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Thread: Automation Systems - Pros & Cons

  1. #11

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    We've been using OMT iMediaTouch for ten years or so, now operating on our six stations in one building. We've kept up with the upgrades, find them easy to work with, and the system works well for live local programming, satellite, and some voice-tracking. We like the system, I'm sure there are several others that we would like as well if we didn't already have what we have.
    KSWW (AC) "Sunny" 102.1-101.1 -- KJET (Hot AC) "The Jet" 105.7-93.1 -- KANY (Hot Country) "Bigfoot" 107.3 -- KBKW (NewsTalk) "The Talk of Grays Harbor" 1450-100.5 -- KSWW HD-2 (Classic Rock) "The Quake" 103.9 -- KSWW HD-3 "Timber Country" 94.7<br />Keeping radio locally-owned on the Washington Coast.<br />Still using a microphone - 6:10-7:00 am - www.kbkw.com

  2. #12

    Automation

    Take a look at Wide Orbit.
    I have run Enco and Audio Vault, but Wide Orbit beats them by a long way.

    Ryan O

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    I currently use Enco. I really like Enco and it's flexibility. The biggest issue I have found with it so far is the way it handles rotators/carts. If there is no active cut it doesn't red-line the cart in the playlist. I have seen a demo of Wide Orbit a few years back and it seemed to do everything we need it to do. My favorite part of Enco is the DAD Command Language. I can build very complex command cuts for a variety of situations. Does Wide Orbit have anything similar to this?

  4. #14
    We have been using OMT iMediatouch version 4 for many years and for the most part it works with some minor glitches. We did try their newest version called Enterprise in one of our stations without much luck. Their technical support is useless. Clicking AUTO can cause several items to play at once, errors when you try to save a newly imported file, etc etc.
    We are currently installing Wide Orbit to replace it in all our stations. From what we have heard from all the stations we contacted is that it can't be beat for support and all the users love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldradioguy55 View Post
    We have been using OMT iMediatouch version 4 for many years and for the most part it works with some minor glitches. We did try their newest version called Enterprise in one of our stations without much luck. Their technical support is useless. Clicking AUTO can cause several items to play at once, errors when you try to save a newly imported file, etc etc.
    In other words, it works much like a human disk jockey... LOL
    KSWW (AC) "Sunny" 102.1-101.1 -- KJET (Hot AC) "The Jet" 105.7-93.1 -- KANY (Hot Country) "Bigfoot" 107.3 -- KBKW (NewsTalk) "The Talk of Grays Harbor" 1450-100.5 -- KSWW HD-2 (Classic Rock) "The Quake" 103.9 -- KSWW HD-3 "Timber Country" 94.7<br />Keeping radio locally-owned on the Washington Coast.<br />Still using a microphone - 6:10-7:00 am - www.kbkw.com

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly A View Post
    As you know, there are several systems out there which will do what you're looking for. I'm currently a fan of RCS Zetta. It will do everything on your want list, and more. For radio automation systems, I feel their support is second to none. On the other side of the coin; BE has some of the most lacking support, at least in regards with their automation.

    One of the things I really like about Zetta, is the ability to configure backup database options without having to purchase really expensive redundant file servers. If you have an existing network, it's easy to park one or more alternate databases to other places within a network. Zetta's remote voice tracking application works really well too, and runs as a web GUI that doesn't require any special hardware or applications at the talent end. As an example: We have a woman in Dubai who voice tracks a weekly top 40 style show every week from her laptop with a microphone and set of headphones. Our Zetta system is in Virginia.
    One of our regional Country format stations, WOKQ (97.5, Dover, NH) is installing Zetta, with Wheatstone's WheatNet Blade 3.0.....Some minor level issues at the outset have been remedied.....and the station is sounding really nice right now....
    At some point in the near future I'll be visiting for a close-up look at the operation....I haven't been IN their facility for nearly 30 YEARS....so I suspect some things have changed.....!!!!!

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by masterphreak View Post
    Ok, I have added a list of requirements.

    Have central audio server
    Speaking as an engineer, I'd seriously reconsider this. Keep your audio on your air work station. If you want to mirror it to a NAS for backup that's fine. but if you are pulling audio files across the network to play, and the network goes down, you will eventually have dead air when the air work station runs out of files to play until you get the network going again.

    Trust me, I've experienced it first hand.

    Scott

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by scott.cason View Post
    Speaking as an engineer, I'd seriously reconsider this. Keep your audio on your air work station. If you want to mirror it to a NAS for backup that's fine. but if you are pulling audio files across the network to play, and the network goes down, you will eventually have dead air when the air work station runs out of files to play until you get the network going again.

    Trust me, I've experienced it first hand.

    Scott
    Yep, all it takes for a router or a cable to go wonky on you and you will have big problems. It is even more fun when it is an intermittent. This usually happens late at night or on the weekends. Maybe both...

  9. #19

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    Just wanted to add another automation system to this list.

    Has anyone used or even heard of Sync Harmony?

    All I know so far is they are a fairly recent entrant into the market.

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