This is the options windows and appears if "Options" is selected from the main menu.
When the window is shown the "About" tab will initially be displayed. This contains any version information and my contact details.
The "Save" button will save the settings that have been changed and close the options window, the "Cancel" button will dispose of the changes and close the windows and the "Apply" button will save the settings but leave the options window visible to make further changes.
By clicking on the "General" tab the non specific options can be configured.
This is the "Record" tab that allows you to specify the default extension shown when recording. You can also recommend target sample and bitrates to the Recoder.
The DAB Bar Recoder is used to save recordings to formats other than the DAB native MPEG Layer 2 (MP2). The recorder requires some third party libraries to function that are not included in the DAB Bar distribution but are freely available on the Internet and can be downloaded from the DAB Bar web site.
The File formats currently supported when the relevant libraries are installed are MPEG Layer 2 (MP2), MPEG Layer 3 (MP3), Ogg Vorbis (OGG) and Windows PCM (WAV).
The Target bitrate can recommend to the Recoder how you would like the audio to be encoded but there are many invalid combinations, and this will vary service to service. As a result the Recoder can ignore an option and will take a best guess at what is required. Target samplerate only affects MP3 recording, all other broadcasts are saved at the transmitted sample rates of 48000 or 24000 KHz.
This "Timer" enables toy to enable/disable the timer record function.
The HTTP server allows third party players such as WinAmp, Zinf (formally FreeAmp), Real Player and Quintessential Player on the same machine as DAB Bar is running, or across a LAN. The stream is sent using the ICY protocol so any ShoutCast/IceCast player can be used. An HTTP compatible interface will also allow Windows Media Player 6.4 to be used with a few quirks.
The "Server port" selects the port number that DAB Bar binds it's HTTP server to. In the above example pointing your browser to http://localhost:8080/ will enable you to access the interface. To disable the feature select a server port of 0.
The "Network password" is used to control access to the HTTP interface across the network. If just a password is specified here then any user ID entered in your browser will work, or you can specify username:password (separated by the colon) to require both a username and password to be entered correctly. Leaving this field blank will remove the access control.
The frequency tab allows you to rebuild the list of available frequencies and select the frequencies to scan for multiplexes.
When DAB Bar is run for the first time it will build a standard list of frequencies available in the UK and you will need to do nothing. If you live outside the UK then you will need to rebuild the list. You can do this by clicking the "Rebuild" button. Then select "Band III and L-Band" unless you live in Canada where you should select "Canada".
Clicking the check box to the right of a frequency will toggle if the service is included in the scan operation. This can be used to speed up the scan process by not scanning frequencies on which no service will be present and also prevent phantom services appearing from neighbouring areas where the signal is not strong enough to listen to.
The scan tab allows you add new services when a new multiplex becomes available in your area, or to remove a service from the list that is no longer broadcast.
Just select "Start" and DAB Bar will do the rest. When asked "Do you want to remove absent services from DAB Bar?" select yes if some services are no longer available or you have moved to a new location.