Negative. I have thought about teabagging it though. Leave a little something for the next guy in.
Originally Posted by Joe Perez
Hey, that's one of ours! A PR&E Airwave Digital-12.
What automation system are you running there? I don't recognize the screen on the left.
Nice! I'm only in there a few hours a week, so best I can tell you is that it's referred to as ENCO, but that may be a generic name. We recently combined the wave cart (screen on the right) with the ENCO system...that's been fun. It's pretty archaic whatever it is, and I think an upgrade to another system entirely is in the works for next year (something by Apple?). But this is public radio, so it may actually be next decade lol. I think the idea is that the cd library will be fully digitized and we can pull cd's from a database instead of a filing cabinet, as well as access the wave and ENCO stuff all on the same screen.
Middle screen is our library reference/online live posting system when we dj's are on the air. It connects to a real-time live update on the website.
I'll try to remember to get a closer shot of the automation screen when I'm back in next week. Station is KRCC 91.5 for reference.
They used to be a much bigger player in the market, although the last time I used their system it was still DOS-based and using a Novell server (this was in the early 2000s, mind you.)
For the past several years, we haven't seem much of their stuff in the field. This is mostly because the major corporate owners have all standardized on other systems nationwide. Clear Channel uses RCS/Nexgen (formerly Prophet), CBS uses Audiovault, etc.
I think the idea is that the cd library will be fully digitized and we can pull cd's from a database instead of a filing cabinet, as well as access the wave and ENCO stuff all on the same screen.
That's actually the standard at all of the big corporate stations. 100% of the music library is in the automation system- no CDs or carts anywhere. This has been happening for about a decade now, ever since hard drive space became cheap enough that the music could be ripped directly into the computer and not compressed. These days, the individual stations never even touch a music CD- new cuts get pushed into the stations' local servers direct from a central production office via the corporate WAN. Times, they are a changin'.
It's funny, actually. The very first automation system I ever used (made by Schafer) stored all of the spots on four Betamax VCRs (not Betacam, mind you- regular ole' consumer grade Betamax) and had a computer with maybe a 120 meg hard drive in it. Before each break, the machines would all start shuttling around and then, one by one, play the relevant spots into the computer which recorded them onto the hard drive. When you hit the button at the console, the computer would play the break off of the hard drive, then immediately wipe it and the VCRs would start rolling again to locate the cuts for the next break in the log. God help the poor soul who scheduled two breaks too close together- if those VCRs weren't done rolling, you got nothing. For this reason, we still used carts to cover ballgames, as you could never predict how close the local breaks were going to come. (eg: out of a local, one batter, timeout, then a pitching change, etc.)