WIOE Likes Its Digilink-HD Experience
Ind. — I purchased my first Arrakis Systems Digilink automation
system back in 1995.
Digilink-HD in WOIE’s Studio A
installed other automation systems over the years, but I always
remembered how reliable and user-friendly Digilink was, so in 2002 I
decided that for the students broadcasting on WIOE(FM), Digilink
Extreme was the way to go. In 2013, WIOE upgraded to Digilink-HD.
Oldies 98.3FM is a nonprofit LPFM run by Blessed Beginnings
Broadcasting of Warsaw, Ind. We work with the mass communications
program of Warsaw Community Schools, so, as you can imagine, WIOE
needs a system that is easy to learn, easy-to-operate and reliable.
reliability and ease of Digilink-HD make broadcasting as much fun as
the oldies music we play. When I learned of the Digilink-HD they
were developing, I contacted Ben Palmer at Arrakis to learn more. The
new system features remind me of other automation systems I worked
with, but not as expensive.
was simple. Transition from Extreme to DHD was easy, since all of
WIOE’s files were in the correct Arrakis format already. The
Digilink Extreme audio and control bridge was removed and the new
replacement DHD audio and control bridge installed easily. It was a
simple as unplugging the Molex connectors from one Arrakis bridge and
plugging into another.
first thing all of us at WIOE noticed was the sound — unbelievable
audio quality. I have had staff and peers in the industry comment
favorably about how the “new” Oldies 98.3FM, WIOE sounds.
has a large programming staff. DHD provides each member with their
own customized “Hot Key” page. Everybody on air loves this new
DHD feature. Our studio computer monitors are touchscreens and
navigating Digilink-HD has proven simple and touchscreen-friendly.
features a new program called DHD Tools. This can be operated on the
main Digilink-HD automation computer or on a separate computer inside
another WIOE studio. DHD Tools is where the daily schedule is edited,
production, including voice tracking is done and WIOE library
maintenance performed. Before DHD Tools we had to all “share”
studio time to complete needed tasks. Now we can do everything from
our office or another WIOE studio, networked together and not having
to share studio time.
such as high school sports broadcasts are a breeze with Digilink-HD.
The Game Player feature on Digilink-HD is improved over Extreme. Our
high school student sports broadcasters learned the DHD Game Player
quickly and without any mistakes on the air, where it counts.
support with Arrakis has been outstanding. Support often consisted of
a few emails between the Digilink-HD support team and me. Not even a
phone call has been needed six months later.
with any new automation system or equipment, the WIOE staff had to
adjust with DHD. Staff issues are the small font in the Digilink-HD
Library area and the removal of the software channel level audio
faders. Ben tells me those soft faders will return soon in a software
revision. Thank you, Ben!
I have to say that for the investment you can’t go wrong with
Digilink-HD. This is a powerful, feature-packed software and computer
package for the money.
information, contact Ben Palmer at Arrakis Systems in Colorado at
(970) 461-0730 or visit www.arrakis-systems.com.