SAM Broadcaster for the Mac has now been Scrapped/discontinued by Spacial Audio!
This past few days I’ve seen a few users saying they were having issues when installing SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) edition.
For some unknown reason it appears the crossover version won’t connect to the users MySQL database.
Database installation problems with SAM Broadcaster aren’t just confined to the Mac (Crossover) version.
I had no end of problems trying to get SAM to install the database in the Windows version in the past.
As I said in a previous post…
It appears the SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) version was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out.
The SAM Broadcaster Mac edition isn’t native Mac software. It’s just the Windows version ported over.
I knew there would be problems when Spacial ported SAM Broadcaster to the Mac.
The Windows version has enough of it’s own issues & bugs to begin with.
Sadly when it comes to the Mac there aren’t that many alternatives when it comes to radio automation software written natively for OS X.
The only other “alternative” I can suggest is installing Windows on Virtualbox on your Mac and have that running a copy of software such as RadioDJ
We realise that’s probably not an ideal solution for most Mac users but we’re afraid its as good as you’re going to get at the moment.
Who knows one day maybe some boffin will come up with a decent “Native” automation software package for the Mac…
Stop paying $$$ for software from Spacial Audio you’re just paying them to lurch from one disaster to another.
Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.
The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.
It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…
The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.
Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.
“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”
I’ve written before about the encoders in SAM Broadcaster buffering.
It’s nothing new there are still over 28 pages of posts on the subject on the SAM Broadcaster forums.
All of those users being told it’s their computer or Internet connection at fault when in reality it’s the software itself.
This is not an issue we’ve ran into using other encoding software. We never had a problem with buffering when we used other software to encode with.
We last used the Streaming plugin for RadioDJ to do a test with and it held up for well over 10 days without any errors or buffering.
We only had to restart the PC because of Windows 10 updates.
The encoders buffering in SAM Broadcaster is a BUG that has never been fixed and has been in the program since the days of version v2.7.7
We really do wish Spacial SVS support on the forums would stop blaming peoples connections when the encoders buffer in SAM Broadcaster.
As you probably know by now I swear by RadioDJ free radio automation software.
Although while it’s primarily built for use in a radio studio, You don’t have to be a Radio DJ to use the program.
It also works great for automating your music collection at home.
We currently use it for automating music in & around the flat.
With the built in request system it could also be used as a solution for Jukebox in a pub/bar.
If you’ve converted your CD’s to mp3/FLAC or other supported formats and you’re looking for a program that is easy to manage and great at automating your music collection then RadioDJ is the program you need.
It’s not really that difficult to get RadioDJ up and running.
You just need to follow some Basic Instructions and have a bit of patience.
Once you have RadioDJ installed and working you can then start importing music into the program.
From the options menu you will probably need to go into “Categories” to edit the categories you want your music to appear in.
Once you’ve sorted out categories and imported the music.
Then you will need to setup custom rotations.
After you’ve done that and the music is playing away nicely then the job is almost done.
When you create a rotation in Option>Tracks Rotation you have the option to save it into the database. Give it a memorable name.
If you want different styles of music at different times of day then you would use events to load the track rotation of your choice at a set time.
Events can be found by clicking on the “big bar” at the bottom of RadioDJ or via Option>Events
Once you have all that sorted you can keep playing with rotations and playlists until you have your music collection fully automated.
Once you get used to what RadioDJ can do you’ll love just how easy it is to use.
Who knows you might end up wanting to become a Radio DJ yourself?
If your PC is slow and not working as well as it should then I highly recommend that you try CCleaner from Piriform.
1) Install CCleaner and confgure it to clean out temp files.
2) Run CCleaner to clean out your temp and junk files.
3) Run a registry scan (This may take a while on first run) when prompted click on “Fix All Issues” and allow CCleaner to fix them for you.
4) Reboot your PC you should notice a huge difference in performance.
It’s probably also worth mentioning that using Anti Virus software can also help improve the performance of your PC. I highly recommend Avast as an Anti-Virus solution for your computer.
Another tip for better PC performance is do NOT allow applications to install toolbars on your browsers, Most of them are riddled with spyware.
Make sure you run CCleaner at least once a week so you don’t have junk files slowing everything down.