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StationPlaylist Studio

 Studio is on-air broadcast playback software for the studio, providing useful features for assisting the DJ during live shows, and for unattended automation with StationPlaylist Creator track scheduler.

Any DJ can use this software.  An uncluttered screen and large control buttons makes this one of the easiest to use broadcasting applications available.

Studio takes the work out of managing multiple players.  Studio manages and controls multiple players internally for such purposes as automatic voice track / song intro overlapping.  Plus an advanced intelligent crossfader means that all tracks mix
together perfectly with no human intervention.

Streaming your station on the Internet in multiple codecs is simple using Studio.

Many of Studio's advanced automation features require playlists generated by StationPlaylist Creator, however, it can also read standard M3U playlists generated by other software, and can be used as a DJ jukebox without a scheduler.  Tracks may be inserted or copied and pasted from Windows folders.

Traffic/Billing log file import is supported via StationPlaylist Creator Pro.

Studio is primarily designed for audio, but it also supports playing videos and still images to the screen or separate monitor.

Studio comes in 2 editions.

Studio Standard supports many of the features listed below for general automation playback and live assistance.  It does not support many of the advanced features such as voice track overlapping, external device integration (eg. website song requester),
or time-of-day announcements.  It is generally suitable for small non-commercial se.  Studio Standard works best with Creator
Standard music and spot scheduling software.

Studio Pro supports all the features listed below such as logging of spots and commercials, fail safe redundancy, and voice track overlapping.  Studio Pro works best with Creator Pro for a complete professional broadcasting solution.

The following table shows which features are supported by the 2 editions.

FeatureJill Standard & Pro Editions are Available Standard Pro
Live Assist mode Play tracks individually, or Press the Space Bar on the checkbox beside the tracks to play consecutively before stopping for a live announcement. Alternative tracks may be output to a different sound device for manual fading in mixers. Yes Yes
Track Preview / Cueing With a second soundcard installed, any track may be easily previewed by the DJ. Future tracks may also be cued to play from a specific position. Yes Yes
Line Input control Take automatic or manual line input feeds from any sound input device. This may be used for external audio such as tape decks, telephone integration or satellite feeds. Yes Yes
Microphone control For those without a broadcast console / mixer, a Mic button is available to record from a sound input device. The current playing song is optionally faded automatically for live voice overs. Yes Yes
Single key keyboard controls Play, Stop, Automation toggle, Mic toggle, and other controls have configurable single key shortcuts for simple operation. Yes Yes
Insert, delete & move tracks in the live playlist Use the insert dialog, or copy and paste from Windows Explorer, to easily insert additional tracks into the Playlist Viewer. Instant search results on criteria such as artist, title, album, duration range, year range, genre, mood, and many more. Yes Yes
48 slot cart machine for instant jingles Up to 48 cart slots may be assigned to keyboard shortcuts/menu items for instant play of jingles or sound effects, etc. 2 carts may be played simultaneously for such purposes as a dry voice over a music bed. Both cart players may be output to different sound devices. Yes Yes
96 slot cart machine Studio Pro supports an additional 48 cart slots. No Yes
Play Carts via push buttons (not recommended vor screen-reader users) A separate form is available containing push buttons for all the cart slots. Suitable for high resolution or dual monitors, including touch screens. No Yes
2 Users The Standard edition supports 2 users/DJ's. Each user can have a different cart bank loaded with their own jingles. Yes Yes
Unlimited Users The Pro edition supports an unlimited number of users/DJ's. Each user can have all 4 cart banks loaded with their own jingles, or share common cart banks. Individual time & temperature announcements for each user is possible at different times of the day. No Yes
Automation mode A simple press of the letter A and Studio will automatically load playlists and play continuously. If playlists should run out, or an hour is short for whatever reason, Studio can load random Top Up tracks from a specific folder to ensure play does not stop. Yes Yes
Run unattended indefinitely Studio can automatically load StationPlaylist Creator to generate playlists, and run continuously without human intervention. Yes Yes
Advanced automatic crossfading using one soundcard Studio utilizes audio file scanning techniques to automatically establish the best cue, segue, and crossfade overlap positions based on the volume inside each track. Tracks mix perfectly from one to the next as if a DJ is doing it. Manual crossfade settings for individual tracks is also available. Yes Yes
Voice track / song ramp overlapping Once the vocal start position of each song has been established, Studio Pro can automatically overlap pre-recorded voice tracks, song introductions and other generic dry voice tracks with the end of the last song and instrumental beginning of the following song (song ramp). This makes your station sound 100% live when unattended. A powerful yet easy to use feature. No Yes
Auto Speed function Studio can optionally play tracks in an hour slightly faster or slower to ensure the last track finishes either precisely at the top of the hour, or when the next instant timed event occurs. Works well in combination with Creator Pro's Last Track Bias Feature. No Yes
Sound processing - Compressor / Limiter Studio includes a dual and multi-band compressor/limiter to alter the dynamics of the audio and provide a more constant volume. Also comes with a 250 band graphic equalizer.
3rd party Winamp DSP plugins are also supported.
Yes Yes
Replay Gain Replay Gain is supported to provide an even volume level between songs. Ideal for feeding a compressor/limiter. Yes Yes
Internet streaming Stream on the Internet in multiple audio codecs simultaneously, including MP3, AAC+ (HE-AAC), Windows Media, and Ogg Vorbis. Supports all Shoutcast compatible servers (eg. Peercast, Live365) plus Icecast, Streamer p2p, and Windows Media servers. Yes Yes
Stream Server Metadata Integration Send artist, title and other information directly to your streaming server to update the metadata. Your stream listeners will see what's playing in their media player, plus any other information you wish to include. Yes Yes
Additional metadata output Send song playing metadata via a serial port, text file, TCP, or HTTP request for such purposes as updating RDS encoders, StationPlaylist Streamer or server side scripting, etc. No Yes
Stream Listener Statistics For internet stations, displays and logs the current number of listeners for all streams, plus total listener hours for the day and month. Supports Shoutcast, Icecast2, and Windows Media servers. Note: Stats for Windows Media streams requires MPM installed at the server. Yes Yes
Website Song Requester Requires a PHP server script sold separately. No Yes
Include "Now Playing" details on your website Generate a completely customizable HTML web page, XML, or text file containing the current song details, and up to 9 of the previous songs played. The file may be automatically uploaded to a remote web server via FTP, or accessed directly via a built-in mini-web server. Yes Yes
Earn money from music sales The "Now Playing" facility above supports automatic Amazon album art and purchase links advertised on your website for the song currently playing, and previous songs played. Yes Yes
Read existing file tags Studio can read existing file tags to establish artist, title and other information, or it can use the filename where no tags are present. Supported tags are ID3v2 & v1, Ogg Vorbis, MP4/M4A, WMA, APE, and RIFF LIST/INFO chunk and the broadcast industry Cart Chunk for WAV files. Yes Yes
Custom file tags Rather than using a cumbersome database which can easily become corrupted or lost, Studio utilizes a file tagging system to store information in each audio file, such as Artist, Title, Album, Year, Genre, Composer, Record Label, CD catalog number, CD cover URL, CD purchase URL, last 18 times played, and much more. Yes Yes
External I/O device integration Two-way serial RS-232 communication is supported, 2-way TCP communication, plus 2-way contact closures via No Yes
Automated satellite feeds Audio input from 1 of 4 different sound devices may be "played" for a specific time period before moving on to the next track in the playlist. Useful for satellite feeds. Includes silence detection for variable length feeds. Tone detection is available using a plugin sold separately. Yes Yes
Station networking Studio may be used at a network studio and at remote stations to play local advertisements between network programming. No Yes
Break Note support Break Notes are non-audio items scheduled in the playlist, used to either control various functions within Studio, hardware devices, or display a message to the DJ, such as an advertisement to read live. Yes Yes
Timed Events Spots, Break Notes, and Hour Markers may be played/executed at a precise time, or optionally after the current song has finished. Yes Yes
Automated time-of-day announcement support Pre-recorded time announcements may be played whenever a time announcement code appears in the playlist. A different set of files with different voices may be recorded for different times of the day, simulating a DJ shift.
Time announcement files may be recorded yourself, or you may purchase a full set of 720 files in a male American voice.
Yes Yes
Automated temperature announcement support Pre-recorded temperature announcements may be played. The temperature is read from either a weather station via the Internet, or a USB digital thermometer plugged into the computer.
A different set of files with different voices may be recorded for different times of the day, simulating a DJ shift.
Temperature announcement files may be recorded yourself, or you may purchase a set of files in a male American voice.
Yes Yes
Detailed logging of songs played All songs played may be output to a spreadsheet compatible log file in a user-definable format. This may be used for song royalty or SoundExchange reporting. Optional details output include Artist, Title, Album, Composer, Record Label, ISRC, stream listener count, and much more. Yes Yes
Detailed logging of spots playedsupport All spots (advertisements etc) played may be output to a separate log file and filtered in a spreadsheet for advertisement billing purposes. No Yes
Failsafe redundancy using Studio Monitor Studio Monitor is a free separate utility program which connects to Studio via TCP. It's main function is to monitor the status of Studio and perform tasks such as sending an email if a major problem occurs. Studio Monitor also provides very basic manual remote control of Studio such as start & stop play, toggle automation and the line-in port. This may be useful in a remote broadcast situation. No Yes
Record audio to file All audio produced by Studio may be recorded to file for archival purposes, repeat broadcasts, or distributing to other stations No Yes
Cue Sheets Cue sheets may be created while using the Record audio to file feature above. Cuesheets will also be read to obtain the artist/title of the individual songs included in one large audio file. Yes Yes
Password protection support A password may be applied to the settings/options to protect against accidental changes or curious DJ's. A master password may also be applied to prevent access to Studio while running unattended. No Yes
Plays all major audio file formats Supports MP2, MP3, MP4/M4A (AAC), OGG, WAV (PCM/MP2/MP3), WMA, FLAC, APE, and AIFF audio file formats, plus CD tracks directly from a CD drive. Note: DRM protected files are not supported. Yes Yes
Play Internet streams/file ssupport Play audio internet streams, or audio files stored on a web or FTP server for news feeds or relaying, etc. Yes Yes
Plays several video formats Has basic video playback support, playing videos to a window or fullscreen with support for multiple monitors. Plays MPEG/MPG (MPEG-2), AVI, WMV, ASF files. DSP audio processing is not available for video files. Yes Yes
Global Clock Offset When operating multiple internet stations on the same computer, this feature may be used to operate the software in a different time zone. Yes Yes
API support for Developers Developers can extend Studio's capabilities and gain full control over Studio with DLL plugins. Yes Yes
High Accessibility StationPlaylist strives to make our software as accessible as possible. Visually impaired users will find all functions accessible via the keyboard. Also, standard Windows controls are used for compatibility with screen readers. Scripts are also available for JAWS, Window-Eyes and NVDA. Studio provides a font size adjustment to increase visibility. Yes Yes

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows XP or later (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Server 2012, 2008, or 2003) 32 or 64-bit.
  • 1.6Ghz processor.
  • 64MB RAM (consumed)
  • 10MB disk space (consumed)
  • 1 full duplex soundcard (optional if streaming only)
  • Optional additional soundcard for track previewing.
  • Optional additional monitor for on-screen instant cart buttons (touch screen support).

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