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Spacial is the creator of SAM Broadcaster, the best-selling and #1 choice for online broadcasters for the last 10 years.
As industry leaders we were looking for a way to make it easier for more people to learn the craft of radio broadcasting.
At the same time, we wanted this solution to be accessible for people who are blind and visually impaired who use screen readers and other accessibility features such as large fonts. It’s especially difficult for people who are blind to break into this field as there are no screen-reader-compatible radio broadcasting applications on the market for beginners.
SAM VIBE is the easiest, most accessible and robust solution for novice broadcasters looking to start their own online radio station — with or without vision.
Release date: Oct 09, 2012
Price: $[spacial_subscription_cost products="SKU-20000000|10 Listeners,SKU-20000001|64 KBps,SKU-20000002|5GB" rateplan="monthly"]/month (introductory offer)
SAM VIBE is a cloud broadcasting application that lets broadcasters upload and play music. The music is uploaded to a central server hosted by Spacial, scheduled and then broadcast 24/7 from our Spacial servers worldwide.
Made from the start to be super user-friendly, SAM VIBE is compatible with most screen-reading software and is designed to be user-friendly for visually impaired and color-blind users, with large fonts and color contrast.
The major features of SAM VIBE are:
Great management software, cloud storage and streaming, web integration widgets and players – all included. You can go from zero to professional in 5 minutes!
Visual accessibility friendly
SAM VIBE works with screen reader software* and large fonts make reading text easier. The color scheme is color-blind friendly and optimized for contrast.
*JAWS – recommended screen reader solution
Zero infrastructure broadcasting
SAM VIBE allows you to upload your content, set rotation rules and then shut down your computer. You can relax knowing SAM VIBE is keeping your station running 24/7 even if you are not around to operate it. No servers or staff necessary!
Upload and organize once – then create many channels*
Uploading content, organizing and categorizing your music and other content is a necessary but time consuming endeavor. With SAM VIBE you can do all the hard work only once, and then create as many channels as you want. Share the same content library while each channel can have its own rules and unique brand.
* Multi-channel support is currently in BETA. Please contact us if you are interested.
Control your content
Serious broadcasters know content is king! Be in control – always – and upload your own music, news, jingles, station imaging, promos, weather, sports, podcasts, voice tracks or any other unique content you might have.
Large library? No sweat…
The biggest package allows for up to 100GB of content*. That could be as many as 35,000 tracks. The SAM VIBE application allows you to easily manage a library of this size.
* Contact us if you need even more.
Professional broadcasting features
Spacial has been developing online broadcasting software for over 12 years now and we know our clients demand features that will make them stand out above the thousands of other radio stations in the world.
Spacial Debuts Accessible Radio Broadcasting Software to Let Blind and Visually Impaired Create Internet Radio Stations
Easy-to-use interface is designed for novice and youth broadcasters with or without vision to produce commercial-quality online radio programs
(Sherman Oaks, Calif.) October 9—Spacial, an award-winning maker of radio automation software, launched SAM VIBE, a powerful Internet radio broadcasting application that’s fully accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired.
SAM VIBE lets broadcasters produce their own cloud Internet radio programs, whether it’s news, sports, talk, or various genres of music. The software gives users the ability to upload and manage large music libraries, control scheduling and automate many aspects of program production.
Spacial created SAM VIBE to especially appeal to broadcasters who are blind or visually impaired. The software is fully compatible with text-to-speech screen readers, and can be operated using a computer keyboard instead of mouse. Additionally, the color scheme is color-blind friendly and optimized for contrast, with large fonts to make reading text easier.
Spacial created SAM Vibe to especially appeal to broadcasters who are blind or visually impaired. The software is fully compatible with text-to-speech screen readers, and can be operated using a computer keyboard instead of mouse. Additionally, the color scheme is color-blind friendly and optimized for contrast, with large fonts to make reading text easier.
“Lots of people want to be DJs but most radio broadcasting software is too complex for the average user and not designed to be accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired,” says Pascal Laflamme, Managing Director of Spacial. “SAM VIBE has an easy and fully accessible interface to allow broadcasters with or without vision to create their own commercial-quality radio stations right from their PCs.”
“As a media professional who is blind, I have expertise with many types of radio broadcasting software and believe SAM VIBE is a great solution for those new to Internet broadcasting,” says Erin Edgar, who co-founded the Tech Access Weekly podcast covering accessible technology for the blind and visually impaired with her husband, Rodney. Tech Access Weekly created an audio review of SAM VIBE’s features for low-vision and screen reader users, which can be found on the SAM VIBE website..
SAM VIBE also makes it easy for kids to explore the craft of radio programming, and it’s in use at the broadcast studio operated by SLB Radio Productions, Inc. at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “With SAM VIBE, we now have an easy and intuitive way to teach kids to create and control their own broadcasts, whether for fun or career discovery,” says Larry Berger, founder and executive director of SLB Radio.
SLB Radio is also evaluating SAM VIBE to manage iQ Kids Radio, its new 24/7 service launching with WQED in Pittsburgh in 2013. “Eight years ago we chose SAM Broadcaster for our studios and it has exceeded our high expectations. We’re confident that SAM VIBE will also play an important role as we develop new forms of youth-based programming,” Berger adds.
Since 1999, Spacial has been developing quality audio software. In 2002, it launched SAM Broadcaster, its renowned radio automation software that allows broadcasters to stream their radio stations online. The company has also created DJ software called SAM Party DJ (now SAM DJ) and the SimpleCast live audio event streaming encoder (now SAM Cast). Spacial is utterly focused on the technology of its products, making for sophisticated software that lets you broadcast at an advanced level. For more information visit http://www.spacial.com.
Sangeeta Uppaladinni is an independent advertising and marketing professional in Cheshire who’s also a music lover. She’s legally blind due to a genetic eye defect, and was able to learn radio broadcasting with SAM Vibe, partly with the help of a screen reader.
“For people who are visually impaired, SAM Vibe is absolutely great for breaking into hobby radio broadcasting. The instructions are easy to follow and the viewing onscreen is clear with large enough fonts and a clean contrast layout. The best part is I did not have to use any specialized software because the SAM Vibe interface is fully accessible for blind and vision impaired users. Within minutes I was able to download music and stream it live. For first time online radio station starters without sight, SAM Vibe offers an accessible and well-designed learning experience.”
Larry Berger is the founder and executive director of SLB Radio Productions in Pittsburgh and runs The Saturday Light Brigade kids’ radio show. SLB Radio also runs radio programming workshops for youth at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
“With SAM VIBE, we now have an easy and intuitive way to teach kids to create and control their own broadcasts, whether just for fun or for career discovery. We’re confident that SAM VIBE will also play an important role as we develop new forms of youth-based programming. “
Erin Edgar is the editor of Tech Access Weekly, a podcast covering accessible technology for the blind and visually impaired.
“As a professional who is blind and working in the media industry, I have expertise with many types of radio broadcasting software and believe SAM VIBE is a great solution for those new to Internet broadcasting.”
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