Checked out Skimmer + at BSI and found it to be $399. Maybe I’m not looking at the same thing.
Check out Aircheck. At
$99 is a real bargain and the software is solid and simple to implement and use.
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Engineer/Chief Fixer-Upper, Faith and Friends Radio (www.faithandfriendsradio.com)
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From: Dan Harder [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:25 PM
To: CRTech <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: [CRTech] Looking for audio skimmer recommendations
We use Skimmer plus from BSI. At $100 it's probably the most expensive, but it can be configured many different ways including as a logger and as a skimmer. It also
comes with its own web interface so each file is available on a monthly calendar layout whether hour long or cued by microphone activated contact closure.
It has the capability to simultaneously record both mp3 for longer term storage as well as .wav for higher quality. Each format can be given a disk quota at which
point it starts deleting/overwriting the oldest files.
We save all our interviews and post them to our website.
It can be configured as an email client and can send mp3s as email.
To operate as a voice skimmer, it requires some kind of GPIO (I think about $100), and I recall having to purchase a codec package to be able to record .wav or mp3
(I forget which it couldn't do).
Disclaimer, I won the software years ago when BSIUSA.com was doing some kind of contest, but knowing how easy it is to use - even for DJs - I would recommend it.
So... It's not cheap, but it works very well for our purposes.
From: Robert Sims [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:10 AM
Subject: [CRTech] Looking for audio skimmer recommendations
I know the topic of skimmers has come up before but it’s been a long while, and I’m sure there have been developments since then. I’m consulting with an international ministry that’s mostly volunteer run, so any solution would have to be
simple to use/maintain on the far end with no intervention from anyone stateside. This is probably going to limit the solutions to Windows, so please take that into account (yes, Rivendell could do it, yes, something on a Raspberry Pi could do it, etc… but
non-Windows probably isn’t an option).
The governmental requirement for the particular country is that the broadcast station keep three months of recordings of *all* non-music programming in case auditing is needed in the future. Rigging up closures in the automation
to stop/start the recording each time it goes into or comes out of a music block would probably end up being too complex, so for simplicity this should probably just be a “record everything and automatically break it up by hour/block of hours/day”.
Given those realities and the reality of storage space not being unlimited, a solution would need to be able to: 1.) record at a low sampling rate, 2.) autosave on a user-determined periodic basis, and 3.) ideally, auto-purge old files
based on an adjustable interval (3 months in this case, but that could change in the future).
I’m open to commercial and open source/freeware options, so long as they’re running in Windows. Cost is a consideration, but a one-time purchase isn’t the end of the world.
Thanks in advance for your input and insight!