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Rivendell is a complete radio broadcast automation solution, with facilities for the acquisition, management, scheduling and playout of audio content. It has all of the features one would expect in a modern, fully-fledged radio automation system, including support for both PCM and MPEG audio encoding, full voicetracking and log customization as well as support for a wide variety of third party software and hardware. As a robust, functionally complete digital audio system for broadcast radio applications, Rivendell uses industry standard components like the GNU/Linux Operating System, the AudioScience HPI Driver Architecture and the MySQL Database Engine. Rivendell is available under the GNU Public License. Further design details are available here.


  • A complete GPL'ed radio automation system.

  • Designed for efficient on-air use, with large, touchscreen-friendly controls.

  • Up to three full automation logs may be operated from a single computer.

  • Extensive support for live assist environments, with multiple SoundPanel arrays available at the touch of a finger.

  • All configuration is done by means of point and click interfaces -- *no* arcane configuration files to edit!

  • Support for both PCM16 and MPEG Layer 2 audio formats (MPEG Layer 2 support requires the use of select sound cards available from AudioScience Inc.).

  • Full support for both analog and AES3 digital audio interfaces, using high-quality audio adapters manufactured by AudioScience Inc. and the JACK Audio Connection Kit.

  • Designed by radio broadcasters, for radio broadcasters.

  • Completely free and open -- no dongles, unlock codes, software keys or other arbitrary limitations.


    Rivendell is feature-complete and on the air at many radio stations world wide. A comprehensive operations manual is available on the Rivendell download page, and a technical and administration guide currently in preparation.



    Rivendell runs on the GNU/Linux operating system, and is available under the GNU Public License. It currently supports operation using the full line of ASI Audio Adapters available from AudioScience Inc as well as the Jack Audio Connection Kit.

    Recommended Minimum System Requirements:
        Pentium 4 CPU
        256 MB RAM
        SuSE Linux Professional 9.x
        XFree86 Supported Video Card
        AudioScience Audio Adapter
        Mouse or other Pointing Device
        Optional: Touchscreen Monitor


    RDAdmin ~ comprehensive system configuration and management tool

    RDLogEdit ~ complete program log editing tool

    RDLibrary ~ audio acquisition and management tool, for maintaining a library of audio content

    RDAirPlay ~ on-air audio playout application

    RDCatch ~ automatic audio recorder and event scheduler specifically optimized for simultaneous capture of multiple long-form audio programs

    RDLogManager ~ tool for integration with a wide array of third-party traffic and music scheduling systems

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