DirectStream Software

Low-cost Player/Receiver for  Axia Livewire Streams

Axia LiveWire streams use a proprietary protocol to send streams using a Multicast technique. There are encapsulated RTP (Real Time Protocol) packets making up the LiveWire stream. The routers used for Axia receive the streams from the network and create another point source for the stream that can duplicate packets and send them to multiple addresses. This is all managed by IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol). Cisco Switches with Lan Base are commonly used for the Axia network. The computer running DirectStream requires a direct Ethernet connection to a port that supports IGMP so the software can join Multicast Groups. Usually, that means a second Interface Card just for audio. With a "List Device" entered in the settings, the software selects the interface that includes that IP address automatically. Using the defined device, DirectStream extracts Axia sources over port 80. The "List Device" must be an Axia device with a web interface enabled and be capable of sending and receiving audio streams. This can be any Axia xNode or other audio device like a Mix Engine or PowerStation. Since every audio device on an Axia network holds a complete list of sources, it makes since to ask a device that has already done the work of polling every other audio device on the network.

DirectStream Configuration

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Explination of Settings

List Device IP:  This is set to an existing device on the Network.  It must be an Axia Node, xNode, Mix engine, PowerStation I/O or other Axia device that has a web interface.  All sources on the network retrieved over port 80 and populate the sources used by DirectStream.
Profile Name: This is a user defined name for this instance of the player. Any number of players can run by creating a shortcut and appending " #" where " #" is a space then a number to set the instance.  For example, you may use 1,2,3,4 for 4 shortcuts.  Each shortcut will launch a separate instance with independent settings. The application launched with no arguments, starts the default instance (instance 0) .  Each player has its own settings independent of each other.
Meter Scale: You may select either 0dB or 20dB from the dropdown to set the meter scale accordingly.
Select Last Source on Launch: Check this box if you plan to use the AutoStart feature.  When checked, the application will select the button that was selected the last time the program was running.
Auto Save Gain: When checked, the gain in the Settings field at the right side of the input, will be updated with the current value on the Volume Slider.

How to Buy DirectStream

Contact Singletone Software at the address posted here.  I will send a download link after payment is made to PayPal.  Licensing is for One Copy of the software to be installed on a single PC.  A key must be entered that is calculated on the buyers account information.  Email address, First and Last name are required for key generation.   Each key is unique to the buyer.

Price for individual use: $49.00 USD

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Pull Sources

Clicking the Pull Sources Button initiates the search for all sources on the Axia Network.  Sources will be extracted from http response on port 80 of the List Device defined on the settings page.  Once this list populated, it's a good idea to click the "use file" checkbox so a cached version of the sources is used.  If any changes are made to sources on your network, they will not be reflected in the available sources until the "use file" checkbox is unchecked and a new search is initiated.


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Friendly Name

Placing the mouse cursor over one of the Friendly Names and clicking opens an edit box to set the text that will display in the channel button.

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