Sam Broadcaster Bad Audio

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 server pages the reason for the poor audio quality on some of the stations was immediately clear.

“They were either using badly ripped mp3 files or the sound processing in SAM Broadcaster wasn’t set up properly either way they sounded naff and annoying”

 
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.

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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

(The AGC in SAM Broadcaster is a rehash of a Winamp plugin called “SoundSolution”)

The audio would never sound right in SAM Broadcaster no matter how many different settings you tried.

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“The onboard AGC in SAM Broadcaster was badly programmed and not a lot of thought was given as to what the end result would be. That is poor sounding audio”

 
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.

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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.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:03 PM Europe/London

Dsp Stacker Plugin For Radiodj 1.7.7+

DSP stacker for RadioDJ 1.7.7+

Here are basic instructions on how to install it.

1) Download the files needed from Here Unzip the folder.

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:12 PM Europe/London

Radiodj Streaming Plugin

The RadioDJ streaming plugin written by Marius will stream to a Shoutcast & Icecast server.

How to install the streaming plugin.

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 15:33 PM Europe/London

Why Is My Shoutcast Server Private?

Why Is My Shoutcast Server Private? Was a question asked recently by someone on the Shoutcast forums.

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The user then goes on to say he is using the free shoutcast service “Listen2MyRadio”

That’s exactly where his problem lies.

Listen2MyRadio don’t allow shoutcast servers to be public, Even if you have set your encoder to public.

It’s another huge drawback with a free shoutcast service as you have to get your listeners to tune in via a webpage on their domain.

You could ask their technical support dept if they will make your server public but the answer will always be NO.

It’s not even as if the free service on @listen2myradio is any good in the first place It always buffered when I tried the service about 10 years ago.

I don’t think it will have improved any since.

“The only way you will get your shoutcast server listed publicly on the shoutcast YP is by paying a host $$$ for a server with listener slots.

 
Also steer clear of Shoutcast/Icecast hosts that claim to offer “Unlimited” listeners… There NO such thing as “Unlimited” every server maxes out bandwidth eventually.

Last updated on: September 12th, 2016
at 13:59 PM Europe/London

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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Last updated on: March 27th, 2017
at 05:21 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

Shoutcast Ad Supported Streams

Just read an article on Broadcasting World.

Radionomy have now launched Shoutcast Ad supported streams.

Which means an advert will play over your stream 2 times per hour.

This is if you are signed up totheir SHOUTcast Streaming Service.

I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not?

I just wonder how many listeners this is going to put off listening to a stream though Shoutcast?

I doubt this will do much for a lot of users other than annoy the people wanting to listen to music.

I feel that if people wanted adverts on a radio station then they would be listening to a station on the FM Dial or DAB not online!

One huge question remains:

Now Radionomy are sticking adverts into peoples streams does that mean Radionomy are paying for the royalties for that stations stream as well?

If the answer to that is yes then it would be a good idea.

If not then it’s a NO from me.

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

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