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New Product Eliminates Technical Complications, Burden, and Expense, Makes Doing Remotes Less Work, More Fun
GREEN BAY, WI - December 19, 2016 - TuneTracker Systems LLC today released a new remote broadcasting product designed to make remotes more fun, by clearing away the most burdensome obstacles to doing on-location broadcasts: bulk, complication, and expense. SignalCaster lets radio staff walk into a remote site carrying all of their gear in one hand, and immediately begin sending back broadcast-quality audio.
"Our hope in releasing SignalCaster is to change the 'dreaded remote' into something so easy that broadcasters will actually look forward to doing them," says Dane Scott, SignalCaster Designer. "SignalCaster has just one button. You push it, and you're on the air. When it's that simple, station staff will want to head out into their communities more often and connect with their listeners."
SignalCaster includes a "transmitter program" and a "receiver program." SignalCaster Mobile, the transmitter, runs on an iPad, and sends audio over any wi-fi or cellular data connection. SignalCaster Tower runs on a Windows computer back at the radio station, and is left in standby mode, waiting for a connection. To begin broadcasting, the on-location announcer launches SignalCaster Mobile and taps the Start button. Back at the station, SignalCaster Tower begins receiving the audio signal, and it's immediately available to be broadcast through a control console or a radio automation input, or recorded for playback later.
While SignalCaster can use the iPad's built-in microphone, the system is also offered bundled in two different hardware packages that give broadcasters the flexibility to use SignalCaster with professional mics and equipment.
"SignalCaster Solo" comes with a broadcast-quality desk microphone, USB adapter, non-skid kickstand for your iPad, and a small, heavy-duty carrying case with padded compartments to hold everything, including the iPad itself. Solo is designed for single-announcer remotes. The desk mic's tripod stand collapses to allow the mic to be hand held during interviews.
"SignalCaster Duet" offers a dual-input mixer with monitoring, making it a good choice for sports broadcasts where two headset mics are commonly used. Its twin mic inputs are also good for other combinations like a headset mic for the announcer and a desk mic for guests, or two handhelds. Besides accepting microphones, either of the two inputs on the mixer can be fed balanced line audio, such as the output from an external source such as a PA system. The Duet package also comes with a small, heavy-duty padded carrying case that will hold mixer, iPad, and more.
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Since 2001, TuneTracker Systems LLC has created a variety of innovative, affordable products for broadcasters, including the TuneTracker Radio Automation System, SignalCaster remote broadcast software, and the HeartSong contemporary Christian music format.
An iPad is not included in any SignalCaster product or offering
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