Want to send Now Playing song data from BSI’s Simian Pro to your RDS Encoder, Website, or Streaming Server? MetaRadio makes this possible. This article explains the setup of MetaRadio and Simian.

For other setup guides, see out MetaRadio Support Site.

Prerequisites

Configuring Simian Pro 2.3

Simian allows you to send Now-Playing data via a TCP connection over a network. MetaRadio is capable of receiving this data. MetaRadio provides a dedicated XML template specifically for Simian Pro.

Simian sends XML data from your automation computer, TO MetaRadio on any other networked computer. To achieve this, you must have a TCP Port opened in your firewall between Simian and MetaRadio. MetaRadio automatically adds a Windows Firewall exception, so you will only need to add a firewall rule if your two computers are on different networks/subnets/VLANs.

MetaRadio is also able to run on the same computer as Simian Pro 2.3.

To setup Simian Pro 2.3, follow this process:

  1. Download MetaRadioSimian.xml, and save it to “C:\BSI32\MetaRadioSimian.xml”
  2. Open Simian
  3. Stop playback – Simian does not allow you to edit options while audio is playing
  4. Click Tools > Program Options in the top menu bar
  5. In Program Options, open the “Metadata” tab.
  6. In either Metadata 1 or Metadata 2, fill out the following details:
    1. Template File Name: C:\BSI32\MetaRadioSimian.xml (this is the file you downloaded in Step 1)
    2. IP Address: Enter the name or IP Address of the computer running MetaRadio, or 127.0.0.1 if it’s running on the same PC
    3. Port: Select any unassigned TCP Port Number. Each Station in MetaRadio must have its own port number. If in doubt, enter ‘3601’.
    4. TCP
  7. Save your changes in Simian and commence playback

That’s it for the Simian side of things. Now we can move over to the MetaRadio setup.

Configuring MetaRadio to talk to Simian Pro 2.3

  1. Open MetaRadio Config
  2. Add a New Station
  3. Select “SimianIP” from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter the IP Port Number as specified in Simian
  5. Save Station Details, and save the global settings in the app.
  6. Restart the main MetaRadio app and confirm Simian is connected. You should see the TCP Port Number, and information displayed whenever the current on-air song changes.

Now that MetaRadio is receiving data from Simian, you can configure any outputs (RDS Encoders, Website, Streaming Servers, etc.) as needed.

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