the profanity delay... for Windows PCs
is simple to use, but packed with powerful features and flexible
have seen profanity delays before - maybe like us, you've
lived with them from the early days of tape loops stretched
across reel to reel machines, through the modern, but hardly
much more advanced, electronic boxes.
brings clever ideas and new thinking to the profanity delay...
making it feel more like someone just handed you a way to
'edit' a live programme!
this page, we outline the key features of the product, whilst
on the Arse! in use page, there's
a step-by-step guide to working with the product.
The user interface
user interface is simple, clean and clear. The PC screen allows
you to see the current system status at all times, with
audio meters, delay status and other operational detail laid
out in large clear areas.
the advanced functionality of Arse!
During a show, the operator only every needs to use two buttons.
This makes the system incredibly easy to use - for both DJ/Self-op
setups and control room use.
Arse! with a standard mouse, or assign your own hotkey
to each function for even quicker access. Your chosen
hotkey will be shown directly above the corresponding
meters with peak indicators and dB scale show the input
and output (delayed) signal level.
large indicators show the current mode and delay in
seconds. The coloured bar behind the Delayed Time display
makes it easy to see where you are at a glance.
Use it your way...
two programmes are the same - and so Arse!
can be configured to work in the way
that's perfect for you.
can get into delay in one of three ways:
Manually - as you would with a conventional profanity delay,
normally by playing a jingle from a cart/minidisc/playout
system to fill the gap.
can play your jingle for you (from a standard .wav file
on your PC) to fill the delay period
Arse's high-quality delay-build
system - this can build up a delay for you during an earlier
segment of the programme by un-noticably stretching the
audio. There are even two algorithms to do this - one is
optimised for speech, and the other for music/speech mixed
the show, if you need to use the delay to get you out of trouble:
can Drop (dump) the delay - as with a standard profanity
and releasing the Wipe button drops a pre-set amount of
your delay - anything from 1 second to the full delay time
and holding the Wipe button drops an amount of audio that
corresponds to the time you operate the button for... so
if someone just swore, hold the wipe button for a second
or two and it will be 'edited out'. This is like removing
words from the end of a sentence.
you use the Wipe or Drop facility, Arse!
will start to rebuild the lost delay right away using
the delay-build system, or by playing a jingle for you (Drop
The cue window
you choose to build delay using a jingle,
Arse! will shows a cue window
while it is playing. The cue window will open five seconds
before the input goes live and will count down to zero - at
which point the input will start recording again. This means
that your jingle can be longer than the delay time you are
building to give the presenter a breathing space!
is just a small feature - but it makes life in the studio
so much easier! It allows the presenter to continue without
any awkward silences.
The computer hardware
the profanity delay runs on any standard
It simply requires a standard sound card - from cheap on-board
devices up to high quality professional audio cards. We recommend
a good quality sound card as your entire programme output
passes through the card whilst the delay is in circuit.
Pentium II 400 MHz for use with speech algorith delay-build
or jingle delay-build only. For music delay build algorithm,
a 1.5 GHz or faster processor is recommended.
least 128mb memory. 256mb recommended for delays of
longer than 10 seconds.
Windows compatible sound card. Ask us for sound card recommendations
- we sell professional studio quality sound cards to go
with the product priced at about £160 ($245 or €250)
supports WAVE and ASIO drivers.
- 22kHz (dependent on the sound card used).
to 30 seconds (user selectable)