Radio Automation to play random intro + random CD track + random tag

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Fran3
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Radio Automation to play random intro + random CD track + random tag

Post by Fran3 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:19 am

Anyone know of any radio automation software that will allow the use of playing random intro's & tags/outro's when playing a random track from a CD?

Example:

Folder BandX-CD-Intros: contains 5 general intros to Band X's CD ("and now here is another track from Band X's new CD titled Blah-Blah")
Folder BandX-CD-tracks: contains the tracks from their CD Recording
Folder BandX-CD-tag: contains 5 general tags for Band X's CD ("from the CD Blah-Blah that was Band X)

We are currently using Zara Radio free edition and have these folders sequenced in the Playlist and Zara is instructed to choose a random selection from each folder... and it works fine until something is scheduled in the Event List... such as the legal ID...

If tune A is playing at the top of the hour Zara will wait for it to finish then play the legal id from the Event List and then return to the Playlist and play the tag for tune A.

And, as we introduce more items into the "Event List" with the problem of the Event getting played between an intro and a song... or between a song and the song tag gets worse...

So the question is... Is there any radio automation software that allows the association of intros with songs such that scheduled events like the station id or news or spots can get inserted between the intro and the song?

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Radio Automation to play random intro + random CD track + random tag

Post by kkiddkkidd » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:36 am

I have never done this exact thing but am sure that Simian will do it with nested kart/rotators. You would put your intros in a random rotator, your song tracks in a random rotator and finally your outtros in a random rotator. THEN those rotators would be called sequentially from a non-random rotator.

IE,

BandX Rotator =
============
Intro Rotator
Song Rotator
Outtro Rotator
============

It _should_ play 1ea random intro, 1ea random song, 1ea outtro when BandX Rotator is called. This without repeating any of the above until all have been played in each.

I don't have a clue if Zara will do this. Simian will randomize rotators and then play from the rotator until all of the random cuts have been played and then rerandomize, etc, etc. There are instances where the randomization becomes less than random but we use so few of these that I have never looked into why it occasionally happens. It probably is just instances where the rerandomization puts a recently played cut too close to a soon to be played cut.
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Re: Radio Automation to play random intro + random CD track + random tag

Post by Bill DeFelice » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:55 am

Fran3 wrote:Anyone know of any radio automation software that will allow the use of playing random intro's & tags/outro's when playing a random track from a CD?
I've used StationPlaylist Pro as this is a standard feature for this version of the suite. The files are internally tagged to prevent predicted replay but, of course, it depends on the number of tracks available for both a given performer as well as the total number of intro/extro liners available.
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