Each RCS product is uniquely qualified to allow you to continue to create schedules, add commercials and voice track, all from the safety of your home. After countless conversations with RCS Clients expressing their questions and concerns, RCS hosted a Facebook Live discussion to elaborate and demonstrate how RCS products can keep you on air.
All of RCS’s 2GO line of products, including Zetta2GO and Selector2GO, can be accessed from wherever, as long as the user has an internet connection and security authorization, like a VPN. They aren’t apps that need to be downloaded from an app store and can be used across platforms like Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, iPad, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc…Multiple users can simultaneously access their data and make real time changes. During the discussion, RCS covered topics that ranged from scheduling their log, controlling the station, to adding new audio and voice tracking.
Selector2GO is a way to use your PC or Mac and in fact any browser-enabled smartphone, tablet or e-reader, to perform a powerful set of tasks in GSelector. You can remotely produce logs for your station using the most sophisticated smarts of the world’s most advanced music scheduler.
With the log scheduled, users can manipulate and massage the log in GSelector2GO’s Editor. The keystrokes are the same as GSelector Client, for example Control + K to open the Consideration Window. Any changes that are made to the Selector2GO log are instantly reflected in the local GSelector. Again, all done remotely.
Zetta2GO’s On-Air module can play, pause, stop, change modes, and switch Chain Types. The Logs module can move present or future scheduled elements up or down, add new elements, as well as link to the corresponding Voice Track module. There, users can voice track or adjust the segue of any transition, no empty Voice Track positions necessary.
Zetta2GO also has Hot Keys that can be played over the air or locally cached audio for voice tracking purposes. Users can adjust the volume with the Hot Key volume control so that they’re not fighting with the talent’s voice track. Using the Library, users can continue to add new audio via drag and drop or searching through Windows Explorer. Then they can set marks and any desired metadata. Again, all of these new pieces of audio and metadata are instantly accessible from the local Zetta.
Aquira2GO is a browser-based application that is part Customer Relationship Manager, part Sales Proposal Tool. Your sales team can remotely access data, build a proposal with real time access to your station inventory and present it face-to-face to your advertiser client.
Zetta Disaster Recovery
But what happens if your engineer is the one who cannot make it to the studio? What is your backup plan if they can’t make it in and your Zetta server crashes, hard drive fails, or another potential disaster occurs? For those issues and more, RCS recently released Zetta Cloud Based Disaster Recovery. Truly a Cloud-Based solution, Zetta Cloud was written on Amazon Web Services, following AWS security protocols and is not a virtual machine in the cloud. Think of Zetta Cloud Based Disaster Recovery as an additional station in another market – only in the cloud.
Using Site Replication, any schedules, new audio, metadata changes, and backups are all instantly uploaded to Zetta Cloud. Once needed, users can access Zetta Cloud from their cell phone or any Internet browser, like Zetta2GO, and deploy the Zetta Cloud stream. Built with its own encoder, Zetta Cloud can be pre-configured to broadcast from any destination via online URL, be it a local stream or a direct connection at a transmitter site.
Once Zetta Cloud is enabled, users can continue to control the station just like Zetta2GO. The On-Air module can control the on-air product, the Logs can adjust the scheduled playlist and voice track with corresponding Voice Tracker, and the Library allows the user to add new audio or adjust current metadata. Once the local station has recovered, the user can restore the backups from Zetta Cloud onto the server, restore any audio as demanded by the scheduled log, and then users can simply deactivate their Zetta Cloud.