Pristine’s CR-7 Controls the Clock
The author is
station manager of KASO/KBEF Radio.
MINDEN, La. — KBEF(FM) and
KASO(AM) run a combination of local- and satellite-oriented programming. Pristine
Systems’ Control Room-7 has been more than capable of handling the sometimes
tricky transitions between the two during our broadcast day.
Since CR-7 is designed from
the ground up to take advantage of Windows 7, everything you need to access is
easily located on the attractive 1,920 x 1,080 high-definition main display. A
weather forecast is at the top of the screen which constantly updates
temperature and weather conditions. One click pulls up an extended forecast for
our local area. There are also automatic time and temperature announcements
using our own voices.
One new feature of CR-7 that we like is the
“Card Viewer.” We use it to streamline different announcements and broadcast
schedules. Anyone from any computer in the station can update the cards so
jocks on air get the information
The Hot Keys are a nice feature in Control
Room 7. When in satellite mode, hot keys display the liners, sweeps and
jingles. In local hours they can play any audio on the system, from music,
commercials, music beds, jingles. Add any file you want on-the-fly for those
last minute changes.
We also use it for local ball
games. The names of the files are easier to read and the buttons (48 of them!)
can be color-coded for organization. With its own input on the board, it’s easy
to mix in with music and other programming. The optional USB Hotbox, which not
only has a button for every one of the hot keys, also allows you to easily
perform many of the functions on the live-assist side.
Nothing is more frustrating than having a local
satellite spot set too long or too short. Control Room-7’s new time scaling
feature stretches or compresses your breaks to the correct length. We now have a
uniform sound between local and satellite with this one feature alone. With 48
controllable relay closures, additions to our growing list of satellite-driven
programs are easily handled.
Since we balance between local and satellite
hours several times a day, background recording of the network commercials is important.
Control Room-7 handles these with ease. We also carry several sports networks
and are able to easily transition between games and local programming with no
issues at all.
We use Natural Log software for
traffic and it integrates well with CR-7. The audit log feature also allows quick
troubleshooting, keeping lost advertising dollars to a minimum.
Control Room-7 can also send “now-playing” data
to our streaming web server, our website and RDS encoder.
CR-7 offers complete remote control from other
computers, iPhones, iPads, Android and most other smartphones. This is great
when you are away from the studio for making quick changes or running a ball
game or remote.
Control Room-7’s built-in recorder, which is
available on both production and on-air machines, is great for simple cuts for
news or recording a program live while running a shift on-air. For most production
and ripping music, we use Adobe Audition and can be ready to play within
As always, Pristine Systems’ technical support,
when needed, has proven to be readily available and able to handle any problems
quickly. Plus, the fact that their background is in radio, the software is
written with radio in mind.
Overall, Control Room 7 has been a tremendous
boost to our stations, giving us greater flexibility to offer a wider variety
of programming and has shown to be able to handle anything we have thrown at
For information, contact Kevin Loper at Pristine
Systems in California at (310) 831-2234 or visit www.pristinesys.com.