Fifty Thousand Watt Software prefers automatic over stick.
Its Automatic Transmission program is targeted at automated broadcasting applications of low-power stations, college stations and Internet streams.
Recordings are organized into file folders. A typical installation will have several folders for different types of music, plus folders dedicated to commercials, jingles, weather, etc. A playlist directs Automatic Transmission to select recordings randomly from a particular sequence of folders. Recordings in each folder can be “weighted,” so that some songs or commercials play more often than others.
A “no-repeat” option specifies a minimum amount of time before a recording can play again. In addition to a music rotation, Automatic Transmission can be programmed to play particular recordings at a specified time. The system transitions from a music rotation to timed broadcast, then back to music rotation.
For Internet radio use, Automatic Transmission broadcasts song titles so the text can be viewed on the listener’s computer.
Automatic Transmission runs under Windows, and retails for $49. A free 30-day trial is available for download at www.50kws.com.