Good pointers about what sam is, updates that one may be missing out on with sticking with an older version, and comparisons between SAM and other professional software solutions.
I guess at the end of the day, these are all perameters that one has to consider and weigh up when deciding on what software and what version they be using.
For us, we are pretty much 24 over 7 music, hense in this case 4.2.2 works fine. I do recall there is a bug in 4.2.2 with the voice FXs, when talking to the air, but as we have assigned that duty to an external mixer, this is really no big deal. Occasionally when we do have an announcer to air, they basically switched SAM from "Play Queue" to "Manual DJ" whilst they are talking, then roll back into "Play Queue" when back into the adverts and music.
In relation to professional broadcast software, my quick spot of curiosity got me looking at some websites, and demo's on youtube. What I did see this morning was well,... I don't know. Much of these more professional packages maybe much more stabler then SAM, but one may need a PHD in Science or Computers Programming to work these things.
SAM's attraction is it's quick learning curve, I pretty much picked up the main operating components of it within a month. I would say I got a pretty good knowledge of it after about six months, and some much appreciated help on these forums.
When demoing about six different packages back in 2008,four of which you could call professional (price tag >$2 grand), I was rather surprised how clunky their interfaces looked, and worked. Some of them didn't have all of the features that SAM has
Just for interest, here is the youtube search I did this morning,http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q ... 8.4.2l21l0
.....and an Australian setup which looks fine on the surface, but also looks rather expensive. As it is cloud based, the music library is pretty much a pool that stations use, but the problem with this is one is not sure about the integrity and quality of the music in their system, and would they have the right single edits.http://ausradiostation.com/
So in the end, many different setups and ideas to try out, but none of which will be useful if one has to reboot ones computer after every two tracks, like one of the posters above.
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