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DAD

Powerful Radio Automation

Forged over decades, DAD’s flexible, customizable and interoperable architecture and interface support a wide variety of workflows. It’s an audio playout and automation system trusted by thousands of broadcasters worldwide, from local LPFMs to global broadcasters and station groups.

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DAD Features

DAD provides you with all the tools to make your broadcasts sound better, make running your station easier, and give you unrivaled power and control.

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User Friendly and Customizable

Award-winning Presenter interface for live assist playout. Fast-paced changes made on the fly. Customizable module-based architecture.

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Centralized Content, Regional Splits & Intuitive Control

Share content across multiple stations with localized playlists for each market, insert different content and ads for each OTA and Webstream feed, and easily break away for local commercials, liners, and jingles, then rejoin seamlessly. Fully automate your schedule, or jump-in using DAD’s intuitive and customizable Presenter On-Air interfaces for live-assist.

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Scalable Design

Whether you need a single workstation or a hundred, a DAD system can be designed to fit you now and into the future.

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All-in-One Solution

Automate content ingest, scheduling, logging, playout,programming, control and more. Using ENCO’s ENconveyor and Dropbox modules, you can automate the download of audio files and metadata from Web or FTP sites, or scan watch folders for content to ingest into your DAD libraries, based on any number of customizable criteria, filters and rules.

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Performance Oriented Engine

DAD workstations include up to 16 playback modules, multi-channel audio outputs,and enough processing power to run them all simultaneously. Real-time log changes in any studio are instantaneously reflected in all other studios. With the included PADapult module, live or scheduled RDS and metadata can be automatically published from each playlist.

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World Class Customer Support

ENCO’s award-winning US-based Customer Support is well-known for prompt, competent, and courteous help whenever you need it, 24/7/365. Many of our team are broadcast engineers themselves, so they know the industry. We also have global support personnel to assist our international customers.

Presenter On-Air Interface

In the fast-paced environment of an on-air studio, speed and accuracy are of the essence. That's why every feature of the presenter interface is designed to be as easy and quick-to-action as possible. Its intuitive layout has virtually no learning curve and is optimized for touchscreen use. Best of all, its modular design allows the talent to customize their workspace to fit their needs and provide instant access to their library, playlists, and more.

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Vast Playout Options

DAD workstations include up to 16 playback modules, multi-channel audio outputs,and enough processing power to run them all simultaneously. Real-time log changes in any studio are instantaneously reflected in all other studios. With the included PADapult module, live or scheduled RDS and metadata can be automatically published from each playlist.

Whether you're playing out localized playlists in different markets, scheduling separate advertisements on your terrestrial and web streams, or running multiple independent stations, DAD comes shipped with everything needed to make it happen.

Client Spotlight: Dash Radio

Dash Radio delivers 65 radio stations to listeners worldwide, and automates its entire playout network using DAD automation. The customized DAD platform allows Dash Radio to drive up to 12 stations from a single workstation, dramatically reducing operational costs while enabling the same automated workflow power of a terrestrial radio network. Advanced features such as remote voice tracking and Dropbox-based file transfer eliminate the challenges of working with DJs broadcasting around the world.

“Their flexible model allowed us to launch with 50 stations and quickly scale to 65 at a very reasonable cost. The reliability has been off the charts,” said John Halterman, Dash Radio’s President of Operations. “We are pushing this system very hard, and DAD really delivers. This is a rock-solid platform.”

"This is a rock-solid platform."

-John Halterman, Dash Radio

Comprehensive Automation

DAD doesn't just manage automated playout, it controls every aspect of your operation, from ingest to scheduling to reporting.

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Powerful Library & Asset Management

At the core of DAD Radio Automation is a full-featured media asset manager. Store all your audio assets in customizable and quick-searchable groups. Scrollable lists allow you to view all your content instantaneously. Drag and drop between the library module and any other module within DAD for ultimate ease-of-use. Advanced metadata fields allow for additional sorting options within the DAD library and between scheduling and logging applications. Share content across multiple sites and keep redundant copies of your database and assets with the included Gateway utility

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Voice Tracking & Multi-Track Editing

DAD features an integrated voice tracking module complete with FastTRAK, the simple and quick method of inserting a voice track into a playlist with just a few clicks, allowing you to work more efficiently than ever before. Cuts in the DAD Library can be edited in the DAD Editor module with cut/paste functions and marker placement (segues, timers,etc.), and ENCO’s MultiTrack application allows for seamless integration between the DAD Library and a third-party digital audio workstation, such as Adobe Audition or Hindenburg Broadcaster.

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Flexible Scheduling Solutions for Any Workflow

DAD offers a wide range of scheduling tools to fit your needs and preferred workflow. The integrated Ensemble Music Scheduling System allows for quick and easy creation of playlists with detailed clocks and rules to prevent duplicates from being accidentally scheduled. Scheduling Wizard offers a toolset specialized for satellite radio programming. ListGen has the ability to interface with any music scheduling and traffic software such as MusicMaster, PowerGold, Marketron, Wedel, or Amily, allowing DAD to fit into your current workflow without any hassle or complicated set-up.

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Automated Download & Ingest

If you broadcast any programs that are available on the internet, you know that there is a need for reliable, robust automated file downloading and delivery. ENconveyor automatically downloads audio files from the web or from FTP sites and delivers them to your DAD library. DropBox is a rule-based application which scans a watch folder and ingests the audio or video content which meets the criteria for that particular rule. With the combination of ENconveyor and DropBox, you can ensure your content is automatically downloaded and ingested into your library, with proper formatting and complete metadata.

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MOS Newsroom Integration

ENCO’s MOS Interface allows users to manage audio embedded in stories generated in AP ENPS, AVID iNews, Octopus, or other newsroom systems. Playout of actualities or interview audio can be done using the user-friendly DAD automation environment. Access your library of media assets directly in your newsroom system and automatically sync your rundowns to a DAD playlist. If a last-minute change is made within your newsroom system, the change is propagated to DAD instantly without the need for manual intervention.

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WebDAD 3.0 Coming soon...

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On-air features of DAD, now accessible from your browser. From library and playlist maintenance to on-air control and voice tracking, it’s all there...even if you’re not.

The HTML5-based interface allows native access and control from any web-enabled device, introducing new operational efficiencies for full-time station personnel and allowing you to decentralize your workforce with part-time, contract, and remote staff.

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Remotely voice track and control Presenter’s playback from your iPad anywhere with internet connectivity. Whether you're broadcasting from a home studio or going live from an event, iDAD's combination of ENCO power and iPad convenience lets you take your show on the road.

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iDAD and enDROID

Record audio from your smartphone, send it directly to your DAD system, and trigger macros remotely. Outfit your entire mobile reporting team with a direct line into your library. Easily broadcast live events without the need for a board operator back at the studio.

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See DAD in Action

Watch a quick video and see what's possible when you automate your radio station with DAD.

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World Class Technical Support

All of our products are backed with 24/7 live emergency support and a comprehensive online support portal and knowledge base. Our technical support team boasts over 200 years of combined engineering experience in a wide range of broadcast professions including program directors, engineers, IT managers, and even on-air talent. From remote assistance to on-site installation, the ENCO support team is ready to help your station, even on a moment’s notice.

Extend DAD's Functionality

DAD comes shipped with everything you need to manage your station, but can be extended with additional features, proven to work in lockstep with your DAD.

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