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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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!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:59 PM Europe/London

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.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:59 PM Europe/London

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.

Last updated on: April 14th, 2016
at 09:34 AM Europe/London

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!

Last updated on: January 24th, 2016
at 21:44 PM Europe/London

Spacial Audio Customer Revolt?

Spacial Audio Customer Revolt?

I wouldn’t say there’s a customer revolt going on on Spacial audio’s facebook page at the moment but it would seem all is not well.

These customers took to complaining on the Spacial facebook page over the weekend.

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So yet again you see it’s NOT just me that appears to have issues with Spacial audio and SAM broadcaster.

Spacial need to wake up before their whole business goes down the swanny.

I just love this quote from the Spacial marketing dept “Owners of the current version will have a lot of interesting surprises next year!”

WTF? People will stll have to pay even more money to get those features.

If you are fed up to the back teeth with being taken for a ride by Spacial Audio and their fees for SAM Broadcaster.

Then the solution is simple!

Switch to the better Radio DJ FREE Radio automation software instead.

You will get the support you need when something goes wrong via the user forums.

It really is time people stopped buying software from Spacial.

Stop treating your customers as “Cash Cows”

Sam Broadcaster Bad Sql!

SAM Broadcaster Bad SQL!

We keep seeing posts on the Spacial Audio Facebook pages and forums from people saying that their queue list table within MySQL has crashed and is corrupted.

This is usually the MySQL error that people get.

“Mysqli prepare error: Table ‘samdb_mysql.queuelist’ doesn’t exist”

 
Or they simply just get a message like this.

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This is nothing new and has been a major issue within SAM Broadcaster SQL tables ever since SAM Broadcaster v2.7.9

It just goes to show that the SQL structure wasn’t written properly in the first place.

In Fact it’s a really badly written SQL structure which is prone to going wrong when you least want it too.

SAM Broadcaster’s badly coded SQL structure was also another reason we ditched the program and started using RadioDJ

We have yet to have a major database crash with RadioDJ.

There is a simple fix for this.

1) Uninstall SAM Broadcaster from your computer.
2) Flush all SAMDB Tables from your SQL server.
3) Install RadioDJ and run the database setup utility.
4) Start enjoying running a stress free radio station!

 
You will be a lot happier in the long run.

There is just no need for SAM Broadcaster to have badly coded SQL tables!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:35 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster 2014.6

I see Spacial have released SAM broadcaster 2014.6 today for their registered users.


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Changelog: -v2014.6 (11 Novemeber 2014)
* AAC decoding support.
* Fix SpacialNet encoder archive issue.
* SAMVIBE: Add support polling when Websockets fail.
* SAMVIBE: Encoder now automatically detect server changes.
* SAMVIBE: Synchronization improvements for Live Broadcasting window.

(Notice they can’t even spell November correctly)

As you can see it’s just more updates to do with SAM Vibe than actually fixing any of the major bugs in the program.

So far this year every release seems to have been over taken with SAM Vibe stuff rather than any new additions to the program itself.

The only major update is it can apparently now play AAC files.

A feature that had been asked for at least 7/8 years ago on the feature requests on the forum.

If it’s taking them that long to add new features then they really are taking the piss out of their user base.

You the user are just paying Spacial’s development team to be lazy.

It’s not like they’ve done anything major to update the software this year.

Users of the software have yet again have paid through the nose for a few minor additions.

This is why the whole yearly subscription plan with SAM broadcaster really does suck.

Stop paying Spacial for crap software & switch to a better FREE alternative like

Radio DJ FREE radio automation software.

RadioDJ works and is proven to be more stable than SAM broadcaster.

Last updated on: January 19th, 2015
at 15:08 PM Europe/London

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