D&R Aircast is a radio automation system for Windows based PC computers. It is designed to suit smaller radio stations especially those in community radio, internet radio, hospital radio and schools. It supports virtually any sound card, works with standard PC hardware and offers smooth interfacing with D&R mixers. There are various remote control functions for controlling fader start, 'next', and other remote requirements.
Aircast uses an SQL based, audio database with built in music scheduling. Voice tracking can be produced to enable pre-recorded links for unattended or overnight programmes. There is a built in streaming encoder to stream the programme feed onto the internet, to a Shoutcast or Icecast streaming server.
A play list can be created with 'Live Assist' and 'Automation mode'. The play list contains all audio files that are going to be broadcast during a show. The files can be played manually (live assist mode) or automatically (automation mode). Although Aircast has its own database, third party databases can also be imported, such as iTunes.
There is a 'cartwall' function to play jingles or other audio elements quickly. The number of player slots is unlimited and these pages can be saved for future use, allowing presenters or different shows to keep their own cartwall pages. An included Mix Editor allows creating of segueways and envelope points for voice tracking.