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Music scheduling reinvented®

GSelector is the world's most powerful multi-station scheduling system. With a single point of entry, flexible configuration and the most up-to-date technology, GSelector is the newest way to create great schedules.

Instant improvements

The RCS patented goal-driven demand based scheduling engine in GSelector is like no other music scheduling program. You create a station, design clocks, enter and code your songs, and then GSelector will schedule them according to their natural demand. You're still in control because you can adjust overall rotations, sound and flow with simple to use attribute sliders. Improve your station with just a few clicks then sit back and watch GSelector create schedules that reflect your changes.

Build a better log

GSelector virtually eliminates unscheduled song positions. It considers every song for every position, making hundreds of thousands of decisions in a typical scheduling session. This guarantees that the best song lands in the best slot every time. With the best spread of artists, songs and attributes, you get a great log every time.

Better Integration

When working with one of the RCS automation systems, the user gets the full-blast and power of integration. Things like sharing metadata, songs added to the automation system show up in GSelector for further coding or classification, Smart analysis of the music (exclusive to RCS products) and instant communication between the automation system and GSelector, so that when a log is missing in automation, GSelector is there to resend the log.

Faster Research Application

With GSelector, your research can be applied to your database with ease. Quickly incorporate your latest research scores into GSelector so that you have instant improvements in programming. That makes GSelector more than a scheduler.

Additional Benefits

Linker, the world's first promo and link scheduler is now part of GSelector. With our exclusive cross-station protection, you can prevent the same song from playing at the same time across your stations. GSelector's audio analyzer adds important codes like energy, tempo, texture, open and close to each song automatically. GSelector is truly music scheduling reinvented.

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Selector2GO, a feature of GSelector®, is tailored for the web. Selector2GO works on all of today’s contemporary browsers and across platforms and mobile devices. This includes most PC and Mac computers as well as the vast majority of current smart phones, tablets and e-readers, including the iPad and iPhone.

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Features

  • Better schedules

    • Patented scheduling technology with an easy to understand interface
    • Virtually no unscheduled positions
    • GSelector always selects the best possible song for each position
  • More control of your music

    • Cross-station protection: prevents same song airplay on multiple stations
    • GSelector spots, repairs and tells you what it did to resolve the conflicts on each station
    • Upload your research scores right into GSelector to improve the sound of your station in minutes.
  • Built for the future

    • One library serves many stations
    • Quickly create multicast or Internet streaming stations
    • HD Ready music scheduling software
  • Work anywhere, anytime

    • Use GSelector anywhere there's a computer and an Internet connection
    • Multi-user system
    • Streamlined workflow
  • Smart technology

    • Simple demand sliders let you make improvements faster
    • Automatically adjust your library to achieve desired rotations without math or complex settings
    • SQL Database with Enterprise database
    • Direct database access for third party developers
  • One library, many stations

    • Configurable architecture supports one or hundreds of stations or channels
    • Enter a song into one library so that all stations have access to it
    • Global attributes to control music across all formats
    • Station specific attributes control specific airplay on one station

Technical Requirements (Version 4.0 and higher)

IMPORTANT NOTE The following specifications are appropriate for a small to medium size GSelector database, consisting of five to ten stations with less than 2,000 active songs in each station and a moderate amount of attribute coding. A larger number of stations, active songs or attribute coding will increase the memory and processor speed requirements necessary for satisfactory performance. If you are considering a system larger than mentioned here, please consult with RCS about system configuration and specifications.

Stand-Alone Configuration

Caution: Configuration is appropriate for databases with a limited number of stations and small song, link and note libraries. It assumes that GSelector is the only application normally running on the machine.

  • OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported. Home Basic and Starter OS editions are not supported.
  • Windows Media Player: Requires version 9 or higher. If not present during the install there is a prompt to install it.
  • Processor: 2 GHz or faster recommended
  • RAM: 1 GB or higher recommended
  • Available Disk Space: ~100 MB
  • Connectivity: Must be able to access the Windows Services and/or Web Services running in the virtual directories on the server (service host, if separate). This may require a VPN connection from outside the site. A broadband connection is recommended.
  • .NET Framework: Version 4.0 will be installed if not already present
  • Services
    • If IIS is installed, the GSelector Import Export Web Service will be hosted in IIS
    • If IIS is not installed, a personal Web Service (Cassini) will be installed. It will run on Port 8787 and no other workstation will be able to connect to the GSelector database hosted on the machine.
    • If IIS 7.0 or higher is installed, the GSelector Service will hosted in IIS.
      • OS – Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
      • Uses TCP protocol (port 808
      • Fallback to HTTP (port 80), if required
    • If IIS is not installed, or if versions of IIS earlier than 7.0 are installed, the GSelector Service will be installed in a Windows Service
      • Supports both TCP (port 808) and HTTP (port 8080)

Server Configurations

  • GSelector provides three server configurations: Database Server, Service Host or Both Database and Service Host.

Both Database and Service Host

  • In a multi-station database, you can use multiple service hosts pointing to a single database server. Each station in a multi-station database can be assigned to a different web server. All song scheduling and testing is done on the service host, so this option provides load balancing for larger sites.
  • For larger operations, the Database Server (SQL) and Service Host (s) (IIS or Windows Service) can be on separate machines.
  • OS: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 recommended for optimal multi-user performance. Windows 8 or Windows 7 are acceptable for smaller configurations. 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported but Starter and Home Basic editions are not.
  • IIS is required
    • IIS7 and above
      Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: The GSelector Service is hosted by IIS in a virtual folder named RCS.GSelector.Services.Main. The service will attempt to use TCP port 808, but will use any pre-defined open TCP port in IIS. If TCP cannot be used fallback to HTTP on port 80 takes place.
    • IIS – All Versions
      A single Web Service named GSImportExportService will be created, requiring ASP.NET version 2.0 and anonymous access enabled in Directory Security. The workstations communicate to the Web Service methods via XML over HTTP.
  • Database: GSelector requires either SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2005 with Service Pack 2. Optionally, and at their discretion, a user can purchase and install the Standard or Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2012/2008/2005. If a Standard or Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2012,2008/2005 is not present, SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, along with a named instance of "GSelector" will be automatically installed with the application. Microsoft has limitations on SQL Server Express, including support for only 1 CPU, a memory limit of 1 GB for the buffer pool and a maximum database size of 4 GB. If more than one SQL Server named instance is already installed, a list of instances will be presented during GSelector installation and the user will choose one for use with GSelector. Full-Text Search, TCP/IP protocol and mixed mode authentication (Windows and SQL) must be enabled. A number of SQL users will be created during GSelector installation including gs_user, gs_sa, and GSelectorSQLAdmin. SQL Browser listens on UDP port 1434 so this port must be open.
  • Processor: 3 GHz or faster recommended
  • RAM: 4 GB or higher recommended
  • Available Disk Space: 50 MB - 2 GB depending on the number of songs, links, and most importantly, the size of the schedule history window.
  • .NET Framework: Version 4.0 will be installed if not already present.
NOTES: If the database will be accessed from a service host running on a different machine, SQL must allow for Remote Connections.

Database Server

  • In a multi-station database, you can use multiple service hosts pointing to a single database server. All song scheduling and testing is done on the service host.
  • For larger operations, the Database Server (SQL) and Web Server(s) (IIS) can be on separate machines.
  • OS: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 recommended for optimal multi-user performance. Windows 8 or Windows 7 are acceptable for smaller configurations. 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported but Starter and Home Basic editions are not.
  • Database: GSelector requires either SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2005 with Service Pack 2. Optionally, and at their discretion, a user can purchase and install the Standard or Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2012/2008/2005. If a Standard or Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2012,2008/2005 is not present, SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, along with a named instance of “GSelector” will be automatically installed with the application. Microsoft has limitations on SQL Server Express, including support for only 1 CPU, a memory limit of 1 GB for the buffer pool and a maximum database size of 4 GB. If more than one SQL Server named instance is already installed, a list of instances will be presented during GSelector installation and the user will choose one for use with GSelector. Full-Text Search, TCP/IP protocol and mixed mode authentication (Windows and SQL) must be enabled. A number of SQL users will be created during GSelector installation including gs_user, gs_sa, and GSelectorSQLAdmin. SQL Browser listens on UDP port 1434 so this port must be open.
  • Processor: 3 GHz or faster recommended
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher recommended
  • Available Disk Space: 50 MB - 2 GB depending on the number of songs, links, and most importantly, the size of the schedule history window
  • .NET Framework: Version 4.0 will be installed if not already present
NOTES: If the database will be accessed from a web service running on a different machine, SQL must allow for Remote Connections.

Service Host

  • In a multi-station database, you can use multiple service hosts pointing to a single database server. All song scheduling and testing is done on the service host.
  • OS: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 recommended for optimal multi-user performance. Windows 8 or Windows 7 are acceptable for smaller configurations. 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported but Starter and Home Basic editions are not.
  • IIS is required
    • IIS7 and above
      Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: The GSelector Service is hosted by IIS in a virtual folder named RCS.GSelector.Services.Main. The service will attempt to use TCP port 808, but will use any pre-defined open TCP port in IIS. If TCP cannot be used fallback to HTTP on port 80 takes place.
    • IIS – All Versions
      A single Web Service named GSImportExportService will be created, requiring ASP.NET version 2.0 and anonymous access enabled in Directory Security. The workstations communicate to the Web Service methods via XML over HTTP.
  • Processor: 2 GHz or faster recommended">
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher recommended
  • Available Disk Space: ~100 MB
  • .NET Framework: Version 4.0 will be installed if not already present

Workstation

  • OS: Windows 8 or Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported. Home Basic and Starter OS editions are not supported.
  • Windows Media Player: Requires version 9 or higher. If not present during the install there is a prompt to install it.
  • Processor: 2 GHz or faster recommended
  • RAM: 1 GB or higher recommended
  • Available Disk Space: ~100 MB
  • Connectivity: Must be able to access the Web Services running in the virtual directories on the server (web server if separate). This may require a VPN connection from outside the station. A broadband connection is highly recommended.
  • .NET Framework: Version 4.0 will be installed if not already present.

F.A.Q.

What is GSelector?

GSelector is music scheduling reinvented... literally. It's a very different system for a new breed of radio programmers with new responsibilities. The new story has become universal: managing multiple channels. Typically that means radio PDs or MDs are asked to create music logs for some combination of HD, FM, AM, Internet streams or satellite channels, and doing this with less available time than ever before. GSelector is the first program to use the RCS patented goal-driven, demand-based scheduling engine.

How does GSelector work?

Every programmer has goals for their on-air sound, and that's how GSelector is controlled. You start with your finished log - look at the results and adjust the "natural demand" of each song, artist or attribute like tempo, theme, and sound code as needed, to create the results you want.

Is it easy to set up?

Yes. That is what makes it so revolutionary: its ease of use. Users simply tell the system what their logs must sound like and GSelector automatically takes it from there in creating future logs. This saves time and creates virtually no unscheduled positions while providing more log control without setting up rules.

What is its greatest strength?

GSelector virtually eliminates unscheduled log positions, considering every song for every position, so the best possible song is chosen for each log position every time. GSelector will literally change the way you work.

Can I schedule a log over the Internet?

Yes, you can even schedule multiple stations simultaneously, from anywhere. Since you will have one music library across an entire enterprise, your song attributes only have to be entered once and then can be shared by any station you manage. GSelector provides Cross-Station Protection so two channels cannot play the same song simultaneously. There is also a new Audio Analyzer inside GSelector, which identifies song parameters like energy, tempo, run time, whether an ending is cold or fade, and opening/closing musical key of the song - all automatically. It can even identify multiple intros of a song!

Do I need extra software and equipment to work on GSelector over the Internet?

You will need a server quality machine at the station. (See Technical Requirements). Internet Information Services must be added as a Windows component. Port 80 must be open to be reached by workstations.

Will GSelector automatically convert my Selector backup?

Because GSelector database structure is vastly different than all other music schedulers in existence, our experienced staff at RCS will handle database transformation quickly and easily for you upon request. GSelector will adopt the settings from the prior database into your new library, from which you can add channel-specific attributes which can be unique to each station or channel sharing this library of music.

What is the first thing I will notice about the program?

You will marvel at its multi-station capabilities. With more programmers handling multiple stations, GSelector's architecture is perfect for the new face of radio: one library, many stations. This means you only enter each song once. With global and station-specific codes, each station has better library management.

Can other programmers in my group see my station's library?

Only if you grant other users rights. GSelector includes a state-of-the-art rights management system that opens and closes certain areas of the program according to the user's sign-in credentials.

What is Cross-Station protection?

This means you will never schedule the same song simultaneously on two or more stations.

Does GSelector let me hear my log?

Yes. When you add the songs' Media IDs corresponding to your audio storage files (and as long as your workstation has access to the machine where the audio is stored) - you can audition an entire song, the song's open and close or the open-hook-close of each song in the log.

How do I adjust a song or artist?

Simply click the up or down slider to adjust the natural demand of any song, artist, or attribute.

What are attributes of a song?

These are the many ways you can classify, and thus control, your music and rotations. Attributes can be any name or concept you need to help shape your station. Each Attribute must be put in to one of these groups: Artist Group, Content, Era, Genre, Instrument, Theme or Vocal.

What other smart tools are in GSelector?

GSelector has a powerful analysis program that generates tempo codes, intro times and other important information by analyzing the audio files in your library. This information is written right into each song window.

GSelector: An Innovative Music Scheduling Solution




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