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BreakawayOne / Re: Livewire over Wifi
« on: March 25, 2017, 10:41:54 PM »
Depending upon the type of Wifi Radios you use, the most reliable IP transfer is achieved by getting the jitter as low as possible over the link. This will vary depending upon the make and model of your wifi units.

BreakawayOne / Re: Requests and BUG REPORTS for new Breakaway One beta!
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:58:58 PM »
Is it possible to restore the ability to inject an RDS signal (either digitally or from a live input source)? Although the optional inbuilt RDS coder is nice (at a price), it's not fully featured enough for some and certainly will not be sufficient for some of my client needs. Considering Airomate is/was only €15 and does so much more, the price for the BAO option seems a little high.


Seeing RCA connectors for audio inputs and a microphone input starts alarm bells ringing straight away with me that this must be a cheap transmitter and most certainly not what most would consider a Professional unit.
It's unlikely that you can disable the internal stereo encoder, my guess is that it's all on the one board with no way to defeat it and connect a MPX signal straight to the exciter. I notice there is an RDS input socket but this is just combined with the already internally generated stereo MPX signal.
If the audio sounds very flat and lacking in high frequency, maybe in BBP, you have pre-emphasis on but if you are using the L/R outputs and not the MPX out, maybe the de-emphasis is selected on, which will mean that the pre-emphasis is not getting passed on, it's being reversed before the output.

Breakaway Professional Products / Re: BBP just wont work anymore
« on: May 30, 2016, 09:47:42 AM »

That aside... why aren't you using the latest version of BBP? You're the 2nd person reporting the same problem with the same older version of BBP.

This version was a solid version which worked well. It does not have all the features of the latest version but it was also missing the audio glitching feature.

I wish I still had the install file of this version, it would make my life a whole lot easier. If I knew then what I know now, I too would still be running an older version.

Breakaway Professional Products / Re: BBP just wont work anymore
« on: May 25, 2016, 10:22:27 PM »
There's another thread just come up on this same subject. It seems it's an issue with AVG anti virus.

Breakaway Professional Products / Re: Running Breakaway 24 / 7 ?
« on: May 18, 2016, 10:24:47 PM »
When the current version of BBP was released, the specs were for a server grade machine, at the time this would have been an expensive beast to build but these days, an entry-level PC will pretty much outperform anything you could have built in those days.
The specified O/S is Windows XP and for good reason, Windows XP works rock solid when all configured correctly, in my experience, anything after XP is a headache.
You will need a good high quality 192Khz output samplerate soundcard. The list of choices used to be mind-boggling but since the shift in PC architecture to PCI-e the choice has reduced but it's not quite so simple. There were a load of great soundcards in PCI format, many of them have since been discontinued but a few were migrated to PCI-e. Examples would include ESI Juli@ XTe and EMU 0404 PCI-e.
The ultimate soundcard for BBP was always the Marian Trace Alpha but this is only a PCI card (although PC mainboards can still be obtained with PCI ports) but seemingly the new equivalent is called a Marian Seraph AD2.
There are also a few USB or Firewire interfaces suitable.
At the end of the day, the soundcard choice is the most important part as this is ultimately what delivers the MPX output to your FM transmitter.
I have a station which has been running for seven years on the same (XP SP3) machine. With the nature of PCs, they do require occasional shutdowns, maintenance and CMOS battery replacements but I have known it to run for over a year without interruption.

Wow, you have a very good memory Jesse. A great deal has happened since 2009. I have since updated the VACs myself several times and since, stopped using VAC altogether as I have found VB-Audio cables work much better than VAC.
Despite this, NOTHING has stopped the output from BBP becoming full of glitches after 48 hours including trying direct soundcard I/O which involved no virtual cables at all, RDS injected after BBP from a hardware unit, you could virtually count the seconds down to when you knew it would start happening. After months of trying about everything I could think of, I concluded that the problem is happening inside BBP as all other possible variables had been taken out of the equation.
The only method I found which got around the problem was to get the machine to automatically stop and restart BBP every 24 or 48 hours at 3am in the morning resulting in a few seconds of dead air.
The box is still running and still running like this, it's a full-time licensed station so I can't really be messing with it at this stage.

I might try it on a less critical machine or a test machine in the near future.

I am wondering if the latest BAE workaround fix addresses any of the other six years worth of unaddressed issues remaining since the release of BBP 0.90.95 in April 2016? (I call it a workaround as nothing has changed in BBP although a possible fix to BBP happens as a side-effect of installing a different program).
I'm still struggling with the 48 hour issue in Windows 7, nevermind contemplating any newer operating systems.

On the positive side, I would like to hope that progress with BAE means progress with BBP will not be far away..


Breakaway Professional Products / Re: BBP MPX level a bit low
« on: May 18, 2015, 07:45:23 PM »
By default, the MPX output level in the BBP settings menu is set at -3.0dB so you have a 3.0dB here you can crank up however, once you move this above -3.0dB the tilt setting will no longer be working so be sure to reset the level to -3.0dB and check the tilt setting is back to where it should be before going back to normal service.

I use either Juli@ Xte or EMU 1212m PCIe, both excellent cards with balanced I/O. If balanced audio is not essential the the EMU 0404 PCIe is also a great card.

Check the card you are trying to use is enabled as a recording device under sound in control panel. Also try selecting KS on the left pulldown, not all devices show under DS or Wave.
Some soundcards, for example Realtek, only enable an input when it detects something physically connected.

The EMU 8810 is the master card for EMU systems which use external breakout boxes or cards (such as the EMU 1212m and 1820). This card on it's own is no use, you need the breakout box or card to get any audio in or out of the card.

Breakaway Professional Products / Re: Pilot level too low?
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:25:05 AM »
It looks like your overall modulation level is low, before worrying about your pilot level, you need to look at your overall level.
Your modulation looks to be around 40Khz, that's just over 50% of the desired level this should be much more, 70-75Khz so you need more overall level, increase the MPX gain into the TX or turn up the MPX level on the TX, if pilot level is at 8% (and RDS around 4%) when overall modulation is 75Khz this should give you the desired pilot levels.

Check also that the relevant input is not disabled in the "recording devices" of your sound properties.

The Marian Trace alpha does have the DC straight output but unless you have difficulty accurately adjusting the tilt, the ESI Juli@ (or a PCI Maya44 for that matter) will do the job just fine. The sound quality from a Juli@ or a Maya is stunning. Some soundcard models are unpredictable from card to card of the same type but the ESI cards are reliable and made to tight tolerances so it's pretty safe to predict the tilt value of an ESI card which for me has always been 4.
If of course your transmitter does not have a perfectly DC straight input, then this all becomes irrelevant anyway, you'll then need to have a far more complex way of knowing for sure you have the tilt value correct. Most proper, professional transmitters however will have a straight DC input but cheaper and more "piratey" brands might not be DC straight.

Hope this helps,


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