Below is a brief description of the basic configuration settings required to capture now playing information from your radio automation system and scheduled promotional messages, and send them to your RDS/RBDS encoder and/or HD system. This example uses the most common settings. For more detailed configurations or for updating other devices, see the CSRDS Configuration Guide .PDF in the PDF directory of the Install set (ARCTICPALM\Center Stage CD\PDF\).

  1. Start CSRDS as a System Administrator: Double click the CSRDS icon to start the program. The first time you run CSRDS, you will receive the configuration warning. Depending on the user access control (UAC) settings, you may need to right click the CSRDS icon and select "Run as Administrator" even when logged in as an administrator.
  2. Open the Properties Window: Select Properties from the Tools menu to open the Properties window and configure this instance of CSRDS.

General Tab
Select the station’s call letters from the “Center Stage Station ID” dropdown field and click “Default Settings” to set the basic configurations for this station. Enter the station’s slogan in the Static Message area. This message will be used during commercial and talk segments if there are no scheduled promotional messages.

Input Sources Tab
Use this tab to configure the communications to the automation system. The communications and settings will be determined by which radio automation system is in use.

Input Sources tab Communications:

  1. RS-232 - To use the serial connection, select the com port and set the com port settings to match the setting in the automation system. These MUST match exactly.
  2. Input from IP - If using an IP link to the automation system, enter the IP and port used by the automation system. Be sure the CSRDS computer can access that automation system network and the ports are open and not being blocked by firewalls, routers, port forwarding, etc. Note: For NextGen/Zetta, select the "Input Source is the Client" option in the "Other" tab.
  3. Music from File - To access the now playing information in a file created by the automation system, enter the full path and filename in the Music from File area or use the “Browse” button to find the file.

Input Sources Common Settings:

Check the “Do Not Send Promos During Songs” option.
Change the “Brand ID” to reflect the station’s street name. (ie: Hawk, The River, Eagle, etc)

RDS\RBDS Encoder Tab
Use this area to configure the CSRDS for the Encoder

RDS/RBDS Encoder Tab Communications:

  1. RS-232 - To use the serial connection, select the com port and set the com port settings to match the setting in the RDS\RDBS encoder. These MUST match exactly. Please check the pin outs for the encoder as different encoders may use straight through while others cross over.
  2. Input from IP - If using an IP link to the RDS\RBDS Encoder, enter the IP and port used by the automation system. Be sure the CSRDS computer can access the automation system network and the ports are open and not being blocked by firewalls, routers, port forwarding, etc.

Once the PS has been entered, the settings can be saved. The configuration settings will be saved as CSRDSxxxxx.INI.

Where xxxxx is the PS and shown in the top right on the CSRDS properties.

To run this instance of CSRDS, right click the CSRDS icon and click “Properties”. Then add the PS to the target (as shown in the bottom left green field).
e.g. C:\CenterStage\CSRDS.exe WACL-FM

RDS/RBDS Encoder Tab Common Settings:

  1. PI - Enter the call letters and click the “PI=” button.
  2. PTY – Enter the program type code closest to the station’s format. Use the “PTY” button to view the valid RDS program type codes.
  3. Use Dynamic PS – Select this option to show the 64 character radio text message in the 8 character PS display. When used, you will need to confirm this setting. Note: For most encoders, the DS, ID Code, M/S, RT, Level, ATT, DRTS, Phase, G, H and AF+ settings are configured using the encoder’s configuration module and are not required in CSRDS.

HD/IP Output Tab
Use this area to configure the CSRDS for HD

The HD Radio formats are handled using drivers used under license from iBiquity. Use the following options to select the version required for your system:

HD Format

  1. No HD - Use this option to turn off feeds to HD Radio systems.
  2. MSPAD - The original drivers used for the main HD channel.
  3. HDR HDP v1.0 - Version 1.0 of the iBiquity SDK and handles systems prior to version 2 of the exporter software.
  4. HDR HDP v2.0 - Version 2.0 of the iBiquity SDK and handles systems version 2 of the exporter software.
  5. PSDGen v4.5 - Version 4.5 of the iBiquity SDK and handles systems version 4 of the exporter software.
  6. SendLabel+ - European format for DAB.
  7. JMSAC - Select this option to link to the MSAC module available from your hardware vendor. Use this for, both, PAD and The Artist Experience for artwork.

PAD/PSD/DAB IP

  1. IP/Port - Enter the IP to the HD system for PSD and add the port. (For HD1, enter the exporter IP and port. For secondary services, enter the importer IP and ports.)

Other Tab
If you are sending HD artwork and/or station logo, under “JMSAC”: 

  1. Enter the IP and port for the computer where the JMSAC software is running.
  2. Enter the path where the artwork files are to be posted for the JMSAC module. This path must be the same path as used by the JMSAC computer. If a drive mapping is used, the mapping must be the same for both the CSRDS and JMSAC computers. You can also use the UNC path to ensure both computers are looking in the same location. If the artwork directory label is in green, this area can be left blank.
  3. As defined in the JMSAC configuration, enter the data service name for artwork in the “Artwork (DSN1)” field, then enter the data service name for logo in the “Logo (DSN2)” field.
  4. Select the HD system as HD1-HD8 from the dropdown field, then click “Continue”.


Once you have completed your configuration of CSRDS, click the “OK” button to save the configuration settings. Respond to any confirmation messages and click “F5-Start” when the CSRDS controller window appears.

The configuration file will be saved in the root of the C:Windows directory and named based on the PS setting. For example: CSRDSKNAB-FM.INI. Multiple instances of CSRDS can be run by adding the PS to the target in the CSRDS shortcut.

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