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Software to control Broadcast Tools 8x2 Audio Switcher

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:44 pm
by Fran3
With some other equipment we just acquired a used Broadcast tools 8 x 2 audio switcher that was being used with a very old automation system.

I was wondering if you guys could suggest some free (or otherwise) software that we could use to control that via a PC.

We would like to be able to schedule it to switch to different sound sources at different times of the day... like satellite feeds... or local pre-recorded content... or whatever.

I was considering writing it from scratch in Python but I'm up to ears in another software development project for an online database system and therefore wanted to evaluate other possible solutions.

Thanks for any help.

Re: Software to control Broadcast Tools 8x2 Audio Switcher

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:32 pm
by kkiddkkidd
Is this a serial switcher? Some of the old, old switchers used a closure to activate/deactivate channels to output.

Are you using automation?

I don't know of anything specifically written for the BT 8.2 but any app what will send text to a com port will do it. I have done something similar using a terminal program that does scripting. We used to do scheduled serial commands all the time with ProcommPlus scripting but I assume that it is long, long in the past.

If there is a stand alone app aimed at the 8.2 I would be interested in it myself.

I assume that you can still send text to a com port via the command line but haven't done it since early winders versions.

If you use a USB to serial port adapter, be aware that sometimes your port # will change for absolutely no reason.

Good luck.

Re: Software to control Broadcast Tools 8x2 Audio Switcher

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:41 pm
by Deep Thought
It has both contact closure and serial port control and communicates via ASCII commands. Pretty basic stuff...you could probably write something to send command strings on a clock fairly easily, even in BASIC. I've got one of their SS 8.2 units in the basement that came with a bunch of other stuff from a decommissioned site, and if it works I'll see if I can conjure something up.

What exact model do you have?

As Kevin noted above, you're best bet is to control this from a computer with an actual serial port since the USB dongles can "move".

Re: Software to control Broadcast Tools 8x2 Audio Switcher

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:23 am
by KPJL FM
BT used to have software on their website. Something called NetSwitch, IIRC.

Re: Software to control Broadcast Tools 8x2 Audio Switcher

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:25 am
by Deep Thought
KPJL FM wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:23 am
BT used to have software on their website. Something called NetSwitch, IIRC.
It's still there:

http://broadcasttools.com/downloads/

Re: Software to control Broadcast Tools 8x2 Audio Switcher

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:16 pm
by kkiddkkidd
Well ain't that something. I had saw that before but thought that it was something to do with satellite switching. It doesn't appear to do scheduled stuff but very cool.