Budding Radio DJ

Q: Are you a Budding Radio DJ?

Starting doing Internet radio as a hobby can be daunting at first but when you get used to streaming it can be a great hobby to have.

If you’re a Budding Radio DJ and are looking to get started then may I suggest a few pieces of software to use that won’t cost you a penny.

In order to start streaming on the internet you will need the following…

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OH I’m sorry did I block you?

OH I’m sorry did I block you?

A while back on Facebook I was being asked by a few people why I had blocked someone from my past from contacting me via Facebook.

I really shouldn’t have to answer a question like that in the first place.

If you were blocked by me on Facebook then you can be rest assured that at some point in life you have done something to royally piss me off.

I’ve mainly blocked people who were just playing mind games and others who were just downright annoying or even openly racist.

It’s within my rights to do what ever I want on Facebook without having people from my past giving me grief!

So no appology is ever going to be forthcoming.

I simply couldn’t give a shit what your doing with your life!

“Life happens….. and you lose people along the way!”

SAM Broadcaster Terrestrial Licence.

Have you ever read through the EULA (End user licence agreement) when it comes to SAM Broadcaster?

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(Most people haven’t)

We can’t help but notice how Spacial make it difficult to use their software. You’d be pretty amazed at the restrictions Spacial Audio do actually place on the their software.

Especially with a normal copy of SAM Broadcaster Pro ($299).

(Section 2e) The software may not be used to transport and stream any terrestrial radio broadcasts and/or communication.

 
Q: If SAM Broadcaster Pro cannot be used for terrestrial purposes… Why does it have built in FM broadcasting capabilities via a PCI card?

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If you want to use SAM Broadcaster to broadcast over terrestrial AM/FM signals.

Spacial Audio will ask you to hand over $699 for the Studio edition of the program.

That is a lot of money for a radio station owner to part with & there is no way on earth that SAM Broadcaster is worth that much money.

Mind terrestrial stations tend to use software that costs thousands not some overpriced hobby software.

Even as a normal user It would appear you can’t do much with a copy SAM Broadcaster Pro.

God forbid you should want to run more than 2 online stations at a time. Spacial Audio don’t like you doing that either!

“You are only licensed to stream one station per SAM Broadcaster Pro licence”

 
There is a simple FREE solution to this. Use RadioDJ radio automation software instead.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ Free radio automation download
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RadioDJ has fewer restrictions and is FREE for use by any radio station or DJ anywhere in the world.

“You can run RadioDJ where you want, when you want & run as many instances of the program that you require. Without having to stump up any $$$ whatsoever!”

 
Think about it!

Why bother shelling out $$$ for software that isn’t always guaranteed to work and could cause you all sorts of legal nightmares if you use it for something other than what it states in the EULA (End User Licence agreement)?

Just more reasons why Spacial Audio software sucks IMHO!

Using an OLD copy of SAM Broadcaster?

Are you still using an OLD copy of SAM Broadcaster? from the 4.x.x series or SAM DJ version 4.x.x

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As from January 1st 2015 Spacial will end support for

SAM Broadcaster v4.x.x SAM DJ v4.x.x SAM Cast v3.x.x

Support for SAM Broadcaster v2 & v3 ended some years ago.

We’re guessing this also applies to posts on the forums as well.

So the basics of it are If you bought an old version of SAM Broadcaster – SAM DJ – SAM Cast you will not be supported if something goes wrong in future.

“Plus a really old copy of Spacial Audio software may not function on Windows 10”

 
We know this is something that most software companies do after they have released newer versions of the software so we’re NOT having a go at Spacial because of this.

If you are using a really old version of SAM Broadcaster maybe it’s time you thought about upgrading your current software for something that doesn’t require you to pay $$$ for updates!

Most of the Internet radio community seem to be switching away from software such as SAM Broadcaster and using RadioDJ instead.

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RadioDJ Free radio automation download
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Radio DJ is FREE between updates and has a great Support Forum where other users come to your rescue when something goes wrong.

Unlike the Spacial forums where the SVS team accuse people of running cracked copies of the software & don’t seem to want to help users with problems.

You can’t be accused of running a cracked copy of RadioDJ because of the fact it’s free!

Using Winamp To DJ With?

Using Winamp To DJ With?

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Just seen a topic pop up on the Winamp forums where someone said they were using Winamp to DJ.

Another user replied with:

“Real DJs don’t use Winamp to DJ it doesn’t crossfade properly”

 
Indeed DJ’s don’t use Winamp to produce mixes or radio shows. We use other software that is built for the job.

I haven’t used Winamp to stream a radio station with in over 10 years. Winamp is a media player for listening to a shoutcast stream.

While Winamp may have been a starting point for anyone who wanted to DJ years ago, There is far better software than Winamp to DJ with.

1) Mixxx

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2) Virtual DJ

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3) RadioDJ

RadioDJ free radio automation software

4) Traktor

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Those are just a few of the programs available to DJ with. You can find others by searching Google.

“Anyone who is serious about DJ work these days wouldn’t even touch Winamp”

 
If you use Winamp to DJ with then you’ll end up sounding like an amateur who doesn’t know what he’s doing.

President – European Summer

President – European Summer

This is another one of those rare finds from the 1980s that I have in my vinyl collection.

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President were band from Middlesbrough a small town in the UK.

President – European Summer was written by Tony Wright & Geoff Wright in 1986. This track was produced by Will Birch of The Records (The Records band members helped on the Harmonies) Alan Coates from the Hollies also played guest guitar on the track.

Unfortunately it never charted. I guess that’s why I was lucky enough to find it in the bargain bin at my local record shop in the late 80s.

Anyway here is the 12″ (Dance It Up Mix) of President – European Summer

Here’s the video they made for the song.

Unlimited Listeners? My Arse!

Yesterday I was made aware of an advert that had popped up on a forum for a company called Guru streaming.

So I went and had a look at the website.

While you are greeted with a very smart looking website when you actually get to the price plans your in for a shock!

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$15.00 a month gets you 50GB of Transfer 250MB of storage and Oh Look “Unlimited Listeners”

If you decide that’s not enough for you you can always go for their “Diamond” package.

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Which as you can see is a massive whopping $189.00 a month with 20GB storage (AutoDJ) and 2TB of data transfer with (Oh Look again) “Unlimited” listeners.

There is NO such thing as “Unlimited” when it comes to a server they all max out processing power and bandwidth eventually.

Why do these shoutcast streaming hosts feel the need to take the piss out of customers with packages that are just very poor value for money?

We pay just $11.95 a month for a self managed VPS With 150GB of storage space and 4TB bandwidth and I used to run my shoutcast servers on that.

Before you sign up for a shoutcast host do your homework. There are far better and cheaper shoutcast hosts out there. Read customer reviews and stuff like that.

Don’t be taken for a ride by a fly by night company who offer “Unlimted Listeners” then cap your monthly bandwidth

Always go for a package that just has listener limits that way you know the company has enough bandwidth for you to stream to your listeners sucessfully!

Unlimited Listeners? My Arse!

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