Installing the AutoHotKey script for a RadioDJ controller

Installing the AutoHotKey script for a RadioDJ controller

As mentioned in a previous support article, our custom made control pads run on AutoHotKey scripts. AutoHotKey is a free program that lets you remap keys on your keyboard or keypad and also assign numerous actions to them through scripting, if desired.

To start with, you can download AutoHotKey free of charge HERE. You can also download our script files, which can be found HERE. There are two versions… One mutes the local monitor speaker (what we use) while opening the mic and the other doesn’t, letting the broadcaster manually mute the monitor speaker instead. We frequently have new broadcasters running a console who forget to mute the monitor while the mic is open, so we use the script with the combo action. Please use one or the other, but not both. Save the scripts somewhere on your system where you can find them again easily.

Start by installing AutoHotKey. Next, you’ll need to locate your AHK scripts. Once you have, right-click on it and create a shortcut:

Then highlight the shortcut and right-click on it and choose CUT. Now Hold down the WIN+R keys to bring up the RUN dialogue and type in ‘shell:startup’:

Press OK. This opens the Windows Startup folder. Any program or script that has a shortcut to it pasted into this folder will automatically run at Windows startup. Right-click anywhere in the right-hand pane of the Startup folder and PASTE your shortcut in there.

The script will run on startup from this point forward. You can run it immediately by right-clicking on it and choosing RUN SCRIPT. You’ll know our script is running when you press the backspace key on your keyboard and it mutes the volume (as that’s how we use the backspace key on a numeric keypad – it has been remapped). The delete key on your keyboard now functions as a backspace key.

To stop the script at any time, simply go to your system tray at bottom right, right-click on the AHK icon (the green square with an H in it), and choose PAUSE SCRIPT. This will undo the key mappings until you activate the script again.

For Radio Hanna, we keep our AHK scripts in a shared OneDrive folder. Whenever we change a script, OneDrive’s file sync pushes the changes out to all of our laptops and tablet systems for us. This saves us having to manually update the script on every machine.

Remember, you are running your AutoHotKey script from a shortcut, so keep the original file in a place where it won’t be deleted easily and without thinking. If you delete the source file, the shortcut to it stops working.

RadioDJ Shortcut Keys:

Our scripts require that the following hotkeys be assigned to the corresponding function (in parentheses) within the RadioDJ software:

  • CTRL+I (toggles INPUT)
  • ESC (STOP with fade)
  • CTRL+F1 (starts RECORDER)
  • CTRL+F2 (stops RECORDER)
  • CTRL+D (toggles AUTODJ)
  • CTRL+S (STOP without fade)
  • CTRL+F7 (AUX PLAYER 1 start)
  • CTRL+F8 (AUX PLAYER 1 stop)
  • CTRL+F9 (AUX PLAYER 2 start)
  • CTRL+F10 (AUX PLAYER 2 stop)
  • CTRL+F11 (AUX PLAYER 3 start)
  • CTRL+F12 (AUX PLAYER 3 stop)

To access shortcut keys in RadioDJ, choose OPTIONS, SHORTCUTS. Double-click on the function you want to modify, enter the new key, choose a modifier such as CTRL or SHIFT (strongly suggested), and then click MODIFY. Don’t forget to click SAVE before exiting the dialogue or you’ll have to start creating shortcuts all over again.

We hope this is helpful in creating your own affordable hardware controller pad for RadioDJ. Also worth pointing out, this controller can be adapted easily for other automation software so long as it has shortcut key support.

Building a RadioDJ USB controller pad

Building a RadioDJ USB controller pad

When we first started looking at controller pads, we found some units we really liked. They were programmable and had tops you could take off the keys and put pretty little coloured inserts in. Unfortunately, they cost $200.00 apiece and were out of our price range. We went with Plan B, which is taking $5.00 USB numeric keypads and gluing new labels on them. First of all, you’ll need to purchase a keypad. Please make sure yours has the exact same key configuration as the one pictured below:

If you get a different configuration, it may not work properly and we can’t help you fix it. These cost about five bucks each including shipping on sites like Amazon Canada. Next, you will need to print out our key labels and cut them out (click on the image below to download the PDF):

When you go to print the file, most systems will try to print a PDF so that it fits on the page, usually at 96%. This will shrink the labels so they don’t fit your keys. Make sure you choose ACTUAL SIZE on the print dialogue as shown below, and that you have selected 8.5 x 11 inch paper (letter sized) as the type of paper (click image to enlarge):

Once your labels are printed, you can cut them out and glue them onto the keys on the keypad. A glue stick works well for this. Make sure that you match the labels up with what we have in the picture below:

Once your labels are glued on, there may be a bit of white paper showing around the edge of the labels. A bit of touch up with a black Sharpie pen will fix this. Make sure your labels are well-affixed. Once the keys are labeled, you don’t want the print to wear off, so a bit of clear coat is in order. The easiest way to do this is to mask off the edges of the keypad with masking tape as shown below and give the keys a light coat of clear coat enamel. Do NOT try to remove the keys and paint them individually. It was too much work and resulted in one damaged keypad when we tried. Just mask the unit as shown below:

Give it a light coat of enamel, and let it dry for an hour. Remove the tape and you have a custom control pad for your RadioDJ broadcasting system. You will occasionally have a sticker come off. Just print out a replacement, glue it on, mask the unit, and give it another shot of clear coat and you’re good to go.

The next bit is installing AutoHotKey, which we’ll cover in a separate article. AutoHotKey remaps the keys on the numeric pad to work with the shortcut keys in RadioDJ.