Radio Broadcast Software Compared

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I’m very fortunate that I’ve worked with some high-end radio software, and also some not so high-end glamorous radio software.

I’ve tried to use ZaraFree Radio software, and it’s pretty much a fancy Windows Media Player, and I got frustrated and lost, because there just weren’t any features.

I’ve come up the ranks using Master Control, NexGen, and also Zetta (which I have to say is my favourite of the expensive softwares), and even used Player101 too.

More recently, I’ve been working with StationPlaylist as well and deploying that across multiple locations as stand alone installs – and they work really well. It’s a budget friendly system that serves it’s purpose very well.

All of these radio softwares have different strengths and weaknesses, and all have a different target market. Some are free, cheap, others are expensive, and some the middle of the road.

Here is a little comparison of the basic features. Hopefully it helps you make the right choice. (Apologies for the formatting)

Feature Zara
Free
Zara
Studio
Master
Control
NexGen Zetta Player101 Station
Playlist
RadioDJ
O.S. Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows Windows
Automation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crossfade No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Crossfade1 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes2 No
Native VT No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IVT No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Uses Multi-channel Audio Cards Unknown Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Time Stretch and Squeeze No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited No
Visual Cue Editor No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Type of Servers None None MSSQL Windows Server MSSQL None None MySQL/
MariaDB
Recommended Computers required Stand alone Stand alone 3+ 2+ 3+ Stand alone Stand alone 1+
On Air Redundancy None None Yes Yes Yes None None None
Network use None None Yes Yes Yes None Yes7 Yes
Full Control
over network
None None Yes Yes Yes None None Unknown
Designed for Radio No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hotkey Carts No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Basic Scheduling None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Scheduling3 None No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Auto Playlist Creation No No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Support None Unknown 24/75 24/75 24/75 24/76 Within 24hrs Unknown
Support None Unknown Phone/
Email
Phone/
Email
Phone/
Email
Phone/
Email
Email or
Yahoo Group
Forum
Cost Free $ $$$$$4 $$$$$4 $$$$$4 $$$ $$ Free
Cost Method Free p/lic. p/seat p/seat p/seat p/seat p/lic. Free
Licence Type Free Buyout Annual Annual Annual N/A Buyout Free
For sale No Yes Yes Yes Yes EOL Yes No
Typical Market Small Small Major Major Major Small/
medium
Small/
medium
Small
Typical
‘Maintenance’
For Best
results
Minimal Minimal Daily Daily Daily Weekly Minimal Minimal
Feature Set Very Low Minimal High High Insanely
High
Medium Medium Minimal
Country Of Origin Spain Spain USA USA USA USA NZ Romanian
Latest Release 2006 2014 Sept 2015 October 2014 Sept 2015 October 2008 August 2015 November 2015 October
Overall
Rating
* * **** **** ***** ** *** **
Sold by Kero Systems S.L. RCS StationPlaylist radiodj

1 Ids of songs and VTs ducking crossfading.

2 StationPlaylist Pro

3 Full Day part and hour restrictions.

4 If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

5 Immediately

6 Immediately with an optional support contract

7 Scheduling can happen on a separate computer, over a network.

8 All Workstations can connect and alter the live program.

There is also Rivendell broadcast software too that is worth a look that is open source that runs on linux.

If you would like to buy Station Playlist, support me, and purchase from here. If you buy more than 1 copy, you’ll get a discount too!

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