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Getting started with the Virtual Studio

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014 01:54PM EEST
When broadcasting on Radiojar, you have the option to use Radiojar's Virtual studio or your own equipment and software. When your show is about to go on air, a notification will come up on the home page presenting you with the options and configuration info you'll need.

You can have access to the virtual studio two hours before your show begins. Check the top bar and a button will appear when the time comes, which will redirect you to the virtual studio where you can start preparing for your show.

The Virtual studio is connected to both the DJ's and the radio station's media library. If you didn't have the time to prepare your playlists from the media library, no worries. Start browsing through your library through the virtual studio, move songs to the playlist section and arrange them in order. You are able to upload more tracks through the studio and fully configure your playlists which are stored and integrated with the media library section of radiojar.com.

The mixing area provides the standard controls you'll find in DJing apps or decks.

Once your show is on air you can play tracks, by dragging and dropping them on the decks and mix them using the central Mixing Slider. If this doesn't sound familiar or easy you can just add all the songs you want to play in the playlist area and press Autoplay. Virtual Studio will take each song with the order you have set and do the mixing for you. If you need to listen to the songs there are Preview buttons (in the two decks and at the left of the Library) to help you with choosing the right song.

Adjust your microphone using the settings and activate it on the right side or using the shortcut key "M".
 
Let’s take a more detailed look at the controls in each area and what they do:


 
  1. The deck info area: here you can see information about what is currently playing on this deck
  2. The deck controls area: here are the controls for interacting with this deck. Apart from the standard play/pause/stop buttons, there are skip buttons that move the track forwards or backwards by 5 or 30 seconds. Cue buttons to set the track to start playing from a specific position. Low/medium/high frequency adjustment buttons. A preview button to allow you to listen to the track before playing it. 
  3. The cross-fader. This allows you to transition from one deck to the other. The buttons below it select between different transition methods: The first button selects a mode where both tracks only begin fading after the middle point. The second button selects the standard cross-fader behaviour. The third button selects a mode where the currently playing track only begins fading out after the cross-fader has passed the midlle point. The fourth button selects a mode of instant switch from one deck to the other at the middle point, with no fading.
  4. Microphone controls. By clicking the microphone button the DJ activates their microphone. The level slider below adjusts the microphone level. The settings button allows you to test & fine tune the microphone level and adjust how much the music will be turned down when you use the microphone. The On Air light indicates that your network connection is on and you're broadcasting. 
  5. Master volume control. Here you can control the master output volume. You can use the knobs or click and drag in the VU meter displays to adjust volume per channel.
  6. Library area. Here you can see your media library. There are many controls to help you filter tracks and even upload new ones. You can also load playlist previously created in the media library of radiojar.com.
  7. The playlist area. Here you can see the currently selected playlist. You can drag tracks in here from the library, or drag to rearrange them. The controls to the right allow you to control the current playlist. The Auto Play button is an important one: when on, tracks are selected automatically from the currently loaded playlist or based on your last selection and you have no control over the decks. When off, you can drag tracks on the decks freely and mix them as you like.
  8. Search area: allows you to search in your music library for music tracks.
  9. Listener statistics panel. This allows you to see how many listeners you have in real time.
  10. Chat control panel. This allows you to see what listeners are chatting about and interact with them publicly or privately.
  11. DJs room area. If you have more than one hosts (collaborative show) here you can see which of the other DJs is connected or using the microphone and talking on air. By switching on the indication on top you can listen and let the other hosts listen to you and talk without being heard on air (if you don't have the Mic button on). Switching off this indication cuts off the communication with the other hosts.
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