OPTIONS





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OPTION TAB 1

REMEMBER SYSTEM MODE - This option sets default system mode (MANUAL, LIVE ASSIST, etc.) on program startup (from previous session).

REMEMBER EVENT MODE- This option sets default event mode (enabled or disabled) from previous session.

LOAD P/L ON START- Selecting this option pre-loads whatever files were in the playlist at program close. The play index for this playlist is also remembered (if other than RANDOM).

OPEN MAXIMIZED- This option allows full screen viewing when program opens. Changing this option when you exit this window resets the screen to this option.

MODE RANDOMIZE- Allows files in main playlist to shuffle (randomize) when toggling in and out of RANDOM mode. Un-checking box will not allow files to randomize each time the mode is toggled.

ENABLE LOGGING- Selecting this option documents all files played to a log file, as designated by the Julian Date (day of the year). NOTE-even if this option is not selected, Automatronix creates a blank log file automatically.

SATELLITE MODE- When checked (and MODE is in AUTO ONCE), events will load, and wait for contact closue of PLAYER1 to trigger event. Any event skipped will simply clear when next event loads.

ENABLE TCP/IP- This allows TCP/IP (via connected network) communications for sending and receiving data to and from Automatronix.

ENABLE KILL  EVENT- Allows Events to be killed from main screen.

AUTORUN ON START- This option allows Automatronix to start playing (if in AUTO MODE) upon program start. This will only work if  LOAD P/L ON START is checked. To make this feature work on computer boot-up, see AUTO RUNNING ON SYSTEM BOOT.

AUTO-START TALK SHOW EVENTS- Allows the events to Auto-start in talk show, rather than holding.

NO P/L RAND W/MODE - This enables/disables  AUTO RANDOM mode to cause the playlist to randomize each time you toggle a change in the system mode. The playlist will still randomize once the end of the playlist is reached regardless of this setting.


OPTION TAB 2


INACTIVE TIME- This sets the time (in seconds) after no activity is detected, as in the case when players accidently stop playing, causing a momentary 'hang' in the automation. Setting this control greater than 0 will allow it to operate. After the designated set time by the slider, it will automatically start the next scheduled player. NOTE- IF YOU PRESS "STOP"  ON THE MAIN SCREEN, IT WILL RESET THIS CONTROL BACK TO ZERO (0).

OVERLAP TIME (PLAYLIST & EVENT) -Changing this number sets the system overlap time on the playlist and eventlist. The factory default setting for both is 0.1, and this is the minimum setting, NOTE- This setting is over-ridden if a file contains an overlap time already programmed into it. The higher the number, the sooner the files will overlap before they end. NOTE- It is recommended that each file is independently tagged. That way, each song has its' own unique time, and makes the transition more natural.

BUMP WINDOW and 'BUMPoMETERs'- This unique feature allows the operator to add or subtract overlap time from existing overlap times already programmed into the files. Moving setting towards LOOSE actually increases the 'gap' between songs, and makes the transitions further apart. Conversely, moving setting towards TIGHTER decreases the gap, making transitions occur closer together. Use caution with this setting, as setting too TIGHT may cause files with set overlaps to transition too soon.

SEGUE 'BUMPoMETER:- This feature allows the operator to add or subtract the gap time between the end of a voice-over file and the post (intro) time of the next file. This can have a drastic effect if not set properly, as it will cause the gap between the end of the voice-over file and the intro time of the song to vary. If set improperly, the voice-over file may 'step on' the intro of the song.

DIM CONTROL- This control sets the 'dim' (momentary instant fade-down) of the 3 main players when either HotKeys are played, or a Voice-Over Segue file is activated. Setting this control's amount depends upon both the recorded level of the HotKey files, and the recorded levels of the music. For example, if the HotKey files have been recorded 'hot', then there may not be a need to dim the music as far down An important factor to be aware of is how the dim level reacts. If the DIM LEVEL is set, and when the HotKey (or Segue Bridge file) starts, it immediately dims (attenuates) the 3 main player volume controls, and remains dimmed until the end of file is reached, at which point, the dimmer returns back to full volume. This is important to know, because if the HotKey file contains dead space after the last audible sound, there will be a period of time between when the HotKey file sound stops, and the dimmer returns back to full volume. This could sound quite annoying on the air, especially of AGC and heavy audio processing is occurring. So USE DISCRETION and use care when recording files before setting this control.

FADE TIME SLIDER- This control increases or decreases  fade time of players during segues.


OPTION TAB 3

DRIVE LETTER BOX - This sets the drive letter for selecting default files.

DIRECTORY BOX - This sets the directory path for the default files.

DEFAULT 1-4 and SET buttons- These boxes set the default directories for pre-loaded files, jingles,
spots, liners, or music. These buttons are utilized in both the MAIN WINDOW and the EVENT PROGRAM window. Clicking on the SET button sets this path, as defined by the DRIVE LETTER BOX and DIRECTORY BOX settings. The operator can also manually type in a different drive and path, but caution is advised when doing so.

Event Database - You can select an alternate event database file. The default is EVENTS.MDB

OPTION TAB 4

OPEN VOLUME CONTROLS- This opens the sound settings (WIN 9x ONLY).

RS232 PORT SEL- This drop-down sets the Communications (RS-232) port for incoming and outgoing data.

CRYSTAL SOUND CARD- Select this option when using Crystal sound cards. This option (when selected to YES) bypasses the standard mute routines when starting Automatronix.

OUTGOING/RDS DATA ADDRESSES AND PORTS

This area sets the incoming (for remote access control), and outgoing (for sending of song title information via TCP/IP) addresses and ports. The incoming port is pre-set to the local computer address, with a default port of 22122. 

RDS FORMAT- This drop-down sets the pre-determined header and footer for various RDS companies. The information is stored in the RDS.FIL on your local computer. When you change the drop-down type, it automatically changes the data in the OUTGOING RDS data and port address areas. Note: you can override the factory loaded presets if necessary, by typing different data.

ADD TRAILING CR TO ALL OUTGOING- It may be necessary to add a carriage return character to the TCP/IP RDS data that is sent. It is recommended you check this box for most RDS manufacturers.

 


APPLY- This button saves current settings in window.

CANCEL- This button closes window, canceling any changes made.

last modified 10/15/07

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