Did you know that Zetta is equipped with a single and Multi Track Editor built into the software? If you’re working in the on-air studio, there’s no need to run to the Production Room to finish adding those last-minute commercials, instead, just open the Multi Track Editor from your on-air machine and continue working on your production. Or, as a producer, prep for the show from any production studio and have the new elements instantly available in the on-air studio! For this week’s RCS Live, we reviewed everything regarding the Multi Track Editor. We even offered multiple user examples to understand how the Multi Track Editor can save you time and maximize your efficiency.
First, let’s breakdown the differences between the Multi Track Editor and the Single Track Editor, also known as the Quick Record module. The Single Track Editor is merely the identical product, but with a single track instead of multiple tracks. Since they’re the same, there really isn’t one better than the other. Simple identify what you’re attempting to work on – a single asset that requires a single track or a project, which requires additional tracks.
Working within the Multi Track Editor, users can Save the Asset, Save the Asset As (similar to a duplicate function), save it as a Project (think of a Project as the full session itself) and Save Project As. There are also ways to save the file outside of Zetta. To add a piece of audio, simply drag and drop the audio into the Multi Track Editor or Import Audio from an outside location.
Users have the flexibility to hide or display a Clip List, Master Audio List, track the History changes and adjust the gain for any asset. Each track can be soloed, muted, armed for recording or can record individually. Remember, Zetta can have multiple recording inputs and outputs. So if you wanted to have Track 1 be your local microphone and Track 2 utilize another audio source, like a telephone, you could create a VoxPro on the fly. Or if you have a multi-talent morning show, then each track could be its own microphone and you can record bits with multiple talent. From the producer’s perspective, change the source to your local news feed and record the entire Governor’s COVID speech and isolate clips to play as part of your Talk Show Stacks module bank.
Zetta’s Multi Track Editor is a flexible and efficient audio editor. Add volume points, set your Trim in, Trim out, Fade-In, Fade-out and more. Some users like to incorporate VST Plug Ins, simply save the VST Plug In .dll under the default location: C:\ProgramData\RCS\MTE_VST_Plugins. When you restart Zetta, it will automatically recognize the desired Plug In. NOTE: RCS is not responsible for any third party plug ins.
Speaking of flexibility, utilize Zetta’s custom Keyboard Mappings to replicate desired keystrokes working within the Multi Track Editor. For example, if you’re a fan of Split, set a default keyboard mapping so that whenever you use Control + T, Zetta will split the desired element. Users can define custom keyboard shortcuts via Configuration | System | Command Mappings.
If you’re looking to export or save your asset, understand there are multiple quick ways to save your audio. For example, using the orange highlight, users can define Clips, saving their unique name, or highlight a desired section and drag and drop the highlight or clip from the Multi Track Editor into another module, like the Hot Keys. Zetta will automatically create a Quick Record of the highlighted section for immediate playback.
Looking to get the latest and greatest RCS products – become a Beta user! We’re still looking for Zetta 5.21.1 Beta users, who are the first ones to test our brand new Zetta2GO Segue Editor/Voice Tracker tools! Want more information? Reach out to your local RCS contact – Sales, Support, etc.. for more information. Also, don’t forget to double check that your backup path is working correctly, check out our brand new Feature Friday where we’ll be showcasing – you guessed it – a new feature every Friday and we’ll be live once again next Thursday at 11am ET for RCS Live. Check us out on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and follow us on Facebook!
Did you know that RCS offers an online, self-paced course to help you and your team achieve a greater understanding of GSelector and Zetta? It’s called RCS Academy and it will guide you through the basics, develop good habits, use real life user examples and dives into some of the advanced aspects of each piece of software. During this week’s RCS Live, we talked about how it was built, and we took a couple a practice quizzes to give you a glimpse into RCS Academy.
Users can enroll at any time by accessing our RCS Academy home page here. There, you’ll also find a list of our RCS GSelector and Zetta Certified users. Let’s talk about the process. Since it’s an online, self-paced course, RCS Academy users can learn on their time. Each section is broken down by a short video and followed with a Knowledge Check to make the user has properly digested the previous information. If you find yourself failing a Knowledge Check, although it’s not required to continue the course, it’s a good indication that you should re-watch that section. After a mix of videos and Knowledge Checks, users will have to pass a Final Quiz to move onto the next section of RCS Academy. Finally, at the end, there is a Final Exam featuring questions accumulated throughout the Certification Program. Once a user passes the Final Exam, they are officially GSelector or Zetta Certified and can opt in to our Master RCS Certified User list. We highly encourage users to add RCS GSelector or Zetta Certified to their resume skills and LinkedIn profiles. You’ll also receive a signed letter of completion from our CEO and author of the course.
Each of Knowledge Checks, Final Quizzes and Final Exam are completely randomized. Not only do we rotate the questions, but we also randomize the answers. One user may have Question 2’s answer as A whereas for another user, that would be Question 5 and the answer is D. In addition, a third user might not even see that question as part of their test.
If you’re a manager overseeing new RCS users and you want to make sure to monitor their learning, we also offer a Manager Role within RCS Academy, so that Administrators can track the progress of the learners. This is especially helpful for colleges and universities who need to monitor their student’s progress.
Looking for more information on RCS Academy, including possible student discounts? Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local RCS Sales Representative, RCS Support or through social media. Speaking of social media, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitch, Twitter Live, and YouTube. We’ll see you again next and every Thursday at 11am ET for RCS Live!
What is Zetta2GO? With the growing need to continue to work remotely, away from the studio, Zetta offers an additional service that allows users to continue to work remotely from the comfort of their couch. As part of our ongoing RCS Live series, we covered numerous Zetta topics and remote workflows, but we really haven’t dived deep into Zetta2GO, breaking down some of the intricate details and settings. Plus, with the upcoming Zetta 5.21.1 release, we’re going to introduce the brand new Zetta2GO Voice Track module that now behaves almost identical to Zetta. Which means, you can now set Trim In, Trim Out, Volume Points and other marks post recording. Throughout this video we broke down Zetta2GO module by module in order to help identify some workflows and settings that perhaps you didn’t know how to adjust.
Starting with Zetta2GO as a whole, remember that Zetta2GO is a Zetta service and not an app. We’re not downloading anything. This is a true URL that can accessed by any device or browser. Simply put: PC, Mac, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, tablets, etc… If you can access the Internet, you can access Zetta2GO. Of course, we need some type of security to make sure that only those who are allowed to access their Zetta2GO are authorized, so Zetta2GO needs some type of security, like a VPN and then we respect any Zetta usernames and passwords. In regards to microphone sources, we take whatever your default recording device is and apply it to Zetta2GO. Make a note, if you’re recording or saving audio into Zetta2GO there are direct ties to Zetta, which means that behind the scenes, Zetta is taking part of the saving process, performing any possible Marks Analysis, saving the audio with your default audio format, and/or normalization during station playout. There’s also additional settings that can be set with Zetta that correspond to Zetta2GO.
Remember that this is a living piece of software and since we’re remote, we’re relying on bandwidth to communicate with your Zetta system. If you’re in an area with poor Internet or other factors, we want to keep the downloads/uploads to a minimum as best we can. That’s why you’ll find many areas of Zetta2GO as “on demand” or user requested. For example, the Log module will only display one hour at a time and that’s because we only load an hour at a time. Otherwise, Zetta2GO would need to load a 24/7 log, specifically, it would need to download and then display that 24/7 log, preventing the user from working until the download was complete. Finally, we also preach, “Zetta is made to enhance the Zetta experience, not made to replace the Zetta experience.” You’ll find some of the advanced modules are not available in Zetta2GO, however, you can continue to work on day-to-day operations as you would in Zetta, but remotely in Zetta2GO. You can control the on-air product, add audio, voice track and more – all outside of the on-air studio.
Starting with the Layout, Zetta2GO can be organized based on multiple desired layouts. Users can choose from one to six modules open at any time and there’s no limitations on the modules. For example, if you have six stations, you can have six on-air modules, each with a different station and then display your Zetta2GO on a monitor in the waiting area of your studio for listeners to watch while they’re waiting. Other Tools to note, there’s Manager Locally Cached Audio, which is important if you’re working a lot within Zetta2GO. Since we’re locally downloading any audio from your Zetta system, over time, that folder can build. Like Housekeeping in GSelector, it’s never a bad idea to occasionally clear the Manage Locally Cached Audio. In the same vein, this isn’t something that users should feel pressured into running once a week. Under the Configuration dropdown, we have Hide the Audio Audition Player, there are some Global Settings in case you’re in a low Internet area, and the Zetta2GO Active Sessions. Since Zetta2GO operates on seats, this is where you can kick out users who aren’t actively using the software. An unlimited number of Zetta users can access a defined number of continuous Zetta2GO seats. Simply put, If I have five Zetta2GO seats, the sixth person to log in, will get an error that there are no more seats available. Zetta2GO also has a help guide and new to Zetta 5.21.1, we’ve introduced a Zetta2GO F1 Dynamic Help guide.
For the purpose of this blog, we’ll briefly cover each Zetta2GO module with any noteworthy feature or setting. Working within the On-Air module, we can control the on-air product and that’s exactly what we mean – if a user hits stop on Zetta2GO, Zetta will also stop. If you’re off the air for whatever reason, users can open their laptop from their couch, connect to their VPN, hit play, put Zetta back in Auto mode and we’re back on the air.
As we mentioned earlier, the Log module loads the log hour by hour and the same Zetta workflows apply. Programmers can drag and drop audio from the Library into the Logs module, they can access multiple days and stations, and voice track any transition – no Empty Voice Track needed.
Speaking of voice tracks, make a note of the Logs’ “Keep Logs Synced With iVT” icon. If enabled and the Voice Track / Segue Editor module is open, when a user clicks on the transition in the Logs module, the Voice Track module will instantly open that transition. Which brings us to the teaser of the week! Brand new to Zetta 5.21.1, we replicated Zetta’s voice track workflows into Zetta2GO. Now, on-air talent can set numerous marks while voice tracking, including Trim In, Trim Out, Fades, Volume Points, etc… If you’ve been following along with our RCS Lives, you know this has been a request of many of our clients and we made a point to include this enhancement in the latest Zetta 5.21.1 release, due in June 2021. Of course, if you wanted to be a Zetta Beta user, you could test drive this feature right now! To wrap up the Voice Track / Segue Module, use the gear icon to adjust some of the unique user settings. For example, the one or three click voice track option.
Taking a look at the Library module, this is where users can add or edit any audio. Same Zetta behavior applies, choose your desired asset type and Zetta2GO will open its corresponding Metadata module. Simply download the audio and set your marks. Remember to work smarter – not harder. If you have a VPN, that means you have access to the Zetta environment. Instead of manually dragging in each element one by one, create an Auto Load workflow so that Zetta automatically sees the file you want to ingest, performs the Marks Analysis, saves it as the default audio type and then simply use Zetta2GO to confirm the asset has been uploaded correctly.
Make a note of the “download” icons, either the down arrow icon in the Metadata module or the circle arrows in the Hot Keys. These simply represent that the local user has not downloaded this piece of audio and if you want to preview or hear this audio locally, click on the icon to download the audio. Once downloaded, this will become part of the locally cached audio mentioned earlier.
Moving onto Zetta2GO Hot Keys, these are audio and non-audio triggers that are established via Zetta’s corresponding Hot Keys. Anything done is Zetta will automatically be replicated in Zetta2GO’s Hot Keys. Remember back to our compounded remote hybrid workflows. Let’s use the “I want to export my Best of Morning Show podcast” workflow. Define a macro with multiple exports of “Best of Morning Show,” which could also be sent to numerous podcast locations (or destinations), and then assign that Macro to a Hot Key. Set a Custom Name and now users can create a workflow so that there’s a user who knows that on Friday at 3pm, they click on the Hot Key and all of that cluster’s “Best of Morning Shows” are exported to their defined locations. Or perhaps there’s a morning show sidekick who can have their iPad open and firing pieces of audio directly on-air from their device. If you’re voice tracking, switch to Local mode and then talent can control the volume via the fader to the right of the Local button.
Next, we have the System Monitor module. This is an administrative module displaying a live snapshot of your Zetta environment. This is a helpful tool for engineers and administrators to identify what is playing. For example, note the station, its status, where it’s playing on the air, Gap Time, Stream (which is important for identifying where it’s playing on your physical board in studio), and finally the on-air item. There’s also live data regarding the database size, free space and if the Content Stores are online and working correctly.
There are a lot of exciting features in Zetta 5.21.1, which is available now….if you’re a Beta user. If you want to be on the ground floor of the latest and greatest RCS products, simply reach out to your RCS contact – Sales, Support, etc.. for more information. Also, don’t forget to double check that your backup path is working correctly. Don’t forget to check out our brand new Feature Friday where we’ll be showcasing – you guessed it – a new feature every Friday! We’ll be live once again next Thursday at 11am ET for RCS Live. Check us out on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
RCS, the world’s largest broadcast software company, is excited to announce the Beta release of Zetta 5.21.1. In this latest version, RCS has enhanced and optimized system performance on both large and small setups, with the majority of attention paid to user experience.
The Media Import Tool has been redesigned, with the following changes implemented: Added ability to set Kill Date, Activation, Category, Start Date/Hour, End Date/Hour, enhanced Split Behavior for one station or multiple stations and a new File List section to improve the user experience while managing the imported content.
The adding and removing of volume points has also been simplified (Marking Tool, Segue Editor, Multitrack Editor) – just double-click to add or remove a volume point. Zoom buttons have also been introduced to simplify horizontal and vertical zooming, and also added is a new ‘Zoom Reset’ button (mouse-wheel zooming is another method to zoom in and out horizontally).
Many Configuration windows now also offer simple sorting and filtering, both extremely helpful when managing large systems. In the previous Zetta version, a Dark UI theme was introduced – with this latest release, a Light UI theme has also been added. For Cue Points, a new ‘Lock’ setting has been introduced, allowing users to persist any specific Cue Point when updating the audio file on the asset.
Added new options to include Asset Scripts and Log Event Notes in Live Metadata and Publish XML outputs (can be exported as plain text, HTML, or RTF).
Many new features were also added in Zetta2GO so to get acquainted, check out the new context sensitive Help by hitting F1. Other enhancements added to our 2GO Logs module include: new [Home] button now offers an auto-scroll experience similar to that of desktop Zetta and default settings for Stretch & Fixed properties are now respected. Users can also modify them directly by clicking the icon in the Log. Finally drag & drop support has been enhanced across Zetta2GO modules in all possible directions (now also including Hot Keys).
Lastly, 2GO Voice Tracker and Segue Editor has been redesigned from the ground up, offering user experience that is much closer to VT & Segue Editor in Zetta. Marking points can easily be manipulated (added, modified or removed). Volume points can now be adjusted. Auto-fade can be managed via the context menu. Waveform display is now faster, using the same data that Zetta uses, and it’s also stored locally in the device’s cache. Users can now request longer heads and tails, or the entire audio. A new setting has been added to System Configuration allowing users to download full audio if it is shorter than X seconds.
Plenty of additional information with extra detail is available in Zetta 5.21.1 Release Notes.
He’s back! Asst. GSelector Product Manager John Bonou joined us again to chat about everything GSelector and music scheduling. Thursday’s session started with talking about attribute goal scheduling and turned into a user driven live question and answer. We covered Clock Constraints, analyzing your database in the goals tab, Browse Lists, enabling a couple Priority List settings and how to counter weighted power category rotations.
Let’s first talk about John’s unique perspective on GSelector attribute goal scheduling. Simply put, John likes to schedule his logs around a single category and then uses the Content attribute to define songs as Primary or Secondary. Users can define single positions in the clock structure to maintain the same desired results. For example, “Kick off the hour with an high energy song,” “Only play a core song,” or even multiple attributes, like “The first song after a Spot Block must have a high energy AND be a core song.” Do not forget to adjust some of your Content settings as well, found within Goals | Content. Perhaps you don’t fully understand the Content scheduling technique? Use the F1 Dynamic Help to fill in the blanks!
Next, we briefly reviewed the Goals tab and specifically, how to better understand your library and, without any goals or rules, how to predict your turnovers. Utilize your frequency, demand percentage and turnover values to better adjust your desired transitions. If your Content: Secondary is roughly 70% of your library, then guess what? You have a biased, weighted library, if your goal is to play mostly Content: Primary records.
While working in your Priority Lists, don’t forget to enable a couple pro settings, including separating your Segue Bans: Setup | Station | Features | Advanced | Separate Ban Priorities. This will allow for more specific scheduling. For example, programmers may be ok with GSelector to schedule a Sound Code: Pop into another Sound Code: Pop, however, they do NOT want to see a Sound Code: Pop into Sound Code: Pop into Sound Code: Pop. In that circumstance, we would define Pop into Pop as BREAKABLE and Pop into Pop into Pop as UNBREAKABLE. Enabling the Separate Segue Bans setting will allow for much more control in your Priority Lists.
As part of the fun broadcasting live – we get to answer user driven questions. In no particular order: If you want to isolate Linker imaging voices so that two of the same voice talent play in a row, don’t forget to utilize Linker Vocalists, then include Spread Vocalists for your Linker categories. Or, what about Browse Lists? Found under Library | Browse, Browse Lists, or the blue paper with pencil icon, allows users to drag over elements into a third window. If you right click within the Browse List, there are a bunch of scheduling options, including shuffle. Or left click on the column headers to sort, including sorting by A-Z for A-Z Weekends.
Finally, John and Nate discussed how to properly adjust for a weighted category, like a Power category. Let’s say we have a Power Category with 7 songs, but we know that there’s one or two songs that are more powerful / trending / deserve more spins than the rest of the category. John discussed about increasing the Shift, found under Goals | Balance | Songs. Nate brought up an alternative by switching your Disabled | Slotted Category Group Settings (Goals | Categories | Category Group Settings (1,2 down arrow icon)) to Schedule and Kick, so that GSelector will respect your kick grid pattern while taking into account any Shift goals John mentioned earlier.
Remember, GSelector has enough tools and techniques to make your life easier and more efficient. If you find yourself constantly adjusting GSelector or manually intervening into the scheduling process, don’t forget that we are here to help! Give a call into Support and ask your specific questions or ask if there’s a better want to achieve your desired result without manual interaction. We’re here to help!
As always, don’t forget about checking out past videos on our RCS Live Archive: www.rcsworks.com/rcs-live. We’re still looking for Zetta 5.21.1 Beta users and we’ll see you next and every Thursday at 11am ET on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and more!