Windows 10 Developer Preview

Today for the most part I’ve been busy testing the Windows 10 developer preview.

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So far the results have been good it seems to handle rather well. It doesn’t seem as fiddly or as annoying as Windows 8 was.

I’ve done the same as I did when the Windows 8 developer preview came out.

Tested to see how RadioDJ handled being on a new version of Windows.

I got MariaDB installed without any issues. (Although I had to turn off the UAC)

Then did the Radio DJ install as usual.

When I went to set the RadioDJ database up I found Windows 10 wanted to automatically install .NET rather than having to search and download it manually.

How cool is that?

The 64bit install seemed to have a few issues with RadioDJ until I realised that Visual basic needed to be installed.

After I’d installed the Visual Basic file RadioDJ seemed to work just fine.

After testing on the 64bit version which doesn’t seem to all that stable at the moment. I went onto installing the 32bit version.

The 32bit version seems to be holding up a little bit better than the 64bit version.

Radio DJ is chugging along nicely on the 32bit install.

So far I’m impressed with Windows 10.

I shall keep updating my developer previews just to see what other changes they make to it.

I guess though we shall be sticking with Windows 7 until we’re forced to upgrade.

If you want to test the Windows 10 Developer Preview then you can find it on the Microsoft website Here.

Last updated on: December 6th, 2014
at 11:34 AM Europe/London

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 standalone encoding program?

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Last updated on: April 12th, 2017
at 13:44 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

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