Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

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Benfishin
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Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

Post by Benfishin » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:21 pm

Hello to all, I have a question, does anyone know of a software program to monitor a stream and notify by email if the stream should fail or lose audio?

Thanks

Ben

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Re: Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

Post by RodeoJack » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:26 pm

If I need to monitor for stream content, I'll take the output of a stream player (Barix Exstreamer, Winamp, etc) and route that to the Pira silence detector ( http://pira.cz/show.asp?art=silence ). You can also plug the output of a playback device or radio into your computer and the detector can pick up the audio that way.

That little gem will notify you by email (or email to text) of a problem. It can also let you know when audio returns.

If you need something a little more "hard wired", Broadcast Tools has several devices with silence detectors that can output by email or dry contact.

The Barix Exstreamer 500 and 1000 models have relays that can be programmed to activate on receipt of an incoming stream, and drop out if the stream is lost. That would give you a dry contact if you needed it. The Barix 110 (less expensive) has a single relay. I haven't looked, but it's possible you could program it in the same way.

To back that up, I use a ping monitor to keep an eye on the web gear I watch over. There are several out there. I've been using Emco Ping Monitor Pro ( http://emcosoftware.com/ping-monitor ) . This software can send emails out on receipt and/or loss of an address. It can also be programmed to shut off at night, if you don't want to be bothered at 3 in the morning.

Hope there's something there that you can use.

Benfishin
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Re: Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

Post by Benfishin » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:35 am

Thanks, this Pira CZ will do the job, but still requires more hardware than it could be. I am quite familiar with the hard wired solutions from BT and others, I had hoped someone would have a single software solution, a stream monitor combined with email capabilities would be nice. Just a single program in the background, no wires, no external anything. So far this Pira CZ is as close as I've seen, thanks again for the help.

Ben

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Re: Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

Post by dbuckley » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:28 pm

I've looked for this before, but not got as far as actually doing something about it. here's a couple of suggestions:

http://www.pira.cz/show.asp?art=silence

http://www.2ngradio.com/index.php?optio ... &Itemid=79

Keep us posted as to how you get on!

Benfishin
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Re: Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

Post by Benfishin » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:54 am

Thanks to all, I am using Pira CZ, and it's working OK. I just wired a PC's audio output back to the audio input, set Windows Media Player to my stream, playing out and back into Pira CZ, and it works. I lose audio, I get an email. The weak link is WME, as long as it does not hang for some network hiccup, all is well, but I have had 1 false alarm when WME did hang. Still, lots better than nothing, and cheaper than Btools and INvonics.

Thanks Again,

Ben

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Re: Loss of Audio Monitor Alarm

Post by bill981 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:21 am

You might try VLC http://www.videolan.org/for a player. I have created a playlist of several tens of lines all pointing to the stream URL. That way, if VLC loses the stream for any reason, it'll just try the next one.

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