dcsTools - XStudio Radio Automation System
Running on a standard PC or laptop PC equipped with a standard Windows-compliant audio card, XStudio can follow the broadcast log, playing audio in sequence, including audio overlap. A single audio output device can be used, with as many as three (3) streams of audio, mixed 1-to-1, playing simultaneously. This ensures smooth audio overlap. Install a multi-channel audio card or additional single-channel cards and use up to four discrete audio outputs, each supporting three (3) streams of audio.
XStudio works well with popular music scheduling and radio traffic systems. Reconciling music and commercial content is easy, as XStudio automatically documents airplay of both scheduled and unscheduled elements.
XStudio utilizes the same logs (schedules) and audio files (.DAF files) as DCS™ and Maestro™ systems. You may use the logs already created for use with DCS or Maestro, or you can create your own logs with the built-in log editor.
Audio files can be located on the local hard drive in a single folder or can be played directly from a network location. If XStudio is integrated with an existing DCS or Maestro system, the source audio files would typically be played directly from the audio folder of an ACP server.
- Operating System: Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP Pro or Windows 7
- CPU Speed: 1 GHz or greater
- RAM Memory: 256 MB RAM or greater for Windows 2000 Pro & XP Pro, 512MB (1GB recommended) for Windows 7.
- VGA Display: a minimum of 800 x 600 resolution, 1024 x 768 or greater is highly recommended, as this resolution is required to display all four playback decks properly. A second monitor is desirable if making extensive use of Cart Wall.
- Audio Card: an audio card supported by the operating system – one playback channel as a minimum. Two (2) or three (3) playback channels are recommended with a maximum of 4 output channels supported.
- Game Port: For use as the interface for remote starts (optional).
- A 100 mbs or better LAN card (NIC): The OS’ TCP/IP client must be installed on the PC. XStudio uses TCP/IP to communicate with the host audio server, whether it is the supplied XEngine or a host DCS or Maestro connecting via rcServer.
- Default Print Device: You must have a default print device assigned. XStudio can produce printed reports and lists and expects to have an available default printer. If you do not have a printer, you can use one of the available non-printing devices like the Microsoft XPS Document Writer.
- Disk Space: At least 40 MB free disk space for XStudio, audio engine and documentation. Additionally, you must have sufficient available disk space to accommodate carts (audio files) that are stored locally.
To use XStudio, you need access to .DAF files, either those used with a DCS or Maestro system or created to meet the .DAF file specification, and optionally, the log files. This means you need be connected to the network (LAN) in which the DCS and/or Maestro units are running, if integrating XStudio with an existing delivery system, or be able to obtain needed files in some other way. Be sure that your system administrator has provided you the necessary access rights to these file locations. For logs, you will need both read and write access to save log files. For audio files, you need only have read rights unless you wish to edit cart header information - in which case you will need both read and write privileges.
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The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011