The following list provides an overview of the capabilities of ProppFrexx ONAIR:
ProppFrexx ONAIR runs on any modern Microsoft Windows® operating system. Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 and 2012 as well as XP and Server 2003 are fully supported. This includes either the 32-bit or the 64-bit versions.
ProppFrexx ONAIR is designed to operate 24 by 7. Stability was one of the major design goals to ensure glitch free daily operations.
ProppFrexx ONAIR is based on the best audio engine available on the market, which is BASS (see www.un4seen.com for details). Internal processing is performed in 32-bit floating point precision. The audio processing chain can be fully controlled by numerous options to guarantee an optimum in sound quality from input to output.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports any modern single or multi-channel soundcard with either a WDM, WASAPI or ASIO 2.0 driver. Therefore you might use almost any professional soundcard (digital or analog) with ProppFrexx ONAIR.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports playback of almost any audio format (stereo or multi-channel, file based or internet streaming), this includes for example WAV, BWF, MP1/2/3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE, MPC, AAC, M4A etc.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports almost any meta data format (TAGs), including ID3v1, ID3v2, APE, OGG Vorbis, WMA, M4A (iTunes), BWF etc. In addition any track meta data (like cue- and hook points, options, events etc.) can be written directly to the audio file TAGs or to a separate meta data file. An external meta data database table can also be integrated allowing you to leverage your existing library management tool.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports encoding or transcoding from and to almost any audio format via freely configurable command-line encoders. This also includes on-the-fly recording of any mixer channel, e.g. for immediate voice tracking, on-air checks or archival purposes.
ProppFrexx ONAIR fully supports the Broadcast Wave Format (BWF). This includes reading and writing of BEXT and CART chunks as well as RF64.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports almost any playlist format (e.g. .m3u, .pls, .wpl, .xspf, iTunes .xml, .smil etc.). Any playlist can serve as a media library representing a database of tracks, which can be used any time during operations. In addition ProppFrexx ONAIR fully supports embedded playlists (playlists treated as a single continous track). You can also define Folder based media libraries (incl. an automatic synchronization feature) as well as Database based media libraries, allowing you to integrate any existing content on-the-fly. For large setups a remote media library server is available as well.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with integrated streaming support for SHOUTcast (v1 and v2), ICEcast and Windows Media Server in either push or pull mode. Any number of (different) streaming servers can be configured and used in parallel.
ProppFrexx ONAIR can be configured to work in any hardware environment. Any number of input and output mixer channels can be defined as well as virtual sub-busses for handing sum- or group channel strips (this includes freely definable speaker assignment). Any player control within ProppFrexx ONAIR can be freely routed to any of those channel strips. This gives you unmatched flexibility in your digital audio workstation setup and lets you integrate ProppFrexx ONAIR into any given studio environment.
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to define any number of mixer profiles with up to 5 mixer presets each. This allows you to change your entire mixer setup or only the definition of your mixer control (including effect, gain, pan or volume settings) with just a single click.
The ProppFrexx ONAIR registration is by default tied to your local machine (of course you can still use any resource within your local area network). However, a special hard disk or USB-Stick registration allows you bind your registration also to a local hard disk and/or a removable USB-Stick, so that you can carry ProppFrexx ONAIR with you on this single disk resp. single USB-Stickj only (mobile DJ support).
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to monitor any playback or recording source at any time, fully synchronized. Beside real-time PFL (pre fade listening) an extra PFL player allows you to even monitor any position of a playback control in advance.
ProppFrexx ONAIR can visualize any audio track in a WaveForm display which allows you to directly edit cue-points and define volume envelops. You can define standard cue-points (like In, Out, Next, FadeOut, Intro/Ramp, Outro etc.) as well as special hook cue-points for partial playback of track snippets. In addition track insert events will be fully visualized.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with a graphical Segue-Editor which allows you to define the segue/mix of two subsequent tracks in a visual fashion by simply dragging the tracks. This multi-track editor also allows you to directly align your track inserts (voice overs) and supports real-time tempo adjustments as well as instant voice over recording and automatic volume attenuation.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports instant (voice over/tracking) recording from any mixer channel source. This allows you to record takes on-the-fly which can be used e.g. as track inserts or as completely new playlist entries. The instant recorder supports direct cue-point editing, ReplayGain calculation as well as full TAG editing as well as volume attenuation of the overlapping segue audio tracks.
ProppFrexx ONAIR not only allows you to use audio tracks within a playlist. In addition placeholders, document references and embedded containers are supported. An embedded container is a collection of entries, which is treated as one logical unit. An embedded container can be a list of audio tracks, an embedded playlist or even an embedded script, which allows you generate dynamic content. You can create embedded containers on-the-fly and even define hook openers, separators and closers for individual media types.
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports the DJ with his voice over task by displaying all currently relevant track information together with any predefined moderator text and comment in a separate and legibly window.
ProppFrexx ONAIR not only shows you what time it is. You are also always informed about the current track position, elapsed track time, the remaining time until Cue-Out, until the next track, until Fade-Out as well as the remaining Ramp/Intro and Outro times.
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to freely define manual and automatic mixing settings to control how tracks (or type of tracks) are mixed during automation or automatic playback. Cue-Points might be automatically calculated based on these settings for individual tracks (or type of tracks) to ensure non-stop and silence-free play out. In addition you can freely define your own volume curves above that.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with an integrated scripting engine. This allows you to define any number of scripts, which tells the system what and how tracks should be played during automation. Make it complex or simple – you define how your station sounds while no operator is doing any live performance, or even run your station fully automated.
The ProppFrexx ONAIR scheduler comes in a convenient Outlook-like style. Here you define when and how a script should run (with fixed or soft start time, as an overlay or new program, with or without a fixed end time etc.). In addition the scheduler allows you to also define general reminders, alerts or to simply execute any available control command. Just full control without limits.
The scripting engine combined with the scheduler allow you to run your station fully automated. In addition you can define when and if media libraries (playlists) should be automatically reloaded and if special folders should be monitored for new content in the background. However, you can of course always operate ProppFrexx ONAIR also in full manual mode or switch at any time between Live-Assist and automation mode. An AutoPlay feature also allows any operator to take a break and resume his live mode at any time later. This guarantees seamless operations in any day to day situation.
The used Media-Libraries can easily be exported to a freely definable format (CSV, FixedWidth, Database or Playlist) which allows you a perfect integration with any external scheduler application like Music1, PowerGold, Selector etc.
In addition ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to import external scheduler log-files (e.g. from Traffic 2000 or Music1) and to create on-the-fly appropriate program and/or overlay scheduler entries accordingly.
ProppFrexx ONAIR fully supports automatic replay gain adjustments (either peak level normalization only and/or adjustment of the perceived psychoacoustic loudness).
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports various DSP formats including VST and Winamp DSPs (32-bit version only). Besides that, ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with an integrated 10-band EQ, Dynamic Amplifier and a Compressor/Limiter per single mixer channel.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with an integrated BPM detection allowing you to synchronize and mix tracks with a perfect beat match.
ProppFrexx ONAIR can be remotely controlled via several freely configurable interfaces, e.g. TCP/IP, MIDI, Serial I/O, GamePort, Keyboard Hotkeys, OSC, IO-Warrior, Velleman K8055 etc. This allows you to operate ProppFrexx not only via the user interface, but also via almost any external device (perfect integration with your existing DAW controllers should be guaranteed). Almost everything what you can do via the user interface you can also do via the remote control interfaces.
ProppFrexx ONAIR fully supports the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol for receiving and sending OSC messages. This allows you to use almost any OSC client application to remote control ProppFrexx ONAIR. Eg. you might use 'TouchOSC' to convert your iPhone or iPad into a full remote controller!
ProppFrexx ONAIR supports remoting in a multi studio environment. If you operate multiple studios ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to fully control each studio remotely from any other studio. This includes scheduler and playlist control as well as controlling any remote mixer channel plus a special master and slave mode.
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to define control commands and synchronize events with played out streams or to other events happening in the system. This ensures full control not only over ProppFrexx ONAIR but also over any other application. Even any number of track events can be defined which might be triggered, if a specific position is reached (e.g. to insert tracks within tracks etc.).
Almost anything what ProppFrexx ONAIR is doing can be logged to freely configurable log files. This should allow you to fulfill any internal or external reporting and regulatory requirements.
ProppFrexx ONAIR is capable to automatically record anything which is played out through any mixer channel (input and output); including various automatic sensing modes (e.g. to only record if a signal is detected or above a certain threshold). This enables you for example to record your entire program for archival purposes or to record the DJ voice talks only for later on-air checks.
The ProppFrexx ONAIR user interface comes as a modern ribbon control with a multiple document interface and a flexible docking manager. This allows you to arrange any window to any location and of course also supports any multi monitor environment.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with a skinnable user interface. Over 30 skins allow you to customize the look and feel to your needs. This also includes a high contrast skin for color blind people.
ProppFrexx ONAIR is high DPI aware. The new Microsoft Windows® operating systems (like Vista, Windows 7 or Server 2008) allow you to change the DPI resolution, which in effect will display the ProppFrexx ONAIR user interface bigger or smaller. This is again a huge advantage for visually handicapped people.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with an integrated user access control, allowing you to define any number of users and assign them to a user profile. To each user profile you can assign roles, rights and settings. This allows you tailor what a user can do with ProppFrexx ONAIR during his daily operations while still using a single windows operating user account (as every windows operating user sign on/off operations might break the play out of your broadcast).
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to define overlay playlists to be played out above your regular program at any definable time (organized in a seperate and independent scheduler). An overlay will suspend/pause or really overlay any current program and allows you to define stuff to be played independent from any program (e.g. advertising, news, weather, traffic reports etc.).
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to define and manage all your advertising needs, organize your partners, campaigns and advertising audio, define advertising slots and report what has really being played as the perfect bases for your billing. Advertising playlists are automatically generated and can be integrated into the overlay scheduler. The Advertising Manager comes as an extra tool which allows independent planning from ProppFrexx ONAIR.
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to monitor your external devices (soundcards), preventing unwanted changes (e.g. muting a device or changing the device volume) by other applications or manual user changes.
Each playlist window comes with up to four DJ Players. The size and features of these players can be defined from small/simple to medium/average to large/complex. A WaveForm visualization, a Cue-Point section, a Gain/Pan/EQ section, a special FX section, a hot start and event editor section, a loop sampler section, (master) tempo and pitching controls as well as reverse direction and backspin support round up the picture.
Beside the playlist related DJ Players ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with any number of additional Standby Players. Each Standby Players has the same functionality as the DJ Player plus a track stack mode and can serve manual play out of any track, stream or embedded playlist at any time.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with two integrated but independent cardwalls. Each cardwall allows you to quickly play any kind of jingle, sweeper, sample, whatsoever. Jump buttons allow you to quickly change your cardwall playlist. Multiple cards can be played all together or even sequentially in a row. Fading and looping can also be fully controlled.
ProppFrexx ONAIR allows you to monitor external streaming sources (e.g. SHOUTcast, ICEcast or WMA streams; URLs) in the background at any definable time and if alive any current program might be suspended/paused or overlaid. This allows you to easily integrate external live, moderator broadcasts into your standard program.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with super fast search and retrieval tools. Beside scanning and/or monitoring your hard disk respective certain (network)folders all your defined media libraries can be quickly accessed to find relevant tracks on the fly. Depending on your quality of meta data this also includes searching for similar tracks. This allows you to find the right track at the right time (e.g. search by artist, album, title, BPM, genre, rating, mood etc.).
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with an integrated web browser. This web browser can be used to support ONAIR operations (e.g. to display station, artist, current track, moderation information etc.) or to display your custom web pages for interactive listener communication.
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with a central message center, which allows you to not only get informed by external events (like scheduler alerts or control room messages) but also to read any internet RSS feed like current news and weather reports or traffic control reports etc.
ProppFrexx ONAIR also allows you to directly rip or burn Audio-CDs. Ripping includes automatic track lookup and tagging via MusicBrains, FreeDB.org and Amazon.
For users who have previously used mAirList or DRS2006 we make the switch easy. ProppFrexx ONAIR supports reading .mlp playlist files, .mmd meta data files as well as TXXX:mAirList ID3v2 file TAGs. In addition ProppFrexx supports reading DRS2006 dBase .dbf files. All cue- and hook-points, most options, the type, title, artist, comment, the amplification etc. will be read and converted accordingly. So no need to tag all your files again.
- An ONAIR Time control informs you about the current time
(incl. a quarter and hour countdown, an analog and digital clock)
- A customizable Station-Visual control (incl. your station logo as well as DJ pictures or live FFT visuals)
- A printing system to print your playlists or scheduler setup (incl. PDF, XML or HTML export)
ProppFrexx ONAIR comes with some nice stand-alone tools:
The ProppFrexx Tagger is a standalone meta data editor which can be used to edit any available TAG data (ID3v1/v2, OGG Vorbis, APE, Monkey, WMA, ASF, M4A, iTunes, RIFF INFO, BWF BEXT and CART etc.) within your audio file. This not only allows your editors to maintain any standard TAGs (like Artist, Title, Composer, ISRC, Grouping, Mood, Genre, CoverArt etc.), but also gives you the ability to pre-define cue- or hook-points, volume envelops, track/voice inserts etc. Beside storing the meta data directly within your audio file, the ProppFrexx Tagger also allows you to save separate meta data files along with the audio (if you don't want to make any modification to your source files).
This tool runs as a tray application in the background and can run on any machine within your network and can provide so called Remote Media Libraries to any ProppFrexx ONAIR instance. The ProppFrexx Media Library Server manages playlist, folder or database based media libraries defined on a central server repository. A ProppFrexx ONAIR instance can attach to any Media Library Server and use those central libraries, query media entries from those servers just as if they had been defined locally. This allows you to e.g. store all your audio content on a central, secured, shared network drive which is accessible by all ProppFrexx ONAIR instances and let central Media Library Servers manage those content/libraries. Long running TAG reading, synchronization, refresh and availability tasks can now be moved to a central Media Library Server instead of running within ProppFrexx ONAIR. In addition the Media Library Server allows direct access to the audio files from any attached ProppFrexx ONAIR instance even if they are else not directly accessible from the ProppFrexx ONAIR instance - this by temporarily transferring the audio file from the server to the client. This tool might be essential in larger, multi studio setups where a central audio content server is required which can also be used in a HA environment.
This tool manages all your advertising needs. It allows you to define and schedule advert slots; manage your advert partners; manage your advert campaigns and assign advert tracks to campaigns as well as assign campaigns to advert slots. In addition this tool offers various statistics and billing reports to fullfill your daily advert planning tasks. As all the advertising data can be stored on a central, secured, shared network folder which is also accessible by all ProppFrexx ONAIR instances, it allows you manage advertising independent from ProppFrexx ONAIR (e.g. operated by your advert team only).
This little tool runs as a small tray application in the background and allows you to constantly monitor the state of ProppFrexx ONAIR. In case of an unattended shut down of ProppFrex ONAIR or any other crash, it will automatically be restarted.
These tools are provided for free, no extra charges are applied. The tools can also be used independently from each other on any machine within your network.