Just seen a post on the Spacial Audio forums from a user complaining that they’ve had a “SAM Broadcaster clockwheel failure” and that SAM was unable to pick any track(s).

“When a clockwheel failure happens in the program, SAM Broadcaster only picks station ID’s instead of playing music from the categories the user has specified within the clockwheel rotation setup”

This has been a huge problem with SAM Broadcaster ever since the early versions of the SAM Broadcaster 2.x.x series.

SAM Broadcaster Clockwheel

It doesn’t appear that Spacial development team are doing anything to solve the issue.

“A clockwheel ‘failure’ is the main reason we ditched SAM Broadcaster back on the 1st January 2011. SAM Broadcaster just wanted to play station ID’s instead of playing music from a clockwheel rotation that had over 8/10 days worth of music to choose from”

The minute we switched from SAM Broadcaster to RadioDJ free radio automation software the rotation problems went away.

We didn’t seem to suffer with the software crashing either RadioDJ is a rock solid piece of software

RadioDJ free radio automation software

“Sadly “Clockwheel failures” aren’t the only problems SAM Broadcaster suffers from. We see someone having stability/crashing issues with SAM Broadcaster weekly

One of the main complaints about SAM is the encoders constantly buffering on users, The developers are aware of this issue. The topic extends to 28 pages if you search the Spacial forums.

With RadioDJ its best if you use a separate piece of encoding software that way it frees up RadioDJ to do what it does best.

Our advice is ditch SAM Broadcaster and install RadioDJ free radio automation instead.

RadioDJ has a better track rotation feature that doesn’t seem to screw up like the clockwheel rotations in SAM.

“When will people wake up to the fact that SAM Broadcaster isn’t worth the $299 Spacial Audio ask for the software?”

How To Install RadioDJ

Sadly it seems Spacial Audio really don’t seem to care about getting SAM Broadcaster to work as it was designed.

Last updated on: 31st May 2019
at 13:41 PM Europe/London