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Topic: RadioSparx - Custom Features (Stations, Schedules, Ads, and Auto-DJ)
Article ID: KB3837
Last Reviewed: Oct 17, 2016

Custom Ads Help Info
With this option, you can upload MP3 audio files that you have created externally from this site, to intersperse with your live music stream.  To control the rotation of each file you upload, configure each ad to have a specific repeat interval (e.g. every 30 minutes, for example), with a specific start and stop time each day.

Audio Ad Format
When you create your audio ad files, please make sure to format them as stereo (not mono!) MP3 files encoded at 128Kbps.  If your ad files are not created in stereo, this can cause timing problems when interspersed with the stereo music tracks that play at this website.

Configuration Recommendation for Multiple Ads
As a general strategy for configuring multiple ads, stagger the start of each different ad by whatever interval you  want the ads to play at, and set a repeat interval that matches the number of ads you have. For instance, say you have exactly 4 ads, and you want a different ad to play every 15 minutes.  So you would configure it like this for instance:

Ad Start time Interval
1 6:00 a.m. 60 minutes
2 6:15 a.m. 60 minutes
3 6:30 a.m. 60 minutes
4 6:45 a.m. 60 minutes

This will make Ad #1 play at 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., etc., whereas Ad #2 will play at 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m., etc.  If you have more ads than this, you can either increase the interval or adjust the start time, or both.

Play Ads Between Tracks Or Interrupt Tracks
By default, each scheduled ad will play either just before or just after the song that would normally be playing around the ad’s next scheduled play time, rather than interrupting a song in the middle.  If desired, however, you can override this default behavior by configuring the "Timing Urgency" option to use the "Exact" option, which will then cause the ad to play at exactly the pre-configured time interval, stopping any currently-playing music track in the middle of the track, if necessary.

Deploying Custom Ads for Specific Users or User Groups
You can choose exactly who each custom ad should play for.  At the bottom of the Audio Ad Settings screen, choose the desired user groups or individual users that the ad will play for.

Preventing Multiple Ads from Playing Back-to-Back
If you have configured multiple ads with different schedules, and want to ensure that a situation does not arise where two ads play back-to-back, you can force there to be a minimum spacing between any two ads by settings the Inter-Ad Spacing Interval under the Player Settings screen.

Ads Are Disabled Automatically After End Date/Time Has Passed
After the configured end date and time for an ad has passed, the ad's status will automatically be changed from active to inactive.  You can always re-activate an ad that has been disabled, to make it play again as desired.


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