On 02/02/2018 09:41 PM, Michael Barnes wrote:
Actually, there WAS automation back then. Way ahead of its time was
the WINGS system, developed by the HCJB Engineering Center. I believe
the first version went on line around 1989 or so. Originally running
on DOS 5.1, it had a basic GUI for user interface....
I remember the first automation system I used; Digital DJ was its name.
Put my first one in on September 1, 1991. A little later, put in
another system alongside of DDJ called 'The Auto-Mate' by John Zolkoske;
I actually have the two-floppy set in my hand right now for version 2.1
of this really handy simple automation program (we used it entirely for
music-on-hard-drive, as we all called it at the time). The station got
struck by lightning in 1998, and the Digital DJ's Antec SX8 card got
fried; we had already been evaluating BSI's WaveStation (anybody else
still have an SX36?), and I had thankfully dumped (by analog!) all of
the DDJ's audio over to the WaveStation before the strike (the DDJ files
were in a proprietary Antec file format), so we had little downtime once
repairs were made to the Audioarts R60 console.
In many ways the older DOS systems were more robust that what we have
today; the PCs those systems ran on were too slow to do more than one
thing at a time, so there was no temptation to do other things on the
main on-air machine; we have caught operators trying to do other things
on the WaveStation (Simian, of course, now) machine since it was a full
Windows system, and that's an actual disadvantage of the newer systems.
That's one more advantage to using Rivendell, since it specifically
isn't Windows, and it can be locked down much tighter. Just my opinion,
Anyway, great nostalgia time, there.....