When stations use pre-recorded program segments provided by a Production Service, the metadata for the segment elements are not available from the play out system. As such, the now playing information is not available for use in RDS\RBDS Encoders, HD Radio, Web sites, Streams, web services or other data casting devices and services. Producers using Music Master to schedule pre-recorded program segments can now create an Arctic Palm export using the Music Master Export function. Using this format, individual segments are noted in the export file with the %$% in the title field to indicate the beginning of a segment. The files will be named as MMDDYYYY.txt (e.g. 04212016.txt) and placed in a directory monitored by the Center Stage Radio Automation Simulator module (CSRDS). If desired, a module in the Center Stage Live package will automatically download the metadata files from the Producer’s Web site.
The station will then download and import the audio files into their automation system using a station defined ID, the date as DD-MM, hour and Segment number as HH-SEG# as the song title of the event in the automation system and music log. When the Center Stage Live Datacasting Module (CSRDS) captures the event it “triggers” CSRAS to send the metadata for the individual elements in the segment.
For Example: a song title of D24 21-04 09-01 tells CSRAS to start sending the metadata for ID D24 for the first segment of the 9am hour on April 21. CSRAS then extracts the individual items for the select segment and adjusts the times to the start time of the on-air event and sends the now playing information to the Data Casting module(CSRDS) based on the scheduled times in the Music Master file. This Now Playing information is then sent to the various Data Casting Services.
Configuring CSRAS for Music Master Imports
The Center Stage Live software package includes several modules for both datacasting and paperless studio functions and features. Since different modules may be run on several computers in the station, the install sets for each module is included in the Install set in the ArcticPalm\Center Stage CD\Clients directory. This document assumes the Center Stage Live software has already been downloaded, installed and the basic configurations have been completed. If not, the CSRDS Quick Start document available on the Downloads page of our Web Site at www.arcticpalm.com has the instructions to do so.
- On the computer where CSRAS is to be run (usually the same computer as CSRDS), browse to the Arctic. Palm\CenterStage CD\Clients\CSRAS directory.
2. Right click on the Setup.exe and select Run As Administrator.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
4. When completed, the CSRAS icon will be on the desktop ready to go .
- Using the Desktop Icon, start CSRAS.
- 2. Select Properties from the Tools Menu.
- 3. Select the Station from the Drop Down List. (If no stations are available, Exit CSRAS and run CSScheduler, select Stations and Logos from the Tools menu and add the Station ID’s (Call Letters). When completed, exit CSScheduler and re-start CSRAS).
- Ensure the Installation Directory is where Center Stage Live is installed. If not, use the browse command to select the correct installation directory.
- In the Log File Directory, use the Browse command and create a sub-directory in the Center Stage Installation directory. This is where the Music Master export files will be located.
- In the “Output File To” area, use the Browse command to create a subdirectory and enter a file name. This is the file monitored by CSRDS and updated by CSRAS with the now playing information.
- Select Triggered, Daily and Music Master.
- Enter the ID for this Producer. This will be the ID used in the Trigger to start the segment.
- Click Save.
When Save is selected, CSRAS will display a window with information on Triggered events and instructs you to add a command to the CSRAS shortcut.
Configuring the CSRAS Shortcut
- Right click on the CSRAS desktop icon.
- Select Properties.
- Add the command shown in the CSRAS message. This is the Station ID as selected in the CSRAS properties followed by _T. For Example, if the Station is KNAB-FM, we would add KNAB-FM_T to the shortcut. (E.G. c:\centerstage\csras.exe KNAB-FM_T
- Click Apply.
Exit CSRAS and restart using the new Desktop Icon and the process is completed. CSRAS will now monitor the path defined in the Log File Directory as defined in step 5 for the current day’s Music Master File. For example, on April 6, 2016 CSRDS will look for 04062016.txt. When found, the metadata will be imported and ready to post. CSRAS will automatically re-import should updates be posted and will switch to the next day at Midnight.
Once running, minimize CSRAS and the program will be placed in the System tray and can be accessed by clicking on the icon in the system tray. Unless there are changes to the system CSRAS will not require any other Manual Intervention. However, CSRAS MUST run 24 x 7 to monitor the Music Master Files and post metadata to CSRDS. You may also want to add the shortcut to the Start Up menu so the program will automatically start when the computer is re-booted.
CSRAS Tools Menu
The Tools Menu has several commands controlling the various functions in CSRAS. While CSRAS will run unattended, these commands can be used to verify links or for specialized functions.
Played – F2
As CSRAS sends metadata to CSRDS, the metadata for the current segment is saved in the Played Window allowing you to see when and what metadata has been posted during the current segment. Select Played or Press F2 to switch between the played and live window.
View Triggered Events
The Event Log (Blue area) will display each process as it happens and the top (white Area) will display the next songs in the segment. If you would like to check a segment to see what songs are in the segment, select View Triggered Events from the Tools Menu.
As each item is selected, the program will display the Trigger along with the songs in that segment.
Cancel Trigger Events
If for any reason the segment is cancelled, the metadata can be cancelled using the Cancel Trigger Events from the Tools menu.
Authentication File (Not Required for Music Master Imports)
Center Stage Live includes a remote Playlist Editor that can be used by off-site producers to create a Metadata Playlist when not using Music Master. The Playlist Editor can be downloaded from using the link on the downloads page on our web site at www.arcticpalm.com. The Playlist editor requires an Authentication Code from the host station in order to run the program and to send the metadata logs to the host station. The authentication file and host upload information is created using this option.
Upload Properties (Not Required for Music Master Imports)
This option is used for the Center Stage Live CSNetCaster process which captures targeted messages from a central site, posts the metadata to the various datacasting devices and uploads an audit file confirming the metadata broadcast.
Downloading Music Master Files from the Producer Site
If desired, the music master metadata files can be automatically downloaded from the Producer’s site using the Center Stage Live web capture module CSWeather. To configure CSWeather to monitor the site for updates:
- Using the CSWeather Desktop icon start the CSWeather module. This icon is added when the Center Stage Datacasting module (CSRDS) is installed.
- Select Properties from the Tools menu.
- Enter MM= followed by the link provided by the producer.
- Click Add.
- In the Same Text Data in area, use the browse command to select the directory defined in the Log File Directory in CSRAS.
- Enter TXT as the extension and press Tab.
- Click Update.
CSWeather will check the producer site every 30 min for new updates for the current date as well as the metadata logs for the next date. When found, the metadata logs will be downloaded to the Log File Directory ready for CSRAS.
You may also want to add the shortcut to the Start Up menu so CSWeather will automatically start when the computer is re-started.