HOW TO HOST A RADIO SHOW
(this tutorial is for Windows XP/Vista machines)
So, you want to be able to run a radio show, but donít know how to? Well, Iíll provide some, hopefully, simple step by step tips on how to do so. First off, this tutorial will teach you using WINAMP
and the associated plug-in, EDCAST
. Both can be downloaded from the links at the end of this tutorial.
Once you have WINAMP
installed, follow up by installing EDCAST
. Once those two are on your PC, boot up WINAMP
and then go to OPTIONS --> PREFERENCES
. Then navigate down to the Plug-Ins tree and select DPS/EFFECTS. Once there, double click on EDCAST
. This will bring up the streaming program and, hopefully, it will load up now every time you boot up WINAMP
Now you have everything set, you just need to know how to use the damn thing! This is a lot easier than it may seem. First thing is first, click ADD ENCODER
. The options you set here are very important (and the key to hosting a show). If you are accepted to run a show, youíll be sent the details to enter here. Until then, you will be left in the dark. This isnít because I hate you, but because this isnít my bandwidth, it was donated by an anonymous outsider whom I am good friends with. Because of this, we actually share the bandwidth with ANOTHER
radio show from another community. That is why I canít let everyone know the encoder password and stuff. Sorry
Ok, so now youíve managed to get the details going, you should a new encoder come up with the status of DISCONNECTED
. If everything was set up right, simply click CONNECT
and you will be streaming whatever music is spewing out of your WINAMP
at that time! Neat!
If you want to use a microphone for a full DJ set, then to cut the feed is simple. Simply find out if your microphone is a line in device or a USB device. Once this has been established, use the drop menu underneath the dB bars to find it. For example, mine is listed as MICROPHONE (SOUNDMAX INTERGRATED)
. Once you have selected your microphone, make sure the microphone logo to the left is NOT
crossed out. If it is crossed out, your microphone feed wonít be going through.
What you can do to go back to the music from WINAMP
is choose the drop down menu again for STEREO MIX
. However, I find it just simple to turn off the microphone (by clicking the microphone button) and snap back to the music. This allows me to simply make one click to go back and forth the microphone.
Thatís about it! If you wish to apply for a DJ spot, ASK ME!!
HOW TO LISTEN TO A RADIO SHOW
Technically you can use anything that plays music to run a .m3u file, however I find best results with WINAMP
. For instance, WINAMP
displays id3 tags. A little thing, I know, but I like it. So once you have a working media player, simply go to this address:
If there is a show running, your media player will begin playing whatever music is on at the time! Huzzah!
FOR THOSE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR INTERNET CONNECTION
To put it simply, you can always run an online flash test for your internet speed.
If you go to that site, you can test your speeds. Your upload speed is important! If it is NOT
above 128kbs, you will not be able to host a radio show. You can above that, but if youíre only a margin above that, there may be a small amount of stuttering and puttering, so I advise closing anything that may be taking up your internet speeds.
Also, I do not advise using a wireless connection, unless your speeds are top notch. It can be jittery and cut out randomly, not all that good for a show. If you can, make it a wired connection.
NOTE FOR DJíS
You are free to start a show whenever, as long as it does NOT conflict with a) another DJ or b) a planned timetable slot! If so, kindly move aside! Thatís it! Have fun and enjoy!