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What is the RadioSuite Hard Drive?

 

The newest, most innovative thing to come to the broadcasting industry, the RadioSuite Hard Drive (RS-HD) allows UDS II to deliver all pre-recorded audio elements from digital audio hard drive. RS-HD runs on the robust Linux operating system for rock-solid reliability. RS-HD includes all of the features supported in the "Protected Mode Incentive."

What is the "Protected Mode Incentive"?

 

Many UDS II systems were sold with software that ran in "real" mode. Beginning with the 80386 microprocessor, the computer CPU could run in either real mode (like the first IBM PCs, with 640K of RAM or less) or protected mode, taking advantage of advanced memory capabilities in the newer CPU chips.

Traditional real mode applications were limited to 640K of RAM, no matter how much RAM your computer had. This restriction severely limited a programmer's ability to add new features and enhancements to software. To get around the 640K barrier, programs are now written as protected-mode applications, taking advantage of the features of modern microprocessors. Programmers can now write applications that can access all the memory available in the computer. With access to larger amounts of memory memory, it is possible to write software with advanced power and features.

The UDS II software is now available in a protected-mode version. To make the move to protected-mode, you will need a minimum of 4 MB of RAM (8 MB is recommended), and the protected mode software. Click this link for details of the Protected Mode UDS II Upgrade.

Can I use my Windows®-based editor in the production room with your RadioSuite hard drive system?

 

You bet. Linux is happy in a Wintel environment. Hanging a Linux-based workstation on a Windows® network via Samba is no big deal, allowing you to pick the Windows®-based audio editor you like best. The versatility, reliability, and stability of Linux will amaze you.

What is UDS-HD?

 

Do you have DCS deployed at your radio station and are thinking about going "total hard drive"? Great! The UDS II Hard Drive Music System works in conjunction with a dedicated 486 or greater DCS unit (sold separately). UDS II independently controls three DCS audio outputs for overlapped segues. With UDS-HD, you still maintain all of the same basic UDS II features listed below with the added ability of playing music, commercials, liners, jingles, and ID's from digital audio hard drive. CD changers can be used in addition to the UDS-HD for unlimited configuration possibilities.

I want Hard Drive music but I need CD Changers for syndicated CD programming. Can I mix both types of programming?

 

Yes, you can. UDS II was designed to be completely modular. Add or take away components as needed. You can have a UDS II that plays all events from hard drive, or one that mixes hard drive music and CD music. A UDS II system can seamlessly play music and commercials from hard drive, music from CD, and satellite-delivered programming (with automatic liners and legal IDs).

Does the UDS II interface with satellite programming?

 

Extremely well. UDS II's A4000 Audio controller accepts contact closures to know when the satellite program is ready to go "local" and play commercials. Satellite liners and legal IDs can be played from satellite triggers, and liners for different personalities can be loaded automatically by UDS II.

What controls the audio in a UDS II system?

 

Audio connections from all sources are routed through separate input channels of the A4000 audio controller. Stereo and mono balanced audio outputs are available from the audio controller. Optional stereo/mono audition outputs are also available. An entry-level five-channel SM-05 mixer is also available. Both can be used "single output" or "auto-routed" (see above).

How does UDS II control everything else?

 

The UDS II controls the audio controllers and CD changers using RS-422 serial control.

How soon can I get a UDS II shipped to my station?

 

Our shipping department normally delivers to your door 30 days from receipt of order. Rush delivery is usually available so please contact us if your needs vary.

Is on-site training necessary?

 

We consider it necessary for stations new to UDS technology. While UDS II is easy to learn and use, training helps the user to more efficiently use UDS II with the station's traffic and music-scheduling software systems.

Normally, stations work with our telephone support staff to connect the equipment. A trainer is then flown to your location to demonstrate the many ways UDS can be used. No matter what kind of presentation you want ("tight and concise" or "loose and smooth" or whatever you desire) we can teach your staff how to get the exact desired sound out of the system. Two days of training are included with every UDS system sold. Pricing does not include airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, transportation or other trainer expenses. These items are provided by the station at the time of training.