WaveCart 5.1 Lite




WaveCart 5.1 is the latest version of BSI’s award-winning, original on-screen cart-machine replacement that’s being used by thousands of broadcasters around the World.

With support for Windows 7 32bit or 64bit, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10, 32bit or 64bit! WaveCart 5.1 Lite introduces a new low cost option for getting into WaveCart, without the extended features some users don’t need, and at a lower cost.

WaveCart displays up to 10 on-screen players, each of which can be sent to a different sound card output. Additionaly, you can instantly play back audio files with 24 configurable HotKeys

Each deck has an Elapsed and Remaining timer, plus an Intro Countdown and a clear label containing information about the file being played including Artist/Description, Title/Advertiser & OutCue.

Decks and HotKeys can be played manually using a touch-screen, keyboard buttons, or mouse.

Stacks of up to 10 decks and multiple sets of HotKeys can be easily saved for instant recall at any time; and can be automatically sequenced with overlap or even looped to provide background audio, or announcement system (especially when combined with multiple Virtual Carts, and the new scheduled stack loading feature).

WaveCart 5.1 is now exclusively licensed using a USB Hardware Key dongle making it easy to move the software between computers.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs


  • Ease Of Use – get up and running within minutes
  • Uses USB Hardware Key – move WaveCart to different PCs with ease
  • Runs on Windows – Windows 7 32bit or 64bit, Windows 8/8.1 32bit or 64bit, Windows 10 32bit or 64bit, or Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Up to 10 on-screen decks – each with timers and digital label
  • Additional 24 HotKeys – save multiple sets
  • Audition / Preview output – listen to any audio prior to broadcast
  • SmartCarts – remind you to remove out-of-date spots and PSAs
  • Variable Segue and Intro times
  • Virtual Cart support – store multiple audio cuts in a single cart
  • Randomize Carts – great for rotators or simple music automation
  • Play Hooks only – forward sell your music
  • Saveable Stacks – quick load spot breaks or other regular sequences
  • Play multiple audio format – Linear PCM .wav, ADPCM, MPEG Layer 2, and MP3

System Requirements

Recommended System While WaveCart 5.1 will run on virtually any computer from a Core i processor or above, and a decent sound card with MME/WAVE driver or WDM driver, we strongly suggest the following specification for trouble-free and reliable performance.

  • Windows 7, 8/8.1, or 10, 32bit or 64bit
  • Genuine INTEL Core i5 CPU 2.8Ghz or faster
  • 4Gb Memory
  • SATA Disk-Based Hard Drive dedicated to the Windows operating system
  • SATA Disk-Based Hard Drive dedicated to Audio
  • 21″ flat panel monitor with 1920×1080 or higher resolution (1024×600 is minimum supported)
  • A professional AudioScience sound card with multiple physical outputs
  • Audition speakers

Pitfalls to Avoid:

We have put together a list of some of the major pitfalls to avoid when building your own system:

  • Any server based operating system (including Windows 2003, 2008, 2012), Windows Vista, or any OS older than Windows 7; our supported operating systems are Windows 7 Professional 32bit or 64bit, Windows 8/8.1 32bit or 64bit, or Windows 10 32bit or 64bit. No other operating systems (including any version of Windows Home or Media, or any of the Vista versions) are supported.
  • File should be played off the LOCAL PC’s hard drive, not across a network or from a file server
  • file server is neither desired nor required, may decrease performance and introduces a single point of failure. We supply configuration instructions for a fully redundant networked system, with software file-mirroring suitable for an Air and production system, or multiple workstations.
  • Intel Celeron, Pentium, or AMD Processors (or emulated PCs) – use Genuine Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i series, or Xeon series or above CPUs
  • USB, Firewire or other external storage devices
  • SCSI or IDE drives – use SATA 6Gb/s drives for best performance; using seperate hard-drives for Windows and Audio Files can also help in a number of ways.
  • Software RAID Arrays – these can be detrimental to performance, place additional requirements on your computer system, and often make it more difficult to rebuild or restore a machine. They also do nothing to Protect against viruses or accidental deletion of files (our Second Copy software file mirroring keeps multiple copies of deleted files safely).
  • SSD Drives – Using SSDs in an automation computer is known to cause playback issues because of the way they function. SSDs are not made for the constant read/write functionality required of an automation system. To reduce wear on the memory cells, SSDs purposefully move around written data and reduce read/write bandwidth and will over the course of hours or days reduce bandwidth so severely that the buffering of audio data can not occur at a rate faster than playback requires, causing stuttering audio or delayed performance and responsiveness. BSI does not support running software on a computer that has SSDs for any of its drives. Only conventional HDD systems are supported.
  • ‘Cheap’ or non-branded memory – make sure you use a brand recommended by your motherboard manufacturer. 2GB is enough for basic operation on Windows 7 or above with no other applications running (even in the background), but we’re now fitting 8GB as standard to the machines we supply.
  • Flimsy, thin cases with little RF shielding (often consisted mainly of plastic and with poor air circulation). A good technical ground is essential in a professional broadcast environment.
  • Consumer Grade Audio Cards – BSI products are designed and tested to work with AudioScience and IP Audio drivers–such as Axia, WheatNet and Dante–to ensure reliable 24×7 operation.
  • USB/Firewire external audio devices
  • Drivers or Software Updates not yet certified by BSI. Manufacturers will often make newer drivers and utilities available on their web sites prior to them being fully tested by BSI. You can find the latest recommended drivers and utilities listed on our Latest Drivers web page.