The PSR controllers are micro-processor controlled
devices that control from 1-to-4 and/or 1-to-8 Pioneer® or 1-to-24
Sony® audio CD mega changers. The Pioneer® version also
controls laser-disc video players, and cassette tape decks from
The purpose of the controllers are to allow you
to create your own jukebox software, or to extend your our
Wintrax software beyond four (4) players to eight (8).
98 supports 4 players without a PSR controller in most cases,
so you may not need a controller if you are ordering the Wintrax
98 Jukebox Software.
Up to eight (8) of each device can be controlled
by connecting the PSR to the RS-232C serial port of a personal computer
or similar device. More players can be controlled with the additional
PSR devices on other serial ports. The RS-232C cable from the PC,
Mac, or other host, can be as long as one-quarter mile and need
only be a wire with two-conductors and shield.
Connection to the CD players, Laser Discs
players, and Cassette decks is achieved by connecting cables
from the jacks of the PSR controller to the "SR Control
In" and "CD Synchro" jacks of the Pioneer®
devices. On Sony® models, connection is established via
the "Control-A1" jacks. No modifications are required
for either. The PSR for Pioneer® will control all models
of Pioneer® CD players that display the "SR"
logo on the front panel. This includes all the 18-, 25-, 50-,
100- and 300-discs players, regardless of model number (excluding
European models). CAUTION: Some versions of Pioneer 25-discs
and 300-discs players do not have a synchro output jack on
the back panel and cannot provide end-of-song signals; therefore,
be sure to have times listed in the software. In the case
of the Sony® players, all models with "Control- A1"
or "Control-A" jacks can be controlled.
Commands are sent by addressing the player
number (1-8), device type (CD, LD, TAPE), and a two digit command
code. The command codes represent all valid commands available on
any given player device. A raw command is provided that allows for
future commands that may be implemented by Pioneer® or Sony®.
To send a command, you open the comport at 1200 bps, no parity,
8-bit word, 1-bit stop, and send the command in brackets, such as
this CD player play command for machine #1: [1CDPL].
A short series of commands sets up a particular
song to play. A return signal notifies you that the player is ready,
and when you send the play command, the song plays. When a song
ends, it returns a signal to notify your software, so you can trigger
or start another event.
Documentation and the command tables for
CD players/Laser Disc Video, and Cassette Decks is included. Sample
code for IBM PC compatibles in Quick Basic and Visual Basic 4.0
is also included.
Sample VB4/VB6/QBasic code is available for
download on our 'Download' page.