Simian 2.3 Pro Automation

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The purchase price includes:

  • Simian 2.3 PRO automation software
  • USB port hardware key (dongle)
  • BSI Software CD containing all BSI software (purchase and licensing necessary) and numerous utilities, manuals etc.
  • Full Color Printed and bound manual
  • SayTime Kit for Time Announce
  • One year Web-based Support
  • One year PLATINUM Tech Care Plan

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What’s New in Simian 2.3 PRO Automation?

 

Simian 2.3 is the latest iteration of the Simian application. It contains numerous new and updated features, most notably:
  • New 64bit/32bit compatible audio engine – Use Simian 2.3 on Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8 32/64 bit, Windows 8.1 32/64 bit, and Windows 10 32/64 bit
  • Simian File Sync Utility – Sync and backup your audio files and logs, trigger sets, hotkey sets,and more, all automatically, and without third-party software.
  • New Weather and Forecast Background Service* – New built-in utility to automatically retrieve weather and forecast information. You no longer need to deal with the GETWEATHER and GETFORECAST macros!
  • Configurable Segue Fader Curve – Set the shape of the fade on segue. Now cross-fading is also an option in addition to simple fade-out.
  • New Hardware Connector Functionality* – Add-on Hardware Connector background services for integration between Simian and third party hardware. Hardware Connectors are currently available at the time of writing this document for Axia console/GPIO nodes/PC Audio Driver and for GatesAir PR&E Oasis console. Hardware Connectors for other hardware may be made available in the future.
  • New Email Notification Engine* – Receive email notifications when there is a playback/AutoReplace error, program log is changed by user, CHAIN macro error, crash recovery was engaged after a restart, Simian is closed by the user, program or hardware options are accessed by user, or the security options window is accessed by the user.

 

FEATURES

 

Simian 2.3 PRO is an advanced automation system for use by Radio Broadcast professionals and Advanced Internet Broadcasting. It has all the features of our Simian LITE program plus features specifically for the more demanding Radio Station environment.
 

• Ability to connect to optional Simian Gateway/Remote clients
• Closure handling for satellite rebroadcast
• Relay control for outboard devices
• Incoming and Outgoing Serial communications
• 16 configurable pass-through mixers
• Record Decks for timed or on-the-fly records
• Backtime and FlexTime Features
• Ability to retrieve and announce weather and forecast information
• 83 available Automation Macros for ultimate versatility

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

 
For peace of mind, we strongly suggest that you consider a fully configured system direct from BSI that is ready to operate out of the box (we can even pre-load a Music Library from our MusicStore for you).

While Simian 2.3 uses no proprietary hardware, just an ordinary Microsoft Windows XP professional® 32bit;, Windows 7 Professional® 32bit or 64bit, Windows 8/8.1® 32bit or 64bit, or Windows 10® 32bit or 64bit; equipped PC, it is very important to have off-the-shelf machines configured and optimized professionally for multimedia performance and long-term reliability.

Purchasing a complete system of hardware and software from BSI means that you benefit from our years of in-house expertise as we carefully select hardware components and then custom configure all the computers we sell for reliable and robust multimedia playout.

These systems are built using Dell computers and include a 3-year On-Site Warranty; or we can customize a 19" Rack Mounted solution for you using carefully selected and tested branded components.

Our recommended hardware platforms are detailed on our computer systems pages. If you are sourcing your own computers & hardware, please ensure that all the hardware is fully compatible with the motherboard - and pay particular attention to memory and cooling.
 
Pitfalls to Avoid:

We have put together a list of some of the major pitfalls to avoid when building your own system:

  • Any server based operating system (including Windows 2003, 2008, 2012); our supported operating systems are Windows XP professional 32bit with SP2 or newer, Windows 7 Professional 32bit or 64bit, Windows 8/8.1 32bit or 64bit, or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit. No other operating systems (including Windows XP Home or Media, or any of the Vista versions) are supported.
  • File should be played off the LOCAL PC's hard drive, not across a network or from a file server
  • A file server is neither desired nor required, may decrease performance and introduces a single point of failure. We supply configuration instructions for a fully redundant networked system, with software file-mirroring suitable for an Air and production system, or multiple workstations.
  • Intel Celeron, Pentium, or AMD PROcessors (or emulated PCs) - use Genuine Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i series, or Xeon series or above CPUs
  • SCSI or IDE drives - use SATA 6Gb/s drives for best performance; using seperate hard-drives for Windows and Audio Files can also help in a number of ways.
  • Software RAID Arrays - these can be detrimental to performance, place additional requirements on your computer system, and often make it more difficult to rebuild or restore a machine. They also do nothing to Protect against viruses or accidental deletion of files (our Second Copy software file mirroring keeps multiple copies of deleted files safely).
  • 'Cheap' or non-branded memory - make sure you use a brand recommended by your motherboard manufacturer. 1GB is enough for basic operation on Windows XP or 2GB for Windows 7 or above, but we're now fitting 4GB to 8GB as standard to the machines we supply.
  • Flimsy, thin cases with little RF shielding (often consisted mainly of plastic and with poor air circulation). A good technical ground is essential in a professional broadcast environment.
  • Consumer Grade Audio Cards - Simian 2.3 requires an AudioScience 6xxx series card to enable all available features.
  • Drivers or Software Updates not yet certified by BSI. Manufacturers will often make newer drivers and utilities available on their web sites prior to them being fully tested by BSI. You can find the latest recommended drivers and utilites listed in our Support Forum.

For optimum performance, we also recommend that for music-on-hard-drive stations, two PCs be used... one for Air, the other for production. When purchased together and configured correctly, the production license is enabled as a Hot Standby Redundant Backup that can be used for backup Air (as well as production) use, during the validity of your Tech Care Plan. If you do not renew your Tech Care Plan, the play decks will be disabled which will limit usage to basic production duties (including Voice Tracking) only.

 

 

 

Simian Version Comparison:

Product FeaturesSimian 1.8Simian PRO 2.3Simian LITE 2.1
Optional Gateway/Remote Client Add-On SupportYesYesYes
Auto-Queued FTP functionalityYesYesYes
Fully Automated Program Log PlaybackYesYesYes
Live Assist modeYesYesYes
Manual playback modeYesYesYes
Import program logs from all major third party traffic/billing and music log generating applicationsYesYesYes
Create logs from within Simian with the Event Builder toolYesYesYes
Closure handling for satellite rebroadcastingYesYesNo
Relay control for controlling outboard devicesYesYesNo
Serial string handling (In/Out on 1 port, out on all others)YesYesOutgoing Only
Record Decks for timed background recording or on-the-fly recordingYesYesNo
HotKeys for instant audio and automation command playbackYesYesYes
Configurable audio device pass-through volume mixing16161
VoiceTracking function for inserting voice-oversYesYesYes
Event Logging function keeps track of items played on the airYesYesYes
BackTime/FlexTime feature speeds up or slows down audio to fit an exact period of time automaticallyYesYesYes
Automation Macros available in Event Builder586949
CHAIN macro loads same day’s log if run from midnight to noon and tomorrow’s log if run from noon to midnight.
(Perfect for sports events that may run past midnight, or running the Chain macro from the program log instead of as a scheduled event)
NoYesYes
Change Background Color of user interfaceNoYesYes
Streaming Meta Data – output song and title data directly to your streaming application via HTTP callsNoYesYes
Built-in Meta Data formats for popular streaming encoders.
Including Windows Media Encoder, IceCast, ShoutCast, SimpleCast, Live365, & Optmod PC
NoYesYes
Meta Data (PAD) output via TCP or UDP packetsNoYesYes
PASSIVE mode supported by FTP macroNoYesYes
User-created HTML file data merging
(update html files with the currently playing, upcoming, and previous artist, title, etc. data)
1 HTML File2 HTML Files2 HTML Files
Crash Recovery automatically re-loads the last log and starts playing at the position in the log
that it left off after a power failure or unexpected shut down.
YesYesYes
AutoReplace function replaces missing or date/time expired audio files or cartsYesYesYes
Automatically open audio files from Simian in your favorite audio editorYesYesYes
Configurable custom categories for your audio filesYesYesYes
Compatible with user-supplied touch screen monitorsYesYesYes