RadioBOSS 6.0 comments

- rating fields in main windows display nombers instead of stars
- tag field and backup database are welcomes
- new crossfade is awesome but missing some customisations
- on main windows track information on bottom including cover sometimes doesn't load or stop working
- embed caster have many bug, still have to use radiocaster instead (failed to update title, failed to update soundcard even after several restarts), especially on shoutcast
- still no weather
- mic and eq on the center are awesome, not only for graphic purposes
- still not possible to edit style
- most of time software doesn't warn about effects will change after restart (especially after soundcard modifications)
- excellent update, i don't planned to buy updates cause original software is expensive, but theses upgrades are fonctional and useful, hope for a stable release before my liecences expires
- special caracteres replaced with "?" in majority of cases (i uses stars or bullets ●)
- radiobosscloud login/password never works (but work fine using dj credientials)
- on track information section the very right column last information (played "hour" is invisible, cropped)

- still no ssl support shoutcast/icecast, have to use radiobosscloud to relay stream in https (google/apple requieres it nowadays)
- displaying statitics inside of the software could be great
- get statistic when using radiocaster on the same machine shouldn't be complicated
- embed server only allows 1 stream (maybe cause my router can only open 1 port)
- maybe if we can, instead of "input" adding a "sofware" in scheduler or sound card configuration, can make life easier (like on obs "capture active windows")
- also make some "targetspot" (shoutcast monetisation) section to automatically embed in playlist the right files with the right associate data (even if i heard lot of broadcasters just don't receive their check)

that's it for today !
on my website on "on air" tab i have screen capture of radioboss v6. cool software. active community and update. price are still competitive (i still don't understand how you can pay 100$ per month to radio .co to get a 320k stream, i almost not understand why shoutcast in now 10 $ monthly)
 
Last edited:

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
- rating fields in main windows display nombers instead of stars
- tag field and backup database are welcomes
Rating will show stars if the column width is enough.
Database backup is possible using the Settings->Backup and restore menu.

new crossfade is awesome but missing some customisations
Can you please specify what's missing?

- on main windows track information on bottom including cover sometimes doesn't load or stop working
It only stops loading the cover art or the tag completely? How often does it happen?

- embed caster have many bug, still have to use radiocaster instead (failed to update title, failed to update soundcard even after several restarts), especially on shoutcast
Both programs (RadioBOSS and RadioCaster) share the same streaming engine, it's not really possible for them to work differently :) "Failed to update title" means that the server did not accept title for some reason - you should inspect the server logs to see why this happened.

- still no weather
Can you please provide some details?

- still not possible to edit style

- most of time software doesn't warn about effects will change after restart (especially after soundcard modifications)
All DSP inside RadioBOSS does not require a restart.

- special caracteres replaced with "?" in majority of cases (i uses stars or bullets ●)
RadioBOSS uses Unicode to store characters, so no characters will be missing. They may be missing when sent as a title to the server as some servers only support ANSI.

- radiobosscloud login/password never works (but work fine using dj credientials)
Does it show any error message?

- on track information section the very right column last information (played "hour" is invisible, cropped)
Can you please send a screenshot?
 

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
- still no ssl support shoutcast/icecast, have to use radiobosscloud to relay stream in https (google/apple requieres it nowadays)
It's not suppoted by the servers. Please note that source connection to the stream and listener connection to the server are totally different things.
Servers typically support HTTPS for listener connection, but for streaming (source) connections only plain HTTP is supported. If you stream with HTTP nothing prevents listeners from using HTTPS.

- displaying statitics inside of the software could be great
You can click the Statistics button to see it in a separate window or add it to a work zone (View menu).

- embed server only allows 1 stream (maybe cause my router can only open 1 port)
It's not limited by RadioBOSS, you can have as many streams and any number of listeners.

- maybe if we can, instead of "input" adding a "sofware" in scheduler or sound card configuration, can make life easier (like on obs "capture active windows")
How is this useful for radio automation?

- also make some "targetspot" (shoutcast monetisation) section to automatically embed in playlist the right files with the right associate data (even if i heard lot of broadcasters just don't receive their check)
You can add them manually. Honestly I don't see any reason in adding special support for it.

on my website on "on air" tab i have screen capture of radioboss v6. cool software. active community and update. price are still competitive
Thank you!
 

patrick.de-bruyn

Active member

Attachments

  • Screenshot_6.jpg
    Screenshot_6.jpg
    88.6 KB · Views: 153

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
This doesn't seem to be a bug. The line is wrapped, and continues on the next line. As you see, the whole line "Played: 11.10.2020 11:22:33" line does not fit so it becomes two line.
 
"Can you please specify what's missing?"
-> Nothing, just request to add some crossfade type feature, more or less smooth

"It only stops loading the cover art or the tag completely? How often does it happen?"
-> for now it happens on sheduled even start, whole section doesn't load until i click on a playlist item

____
- on one side, it's easier to stream "stereo mix" from the whole computer with radiocaster
- plus, when i use dsp plugin, the volume amp act on the whole computer sound
- on radioboss, dsp plugin only acts on software sounds, which is problematic when other sources plays
- on radioboss, we can get stats we don't have inside radioboss when radiocaster is used to encode
(anyway i have some stats on my account on shoutcast .com)
____

"embed caster" means "integrated streaming server"
on both radioboss and radiocaster, i would like more features, maybe no one uses it and i'm the only one to found it useful ?
but no status page, no special characters support, only one streaming format supported (can't have a relay)


weather
- API key:
- Your API key is 1b0cf34f75f08fd5d8e03efd8b075792
- Example of API call: api.openweathermap.org/data/2.5/weather?q=London,uk&APPID=1b0cf34f75f08fd5d8e03efd8b075792
- feel free to use it for tests




styles
- i can edit style, but some sections are buggy/not editable (especially fonts)
- or maybe i need restart software i don't get warn ?
- i won't restart after each font change.
- striped text also non working

for special charaters, it works fine on shoutcast, but not on icecast and integrated server
i saw it working on radiobosscloud cause on radiobosscloud you uses a custom version of icecast
(we get white https statuts page on radioboss cloud stream while we get black ones http on regular icecast)
anyway i'm happy with shoutcast right now


_________________


"Does it show any error message?"
-> radiobosscloud login/password "account not found"


Can you please send a screenshot?
-> see previous post

You can add the Statistics to a work zone (View menu).
-> awesome tip !

______________________________


"embed server only allows 1 stream (maybe cause my router can only open 1 port)"
It's not limited by RadioBOSS, you can have as many streams and any number of listeners.
-> i talked about integrated stream. can't manage to have more of one active.

"like on obs "capture active windows")"
How is this useful for radio automation?
-> too many soundcard options in playback menu. never knows witch soundcard is related to whitch program.
plus, having dozen of virtual soundcard... i guess radio is big boys stuff, you can't make everything easy !


______________________________


for targetspot, it's very tricky feature to set, your stream must have the correct metadata, or the ad won't start.
hundredspeople losts theirselves in configurations in winamp forums.
again, not an important request, but maybe some guide to prevent mistakes on air
consider it for radioboss 7 or 8 ^^
 
Last edited:

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
sometimes it displays correctly
sometimes text gets bigger and last line is cropped like here.
It tries to fit the text but it's not guaranteed that it will fit.

Nothing, just request to add some crossfade type feature, more or less smooth
Currently the crossfade is linear, do you think it may have other forms?

for now it happens on sheduled even start, whole section doesn't load until i click on a playlist item
Thank you, we'll see what's wrong there.

on both radioboss and radiocaster, i would like more features, maybe no one uses it and i'm the only one to found it useful ?
but no status page, no special characters support, only one streaming format supported (can't have a relay)
There's little point in it, implementing server is a lot of work and little benefit - there's Icecast that is free and has lots of features.

i can edit style, but some sections are buggy/not editable (especially fonts)
You don't need to restart it after each font change, and a quick test does not confirm any problems there. It's a good idea to save the style and restart RadioBOSS after you have finished editing the style, just in case.

for special charaters, it works fine on shoutcast, but not on icecast and integrated server
It depends on server configuration. I'm not sure about integrated server (its implementation is as simple as possible anyway) but for Icecast you need to enable UTF8 encoding and also set UTF8 encoding in RadioBOSS.

i talked about integrated stream. can't manage to have more of one active.
If you need mulitple instances, they must run on different ports. Apart form that it's not limited and you can have any number of servers.

hundredspeople losts theirselves in configurations in winamp forums.
again, not an important request, but maybe some guide to prevent mistakes on air
Then it's Targetspot who must do this job. It's their service and they are responsible to creating guides and solving problems with it.
 
i used to broadcast with deckadance before using radioboss. because it's a dj's sofware, i was able to get much more crossfade habilities. anyway, this linear crossfade is very good. i'm able to increase fade time from 7.5 seconds to 15 seconds with clean and smooth transitions.

it's sometimes hard to choose between a dj software and a radiomation software. even if they serves very different purposes.

i will hire few jourrnalists and i will ask each of them to uses radiologger for their audio recording.
 


if you compare the pics, text automatically changes its size.

text automatically gets bigger and displays uncorrectly.

i reduced the window but result is the same no matter the window's size.
 
it could be awesome if we can dispose the left panel to the right and if we can add work zones to the left
on the same model, on track information banner, maybe reduce/increase each column size, and enable/hide third column (mp3 stereo 320k)
this same third column inform about play count and last played, execpted last played is always right now on currently played track
maybe it could be more interesting to show in this section the last time played, "before now".

for the integrated server, it may be an huge amount of work, but there is no alternative to shoutcast/icecast, several services are dead or diying.
windows media services stopped working. now it's microsoft azure media services, which is on the cloud and bill you millions for bandwitch
rocket streaming audio server working on its own solution too, but it's only version 0.0.0 with absolutly no documentation or support.
for now i'm happy with shoutcast, but since radionomy acquired it, there are update each 14 years, plenty of bugs
it appears that company shoutcast/radionomy/targetspot is dying too (or not well supported, absolutly nobody gets answer when they mail them).
 
Last edited:

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
it could be awesome if we can dispose the left panel to the right and if we can add work zones to the left
You can hide the left panel form the View menu. Adding custom tabs there is something we consider for the future updates.

on the same model, on track information banner, maybe reduce/increase each column size, and enable/hide third column (mp3 stereo 320k)
The tags are typically more impolrtant than file information. You can hover the information section to see a hint that shows the complete text and played history.

maybe it could be more interesting to show in this section the last time played, "before now".
If you hover this text it will show the five last track starts.

for the integrated server, it may be an huge amount of work, but there is no alternative to shoutcast/icecast, several services are dead or diying.
Icecast is very good, it has its bugs but for majority of radios they do not present any problems (we run RadioBOSS Cloud that includes Icecast and problems with it are extremely rare). Implementing the same features that Icecast offers in RadioBOSS's integrated server makes little sense at this moment.
I completely agree about Shoutcast, we also got tired of bugs and its future is uncertain, so that's why there's no Shoutcast offer for RadioBOSS Cloud.
 
i'm glad to see you accorded that importance to our feedback, im' not a "professionnal broadcaster" i my feedback can't be as useful as an fm broadcaster, but if rocket broadcaster is considerating building a server https://www.rocketbroadcaster.com/streaming-audio-server/ , they may have considered that there is a market for this ?

anyway radioboss is the only professionnal solution for a resonnable price and it's a good think to keeps your product affordable, even if it means some limited time to ads improvements as fast as you would like to.

hope you can work from home and stay safe.
 

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
they may have considered that there is a market for this ?
They have their own reasons, I don't know. Did you investigate this server, does it provide any real benefit compared to Icecast? Or, the other way around: do you miss some features in Icecast that you feel the need for a new streaming server?

We use Icecast for RadioBOSS Cloud and at this point it does everything that we need. We really don't see any need in re-creating something that works and does the job.

RadioBOSS itself can seamlessly integrate Icecast so that's it's simply turned on in the Settings and that's it, most people wouldn't even know how it works behinds the scene, is it Icecast or something else. But I don't see what benefit it provides. Streaming from own home is never a good idea, a server located in a datacenter is a much better solution, and this is what RadioBOSS Cloud is for.
 
In track tool when "detect"is selected, the normalisation level pops up every time (it did in v5 also!). This is annoying because once the default level has been chosen, it rarely changes. Can this be reworked so when the detect button is pressed, the level jumps to the default value? This helps to speed things up.
 

djsoft

Well-known member
Staff member
In track tool when "detect"is selected, the normalisation level pops up every time (it did in v5 also!). This is annoying because once the default level has been chosen, it rarely changes. Can this be reworked so when the detect button is pressed, the level jumps to the default value? This helps to speed things up.
Thank you, this will be improved in the next updates.
 
Top