Rivendell thoughts

By Matthew Sims
Posted 13 January 2016, 6.34am est
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We've been using mAirlist at our community station for as long as I've been there (almost 5 years) but we are hobbled by the community licence meaning all the clever toys and features are disabled.

we've reached a point where the system is no longer really fit for purpose and we need something better. We've got avery little budget and I was starting to investigate Airtime and Bravo (Charlie Davy) but I recently got a chance to visit another community station and get a demo of Rivendell.

The other station was really passionate about the system and from what I saw I was totally sold. What do other people think though? Are there particular pitfalls that could exist?


1 year, 8 months ago

You need to be shit hot at Linux to get it going. I wouldn't know where to start there.

I'm looking at Bravo for my home studio although it might be too much and I may go with SoundFusion instead. For the small amount of VT I'm gonna play out of there, the segue editor will suffice.

PRO1 year, 8 months ago

Matthew, vist and look at BCX

1 year, 8 months ago

Have you considered Radio DJ ( it's a very good alternative, and it's free !

I've been using it for a number of years, and it has never let me down.

1 year, 8 months ago

I know there's alternatives to Rivendell but my query was really asking for real world example of people with experience to see if there's any glaring omissions in the software. I've seen Rivendell first hand in a studio and I'm not afraid of Linux.

1 year, 8 months ago

Best of luck with Rivendell - I'm sure you'll find it a useful piece of software.

1 year, 8 months ago

Looking at the site, the only thing I would say is I was first introduced to Rivendell ten years ago, and it's really not changed since.

1 year, 8 months ago

It's reliable, if a bit of a clumsy experience at times.
There's no drag and drop - instead a series of clicks needed to add, delete, move or change an ending in the log.
Likewise you have no control over individual segues. You make do with the cue points you set on that cart. Voicetracking is a bit of a nightmare.
That said, I've trained several complete beginners on it and they got used to it relatively easily, once you learn to accept its quirks. If you're after something versatile and like having full control over every element that goes out, then it can at times be a bit frustrating. But for a basic community set-up, it's about right.

1 year, 8 months ago

Art Grainger and I disagree on much... but he'll agree with me that OTS might be a decent bet for you guys.

StationPlaylist is also really good, in particular its' remote VT and log editor. You can hear it in remotely produced automation action on between 3 and 6 UK time any weekday.

1 year, 8 months ago

RE Rivendell - if they added a segue editor I'd be happy to install that in my own studio. That's what for me really lets it down as even if you don't have a voice track module, if you've got a segue editor you can still do convincing sounding VT shows.

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