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Old 08-05-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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seeking sporting event audio player application


Folks,
There are "audio player" applications designed specifically for use by Mr. Announcer at sports games and similar events. Does anyone know of anything like that that runs on Linux?
An example applications for that other workstation platform is Sports Sounds Pro.
These applications begin with an inventory of audio tracks. They implement a user interface that is convenient for Mr. Announcer. In addition to the usual, controls to "play this track" or "run this playlist" there are often soft keys that insert a selected audio clip with a single button. For example, the trumpet flourish "Charge!", organ playing "Mexican Hat Dance" or whatever make this specific sport fun for the spectators.
Smarter applications enable use of stored queuing details like, "play selected track for 11 seconds starting at 93 seconds into the track." Some even have full feature audio editors. Other features include remote control of iPodô or MP3 player compatible devices for audio sources. Still other features involve subscriptions to online or on-cloud music sources.
I'm sure the several Linux audio players can deliver all of the operational features, but it is the sporting event user interface for Mr. Announcer that makes these applications desirable.

Thanks in advance,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 08-06-2012, 04:44 AM   #2
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Question Tried the Software Center?

Have you tried going through every multimedia application available in the Ubuntu software center and reading their descriptions?
If it's not there, there probably either isn't one available for Linux, or it's not very good yet. If this is the case, I would suggest trying Wine or, if that doesn't work for you, running Windows in a VirtualBox or even dual-booting if it is an absolute must for you to have this application.

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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See if it runs in wine maybe.

I really have no idea what that site is or does.
 
Old 08-06-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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I really have no idea what that site is or does.
The site sells software. The software is one application that does the sort
of things that I'm looking to do.
  • one one side is a repository of audio clips and tunes
    • load various formats
    • organize whatever gets loaded
    • optional audio editing
    • search, add, delete audio files
    • interact with "subscription" services for audio content
  • the other side is the "player"
    • organize a play list per event
    • organize a script of announcements and voice introductions and promotional
      statements that coordinates with the play list
    • implement "one button" or similar direct access to audio clips
      used to punctuate event activities

~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 08-06-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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Post Sounds Like You Just Need a Playlist.

Can't this be done with any other audio program? It sounds like you just need something with a music library and the ability to edit playlists, which just about every music player can do.
And you can use a second player to play the announcements if they don't fit into the playlist of the first one. You can also use Audacity to mix things together and make them take the correct amount of time.
And again, have you tried Wine?

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:26 PM   #6
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Can't this be done with any other audio program? It sounds like you just need something with a music library and the ability to edit playlists, which just about every music player can do.
And you can use a second player to play the announcements if they don't fit into the playlist of the first one. You can also use Audacity to mix things together and make them take the correct amount of time.
And again, have you tried Wine?
I agree that existing "players" offer many if not most of the required "gears and motors" for what I want to do.
I confess that a large part of what I seek is a user interface over the top of a pretty simple set of "gears and motors" because a user story might read:
  • view event specific "script"
  • navigate to "situation"
  • select audio clip from situation specific playlist, or whole playlist
  • play selected clip or playlist
Hmmm? Given format agnostic command line "play file", some python might do what I need.

Thinking is hard as you get older,
~~~ 8d;-/ Dan
 
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:50 PM   #7
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Smile Have You Considered Tiling?

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  • view event specific "script"
  • navigate to "situation"
  • select audio clip from situation specific playlist, or whole playlist
  • play selected clip or playlist
You could use several apps at one time and pretend they're all the same one (and it would all probably be lighter weight than that app you were trying to run earlier). In a tiling windows manager, you could have your text editor displaying the "script" tiled on the left side of your monitor taking a third of the horizontal width and all of the vertical width. You could have a file manager for the "situation" (that's what you mean, right?) and for finding the playlists. It could be split so that both of these could be accomplished at the same time, as well as tiled at the bottom-right of the screen taking a half the screen vertically and a two thirds the screen horizontally. You could then fill the rest of the screen space with your playlist-centric music player.
There are some great tiling window managers out there, but if you prefer DE's (like me), you could give KDE a go. It's compositing or stacking but has manual tiling support. You don't have to do any scripting to get it all set up, either. You could have an "Activity" solely devoted to your sportsman events, and have the windows set up to automatically go into their desired places on opening so that you don't have to set them up every time. So, in a way, Kwin is capable of tiling, just not optimized for it. Also, it's file manager and text editors are all capable of being split, so you don't have to download any extra packages to get that functionality. If you do the KDE route, don't enable window tiling in system settings; it's broken. You'll have to do it manually, as I have mentioned.
And, of course, if this isn't ideal for you, you could always try Wine, or do your Python thing.
Just some thoughts.

Last edited by Sweyn78; 08-09-2012 at 01:35 AM. Reason: I added a wee bit.
 
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #8
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... it's file manager and text editors are all capable of being split, so you don't have to download any extra packages to get that functionality. If you do the KDE route, don't enable window tiling in system settings; it's broken. You'll have to do it manually, as I have mentioned.
And, of course, if this isn't ideal for you, you could always try Wine, or do your Python thing.
Just some thoughts.
DOH!

UNIX 101
  • small programs
  • do one thing very well
  • chain them together to do larger tasks

One "by hand" effort is keeping all of the various apps in sync with the script.
The commercial app lets you step through the script, and then uses the script details to
alter the current playlist, smart key settings, ad nauseum.

Now I need to select my audio output control panel app and player app.
There must be audio players that have a good and flexible command line interface along
with their desktop edition.

You have given me some terrific ideas.
... and I wanted to use a brick to drive screws ...

Thanks heaps,
~~~ 8d;-/ Dan

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:38 AM   #9
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You might want to take a look at some "radio broadcast" software:
- rivendell
- ardour

which might have the things you need specifically.[COLOR="Silver"]

Last edited by lithos; 08-10-2012 at 11:41 AM. Reason: somehow double posted
 
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