BSI Simian Proves Reliable for All
Tenn. — When you think about the equipment we have used at radio
stations over the past many years, computers have become one of the
most reliable. When it comes to the radio automation software,
however, that could be a challenge.
Kochis stands in front of a BSI Simian installation at WMYU(LP).
have used a number of automation systems, and none have been as
reliable and feature-packed as BSI Simian Pro. BSI designed Simian as
easy-to-use (and easy-to-learn). This approach designed Simian to be
used for Webcast stations, small radio stations, and all the way to a
have had the opportunity to work with Simian on many levels, from
small mom-and-pop stations to major-market stations including radio
networks with 80+ affiliates, all using Simian Pro.
the radio network level, I have Simian Pro in either live-assist or
fully automated mode doing two background records while sending
metadata to the Webcast, sensing network relay closures for news and
sending relay closures through the satellite uplink system. Simian
can handle the most arduous tasks with ease.
with any computer, a properly maintained and up-to-date filing system
keeps everybody happy. In today’s broadcast studio operation, the
automation is the center of the operation, a key element within the
system … without a good automation system your operation will be
and programming can be done directly through Simian’s onboard tools
or by radio music programming and commercial log software. Simian is
compatible with many radio programming and commercial log software
systems on the market. Again, versatility in real-world situations is
important in the ever-changing broadcast environment.
don’t just talk about Simian — I actually have two Simian systems
at my radio station and both systems work reliably, giving me
walk-away time without worry. When clients ask me about the
reliability, I let them know I program my station using Simian, and
that the system itself has been running continuously for more than
Pro is packed with features and programming options that are standard
and practical. These include auto and live assist modes with a
replace function for missing data and files, crash recovery that
automatically reloads the last log and starts playing at the position
in the log that it left off at, voice tracking, two record decks for
live or background recording, hotkeys for the live performance, and
configurable audio device pass-through volume mixing that works
directly with our AudioScience card I/0.
can back-time and flex-time audio to fit an exact period of time. For
the webcasters, streaming metadata is easy with Simian. It will
output song and title data directly to your streaming application via
HTTP. Simian also has built-in metadata formats for popular streaming
encoders — including Windows Media Encoder, Icecast, Shoutcast
SimpleCast, Live365 and Optimod PC.
great addition, the Simian Gateway system allows users to log into
Simian Pro utilizing a TCP/IP portal, giving you the ability to
create and insert voice tracks remotely using Simian’s voice track
utility. The voice track editor can download intro and segue cuts
that the Simian Gateway creates for the songs surrounding your voice
track. Users can then carefully preview and set cross points for the
voice track. The Simian remote clients are free; all that is required
for them to connect to the studio is to
purchase is the Gateway software.
majority of the features found in Simian either matches or exceeds
those of many more expensive systems on the market; those systems may
not be as easy to use. I have built a number of radio stations, and
work with my clients directly. If you have any knowledge of a
computer system, you can operate Simian. I have learned this
first-hand from some clients who have not spent much time behind a
keyboard (let alone a radio station automation system), and with some
basic training, they understand Simian within a short time.
though Simian can do complex operations, when programmed properly, it
surprises a lot of my clients that they can walk away and let Simian
run the whole operation reliably when needed.
a cost standpoint, Simian is easy on the budget. Today, most of my
clients want a system that can be amortized over a short time,
for Simian technical support, BSI has always been responsive whenever
there’s a question. The tech support team is knowledgeable and
helpful solving all system issues, even when they’re due to
recommend purchasing a turnkey system by BSI; this makes sure you are
getting a system optimized for broadcast use. This also gives you a
tech support package for one year.
system comes with other great BSI products that are useful tools in
the studio — WaveCart virtual cart machine, Stinger clip player and
Speedy CD ripper.
comes in two flavors. Simian Pro is feature-packed while Simian lite
is more for a Webcaster or very small radio station. Simian Gateway
is sold separately as an optional add-on while the remote client for
Simian is free.
From Internet radio
to a broadcast radio station to a network, I have used Simian every
time and Simian performance exceeds my expectations. If this makes my
clients happy, that makes my job so much easier.
information, contact Marie Summers at BSI in Oregon at (888) 274-8721
or visit www.bsiusa.com.