Radiocaster: A Review

RadioCaster: A Review

Earlier today I went to try & test this piece of standalone encoding software from the same guy that makes RadioBoss.

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Unfortunately like the other software offerings from DJ Soft there’s yet again another limitation on usage with the demo.

It seems to want to insert an “Stream Encoded by RadioCaster” message into the stream every 10-15 minutes.

Why such harsh limitations on a demo piece of software?

Surely limiting it to a certain number of uses would be better than a horrible voice over the stream after so many minutes?.

What if I wanted to test it to record a radio show with it? I wouldn’t be able to.

Sadly DJ Soft and other software creators have become so scared someone will try and crack their paid for software offerings that they feel the need to resort to severely limiting the demo versions.

Even though RadioCaster seems like it could be a great piece of software.

I am for the time being sticking to Edcast which is a free encoding program. Plus I can use Edcast without having to worry about limitations.

Last updated on: April 11th, 2017
at 11:06 AM Europe/London

Much Disgruntled!

Just been for a look on the Spacial Audio Facebook page. Yet again it would seem that their customer service and software are still NOT up to scratch.

You can see by these two posts that this is one much disgruntled! customer.

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What keeps going so wrong with Spacial audio??

We already know their software isn’t worth the money they ask for it.

They promised at least 2 years ago now to improve the customer service. That doesn’t appear to have happened.

It’s bad enough when 1 customer starts getting angry on Facebook let alone a whole raft of them.

And still the unhappy users keep coming…..
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I agree with one statement in the above pictures. Yes I think that Spacial should stop making SAM Broadcaster as it never appears to work properly for broadcasting with.

I know there are of lots more unhappy Ex SAM Broadcaster users because they generally tend to swap to RadioDJ instead.

I don’t think a week goes by on the RDJ Forum without someone saying they have switched from SAM broadcaster.

The message yet again is: Don’t buy SAM Broadcaster or any other software from Spacial Audio

You will only end up regretting it!

Last updated on: June 5th, 2014
at 11:06 AM Europe/London

What A Difference A Year Makes.

This time last year I wrote a blog post about beta testing RadioDJ v1.6.3.2 and how I thought Spacial audio should be worried by the newer version of RadioDJ.

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It’s now 12 months on and I’m currently testing 1.6.5.8. beta4 RC1.

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What a difference a year makes. RadioDJ is far more powerful than it was when it was on version 1.6.0.

It blows paid for automation programs such as SAM Broadcaster and RadioBoss clean out of the water.

One of the major changes within RadioDJ this past 12 months has to be the plugin interface. We’ve had some great plugins written for the program.

They vary from a plugin that streams to Shoutcast/Icecast to a plugin for handling listener requests.

The newer beta versions have been great everytime Marius releases a version there is always something new to play with.

If you haven’t tried RadioDJ yet what are you waiting for? Download it and try it today.

If you need plugins for RadioDJ then just look on the Forums for the latest versions.

For a free program RadioDJ really does take some beating.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 23:33 PM Europe/London

Text To Speech?

A user over on the RadioDJ forums put a feature request in for a text to speech plugin so he could have the computer do the announcements.

What’s so wrong about that I hear you say? I really don’t think it’s something a radio automation package needs.

Most stations tend to have their presenters voice track their shows. Which usually means that it’s all automated with nobody actually being there. No live presenters etc.

Several users on the RadioDJ forums have already pointed out it just wouldn’t sound very professional.

What most people want when listening to radio is a real live human being being at the controls. Not some half baked computer generated voice telling you what the AutoDJ is playing.

It’s another reason I hated a program called Nextkast as that had a computer generated TTS voice and it sounded awful.

I cannot see why anyone would want a feature such as this in RadioDJ.

If you feel you really need a computer generated voice to announce things. You can’t be a very good DJ IMHO!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:21 PM Europe/London

Playit Live Radio Automation.

PlayIt Live Radio Automation.

This program had been on my radar for quite a while I hadn’t had the chance to test it.

The results weren’t great I’m afraid.

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I downloaded, installed and registered the program online. Then I started importing tracks into it via the built in tracks manager feature.

Unfortunately that’s where it all started going downhill.

It started scanning a folder of just over 1000 tracks then completely chose to ignore about 200 of them.

Those 200 mp3 files are loaded into RadioDJ with no issues.

After it had imported 800 of the tracks. I switched it to auto dj mode and clicked play on one of the decks and NOTHING happened.

The selected track wasn’t showing as playing in the deck and the countdown timer wasn’t even moving.

Although it would appear the songs were actually playing I just couldn’t see them playing.

Here’s what another user had to say about the software.

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Seems he pretty much thought the same as me about play it live.

Score: 5/10 It’s a good effort but with the above mentioned issues I certainly can’t use it.

I will give it another test when they have sorted all the bugs out.

The whole program needs a lot more work on it to get it ready for a DJ to use live on air.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 23:33 PM Europe/London

The Secret Is: Don’t Use Go-Daddy!

Just seen a post on the Spacial forums where a user wants to set his request function up. His website is hosted by Go Daddy.

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The secret is that he will never get SAM Broadcaster requests working as Godaddy don’t have the SQL port 3306 or the other port 1221 open. I’m sure someone will point this out to him eventually.

That’s just one reason to avoid Godaddy!

Another is the fact the owner thinks it’s good fun to go around and kill defenseless wild animals!

 
Shop around for a webhost that allows you to have ports open so you can have a working website would be my advice. Go Daddy suck big time.

Update 30/01/2014: GoDaddy owns up to role in epic Twitter account hijacking. Read about that here

Update 16/04/2014: Yet again GoDaddy are doing stuff you wouldn’t believe if it wasn’t so outrageous. They’ve given someone’s identifiable information to a spammer troll who has then used it against the person.

You can read all about that Here

The Secret is: Do NOT use Go Daddy!!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 23:33 PM Europe/London

Xp End Of Life 2014

So that’s it then XP is no longer being supported by Microsoft! Time to get that wallet out and upgrade your OS!

I cannot guarantee I’m likely to be able to help with problems on XP from now on either!

Hacker’s Delight: Support For Windows XP Ends

First question: Are you still using Windows XP as your computers operating system?

If you answer Yes to that question then I guess there’s no hope for you.

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As of the 8th of April 2014 Microsoft are ending the support for this operating system.

What this means is there will be no more security updates or patches for XP.

This could leave your PC totally vulnerable to attack. We would advise anyone running XP to look at upgrading their PC.

Windows 7 is quite stable unlike Vista. It’s great for running audio stuff on. RadioDJ evens runs like a charm.

XP is now 11 years old as an OS and it’s had a good run but now the time has come to say goodbye!

XP taught me most of what I now know about a computer….

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 23:33 PM Europe/London

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