Center Stage Live is a “network” package that includes a variety of programs used by different departments running on different computers. As such, the installation is in two parts:
First, the “server” installation is run once to create a common directory or “File Server” where all of the programs and data will be stored. This installation does NOT add or run any applications on this computer.
Secondly, the “Client” installations are used to install the various modules on the appropriate computers. The client install will register the necessary files and create a shortcut pointing to the program in the file server directory that was created during the server installation. Note: The user will require full rights to the File Server directory.
The actual data casting processes are handled by the CSRDS client. This module sits between input sources such as the Radio Automation System (RAS) and any combination of output devices including, RDS\RBDS encoders, HD Radio systems, web site, streaming and web services, etc. Therefore, the computer running this module MUST be able to access the necessary devices and services.
Where to Install the Center Stage Live CSRDS Module for Metadata Processing
The Center Stage Live package is very compact and does not require a lot of computing power or disk space and can be installed on any running Windows 7 and up. However, the CSRDS computer will need to run 24x7 and have access to the data from the Radio Automation System (RAS), the Center Stage Installation directory (Fileserver) and the various output devices. While you may install and run CSRDS on an existing computer used for other applications, if the individuals using that computer log off or shut down the computer, the metadata will no longer be processed.
System Requirements: Depending on the features used, the Center Stage Live File Server will require 50-100mb of disk space. There are no server applications as the “server” is simply a common data storage area. Workstations will need the appropriate network cards and access to the file server directory. Please note: peer to peer configurations may limit the number of concurrent users. If the connection limit is exceeded, the Center Stage installation directory should be located on a station’s Local Area Network.
Input and Output Considerations
Table 1 and Table 2 summarize the communications options used by CSRDS. Depending on the required inputs and outputs, you will need to ensure CSRDS can communicate with the necessary devices.
Web Site, stream, and local files are user-definable and can be customized using an ASCII text file as a template. Create the ASCII file inserting our “Merge” codes where the data is to be placed. Details can be found on the download page http://www.arcticpalm.com/ RDS Templates PDF.