The AutoDJ service (otherwise known as a transcoder) provides professional grade programming (Playlist) and broadcast user (DJ) management. Producers can schedule Daily programming, Spots and Jingles as well as allowing broadcast users access to override regular programming to broadcast live. The AutoDJ settings page in BoomBox (top menu, microphone icon) gives Producers the option to make global configuration changes that affect all Playlists and DJ’s.
Important: It is imperative that you enter accurate values for name, genre, homepage, facebook, twitter and google+ as this metadata is what will allow your station to be found on 3rd party aggregators like iTunes, Amazon Music and Roku.
- Enabled: Completely enable or disable the AutoDJ
- Name: the name of your radio station
- Genre: the genre of your radio station
- Homepage: the website url (homepage) of your radio station
- Facebook: the facebook page of your radio station
- Twitter: the twitter page of your radio station
- Google+: the google+ page of your radio station
- DJ Port: This is the port to be used in the source client for live broadcasting
- Encoder: Set the encoder (MP3 or AAC+) you would like to use for playback
- Channels: This will set your stream to broadcast in Mono or Stereo
- Shuffle: globally enables or disables the random playback of tracks. This will override individual playlist shuffle settings, so you should disable it unless desired
- Normalize: normalizes (compresses) the output volume sent to the stream server so that your Playlists and DJ’s all have the same loudness when broadcasting
- Source Protocol: Choose which protocol you would like to use for source client connections
- Version 1: is the most compatible, but does not supply extended track metadata for modern players and devices
- Version 2: is for modern players and devices, but will not work with flash players.
- Bitrate: sets the total output quality sent to the stream server. (Important) this value must equal that of your broadcasting software (source client) in order to avoid drops when connecting for live broadcasting
- Crossfade: Crossfade sets the total time with which the volume will be faded between tracks
- Threshold: sets the curve in seconds the volume crossfade will be applied to each track
To the left of the top of the page next to the ‘Save’ (floppy icon) and ‘Help’ (question icon) buttons is a pull out menu which offers additional AutoDJ features and options. In addition to the standard option (Save and Help) the following operations are provided:
Service Management Options:
From time to time you may need to test service operation. These operations will help.
- Restart: stops and restarts the service
- Start: starts the service (is ignored if already running)
- Stop: stops the service (is ignored if not running or disabled)
Playlist Management Options
These operations apply to all enabled playlists and may crash the service if Playlists or DJ’s are not properly configured. Use with caution.
- Reload Current Playlist: flushes and re-reads the playlist cache (restarts the playlist from the beginning)
- Toggle Shuffle: enables or disables global track playback randomization
- Skip to Next Track: forces the playback of the next track in the playlist queue
- Rotate Log Files: instructs the system to save the current log file under a different name and to begin logging anew
We provide an extensive demo framework that is updated when new features are added. Installing the demo will setup and configure DJ’s and Playlists that will allow producers to quickly understand how the AutoDJ feature works. Installation and De-installation will not affect your current setup or configuration, but may override priorities.
- Install Demo: installs the demonstration framework
- Uninstall Demo: uninstalls the demonstration framework