, hate, HATE the cue editor, among other things! With a general bad taste in my mouth over the whole thing, I dropped RDJ and went back to my ol' standby, Zara. But Zara (free) doesn't do exactly what I needed - although it's THE most-reliable automation I've used (it never crashed once on me) - and that's when I tried PlayIt Live. With the long-form programs I run, Zara wasn't consistent placing cues without me editing every-single-show to conform to Zara's silence detection algorithm. I couldn't get a tight-enough sound.

 

So, I was being forthright when I said I was reluctantly going back to RDJ. I'll tell you one thing, though... I sure won't be participating in the forum over there!

 

Btw, good catch on the screen name. (I'm not sure if they have SNL in the UK or not.) ;)

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Grrrrrrr!! why does everyone think a bad software reviewer is me all the F**KING time?

 

Sorry but you need to get your facts straight James & Shoutcast streaming.

 

I actually got very P.O.'d at some of the "help" at the RDJ Forum because they were constantly condescending to, and insulting people who asked simple questions

 

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience on the RadioDJ forums it's not usually like that.... I've retired from the RadioDJ forums through choice just have "other" things to concentrate on. The other users are normally very helpful. So I'm not sure who was condescending towards you.

 

What exactly is the problem you had with the Cue editor? Sometimes you have to manually edit cue points in RadioDJ as isn't 100% foolproof. I know it doesn't like VBR Mp3 files sometimes.

 

I wouldn't have got your screen name as we do indeed NOT have SNL over in the UK (Not on the channels we watch)

 

Next time your going to accuse a bad software review of being mine THINK! in future.... Other people get pissed off at software too!

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I had high hopes for PlayIt Live automation but, alas, it was not to be. I really liked the simplicity of the UI and the ease of setup and file import, but it seems to have a few issues yet. I have a dedicated computer with very low latency and a minimum of running processes just for automation use, and it has run other software very well. I setup a playout pattern and a clock in PlayIt Live and scheduled it for a 24 hour off-air test. After a couple of hours, PlayIt Live stopped segueing. No error message, no crash... it just stopped. I restarted it manually, and after another hour or so, it stopped again. That sealed its fate for me. I run my station unattended, so I cannot trust software that just randomly kicks out.

 

Another issue I noticed is that PlayIt Live uses an excessive amount of CPU power for its main operating screen... which is puzzling, because the only things active are a progress bar and a couple of countdown timers. The CPU usage goes to a more-reasonable level if you minimize the window, however, but that is certainly a handicap. (FWIW, I had the window open the first time my test run stopped, and minimized when the second stop happened.)

 

As usual, your mileage may vary. I reluctantly go back to RadioDJ, since it has the best combination of features and ease of use for me. FOR ME. And, if nothing, it's reliable. I'm not here to bash PlayIt Live, just relate my experiences in the event someone else runs into similar trouble. Like I said, I really wanted it to be the answer.

 

Hello 'Mr Ferguson' :),

 

Thanks for your feedback. Random stoppages are something I hear of occasionally from users. It is incredibly difficult to pin down the reason why they are happening, as usually they are due to a number of unknown steps the user has taken prior to the failure.

 

If you are running the software in Auto mode (and running the latest version, of course), it should automatically restart the audio in the event of the audio randomly stopping.

 

I have a task to look into the excessive CPU issue for the next version at the end of the year. I will profile this to try and make it less resource hungry.

 

If you want you can use this tool to send me your data and logs to see if I can work out what might have happened and prevent it in the future: http://dl.playit.so/diagtool

 

Thanks,

Jason

Developer @ PlayIt Software

--

PlayIt Live: Free radio live-assist/automation software

PlayIt Cartwall: Free standalone grid of one-touch audio players.

PlayIt Recorder: Free audio recorder scheduling software

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The other users are normally very helpful. So I'm not sure who was condescending towards you.

 

What exactly is the problem you had with the Cue editor? Sometimes you have to manually edit cue points in RadioDJ as isn't 100% foolproof. I know it doesn't like VBR Mp3 files sometimes.

 

Thanks, Gary. Indeed, most people were very helpful (and patient), as you always were, which I greatly appreciate. Andy DeGroo was good, but he could become a bit 'holier than thou' if you didn't jump through his hoops just right... however, the "joshuatree" guy was the worst. He frequently got insulting and very condescending at the most innocent of questions. One of his tirades towards a question I'd asked just hit me the wrong way one night, so I set him straght in no uncertain terms and pulled the plug.

 

The RDJ cue editor is just unwieldy and awkward to use. It's slow, and requires too much clicking. It's also caused my system to crash. The best cue editor I've ever used was Direttore's. It's very fast, responsive, and easy to use. Quite intuitive. I manually cued an entire 500 song rotation in just a few hours using it. I would have spent several days doing that in RDJ. I understand Direttore's cuing the files differently than RDJ, but it is taking the right approach with the UI layout and operation of the editor, IMO.

 

Thank you for your concern. Enjoy your time away from RDJ Forum. ;)

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Hello 'Mr Ferguson' :),

 

Thanks for your feedback. Random stoppages are something I hear of occasionally from users. It is incredibly difficult to pin down the reason why they are happening, as usually they are due to a number of unknown steps the user has taken prior to the failure.

 

If you are running the software in Auto mode (and running the latest version, of course), it should automatically restart the audio in the event of the audio randomly stopping.

 

I have a task to look into the excessive CPU issue for the next version at the end of the year. I will profile this to try and make it less resource hungry.

 

If you want you can use this tool to send me your data and logs to see if I can work out what might have happened and prevent it in the future: http://dl.playit.so/diagtool

 

Thanks,

Jason

 

 

Wow! Thank you, Jason. :) I'm sorry, but I'm no longer using PlayIt Live and it's not on my computer. I switched to another automation so I could get my station back on the air ASAP.

 

I made a whole day's worth of programming, using the same hour's playlist to repeat each hour. A couple of times, the software stopped playing and didn't restart. It was in auto mode. I don't know where it stopped, I just came into the room to check on how everything was going, and noticed it had stopped and was sitting idle.

 

The CPU usage is an issue indeed. For as little as what's going on in the display, it should not be consuming that much of the resources.

 

Thanks for your response, I appreciate it. I will keep checking your website and may be able to revisit PlayIt Live in the future. :)

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