Slingshot by TagStation

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Slingshot is simple software we've developed that connects your local automation system to TagStation, enabling you to send enhanced data to NextRadio, connected cars, and metadata-only for HD broadcast.

Slingshot is a proprietary software product of TagStation, LLC and is only available for use by TagStation registrants. Use of this software is subject to the license agreement included with the software.

 

Requirements to use Slingshot

  • PC running Windows 7* or higher and .NET Framework 4.0 or higher  
  • a connection to your automation system via TCP, UDP or text file for receiving event data including Artist, Title, Duration, Event ID & Category
  • an Internet connection for sending specific queries to tagstation.com via HTTPS over TCP port 443

* Though not officially supported, Slingshot will run on Windows XP with all available updates from Microsoft.

Supported Automation Systems

  • AudioVault and AVFlex Now Playing with Event mode via TCP
  • Dalet Now Playing via an ASCII or a XML file
  • ENCO DAD Now Playing XML via UDP
  • Generic ASCII Delimited Now Playing format via UDP, TCP or a file
    • The format is configurable. It requires start and/or stop and between delimiter symbols, and at least artist, title, category and duration data. EventID data should be used if available.
      Example: ^AC/DC~Back in Black~MUSIC~3:45~3001001|
  • Generic ASCII Fixed Width Now Playing format via UDP, TCP or a file
    • The format is configurable. Slingshot can accept different order of fields and have adjustable character width fields.Data should include at least artist, title, category and duration info. EventID data should be used if available.
      Example: THE BANGLES         ETERNAL FLAME                     Song  02:32.10       5680
  • Generic Html Query String Now Playing data via TCP
  • iMediaTouch (OMT) Now Playing XML via UDP or a file
  • Jazler Now Playing via a file
  • Maestro Now Playing via TCP
  • Master Control (RCS) Now Playing via a file (using Slingshot’s Generic ASCII Fixed Width option)
  • NexGen (RCS) Now Playing XML via TCP or a file
  • Op-X (BSI) Now Playing via UDP
  • Radio Disney via TCP
  • RadioDJ Now Playing via UDP (using Slingshot's Generic ASCII Delimited option)
  • Rivendell Now Playing via UDP (using Slingshot's Generic ASCII Delimited option)
  • SAM Broadcaster PRO Now Playing via a file (using Slingshot's Generic ASCII Delimited option)
  • Scott Studio Now Playing Format C via TCP
  • Simian (BSI) Now Playing via UDP (using Slingshot’s Generic ASCII Delimited option)
  • Skylla (Smarts) Now Playing via TCP (using Slingshot's Generic ASCII Delimited option)
  • STORQ (Dial Global) Now Playing via TCP or UDP
  • WideOrbit Now Playing Export Type: ‘XML’ via TCP
  • WireReady Now Playing via a file (using Slingshot’s Generic ASCII Fixed Width option)
  • X Frame Now Playing via a file
  • Zetta (RCS) Now Playing via UDP
Note:
The Slingshot software and detailed instructions for each supported automation system are attached at the bottom of this article.

TagStation Features Supported by Slingshot

Output TagStation Feature Middleware Product
    Slingshot
Output to NextRadio® & Connected Cars Artwork for songs, spots & promos yes
Output to NextRadio® & Connected Cars Metadata for songs, spots & promos yes
Output to NextRadio® & Connected Cars Station schedule artwork yes
Output to NextRadio® & Connected Cars Station schedule metadata yes
Output to HD Radio  Song artwork * no
Output to HD Radio  Song metadata yes
Output to HD Radio  Spot & promo artwork * no
Output to HD Radio  Spot & promo metadata yes
Output to HD Radio  Station schedule artwork * no
Output to HD Radio  Station schedule metadata yes
Output to FM RDS Song metadata no
Output to FM RDS Spot & promo metadata no
Output to FM RDS Station schedule metadata * no
Security HTTPS communication yes
Security Password Authentication yes

* for events (songs, spots, promos) with a duration of 27 seconds or longer

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