Want to send Now Playing song data to your Pira RDS Encoder, from your Radio Playout/Automation system? MetaRadio makes this possible. This article explains the setup of MetaRadio and Pira RDS, allowing the use of RadioText and RadioText+ for Now-Playing song data.

You’ll need to get a free trial or paid license of MetaRadio before you can begin. For other setup guides, see our MetaRadio Support Site.

At the time of writing, the following Pira RDS Encoders are supported:

  • Pira P332 – Serial & IP/Ethernet
  • Pira P232 – Serial Only
  • Pira P132 – Serial (Via USB port) & IP/Ethernet
  • Pira P232 Module – Serial Only
  • Pira P32 – Serial Only
  • Pira MicroRDS – Serial Only (wiring information)
  • Pira MiniRDS – Serial Only (wiring information)

MetaRadio should support all Pira RDS Encoders, past and present.

Prerequisites

  • MetaRadio installed on your PC, with at least one station (automation system) configured
  • A Pira RDS Encoder connected to your network, or connected to your PC via Serial
  • MagicRDS running and connected to your encoder
    • We will use MagicRDS to configure the encoder. After that’s done, you don’t need to run it again
  • Before you begin, we recommend upgrading the firmware on your RDS Encoder

Configuring Pira RDS for IP

  1. Open MagicRDS and connect to your encoder via the Options > Preferences menu
  2. Go to the RDS Encoder > Device Setup menu
  3. On the “Device Setup” screen, press “Read” to get the current configuration from your RDS Encoder
  4. On the “Device Setup” screen, enable Port 4 with the following settings:
    1. Protocol: TCP
    2. Port Number: 6670 (or another port number of your choosing)
    3. The RDS encoder is: Server
  5. If you haven’t already configured an IP Address, on the “Device Setup” screen, specify a IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS Server. This must be on the same subnet as your MetaRadio PC.
  6. On the “Device Setup” screen, press the “Store” button
  7. Open MetaRadio Config from the Start Menu on your computer
  8. Select your Radio Station, and press “Edit”
  9. Press “Add Output” and select “RDSPiraIP” from the drop-down menu
  10. Enter the IP Address and TCP Port Number (e.g. 6670) from your Pira RDS Encoder
  11. Press “Save Output Details” and “Save Station Details”
  12. Restart the main MetaRadio app, and check to see if data is sent to the encoder next time a song plays on-air

Configuring Pira RDS for Serial

  1. Open MagicRDS and connect to your encoder via the Options > Preferences menu
  2. Go to the RDS Encoder > Device Setup menu
  3. On the “Device Setup” screen, press “Read” to get the current configuration from your RDS Encoder
  4. On the “Device Setup” screen, make note of the “Port 1” speed / baud rate. The default is ‘2400’.
  5. In Windows, open the ‘Device Manager’ and check the port number assigned to your serial connection (e.g. COM1)
  6. Open MetaRadio Config from the Start Menu on your computer
  7. Select your Radio Station, and press “Edit”
  8. Press “Add Output” and select “RDSPiraSerial” from the drop-down menu
  9. Enter the COM Port Number (e.g. COM3) and baud rate (e.g. 2400) from your Pira RDS Encoder. The COM port should be the full name (“COM4”), and the baud rate should only contain numbers (no bps suffix).
  10. Press “Save Output Details” and “Save Station Details”
  11. Restart the main MetaRadio app, and check to see if data is sent to the encoder next time a song plays on-air

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