Sam Broadcaster 2013

SAM Broadcaster 2013: It would appear peoples patience is fast running out with Spacial Audio.

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I would love to know what software this user has switched to.

We’re nearly at the end of 2013 and there have only been 6 updates of SAM Broadcaster 2013 and most of them have been failures.

It’s still the same old program with the same old bugs.

The only major addition this year was FLAC support.

Spacial want people to pay through the nose for what can only be described as a “Lazy” development team who don’t seem interested in getting SAM Broadcaster to work properly.

The fact they are still using Borland/Embarcadero Delphi to make SAM Broadcaster should be ringing alarm bells with everyone.

That’s why SAM broadcaster has so many bugs.

I urge people to STOP paying Spacial for SAM Broadcaster and switch to RadioDJ instead.

RadioDJ is a far better FREE alternative to SAM Broadcaster.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 20:37 PM Europe/London

Sam Cast Fail

Reading through the Spacial forums this post caught my attention.

Screenshot from 2013-10-26 15:52:30

Yet again Spacial seem to be releasing software that isn’t fit for purpose.

They forced people into upgrading to the newer version of SAM Cast just so they could run the newer versions of the software on a new OS.

No software company should do that.

Instead they should make sure their software works on all versions of Windows.

Letting the end user decide what operating system they want to use.

If you need a stand alone encoder then don’t bother with SAM Cast.

It doesn’t support title streaming (Unless you have a degree in programming)

Simplecast was the same that never worked properly either that was prone to crashing without warning as well.

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

Requested By…..

RadioDJ version 1.6.5.0 was released yesterday and what a release! The program just gets better & better.

Now RadioDJ has a better and improved request system.

You can also now Include the username of the person who requested the song in the stream title.

Something that you needed a badly written PAL script for SAM Broadcaster.

Screenshot from 2013-10-09 09:43:47

You can achieve this by adding this code to requests under Options > Stream titles. Choose requests from the list and paste this into the box.

$artist$ - $title$ [Requested By $request_username$]

Don’t forget to click save!

There is also an option to include a message but personally I think that would take up to much space in a title stream.

The demo request PHP script for RadioDJ can be found Here.

If you haven’t tried out RadioDJ what are you waiting for?

RadioDJ is FREE doesn’t require messy pal scripts to do basic functions.

Last updated on: February 8th, 2017
at 08:22 AM Europe/London

Radiodj Comes Of Age!

This morning the latest full working version of RadioDJ was released. It’s been just over a year since we started beta testing and now we have what is truly a great automation program.

I will get round to doing a page dedicated to RadioDJ and how to use it sometime soon. For now I’m busy just enjoying this latest release of RDJ!

A full FREE download can be found here Here . Just unzip to the C:\ drive outside the program folder. Install the database and import tracks and your away. You will never need to pay Spacial audio for SAM Broadcaster ever again!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 20:37 PM Europe/London

Lazy Sql Programming.

I keep seeing posts on the Spacial forums from users having headaches with SAM Broadcaster and MySQL.

This is nothing new I’ve written about the SQL structure in SAM Broadcaster being badly written before.

Users are being told they cannot use MySQL 5.6 and have to use 5.5 instead.

That just screams Lazy SQL programming to me.

The SAM Broadcaster SQL tables haven’t really changed for over 6 years and the database is prone to crashing.

Where as RadioDJ will work with MySQL 5.6 and the tables don’t crash like the SAM Broadcaster ones do.

If you are having SQL headaches with SAM do yourself a favour uninstall SAM and Install RadioDJ free radio automation software instead & you’ll be better off in the long run.

The database tables in RadioDJ rarely seem to crash or need a repair.

We know of users who have had RadioDJ running for 6 months without so much as a hiccup.

People need to wise up to the fact Spacial Audio just take people’s money for their software without actually doing any work to upgrade their SQL tables or the software itself.

My advice as always is Don’t pay Spacial Audio $$$ for software that isn’t up to the job.

You won’t get any support when things go badly wrong with your database.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 18:32 PM Europe/London

Game Over Sam Broadcaster!

So finally after 2 or so years of waiting RadioDJ now has a working online request system via the new website templates.

Something SAM Broadcaster has had the ability to do since v1.3.

The song at the top of the playlist marked blue is one I just placed in the queue via my website.

Screenshot from 2013-06-24 15:32:09

It’s not that difficult to setup the request system. If you allow port forwarding on your router & website or VPS.

Just point the serv_inc.php config file to your IP address and SQL database.

A tutorial for setting up Radio DJ requests can be found Here.

Radio DJ can stream to Shoutcast/Icecast via an streaming plugin which can be found Here

You can find the latest version of RadioDJ by clicking on the logo below.

(If the link isn’t working for you right click and “Save link As”)

What are you waiting for give Radio DJ a spin today you may be pleasantly surprised by how well it works.

Should you have issues setting Radio DJ up help is available on the This page

Or you can ask for help on the Community Forums

Now Radio DJ has request capabilities & streaming capabilities no one will need to pay $$$ for radio automation software ever again.

Technically that’s: Game over SAM Broadcaster!

Last updated on: April 3rd, 2017
at 16:10 PM Europe/London

Bring On The Rc!

Since August last year we have had no less than 33 beta versions of RadioDJ to test.

We now have what looks like a totally different piece of software from the last stable version 1.6.0

Workspace 1_002

Now armed with some really great features RadioDJ is going to give other automation software makers a right royal headache.

These are just some of the great features this newer version has.

  • Automatically overlap sweepers over start/intro/end;
  • Voicetracking support;
  • Integrated Shoutcast/Icecast encoder (by plugin);
  • Now playing artist-title exported to file, web or serial (by plugin);
  • Custom number of auxiliary players (by plugin);
  • Audio Processor plugin (with AGC, Compressor and 10 band Equalizer);
  • Auto skip silence from start and end of the tracks;
  • Backup and restore database option;
  • History window;
  • Intro countdown;
  • Time until sweeper countdown;
  • Time calculations for easier back-timing in live operation;
  • Advanced reporting system;
  • Integrated advanced search;
  • Integrated web browser (by plugin);
  • Every event is announced in the main window, a minute before launching;
  • User set colors for cartwall buttons;
  • Artwork support (by plugin);
  • The next major release will see the program come into the RC stage (Release Candidate) which means the program is just about ready for use in a production environment although I have been streaming my station with most of the beta versions.

    Cheers Marius for all your hard work and great programming skills. We would also like to thank SnowHow for his contribution to the software with his plugins.

     
    So bring on the RC!! RadioDJ is truly a force to be reckoned with.

    Don’t believe us? Give it a try RadioDJ Download It’s FREE so what have you got to lose?

    Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
    at 16:23 PM Europe/London

    Topping And Butch.

    One of the funniest cabaret acts I’ve had the pleasure of seeing on stage has to the fantastic Topping and Butch.

    I first met Topping when he was part of an act with Dave Lynn back in the early 90’s whilst working at a pub in Islington.

    You may also have heard them on BBC Radio 4 “Loose ends” with their topical ditty “Never Mind”.

    topping-and-butch

    One of their best songs in their act was “Gaydar the Musical” a parody set to various musicals about the Gay dating site Gaydar.

    Another one of their more Risqué songs has to be their take on the Les Miserable’s “Master of the House”.

    They can still be found performing at many venues throughout the UK and sometimes the Edinburgh festival.

    Their website gives more information about them.

    I would like to thank Topping and Butch for all the laughs and the innuendo whenever I’ve seen them perform.

    Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
    at 16:14 PM Europe/London

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