Want to send Now Playing song data to StereoTool’s in-built RDS Encoder, from your Radio Playout/Automation system? MetaRadio makes this possible. This article explains the setup of MetaRadio and StereoTool 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.

Prerequisites

  • MetaRadio installed on your PC, with at least one station (automation system) configured
  • A PC running StereoTool, connected to your network
  • We recommend you upgrade to the latest stable release of StereoTool

Configuring StereoTool RDS

  1. Open StereoTool
  2. Go to the FM Transmitter > RDS menu
  3. On the “RDS” screen, check the box that says “RDS RadioText On”
  4. Go to the FM Transmitter > RDS UECP menu
  5. On the “UECP” screen, select ‘Enable UECP’, set the Mode to ‘ASCII’, and specify a port (the default, ‘4001’, is probably okay)
  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 “RDSStereoTool” from the drop-down menu
  9. Enter the IP Address of your computer running StereoTool and TCP Port Number (e.g. 4001) you specified in StereoTool
  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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