Been watching a topic on the Spacial forums for a few days now where a long time user of SAM Broadcaster is complaining about really bad distortion on his stream.

I get a distorted & garbled audio stream with SAM Broadcaster.
I searched the forum and couldn’t find any conclusive troubleshooting on the topic.
I don’t have time for yet another rebuild. I’m tired of rebuilding.
I have to think about whether SAM is right for our station any more.



I’ve never been able to get a decent quality professional sound in SAM Broadcaster even with a knowledge of equalisers/sound processing.

Even using DSP plugins such as Stereo tool or Octimax. We would always end up with distortion/crap audio even though all our music tracks were volume levelled.

This is not the first time I’ve done a post about the terrible audio quality in SAM Broadcaster.

It appears nothing much has changed since then, Tested the newest version of SAM Broadcaster 2016 last week and still thought the audio quality was really poor compared to the audio output from RadioDJ.

A new user of RadioDJ recently said this about the audio quality in RadioDJ

“We found RadioDJ. So we downloaded it to try it out. WOW! It gives us the playout sound we wanted even by default. We are a beautiful music station now. Thanks!

This user who is having these audio problems with SAM appears to have had enough of the program and it’s random “problems” & is actually thinking of changing to Sourcefabric Airtime this coming weekend.

We’ve tested Airtime before and thought it was all a bit too fiddly to setup. Not sure how much the application has changed since then.

Who knows maybe he’ll get better sounding audio from that rather than the poor distorted audio quality in SAM Broadcaster.

Hey @Spacial you might want to completely rewrite the audio engine side of the program. It’s been dodgy since you included the AGC back in SAM v3.

As SAM Broadcaster stands now the audio quality just sounds amateurish at best and that’s even with properly ripped/levelled music files.

The last thing you need as a DJ is poor sounding audio, people just won’t listen to you if the stream sounds distorted.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:36 PM Europe/London

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