Recording Stuff?

This is another question I get asked a lot on forums.

Q: How do I go about “Recording Stuff?”

A: Download & install Audacity

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I’ve used audacity to record shows and mixes with and it works like a charm. I swear by it for recording even simple things like Jingles with as well.

It’s even used by professional broadcasters who use it for recording shows with.

It’s not that difficult to learn and use. Although like any new software it may take you a while to get used to what does what.

Audacity also has a range of LADSPA Plugins available to enable you to engineer your recordings like a true pro.

I’ve used Audacity now since around 2003 and I couldn’t be happier it’s a lot easier to get used to than some of the paid for audio recording programs out there.

Yet again it’s a case of FREE software being able to do the same thing as a lot of the paid for audio recording software.

N.B If you were looking for the RadioDJ recording plugin I no longer supply it due to inactivity by its author and lack of updates.

Last updated on: January 27th, 2017
at 14:49 PM Europe/London

Why So Unfriendly?

Why So Unfriendly? That is the current question I am asking myself.

I’ve been a DJ for over 27 years now. I’ve never had an ego about it. I’ve always just been ME!

I’ve always had issues with other DJ’s thinking they were better than me which really got on my nerves.

This problem has only got worse recently it seems a huge clique of the Internet radio crowd seem to want to make my life hell.

Which in turn has made me question whether or not I want to carry on being a DJ let alone a Radio DJ. It’s a sorry state of affairs when stuff like this happens.

I thought broadcasting was supposed be “Professional” & not like a school playground.

I know the majority of the Internet radio crowd have taken against me because of my huge dislike for SAM Broadcaster, I’m sorry but there is no way on this earth SAM is worth $299 and I want to make sure I get that message across.

Regardless of what you think about me I’m still a human being, who last time I looked is still entitled to an opinion on something.

I’d very much prefer it if certain people within the world of Internet radio would just disappear altogether.

I can be doing without the stress….

To those who want to give me hell how about you GO TO HELL??

I’m past caring and currently thinking about what I do next.

Last updated on: October 24th, 2016
at 11:30 AM Europe/London

Spacial Audio Magically Disappearing Posts

Spacial Audio Magically Disappearing Posts (Abracadabra)

Don’t bother complaining to Spacial Audio via their Facebook pages. It appears that who ever is in charge of managing the pages doesn’t know how to deal with complaints.

Posts magically disappear before they can be seen by people.

That is no way to run customer service. It’s just another reason why people shouldn’t deal with Spacial Audio.

If they can’t handle criticism from unhappy customers why do they bother having Facebook pages?

It’s always been the same especially on their forums the minute you dared to complain about SAM broadcaster not working a moderator would either lock the post or remove it altogether

I know of other software companies who actually welcome complaints via Facebook so they know where they are going wrong with things.

Spacial need to stop burying their heads in the sand and actually start listening to what’s going wrong with their software.

It’s the only way thing will improve.

Next time your looking for radio automation software don’t buy from Spacial you will only regret it when something goes wrong.

Last updated on: October 24th, 2016
at 11:33 AM Europe/London

When Social Housing Goes Wrong

When Social Housing Goes Wrong

For the past few years the residents of the estate we live on have had to put up with 1 tenant causing anti-social behaviour.

Everything from threatening behaviour to playing loud music. You name it he did it.

The local housing provider has been trying their hardest to get rid of him. They were due in court so they could take back possesion of the property.

Thankfully he quit the property the day before the court case.

I just asked the workmen who were clearing the place out if I could take a few pictures & they obliged!

As you can see from the above pictures he left behind a trail of destruction. How anyone can live like that is beyond me.

There is simply no excuse for anti-social behaviour.

I feel sorry for the people in the area he’s moved too they are now probably going to have to put up with the same sort of crap!

There are some people in this world who should never be allowed to have social housing.

Sam Broadcaster Crossfade Problems

SAM Broadcaster Crossfade Problems

As hard as I tried over the years I could never get SAM Broadcaster to transition smoothly between songs.

“This happened with every version of the software from 2.7.9 through to the newer versions. So it’s not just a problem confined to one version of SAM Broadcaster but every version of it”

 
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Even the default settings would cut the end of a song off.

All my files were ripped properly and volume levelled so that wasn’t the issue.

I even tried settings that Festerhead suggested on the SAM Broadcaster forums but that only made the issue worse.

“We think Spacial Audio ripped off the SQR Crossfade plugin from Winamp and totally ruined it when they coded it into SAM”

 
This is not a problem I’ve encountered with RadioDJ.

RadioDJ crossfades without cutting the ends of songs off. These are the crossfade settings I use with RadioDJ.

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If you have been frustrated by the crossfade not working properly in SAM Broadcaster then we know exactly how you feel.

Make the switch to RadioDJ free radio automation software and all your crossfading nightmares will be over!

Remember you don’t need to keep paying Spacial Audio money for a program that simply doesn’t work.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:35 PM Europe/London

Standalone Vs Built In Encoders

Standalone vs Built In Encoders?

When it comes to automation software do you pay $$$ for a program that has encoders built in or do you use a free standalone encoding program?

Read the full article

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 17:59 PM Europe/London

Homophobia In Music

Homophobia in Music?

It seems recently there has been a lot in the news about pop stars singing homophobic lyrics in songs.

Apparently it’s rife within the rap music scene where it’s tolerated (sic) as part of a rap battle.

Is it right that there’s a perceived culture of Homophobia within certain sections of the music industry?

Hell NO!

I feel it shouldn’t be tolerated at all.

“Recently one of the X-factor winners was heard during a rap battle to use homophobic slang and doesn’t seem to have any remorse about having done it. He has since tried apologising about it but I think the apology has fallen on deaf ears”

 
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Of course homophobia is nothing new in pop music.

You had artists such as Shabba Ranks who would openly use derogatory comments about gay people in his music.

Writing this as a Gay man I find any form of homophobia quite frankly unacceptable.

I put up with enough of that crap growing up in the 1980s. Even if you don’t like someone because of their sexuality you have no place judging them.

“After all being Gay or Lesbian isn’t a choice it’s who we are and how we were born”

 
If you are a pop star who thinks it’s OK to use anti-gay lyrics in your songs then it’s very much a case of SHAME ON YOU!

There is NO place for Homophobia in this world.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:14 PM Europe/London

When Sam Broadcaster Auto Updates Go Wrong!

When SAM Broadcaster Auto Updates Go Wrong!

I read a post on the Spacial forums today where a user had just downloaded the latest version of SAM broadcaster because the program told him there was an update available.

The problem was this user was using SAM Broadcaster 2013 and the auto updater tried updating it to SAM Broadcaster 2014 for which the user didn’t have a valid key & inevitably it all went horribly wrong for him.

He now can’t get his copy of 2013 reactivated until the support staff (or lack of) are back in the office. It’s a holiday weekend in America.

So it looks like he’s going to be stuck until at least Tuesday with no way of using SAM Broadcaster.

This is yet another reason why people should ditch SAM Broadcaster and use Radio DJ Free Radio Automation software instead.

Radio DJ has an auto update function that gives you the latest version automatically without the added headache of a registration key not being valid.

Maybe one day Spacial will get something right? Probably NOT!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:26 PM Europe/London

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