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Looking for a new skimmer/logger. weve been using something called Abyss MCRS, setup by an engineer long ago before me, and I think it sucks....Won't restart correctly on a reboot if put in the startup folder (it launches in an unregistered mode) if you close that, and launch using the same shortcut it will come up, and all the audio channels will be scrambled so they are no longer assigned to the correct channels. this seems to be related to the starting up in unregistered mode, because just shutting down the app and restarting it, it will remember it's settings. It's also not very user friendly to search for recordings. It does break up into 15 minute segments, but the web page just presents you a very long list in order by time from oldest to newest, I can't find a way to reverse this so it's newest to oldest, as I'm not often looking for something from months ago, usually only a day or two back....

I've looked at iProfiler from telos, but we do not have an AOIP setup so does anyone know if it will work with any souncards? or only axia?

Also these two look promising:

https://www.djbradio.com/djb-radio-logger/

http://www.pristinesys.com/logger.html

Anyone ever used either? I've heard of DJB, but never pristinesystems. Both have silence monitoring capability which is a bonus. currently I have six instances of PIRA running on the same box for silence sensing, would be more convinient to have it integrated. The pristinesystems logger will even detect carrier loss and log RDS if used with an ASI tuner card.....which would be even better, as The Pira monitors often the noise from dead air prevents "silence" detection....Fortunately the transmitter remotes usually alert me to an actual off air situation.
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Pristine’s been around a long time - at least 20 or 25 years - for whatever that’s worth.
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Hi all,

BSI has their Skimmer+ program. bsiusa.com. I had a client that was using it in the 2000's but lost contact after a couple of sales.

I currently have a couple of stations experimenting with Total Recorder. http://www.totalrecorder.com/features.htm

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kkiddkkidd wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:49 pm Hi all,


I currently have a couple of stations experimenting with Total Recorder. http://www.totalrecorder.com/features.htm

Later,
I used total recorder at the first station I worked at. Wide orbits skimmer feature never worked right so I set up total recorder with a PI Engineering xkeys board to trigger the record shortcut when the mics went on...worked far more reliably than Wide orbits attempt (Even there tech support couldn't keep it working). Unless theyv'e added a web browser for searching recordings I need something a little more full featured/user friendly for the non engineers in the building(which is everyone else...)
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Shane wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:50 am Pristine’s been around a long time - at least 20 or 25 years - for whatever that’s worth.
over 35 years according to their website.....I've not heard of them before ..or I don't remember hearing of them before.
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Nathaniel Steele wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:49 pm
Shane wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:50 am Pristine’s been around a long time - at least 20 or 25 years - for whatever that’s worth.
over 35 years according to their website.....I've not heard of them before ..or I don't remember hearing of them before.
I worked on a station around 30 years ago in Malta where they came out to set up playout systems. On the logging, there are plenty of cheap software packages on the internet. One I have used that works well:

https://www.nch.com.au/vrs/index.html
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DaveSt wrote: Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:16 am...On the logging, there are plenty of cheap software packages on the internet. One I have used that works well:

https://www.nch.com.au/vrs/index.html
I introduced that to one of my clients 5 years ago. He likes it...he's logging two stations with it. Only problem was after a Windows Feature Update, the computer lost track of the USB sound device used for the second channel input, but that was a quick fix, and not really related to the VRS software.
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For this project Cost isn't the biggest concern, stability and featureset/ ease of use trumps price on this one.

I've requested info from pristine. will look into NCH as well, I've used some of their other apps in the past.

" Only problem was after a Windows Feature Update, the computer lost track of the USB sound device used for the second channel input, but that was a quick fix, and not really related to the VRS software."

Which Is why I dislike USB interfaces for broadcast applications.

Thanks.
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