Going through Shoutcast and tuning into a few random radio stations.
Some of them were quite good and sounded brilliant. Some of them however did not.
Digging a bit deeper and looking on their shoutcast DNAS server pages the reason for the poor audio quality on some of the stations was immediately clear.
You just know a SAM Broadcaster station when you come across one. Usually the badly coded website or #audiorealm on the Shoutcast server page gives it away.
I could never get a decent sound out of SAM Broadcaster even testing on the 3.x.x & 4.x.x versions with the built in on board AGC
We think the AGC in SAM Broadcaster is a rehash of a Winamp plugin called “SoundSolution” which last time I tested the DSP it crashed the computer.
The audio would never sound right in SAM Broadcaster no matter how many different settings you tried.
I eventually switched back to my stream which is powered by RadioDJ and it sounds 10 times better than those few stations that were using SAM Broadcaster.
With RadioDJ You get a great well programmed automation application with great sound from the onboard audio processing plugin.
If you don’t believe me Try RadioDJ out for yourself with these audio processing settings*
If your audio files are ripped at the right bitrate and format you should notice a huge difference in audio between SAM Broadcaster and RadioDJ.
(*These settings are a guide however feel free to tweak if its not sounding right for you)
Last updated on: August 11th, 2017
at 13:04 PM Europe/London