Stop Blaming Peoples Internet Connection

Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.

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The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.

It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…

The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.

Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.

DSP encoders

“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”

 

SAM Broadcaster encoders disconnection

I’ve written before about the encoders in SAM Broadcaster buffering.

It’s nothing new there are still over 28 pages of posts on the subject on the SAM Broadcaster forums.

All of those users being told it’s their computer or Internet connection at fault when in reality it’s the software itself.

This is not an issue we’ve ran into using other encoding software. We never had a problem with buffering when we used other software to encode with.

We last used the Streaming plugin for RadioDJ to do a test with and it held up for well over 10 days without any errors or buffering.

We only had to restart the PC because of Windows 10 updates.

The encoders buffering in SAM Broadcaster is a BUG that has never been fixed and has been in the program since the days of version v2.7.7

We really do wish Spacial SVS support on the forums would stop blaming peoples connections when the encoders buffer in SAM Broadcaster.

Last updated on: March 4th, 2016
at 13:50 PM Europe/London

Stand Alone Encoding Software

With RadioDJ you have a couple of options when it comes to streaming.

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You can either use a Plugin or you can use a standalone piece of encoding software.

“I’m a big fan of using a standalone piece of software to encode with as it frees up RadioDJ to do what it does best!”

 
Here are just some of the encoding programs available.

1) MB Recaster (4 free encoders) M B Recaster

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2) BUTT (Free) BUTT

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3) RadioCaster ($49.95) (Shoutcast v1 v2 & Icecast) RadioCaster

4) Sound Empire Caster ($0.00) (Shoutcast v1 v2 & Icecast)

This is a standalone streamer that recently came to my attention. You can try it for yourself by downloading & unzipping SE Caster folder onto your C:\ drive

Please note: Some Antivirus programs seem to think there are viruses in the SE Caster program files but we can assure you we’ve scanned and scanned again using several online scanners. Kaspersky says the files are safe to use and that’s the one we trust.

 

Happy streaming! There are other streaming programs available but they aren’t listed here for reasons beyond our control.

N.B: Anyone wanting Edcast/Altacast standalone will have look elsewhere on the Internet we don’t supply those pieces of software from this website anymore.

Please note: While we do our best to test software we cannot guarantee any of the above software will work on your computer, Use at own risk. We are not liable for content on someone else’s website.

Last updated on: April 12th, 2017
at 12:58 PM Europe/London

Song Title Updater

Song Title Updater

This is a useful tool if you are using encoding software which doesn’t support title updating.
 
It’s easy enough to configure and use.

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1) Download and unzip This folder
2) Unzip & place the .exe file on the C:\ drive outside of the program folder.
3) Create a blank folder on the C:\ drive called “Titles” (Make sure it has the correct read/write permissions)
4) Point the title updater to the titles directory.
5) Enter your Shoutcast/Icecast server details. Click server type for Icecast or shoutcast v1 or v2.
6) If your radio software has a NowPlaying.txt or similar select text file and browse to where the .txt file is.
7) Click start and if all goes to plan you should have automatic title updates.

 
Just rinse and repeat if you have multiple servers to update the titles on.

Give the other instances of the program a different name (e.g: songtitleup2.exe)

Note: All downloads supplied as seen.

Last updated on: January 22nd, 2017
at 14:49 PM Europe/London

Don’t Forget The Sample Rate

Recently started seeing posts from people on the RadioDJ forums saying they couldn’t get the Altacast encoder plugin working.

With an error message that looked like this.

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It then transpired that the users concerned hadn’t entered the “Samplerate” when setting the encoder up.

In order to stream with the newer version of the Altacast plugin for RadioDJ you need to specify a samplerate.

The samplerate is usually set at 22050 or 44100 depending on how you want your stream to sound.

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General rule of thumb: If the stream is 96kbps or below then the samplerate would be 22050 If the stream is 128kbps and above the samplerate should ideally be 44100.

That’s all there is to it just make sure you’ve set your Server iP, port, bitrate, passwords and server type correctly & you should be good to go.

Happy streaming!

Last updated on: April 3rd, 2017
at 16:04 PM Europe/London

Standalone Vs Built In Encoders

Standalone vs Built In Encoders?

When it comes to automation software do you pay $$$ for a program that has encoders built in or do you use a standalone encoding program?

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Last updated on: April 12th, 2017
at 13:44 PM Europe/London

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