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.
One of the biggest complaints I see ex SAM Broadcaster users make about RadioDJ free radio automation software is the fact that it doesn’t have built in Microphone button like SAM Broadcasters Voice FX button.
There’s already been several explanations by Marius who codes RadioDJ as to why the program doesn’t offer the same feature.
“RadioDJ doesn’t support microphones plugged directly into the soundcard, Because any software processing will add delay and thus, A professional result cannot obtained in that way.
You can achieve much better results by using a sound mixer (with sliding controls) to control the audio from your microphone which is then routed into the Line In (BLUE) socket of the PC.
You have a couple of options when it comes to routing audio to various sources.
You can use Virtual Audio Cables to pick the sound up from line in and deliver the final audio to the encoding software.
There is also Voicemeeter Banana The advanced virtual audio device mixer For Windows. Which we believe is “Donation Ware” (You make a donation rather than pay for the software)
Voicemeeter Banana Allows you to mix a few audio sources at the same time and you can set it to send the audio to another output (E.G Encoding software)
That’s just 2 options you have for routing your audio. There may well be other solutions but we haven’t found them yet.
“You really don’t need a built in Voice FX button in radio software! When there is other software that will achieve the same results. These pieces of software should also give you a more professional sound”
So even though the program is called “Streaming Audio Manager” It’s not actually built for relaying a stream through?
I saw this nugget on a the SAM forums this morning.
“SAM Broadcaster is definitely not made for rebroadcasting a stream.”
Not much of streaming audio manager if it can’t relay an online stream.
I tried relaying a stream through SAM Broadcaster way back in v2.7.9 and had issues with it buffering and breaking up.
Tried testing it again recently on a newer version of SAM Broadcaster and it still made no difference. The stream just wouldn’t play in SAM yet it was working in Winamp.
This is something we have yet to encounter when relaying a stream through RadioDJ
RadioDJ handles streaming rather well & If the stream should drop RadioDJ should automatically move onto the next item in the queue.
Sometimes SAM Broadcaster will just sit there buffering and seems to take forever to move onto the next queue item if the stream drops.
That’s even with the silence remover/detector active.
I have to agree with the reply to the post on the Spacial forums.
“SAM Broadcaster isn’t built for much really given the amount of bugs in the program”?
SAM Broadcaster still has most of the bugs it had over 13 years ago.
Make the switch to RadioDJ you should have no issues relaying a stream.
N.B: Always remember though you are at the mercy of external factors. Such as Traffic congestion/DNS issues & poor upload/download speeds. If you have a really poor broadband connection then you won’t be able to relay a stream successfully anyway.
1) Open Track import from the options menu;
2) Select track category as “Radio Shows” set a genre and subcategory;
3) Select track type as “Internet Stream”;
4) Paste the address of the server you want to relay such as this; (e.g 188.8.131.52:8000)
5) Give it a Name from the details tab & then click import;
6) Then set an event up to load it as a track at the time you want to start relaying the stream;
7) After you have finished relaying the stream just set another event up to start playing the next track;
It really is that simple! Importing Shoutcast/Icecast streams in RadioDJ shouldn’t be difficult.