The way it always should have been
AIRCAST is a light-weight, full-featured radio automation system for Microsoft Windows.
It is targeted at small and medium-sized stations and for both terrestrial and Internet-based broadcast.
It offers features often only found in some high priced, high-end professional packages.
AIRCAST was designed to be as flexible and customizable as possible.
It works with standard PC hardware, supports virtually any soundcard and offers an unbelieveable smooth integration with our AIRENCE mixers.
You could see it as the ideal solution if you’re looking into upgrading your studio with a decent digital radio automation system perfectly matched with D&R’s AIRENCE and AIRLAB broadcast mixers.
- Powerful, rock-solid play-out system.
- Highly customized GUI with a clean and easy
to use interface.
- Excellent support for standard PC and audio
hardware, works over USB or with any DirectSound, WASAPI or ASIO compliant sound
- Various remote control mechanisms for
fader start etc.,
- SQL-based audio database with built-in
music scheduling optional.
- On-the-fly voice track recording.
- Built-in Internet streaming encoder with
support for external sound processing plugins.
- And much more!
Playlist with Live Assist and Automation
mode. The playlist contains all audio files
that are going to be broadcasted during
The files can be played manually (live assist mode) or automatically (automation
You can toggle between these modes at
SPECIAL PLAYLIST ITEMS.
In addition to ordinary audio files,
AIRCAST supports a number of special
items that can be added to the playlist,
e.g. Internet streams (for re-broadcasting), dummy items (non-playable items
that can contain texts, notes etc.) and
containers (virtual items that contain an
arbitrary number of other items – useful
for advertisement breaks that consist of
Rebroadcast any line-in audio signal using the
virtual Live Feed playlist elements.
CARTWALL WITH UNLIMITED SLOTS
The Cartwall can be used to play short jingles
or other audio elements. The number of
players/slots is technically unlimited. Cart
sets/pages can be saved as favorites for quick
CONVENIENT PLAY-OUT AUTOMATION
offers numerous features that
makes the presenter’s life easy, helping him
or her to produce a perfect show. For example, fixed times are supported in Automation
mode, so items can be started automatically
at given times. The anticipated starting times
of all items are calculated and displayed
continuously for perfect back-timing. During
the intro/ramp of a song, a large countdown
Using the Event Scheduler, you can execute
arbitrary actions at scheduled times, e.g.
insert news items or load the playlist for the
next hour from an AIRCAST data base (DB).
This makes it very easy to set up a 24/7 automated program.
Use the integrated Voice Track Recorder to
record new voice tracks directly from the
playout GUI and add them to the current
utilizes the BASS Audio Library for
playback, which is known for its stability and
flexibility and its excellent support for inexpensive standard PC hardware.
SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS
MP3, MP2, MP1, OGG, WAV, and AIFF file
formats. Additional formats can be added
through free BASS add-ons.
DIRECT SOUND OUTPUT
AIRCAST works with any DirectSound compatible sound card.
WASAPI and ASIO SUPPORT
In addition to DirectSound, WASAPI or ASIO
can be used for low-latency audio playback
MULTICHANNEL SOUND CARDS
The stereo outputs of multichannel sound
cards (even cheap onboard 5.1 cards) can be
used separately for the players.
MULTICHANNEL AUDIO FILES
Playback for multichannel (4.0, 5.7, 7.1 etc.)
audio files is supported for DirectSound,
WASAPI and ASIO.
AIRCAST includes a built in streaming encoder that broadcasts the audio output of
the players and/or a signal recorded from a
soundcard input to any Shoutcast or Icecast
compatible streaming server. Direct broadcast to the streaming server is supported
even for PCs or servers that have no built-in
audio hardware. You can broadcast the signal
to multiple servers simultaneously, and use
the Aircheck function to create audio files
of the streamed signal (supported audio file
formats subject to available codecs.)
EXTERNAL DSP PLUG IN
In addition to the built-in effects, external
sound processing plugins (in VST or Winamp
DSP format) can be used in the encoder.
AIRCAST is an SQL-based database backend
for managing your audio library and music
schedules. Setting up an AIRCAST database is
optional – you can just load your playlist from
the file systems – but AIRCAST is much less
powerful without it.
LOCAL AIRCAST DATABASE INSTALLATIONS
For standalone installations on a single PC,
the AIRCAST database can use SQLite as the
backend; all data is stored in a single file on your local hard disk then. And you do not
have to install and maintain an SQL server.
Pointing it at your audio folders, the AIRCAST
database will scan your hard drive for audio
files and register them in the audio library.
This is where all metadata about the items
is stored, e.g. artist/title information, cue
For each day and each hour, you can save a
playlist (created manually or automatically
through the Mini Scheduler) which is later
grabbed and played by the play-out module.
HIERARCHICAL MUSIC SCHEDULING
AIRCAST D(ata) B(ase) includes the Mini
Scheduler that creates random playlist or
music logs based on freely configurable hour
templates. You can also import play-lists generated by external music scheduling software
(e.g. Powergold) or ad schedulers. Using
hierarchical play-lists, you can set up multiple
“playlist categories” (e.g. Music, Ads, Jingles),
generated or import content for each category separately, and then merge everything
into a common log.
Play-lists that were generated through the
Mini Scheduler can be edited manually at any
The Voice Track Recorder is also available
in the database playlist editor, so you can
record and insert voice tracks into any future
THIRD PARTY DATABASES
The flexible database layer of AIRCAST allows you to connect not only to the AIRCAST
DB but also to databases from third-party
vendors. A number of database types, e.g.
iTunes, is supported out of the box.
And much much more, email us for brochure or a manual.