BUTT Broadcasting

BUTT (Broadcast Using This Tool) is a very simple program for basic streaming needs. You can’t stream your MP3 collection like with other programs, but it is perfect for those of you that get audio from an external source such as decks/mixer.

The advantage of BUTT over Edcast is that the MP3 encoder is included in the installation package so there are no extra downloads.

1) Download from http://butt.sourceforge.net/ and install. Open the program.
BUTT Encoder
2) Click on the Settings button to open a new Settings window. Click the ADD button under the Server section. Enter your server settings as below. Click ADD once complete:
BUTT Setting
3) Click the ADD button below Stream Infos and enter your station description, genre any any other relevant information. Make server public if required. Click ADD.
BUTT Stream Infos
4) Back on the ‘butt settings’ window, click on the Stream tab. This will open your Encoder Settings where you specify the format and bitrate of your stream.
BUTT stream
5) If you wish to record your stream then you can set that under the Rec tab:
BUTT Record

6) You can now close the Butt Settings window and go back to the main BUTT window (see first image). 

7) Click on the Play Play button to start your stream. 


EDCast

Download the latest Standalone version from http://code.google.com/p/edcast-reborn/

Installing Edcast

1) Start the installation

Double click on the exe file to open it, click on I Agree (after reading the agreement).

2) To use MP3 and AAC+

During the installation process, Edcast will ask you to ‘Select components to install’. If you plan on using MP3 or AAC then it is important to select the options (they are not selected by default but the chances are that you will want at least MP3).

Edcast - Installation, Options

3) Click Next and Install

Once the installation has completed, you will see an additional message box like this:

Edcast - Installation, Setup

Note: This message is slightly wrong, you don’t put the DLLs into your Winamp directory, as you are not using the Winamp plugin version.

This will take you to a website where you can download the relevant encoders.

a) For MP3 encoders:

Click on the LAME Libraries link and download the latest version of ‘lame_enc.dll’ (usually the top listing on the page).

Extract the contents of the zip folder and copy lame_enc.dll into the folder in which you installed Edcast (Usually something like C:\Program Files\edcast or C:\Program Files (x86)\edcast).

b) For AAC+ encoders:

Click on the link to AAC Encoders & Tools and look for libFAAC dll (the second one down at the time of writing).

Extract the contents of the zip folder and copy libfaac.dll into the folder in which you installed Edcast (Usually something like C:\Program Files\edcast or C:\Program Files (x86)\edcast).

Once you’ve copied the DLL files accross, you can delete the original downloads.

4) You may now be asked to install Visual Studio.

This is normally required so click Yes to install it (if it’s already installed then it shouldn’t change anything but if you know it is installed then you can click No).

Configuring Edcast

1) Start Edcast

There will be an icon on your desktop if you left the option selcted, double click it and you will see something like this:

Edcast - Main

2) Start configuring your stream

Click on Add Encoder and a line will appear unside the Encoder Settings box (it will say something like ‘Vorbis: Quality 0/Stereo/44100’). Double click on the new line and a Configuration box will appear.

Edcast - Configuration

a) Enter your server details into the boxes provided and select the Encoder settings you desire.

Note: If using Shoutcast, the Mountpoint doesn’t matter, you can just leave that as it is. Also, please ensure that you select the correct Server Type.

2) Click on YP Settings and enter your stream details.

Note: You must enter a Description and Genre to appear on the SHOUTcast directory – don’t keep it as the default name or you won’t be listed. As far as I know, Stream Name isn’t used for Shoutcast.

3) If you would like to save a copy of your stream

Click on Advanced Settings and it will give you an option to do so.


SAM Broadcaster

If you’re a serious broadcaster, then SAM Broadcaster may be the best option for you. We won’t go into all of the features here, this is just a quick guide to setting up your encoder.

If you need info on more advanced features of SAM Broadcaster then please go tohttp://spacial.com/help-center/sam-broadcaster

If you don’t already have SAM Broadcaster then you can get a free trial or purchase it here.

Installation is straight forward and plenty of information is provided on the Spacial website so we will assume that you already have the software installed.

Configure your stream

1) Go to Desktop B

You will find some icons along the top of the window, click on B and this should bring up some different modules, including one called ‘Encoders’.

SAM - Desktop B

Cilck on the ‘+‘ icon and add an encoder. A new box will appear where you can select the format of your stream.

2) Set your stream format

SAM - Select plugin

Server compatibility:

SHOUTcast (v1 and v2):

  • aacPlus v2
  • MP3 (LAME_ENC)

Icecast KH:

  • aacPlus v2 (Icecasy KH only)
  • MP3 (LAME_ENC)
  • Ogg (Vorbis)

3) Configure your encoder and server settings

First of all, you will be asked to select the bitrate of your stream. The Mode and Sampling Rate can usually be kept as the default values.

SAM - Bitrate

Once complete, click on the Server Details tab. This is where you put in the info that you were sent when your SHOUTcast/Icecast account was activated.

You will need to enter the Address, Port, Password, etc – if you are unsure, please open a support ticket or log in to the control panel (you should have recieved an email when you signed up to the service with your stream details).

SAM - Server Details

Please ensure that you select the correct server type and if you’re using Shoutcast then you need to make sure you select the right version (v1 or v2). All of the fields outlined in red above are required. Click OK once you have completed your setup.

4) You’re ready to go on air

Now all you need to do is to select the new encoder and click on the start button:

SAM - Start encoder


Winamp with DSP Plugin

How to set your encoder for SHOUTcast DSP plugin

It is very simple to stream your audio to your server with Winamp and the Shoutcast DSP plugin installed (version 2.3.3).

Tip: If you want to use AAC+ streaming then ensure that you download the Full version of Winamp. It doesn’t seem to work with the Lite version.

Setting up the Shoutcast DSP Plugin

1) Start Winamp and go to: Options >> Preferences

You will see the menu below:

Winamp Preferences

On the left hand menu, click on DSP/Effect and in the main window, click on ‘Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP'” and another window will also appear entitled ‘SHOUTcast source’ (as shown below). You can now close the preferences window and the SHOUTcast Source window will remain open.

2) Configure the plugin.

a) First of all, click on the Output tab at the top and make sure that ‘Connection’ is selected (under the output list).

This is where you put in the info that you were sent when your SHOUTcast account was activated.

You will need to enter the Address, Port and Password – if you are unsure, please open a support ticket or log in to the control panel (you should have recieved an email when you signed up to the service with your stream details). Select Encoder 1 if not already selected (or whichever encoder is available if you are already using 1).

IMPORTANT: Ensure that you select the ‘Use SHOUTcast v1 mode (for legacy servers)’ box if you are using Shoutcast v1. If unsure then please open a support ticket.

NOTE: If you are using a slightly older version of the plugin (v2.1.x) then you may need to delete any text from the ‘Stream ID’ and ‘User ID’ boxes before you select ‘SHOUTcast v1 mode’ else you could get an error when trying to connect. This bug seems to have been fixed in the latest version.

Shoutcast source - Output, Connection

b) Click on the Directory tab.

This is where you enter general information about your stream. Note: You must enter a Description and Genre to appear on the SHOUTcast directory – don’t keep it as the default name or you won’t be listed.

Shoutcast source - Output, Yellowpages

The Description and URL can be set in our SHOUTcast control panel to override these settings if you have multiple DJs and wish to keep the settings constant.

c) Click the encoder tab.

This is where you set the bitrate and format of your stream.

Shoutcast source - Encoder

IMPORTANT: Be careful not to stream at a higher bitrate than your account allows, as your SHOUTcast server will be automatically disabled! If this happens then you can log into restart your server, if you lock your server more than 3 times it will be suspended for 1 day or until you contact us. If your server gets locked off then just open a support ticket and we will be happy to reactivate it.

With the latest version of Winamp, you can broadcast in either MP3 format or AAC+. The AAC+ format is far superior as far as sound quality goes, however only more recent audio players are able to support the relatively new format and it doesn’t work with Flash players. To reach a wider audience, you may be best to stream in MP3.

For lower bitrates (lower than 96k), it is often better to select a mono setting rather than stereo – this will give better sound quality. A sample rate of 44.100kHz is also often better. The best ways is to experiment to see what your listeners prefer – different settings will be better depending on the content you stream.

d) Click the Input tab.

This is where you select the source of your audio. If you are streaming music straight from Winamp, then select Winamp for the Input Device like this:

Shoutcast source - Input, Winamp

However, if you are DJing live with external equipment (turntables / CD player / mixer etc) or hosting a talk show, then you will have to select the Soundcard Input:

Shoutcast source - Input, Soundcard Input

e) You are now fully set up and ready to stream your audio across the net.

3) Connect to your server

To connect to your server, click the Output tab again and click Connect – you will see a counter start inside the Status box – this means that you have connected to your SHOUTcast server successfully.

A few extra notes for people who have selected Line In as their Input Device

You may have to configure the mixer on your PC – to do this, go to the Input tab and click on Open Mixer. Two windows will appear (Volume Control and Recording Control). Close Volume control, as this is not needed.

Ensure that the Line In box is ticked and that the volume is at a suitable level – on my system in particular the level control is very sensitive – the best way to test this is to use the in built Input Level meter in the SHOUTcast Source plugin (Input tab).

You can also select the Stereo Mix box (some PCs may not have a Line In selection), however your listeners will also hear any sounds made by your PC such as web pages or other applications like MSN. Best to disable all sounds in this case.

Now you need listeners! Go out and promote your station

There are many ways of promoting your station and it’s not possible to go into them all here, getting link exchanges with websites related to the kind of thing you broadcast, posting on forums and word of mouth (set up a Facebook group and get your listeners to join up and tell their friends) are generally successful. We also list your station at StationFinder.org and have plans to join up with other station directories in order to list customer streams.

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