Alternative Broadcasting Software and Clients
Revision as of 15:20, 12 September 2011
RadioReference provides customized broadcast software for users that want to broadcast their feeds from a Windows based PC (Windows 2000/XP/Vista). This download and setup information is sent to every feed provider when their feed application is approved. (Note: Software and setup information is sent to the email on your RadioReference account)
For individuals who want to use alternative software, the Icecast configuration settings you should use to configure the client you select can be found at the bottom of the owner's page for your feed.
When configuring a client, for a mono feed select a bitrate of 16kbps, for a stereo feed (where you have two scanners providing the audio)
use a bitrate of 32kbps. In both cases, select a samplerate of 22050Hz to make sure the audio is compatible with as many players as possible.
RR Live Audio Streaming Ports
The RR Live Audio application normally uses port 80.
You can also use ports 8000, 8080, or 8500.
The alternate port numbers are typically used to get around firewall problems.
You may also need to use port forwarding on your router to allow your feed through.
Note on Streaming
Other running software like music, games or VOIP services (Skype, Magic Jack, Vonage, OOMA), automatic software updates etc, can disrupt your streaming software and computer settings taking your feed offline.
Computer input timing, audio input selection, volume levels are just some of the aspects that can be changed to the point of poor audio, no audio or your feed going offline completely.
If you are using a VOIP service, we may be hearing your conversation as it may be broadcast to the world. Open Microphones are a problem. Please turn your Mic OFF.
We hear a lot of private household conversations when the Mic is on.
It's best to not to use these and other services on the streaming computer.
RR Live Audio Standard Feed Sampling and Bit Rates
- Sample Rate: 22050hz (22.050Khz) (For all feeds)
- Bit Rate: 16kbs CBR for a mono (one) radio feed
- Bit Rate: 32kbs CBR for a stereo (two) radio feed
- Channels: 1 = Mono, 2 = Stereo
Please do not select VBR (Variable Bit Rate) or Joint Stereo.
Settings lower than these results in the feed not sounding as good as it can.
Settings higher than these are not allowed and results in higher costs to RR in hosting the feed.
In all cases:
The same audio will come out both speakers for the listener for a mono feed.
The correct stereo audio will come out the left & right speakers for the listener for a stereo feed.
Alternative Broadcasting Clients
(Note: B.U.T.T lowest bit rate is 32kbs. Therefore B.U.T.T is NOT for use with 16kbs mono feeds. Use ONLY for 32kbs stereo feeds.)
Standalone (no computer needed)
- Cat-streamer - Integrate metadata into your Icecast stream (Uniden DMA scanners only)
Go to Setting up your Broadcasting Station
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