Many blind people love radio. It’s a medium we can enjoy completely and independently. Given how many hours many of us spent listening to it as kids, it’s no wonder radio is a profession many blind people have pursued.
With good screen reading skills and an accessible broadcast suite, radio is a more viable profession for blind people than ever. It can also be a great hobby. The Internet means that anyone can broadcast to a global audience with only minimal investment.
There’s no more accessible a broadcast package than the StationPlaylist suite of products – Studio, Creator, and Streamer. Whether you need to host a live show, or at the other extreme, completely automate an entire radio station, StationPlaylist can do it for you. Its developers have taken care to ensure the software is accessible out of the box. But radio can get busy. When you’re engaging with your audience via social media, getting some content together for your next voice break, or taking phone calls, every second counts. A sighted person can just glance at the screen to get the information they need about how much time is remaining in the current song and what’s up next, but glancing at the screen isn’t an option when you’re totally blind.
That’s why the best way to maximise your productivity and efficiency is to use StationPlaylist Studio in conjunction with Brian Hartgen’s scripts for Freedom Scientific’s JAWS® screen reading software.
“Broadcast It” is the definitive guide to the StationPlaylist suite when used with JAWS. At 13 hours in length, it’s thorough and comprehensive. It’s produced by Brian Hartgen and Jonathan Mosen, both of whom have had years of experience with the software, and are known for producing high-quality tutorials that make sense of tech topics.
Having founded ACB Radio in 1999, Jonathan became an early adopter of the StationPlaylist products and encouraged their use by blind broadcasters. He’s subsequently used the tools on Mushroom FM, and on a number of low power FM commercial radio stations in New Zealand which he founded. He continues to use them for his popular weekly radio show, the Mosen Explosion.
Brian Hartgen began live broadcasting in 2009, used the capabilities of the StationPlaylist suite to the max on Team FM which he co-founded, and has become very familiar with Studio’s feature set through his work on the JAWS scripts. Brian continues to use the StationPlaylist suite on his popular show, The Music Machine.
Not only will you hear detailed audio demonstrations and explanations of the rich feature set, you’ll hear first-hand experience and practical advice from people who’ve used those features on a daily basis to run radio stations.
Whether you’re a seasoned StationPlaylist professional, or you’ve not yet taken the plunge and bought the software, “Broadcast It” is for you. It’s an incredibly powerful suite of products, it makes sense to invest in a definitive audio tutorial to make sure you’re harnessing all that power at your fingertips.
Want to webcast from your bedroom and sound like you’re in a state-of-the-art studio? Maybe you dream of waking up your audience on that big 50,000 watt commercial giant with a polished voice tracked morning drive show. Perhaps you’d like to do some voluntary work at one of the many audio information services around the world that are run with StationPlaylist products. No matter how you broadcast, or why you broadcast, “Broadcast It” has you covered.
Table of Contents
- 1. Introduction to StationPlaylist Studio
- 2. Supported audio file formats
- 3. Installing and activating StationPlaylist Studio
- 4. Installing and activating the JAWS for Windows script files for StationPlaylist Studio
- 5. Introducing the StationPlaylist Studio program, including launching and closing down the product, the menus, the Studio help system, and the JAWS script documentation.
- 6. The basics: getting to grips with playlists, including the concept of the hour marker, playing, stopping and pausing tracks, establishing how much time is left, together with the elapsed time. Also covers live assist, and automation mode.
- 7. Introducing Studio’s options dialog box, and the General tab.
- 8. Studios options, Advanced tab.
- 9. Studio’s options, Advanced tab continued.
- 10. Studio’s options, Event Times tab.
- 11. Studio’s options, Folder Locations tab.
- 12. Studio’s options, the Input tab.
- 13. Studio’s options, the Output tab, the Plug-ins tab, the Listener Stats tab, and the Now Playing tab.
- 14. Studio’s options, the Now Playing tab continued.
- 15. Studio’s options, the Time and Temperature tab, the Track Info and Logging tab, the Keyboard Controls tab, and the Communications tab.
- 16. The importance of file tagging, and an introduction to the Track Properties dialog box.
- 17. Using the Insert Track dialog box and searching for songs.
- 18. The Insert Tracks dialog box and searching for songs continued.
- 19. Customising the speech and Braille output from JAWS for Windows
- 20. Managing playlists in-depth, including saving and loading playlists, changing categories, moving and deleting items, checking and unchecking multiple items, replace with same artist, finding a song, randomising, set temporary cue.
- 21. Bookmarking, request notifications, and global keystrokes.
- 22. Customising the scripts through the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box.
- 23. All about time, including automatic warning of track endings, hearing the current time, the global timer features, and keystrokes to establish time functions relative to Studio.
- 24. The carts.
- 25. The Preview Player.
- 26. Marking song introductions using the Track Tool.
- 27. The Track Tool, including setting the Segway and cue points.
- 28. The Track Properties dialog box in-depth.
- 29. The advantages of using Studio with and without a mixer.
- 30. Using Studio stand-alone.
- 31. Using Studio stand-alone continued.
- 32. Using Studio in conjunction with a hardware mixer.
- 33. Customising StationPlaylist Streamer and Studio’s meta data options.
- 34. Using the SPL Encoder for Internet streaming.
- 35. The Song Requester script.
- 36. The Studio Monitor.
- 37. Using StationPlaylist Creator part one, including creating categories, spot groups, rotations, schedules, artist and title separation, and options.
- 38. Using Creator part two, including break notes, relaying another stream, and logging.
- 39. Voice tracking and the Playlist Editor.
- 40. Conclusion.
Format and Pricing Options
Want to get started right away? You’re in luck. Buy the tutorial now, download instantly.
Purchasing not only entitles you to download the tutorial, but will also unlock audio updates and webinars exclusive to owners of the tutorial.
“Broadcast It” is available in either DAISY or MP3 format. The MP3 version has each of the 40 chapters in its own MP3 file. Files are all clearly tagged and numbered in sequential order, making it a snap to import the book into tools like Voice Dream Reader, or for burning onto CD for safekeeping.
The DAISY audio version is also ideal for playing in Voice Dream Reader, and many hardware and software digital talking book players. DAISY means it’s easy to set bookmarks in the book to come back to things you want to check out again.
The free FSReader that comes with JAWS will also play the DAISY version of the tutorial. FSReader is an ideal tool to use if you want to follow along with the tutorial on your PC. It’s universally accessible play/pause feature means you can pause the tutorial without leaving the StationPlaylist application you’re in.
If you don’t own the StationPlaylist scripts for JAWS, we’re pleased to offer them at the time you purchase the tutorial for an additional $15. That’s $10 off the normal purchase price.
Buy “Broadcast It” In MP3
Purchase “Broadcast it” in MP3 and the JAWS scripts for StationPlaylist for USD $75, a $10 saving.
Buy “Broadcast It” in DAISY
Purchase “Broadcast it” in DAISY format for $60 USD.
Purchase “Broadcast it” in DAISY format and the JAWS scripts for StationPlaylist for USD $75, a $10 saving.
Note: while you will be able to download your tutorial instantly, if you take advantage of our JAWS scripts discount, Hartgen Consultancy will be in touch with you to arrange provision of these.